FINCH – More than 1,000 people lined the tracks in the village last week, all in an effort to catch a glimpse of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train.

The Wed., Nov. 28 whistle stop, seen by some as an inconvenient time to arrive, didn’t disappoint the many who turned out.

“It’s amazing to see such a crowd,” Ian McKelvie, administrator of Community Food Share, said.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train rolled into Finch Wed., Nov. 28.

It’s the regional food bank that benefits most from the turnout, as collection totals will surely push the charity through the holiday season.

In all, 1,650 pounds of food was donated and $2,807 in cash donations was received. Both totals surpass those achieved in 2017.

The biggest financial push, arguably, came courtesy the $4,000 donated by the Canadian rail company.

Like it has throughout its decades-long run, two trains are operating coast-to-coast under the Holiday Train banner, with nearly 150 shows throughout late November and December.

Since the launch in 1999, the program has helped to generate millions in both dollars and food items for communities along CP’s designated routes.

Music also plays a large part of the celebration, and Nov. 28’s audience in Finch saw performances from country music star Terri Clark, along with singer-songwriters Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott.


The lighted spectacle.

Canadian Pacific donated $4,000 to Communtiy Food Share. Pictured is former North Stormont mayor, Dennis Fife (left), former deputy-mayor Bill McGimpsey, Adrian Bugelli (MP Guy Lauzon’s executive assistant), and food share administrator Ian McKelvie (second from right), along with rail company employees.

Singer-songwriters Kelly Prescott (left) and Sierra Noble.

Country music star Terri Clark. Uhrig Photos