Meet the Grey Cup train

KEVIN CONNOR, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:33 PM ET

TORONTO - The Grey Cup 100 Train Tour is preparing to kickoff its Canadian journey from coast to coast and celebrate a century in the game.

The historic Grey Cup trophy truly belongs to every Canadian and we are proud to be taking it from coast to coast, bringing it to as many Canadians as possible, said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon.

On Friday, Sept. 7 the 100 community tour will start in Vancouver and visit all eight CFL cities including Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Toronto as well as Ottawa, Moncton and Halifax.

Other highlights of the tour will be Newfoundland and Nunavut.

The Grey Cup will arrive in communities aboard the specially retrofitted train with bright murals, there will be a car showcasing the trophy, a museum car telling the long history of the CFL as well as a team car to celebrate the special place the CFL has in communities across the country.

Fans can have their picture taken with the Grey Cup and the train will be surrounded by fun family activities and pomp and ceremony.

During train stops, the trophy will also be transported by road to other locations not accessible by rail, such as schools, hospitals and community centres.

The Cup was donated in 1909 by Governor General Earl Grey and has emerged from two World Wars, a Depression and many other challenges.

We are proud that the Grey Cup has for decades been the trophy awarded to the champions of our league, Cohon said.

We are prouder still that it has become something even bigger than our game. It is the symbol of Canadian unity, our ability to compete and come together at the same time. Thew Grey Cup is special. Its ours and it is time to celebrate it and Canada.

Locally the Cup will be in Hamilton on Nov. 10 at the Bayfront Park, Harbor Front Dr., in Barrie on Nov. 11 at the Barrie Go Station, in Oshawa on Nov. 12 at the RONA Oshawa and in Toronto on Nov. 15 at TELUS House Toronto and on Nov. 17 at Exhibition Station.

kevin.connor@sunmedia.ca


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