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Canadian Pacific prepares Connecting Canada tour

Calgary-based railway company Canadian Pacific is preparing a summer promotion tied to the 150th anniversary of the country. The initiative, called "Connecting Canada," will consist of a train tour departing Port Moody, BC on July 28. It will stop at 13 cities and towns as it travels east to Montreal, before concluding in Ottawa on Aug. 20. The itinerary replicates in reverse the first transcontinental passenger train trip in Canada in 1886. At each stop, local children will be invited to contribute handwritten cards describing their dreams for the future to a special railcar called the Spirit of Tomorrow. The train will also include a car incorporating a stage for performances at each event.

The promotion also includes a contest promotion, the winner of which will receive a two-day trip on board the train. Consumers can enter at <>. Canadian Pacific has also released an online video in support of the tour, higlighting the role the railway has played in the history of Canada.

"It is my honour to invite communities and citizens from across the country to join us in celebrating the nation, the railway and the future of Canada," said Keith Creel, president and CEO of Canadian Pacific. "CP has been connecting Canada for 136 years, something we consider a distinct privilege. We are proud to have been a part of building Canada, proud to employ the country's best railroaders, and we look forward to many more years of giving Canadians a reason to be proud of this railway."

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