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Day 73: The Polar Express

I never thought I would say this but I actually missed a GIVE. It seems the opportunities are so bountiful right now I actually forgot one we did last weekend so I will post it now just in case you would like to add it to your GIVE list for next year. It was a great combination of fun for the family and giving back at the same time.

GIVE 73 / Day 73

All aboard! The Polar Express is now leaving the station. The West Coast Railway Association is a not-for-profit organization that is keeping a large part of Canadian Heritage not only in tack but working order for everyone to experience. As parents, my husband and I are trying new and exciting Christmas experiences for our son (at the ripe old age of 3) this year. A friend had suggested we take a ride on the Polar Express out of Squamish just a 45 minute drive down the road from us.

The Royal Hudson

The newly refurbished train takes the story of The Polar Express and turns it into a real live train ride with all the holiday trimmings. Hot chocolate, fresh baked cookies, Christmas carols and of course a visit with Santa in the North Pole. The best part of the trip is the 2 day event raises funds for the “restoration projects on the 95 piece collection of heritage railway rolling stock, as well as for the capital development of the West Coast Railway Heritage Park, such as the current campaign to complete the new CN Roundhouse & Conference Centre.”

I will be honest, donating to a cause that restores Canadian heritage is not on my top 25 list of things to donate to but I feel proud that our family was able to support a piece of Canadian tradition. Even better my son was able to see and experience a piece of our countries history. It made for a grand trip on a train for our entire family and a first hand experience seeing a real working roundhouse (we have the wood toy version at home). A great way to spend some time as a family and using your purchasing power to give back to your unique West Coast community.

Time Commitment: 0 (we were going one way or another)

Cost: $30 for the entire family with proceeds going to the WCRA

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