Saturday, October 18, 2008

CP Spirit Train ends tour in Montreal


The inaugural tour of the CP Spirit Train concludes in Montreal on Oct. 18, the final stop on its cross-Canada tour that also brought the spirit of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to Port Moody (BC), Calgary and Edmonton (Alberta), Saskatoon (Saskatchewan), Winnipeg (Manitoba) and Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Mississauga and Smith Falls (Ontario).

Although there were smal. groups of protesters at some stops along the route, the majority of spectators enjoyed such activities as Inukshuk building; interactive sport demonstrations; contemporary Aboriginal music by Sierra Noble, Dallas Arcand and Matthew Mukash; and visits with Miga, Quatchi and Sumi, the Vancouver 2010 mascots. Visitors lined up for autographs from many of Canada's finest summer and winter sport athletes, including gold-medal winning sledge hockey goalie Paul Rosen, Nordic skier Beckie Scott and Canada's first gold medalist at the Beijing 2008 Games, wrestler Carol Huynh.

The final stop of the CP Spirit Train on Oct. 18 in Montreal features athletes Paul Rosen (sledge hockey); BenoƮt St-Amand (sledge hockey); Emilie Heymans (diving); Joannie Rochette (figure skating); Karine Sergerie (taekwondo); Eve Routhier (alpine skiing); Annie Martin (volleyball); Philippe LaRoche (freestyle skiing), the Vancouver 2010 mascots and the CP Spirit Train team at Place des Vestiges on the Quays of the Old Port, across from Jacques-Cartier Pier in Montreal.