A Moving Celebration at the Forks

Winnipeg, MB

September 19 - 22, 2019
Whether fleeing war or in search of fertile farmland, most immigrants came to Canada with the hope of a better life. CN played a prominent role in making those dreams come true. Generations later, railroaders who once worked in the suburb of Transcona are still reminiscent of the CN work whistle that sounded the start of their days and accomplishment of their journeys.

Experience 100 years of CN

As we retrace our tracks, we are posting up in Winnipeg for 4 days to give the public a chance to interact with everything CN. Join us in unpacking the chapters of our history, which features the people who have shaped us, the landscapes that have provided space for us, and a hands-on conversation about train safety and the future of rail transport.

From September 20-22

Opening times vary, see schedule below.
The Moving Celebration is opening its doors to the public with a series of interactive exhibitions to explore, placing you in the hands of CN guides, available at your disposal to walk you through every chapter of our exhibit. Hear their stories and stick around for a show by our special musical guests. Due to limited capacity, guests will be admitted to the event on a first-come, first-served basis.

Daily schedule

  1. Private event – Partners & Clients Thursday, September 19 | 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  2. Private event – Schools & Day Camps Friday, September 20 | 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m
  3. Public event Friday, September 20 | 3:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  4. Private event – CN Family Day Saturday, September 21 | 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  5. Public event Saturday, September 21 | 1 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  6. Private event – CN Family Day Sunday, September 22 | 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  7. Public event Sunday, September 22 | 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

The Railroad in Song

Inspired by an installment of works entitled, American Dreams, Thomas Hellman spins tales, stories and anecdotes of CN in a soundscape of words, harmonizing history with blues, folk, and gospel tunes. Accompanied by multi-instrumentalist composer's Erik West and Olaf Gundel, the trio will be traveling along The Moving Celebration, giving us not one, but two chances to tune in every day they perform.

Eric Paul Parent

Welcoming you at the doors will be our MC, Dr. Eric Paul Parent, who brings more than 30 years of experience in the fields of theatre, tourism, and culture to The Moving Celebration. With an extensive background in pedagogy and immersive tourism, Dr. Parent will be the liaison between guests and exhibits, bringing you closer to the heart of CN's history.

We will be at The Forks - CN Stage & Field

1 Forks Market Rd
Winnipeg, MB
R3C 4L9, Canada
Parking availability
A combination of daily and hourly parking for Forks visitors is available. There are also clearly identified handicap stalls close to all facilities. Visit FNP Parking for rates and a map.
We have designated parking spots near the entrance for our guests with disabilities. We will also have ramps located throughout the site to access the containers.
Public transit
Transit services are available to The Forks with the #38 Salter route and the free Downtown Spirit Bus Service.

Special events

In addition to the public event, we have set aside some time for special audiences to engage with this exhibit. We are transforming our containers into a series of experiences specially crafted for children, schools, and camps in the community – and for those who have worked by our side, we have something for you too.

A special thanks from CN to you

CN wants to thank you, our employees, our partners, our families for being there and to celebrate the centennial together. Get in touch with us to find out what we have planned for you.

Bring your school or camp group

We have set aside a special day just for kids to learn about trains. If you are interested in bringing your class or camp group, get in contact with us to reserve a spot and learn more about the events.

Tree Canada Collaboration

In honor of CN’s 100th anniversary, CN and Tree Canada are partnering with each of the CN100 ─ A Moving Celebration host communities to develop green space initiatives. Trees displayed at each CN container village, along with additional trees, will become part of each community’s urban canopy.

Photo credit: Pinpoint Photography

Questions about the event?

Look through our FAQ or get in contact with us directly.
All events are outside. But what if it rains?
The event will be open rain or shine. That being said, if the weather becomes severe enough, we will take necessary precautions and announce any and all changes to the event. Follow us on Facebook  to stay updated.

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Train of the Future Contest

Participate for a chance to win CN100 accessories
How do you picture the “Train of the Future?” Follow your imagination to design your “Train of the Future” using the medium of your choice. Build your model at home or onsite at CN100 - A Moving Celebration! And post a photo of it on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using hashtags #CNTrainOfTheFuture and #CN100. (Just make sure your post is set to "public"!) Winners will be randomly selected every month. Good luck!