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Countdown Begins For Holiday Train and Centennial Free Skate
December 9th, 2013 - 05:13 PM           Last Edited: December 9th, 2013 - 05:15 PM
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The Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train rolls into Port Coquitlam on Dec. 16, marking the end of its cross-country journey as well as city’s 100th birthday festivities.
The City of Port Coquitlam, which turned 100 on Mar. 7, will wrap up a year of centennial festivities on Dec. 16 with a free skate at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex at 6:15 p.m. followed by the arrival of the CP Rail Holiday Train at the Port Coquitlam West Coast Express Station at 2125 Kingsway Ave. at 7:15 p.m.

“What a fitting end to our year of centennial celebrations,” Mayor Greg Moore said. “We encourage everyone to come out to enjoy some holiday cheer, and show your community spirit and generosity with a donation of food, cash or a toy.”

This is the CP Holiday Train’s 15th anniversary. The three-week, 10,000-kilometre journey began Nov. 26 in Beaconsfield, Quebec and will visit more than 150 communities before its final performance in Port Coquitlam featuring Juno Award winning singer-songwriter Melanie Doan and Juno-nominated crooner Matt Dusk from 7:30 to 8 p.m.
Bring a Donation for SHARE’s holiday drive
ree cocoa, cupcakes will be served and firefighters will be collecting donations of food, money or unwrapped toys for SHARE Family and Community Service’s holiday drive.

The holiday trains are about 1,000 feet long and feature 14 rail cars, each decorated with hundreds of thousands of LED lights and holiday designs, and a special modified boxcar for the performances.

The event will be the last of more than a dozen celebrations throughout 2013 marking Port Coquitlam’s 100th birthday. The festivities have included community dinners, skating and swimming events, a wine tasting, heritage trolley tours and fashion shows, a gala reception, an outdoor children’s and music festival, and special entertainment at annual civic events such as Christmas in Leigh Square and Sports Day on Nov. 30. Legacy projects have included a tree dedication, time capsule project and heritage tree carving.

“This year has exemplified the spirit and the love we have for our community as we came together in celebration of our 100th birthday,” noted Renée Chadwick, chair of the Port Coquitlam Spirit Committee, which spearheaded the centennial events. “Thank you to the residents, community organizations and businesses for making 2013 a special and memorable year.”

Free parking will be available at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex and in the east part of the WestCoast Express parking lot. People are advised to dress for the weather and have a reflective item on their clothing to make sure they can be seen when crossing the streets in the dark.

For more information about the Dec. 16 events, visit www.portcoquitlam.ca/100.