The Calgary Stampede is just one of the fourteen stops on their tour, as they take their Moving Celebration Tour across North America to all the cities where they operate.
“CN has been a proud sponsor of the Calgary Stampede for a number of years now and we find it’s a really great place to network with leaders in the province and leaders in the industry who are here at the Stampede,” said Jim Feeny, Strategic Advisor, Stakeholder Communications for CN. “We knew that if we came here we would get a lot of people coming through our exhibit and yesterday we had over 5,600 people here, which is by far the most we’ve seen come through in one day.”
Immediately when you walk through the gates, you can expect smiling faces of CN pensioners, who have spent their lives building this great company and contributing to the history of our country.
And if you’re under 12, you’ll receive a passport; if you collect all of the stickers at each of the displays, you get to take home a commemorative CN 100 baseball cap!
The exhibit consists of 29 shipping containers, six of which feature interactive displays, with a different theme at each one.
The first display is all about the history of CN. Here guests can turn history wheels that light up, each one featuring a fun and interesting fact. Among the most interesting is the fact that CN created a national radio network, which eventually became the CBC in 1932.
“The people that come through, even the Pensioners, read these facts and so many say that they learned something new that they didn’t know before,” says Feeny.
The second display features audio stories told by several of CN employees over the years and how working for CN helped shaped their lives.
The third display is a video, showing the different views only possible from a CN train. This video features breathtaking scenery from coast-to-coast-to-coast, with views from both the front and back of the train.
Next up, you can design a train of the future. You first customize it on a screen and it’s created in real time as a hologram.
Holographic train of the future!
“The displays are meant to be hands-on and interactive and we really see it resonating with the youth that have come through here,” shares Feeny.
The next stop is all about safety. Waiting for guests is a CN Police Officer, who specializes in community service. The officer will talk to youth about rail safety and the importance of keeping themselves and each other safe.
Another feature is a wall of trees planted in pots, part of CN’s partnership with Tree Canada, which will help host communities develop green spaces. The trees will be donated and planted at Stampede Park after their exhibit moves onto its next stop.
“Since we launched our program in 2012, we’ve planted more than two million trees across Canada. It’s an initiative that we’re very proud of,” adds Feeny.
The final stop on the tour is a photo booth where guests can dress up as a conductor or engineer and take a photo, remembering the experience forever.
“We’re truly honoured to be here. All of our events have been very positive and well-received by our employees, pensioners and the community, but there is nowhere else that we’ve been or that we will be where we can expect more than 100,000 people around—Calgary is very special that way,” says Feeny.
The CN 100 exhibit will be in Community Park South until 6 p.m. on July 9, 2019. After which, the exhibit will head to Edmonton next, where it will be featured at Klondike Days. It has already visited Halifax and Quebec City so far in Canada.
“We welcome all Calgarians to come down and stop by. It’s a story about a railway and a railway company, but it’s also a story about how that railway company and its people have helped Canada as a country develop. CN has made an immense contribution to the economy and the development of this country and we’re very proud to have played that role. If visitors can leave the exhibit and see that, and that we intend to stay around for another 100 years and still make that contribution, we’ll call it a job well-done,” shares Feeny.
For more information about the CN 100 – A Moving Celebration Tour, visit cn100.ca/en/celebration/