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120 Year Ukrainian Settlement in CanadaCanada to celebrate 120th anniversary of settlement of Ukrainians
Today at 20:02 | Interfax-Ukraine

Ukrainians will celebrate the 120 anniversary of their settlement in Canada by unveiling the monument to Taras Shevchenko in Ottawa and carrying out the project, dubbed Historical Train of Ukrainian Pioneers, Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada Ihor Ostash has said.

"2011 marks the 120th anniversary of the settlement of Ukrainians in Canada. In order to hold the celebration of this anniversary at the highest level the Ukrainian Embassy in Canada is preparing a large-scale cultural image project Historical Train of Ukrainian Pioneers, which is scheduled from June 23 until July 9… Also, on June 26 Ottawa will host a solemn ceremony of unveiling the monument to Taras Shevchenko," he said at a press-club meeting the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

According to the diplomat, the train will go along the route, which first Ukrainian emigrants went after the arrival at the port of Halifax to the railroad trip to western cities of Canada.

To celebrate the 120th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada the Embassy of Ukraine in Canada is launching the project of the
Historical Train of Ukrainian Pioneers.
June 23 - July 9, 2011

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 Montreal stop

Historica Train of Ukrainian Pioneers

Saturday, June 25, 2011

09:05 - Train arrives in Montreal.
Events in Montreal
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Delegation to visit St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Parish Montreal
which is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Time to be announces shortly.

09:55 Train departs from Montreal to Ottawa.

This Project will:
- include participants who will trace the same path that Ukrainian pioneers took at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries
- start in Halifax and finish in the Canadian Prairies, just as the pioneers travelled;

- present the Ukrainian culture in selected Canadian cities;

- culturally unite the Ukrainian communities in different Canadian provinces;

- attract media and public attention and focus on how the Ukrainian community contributed in the development of Canada;

- celebrate the 120th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada.

The Project is planned to be launched on Wednesday, June 23, 2011 at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21in Halifax.
The following day, participants will board the train with the following itinerary:
Montreal Ottawa Toronto Winnipeg Saskatoon Edmonton.

Intended participants on the Train:
- federal and provincial/territorial politicians;
- leaders of the Ukrainian community in Canada;
- Canadian and Ukrainian media;
- representatives of the Embassy of Ukraine in Canada;
- Ukrainian and Canadian artists, performers, musicians etc.
The participants will be given the option to travel any segment of the itinerary, i.e. from Halifax to Ottawa or from Toronto to Winnipeg etc.

The passengers of the Train are encouraged to wear authentic Ukrainian costumes and take the things the first Ukrainian pioneers took on their journey to the New World, i.e. Shevchenko’s Kobzar, Ukrainian icons, grains etc.

The passengers on this train will have stopovers from between 1 and 3 days in each of the selected cities. They will be able to take part in the planned cultural events, organized in cooperation with the local Ukrainian communities.

The Golden Sponsor of the event is VIA Rail. The sponsors are Borden Ladner Gervais, Canada Inns and others.

more information about the project please visit:

Follow the project on the Facebook under the title

“Canadian Train of Ukrainian Pioneers”.

Itinerary of Historical Treain of Ukrainian Pioneers

Thursday, June 23, 2011
Opening ceremony

Friday, June 24, 2011
12:15 - Train departs from Halifax to Montreal.
Trip Duration: 21 hours 50 min.

Saturday, June 25, 2011
09:05 - Train arrives in Montreal.
Events in Montreal
Sunday, June 26, 2011
09:55 Train departs from Montreal to Ottawa.

Trip Duration: 2 hours 10 min.
12:05 Train arrives in Ottawa.
Events in Ottawa

Monday, June 27, 2011
Events in Ottawa

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
08:46 Train departs from Ottawa to Toronto.
Trip Duration: 4 hours 30 min.
13:16 Train arrives in Toronto.
Events in Toronto

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Events in Toronto

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Events in Toronto
22:00 Train departs from Toronto to Winnipeg.
Trip Duration: 1 day 11 hours.

Friday, July 1, 2011
Trip to Winnipeg

Saturday, July 2, 2011
08:00 Train arrives in Winnipeg
Events in Winnipeg

Sunday, July 3, 2011
Events in Winnipeg

Monday, July 4, 2011
12:00 Train departs from Winnipeg to Saskatoon.
Trip Duration: 11 hours 22 min.
22:22 Train arrives in Saskatoon

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Events in Saskatoon

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Events in Saskatoon

Thursday, July 7, 2011
Events in Saskatoon
22:47 Train departs from Saskatoon to Edmonton.
Trip Duration: 7 hours 50 min.

Friday, July 8, 2011
06:37 Train arrives in Edmonton.
Events in Edmonton

Saturday, July 9, 2011
Events in Ukrainian Heritage Village
Closing ceremony     


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