25 May 2011
Celebrate & Explore Vancouver Contest Launched for 125 Lucky Canadian Families
Calgary Alberta - In recognition of Vancouver's 125th Anniversary, an exciting online contest launched today at
www.celebrateVancouver125.ca. Canadian Pacific and Port Metro Vancouver, signature supporters of the
city's Vancouver 125 Anniversary, invite Canadians to enter to win a chance to step back in time and explore Vancouver's shoreline and port by steam train and
Onboard the historic CP 2816 Empress steam train, and then harbour vessel, Magic Charm, 125 winners will each receive four tickets for a half-day excursion
during the 9 and 10 Jul 2011 Summer Live weekend. The round-trip adventure will have winners leaving Waterfront Station and travelling the rails to Port Moody,
then travelling through Burrard Inlet by harbour vessel to Vancouver with time to enjoy Summer Live activities in Stanley Park.
"Canadian Pacific and Port Metro Vancouver are two organizations that have played pivotal roles in shaping our city as it is today," said Mayor
Gregor Robertson. "This partnership for our 125th birthday provides a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and explore Vancouver's beauty through a historic
and meaningful perspective."
This contest is a collaborative effort between Canadian Pacific and Port Metro Vancouver both with shared histories in the development and growth of the city.
Vancouver was named by Canadian Pacific's President William Cornelius van Horne and a recent Vancouver Sun article concluded "no event has been more
fateful to the development of Vancouver than the decision of Canadian Pacific Railway to locate the western terminus of Canada's first transcontinental railway
in Burrard Inlet." When combined with the port, the railway introduced the new city as Canada's gateway to the Pacific and the foundation for Vancouver's
growing industry and enterprise. Today, Canadian Pacific remains a key player at Canada's largest port and the nation's economy, delivering transportation
solutions across North America and beyond.
The history between Vancouver and the Port dates back to 1864 when the first export vessel, carrying lumber, sailed from Vancouver to Australia and marked the
beginning of the Port's international trade. Not long after, in 1886, the City of Vancouver was incorporated. Today, Port Metro Vancouver proudly serves as
Canada's largest gateway for international trade, and an economic generator for Metro Vancouver and Canada. The busiest and most diverse port in Canada, Port
Metro Vancouver trades $75 billion in goods annually with more than 160 trading economies.
The Celebrate & Explore Vancouver Contest is open from 25 May 2011 to 19 Jun 2011. Winners will be announced 21 Jun 2011. Complete contest details and
online entry available at www.celebrateVancouver125.ca.