The BC Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan had to cancel its biggest fundraiser of the year, the Christmas Express, due to COVID. But they’ve now made a movie so you can experience a bit of the Christmas magic. (Submitted)

The BC Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan had to cancel its biggest fundraiser of the year, the Christmas Express, due to COVID. But they’ve now made a movie so you can experience a bit of the Christmas magic. (Submitted)

Cowichan’s Christmas Express magic comes to a screen near you

The BC Forest Discovery Centre has produced a family movie of Once Upon The Christmas Express!

Do you miss the Christmas Express at the BC Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan, which had to be cancelled this year due to COVID?

Don’t despair. The Forest Discovery Centre has come up with a way for everyone to continue to enjoy this Christmas tradition. This week, Manager of the BCFDC Chris Gale proudly announced that you can now tune in for Christmas magic at the BCFDC with a new movie they’ve made featuring past footage of the Christmas Express and the reading of a story by a very special guest.

“As disappointed as the public were, so were our staff and volunteers. A few people put their heads together and remembered all the great video footage Doug Watson of Mijen Multimedia had of past Christmas Express years. An idea was born! The BC Forest Discovery Centre would produce a family movie of Once Upon The Christmas Express! With a script written, staff and volunteers to create a film set, we now needed the storyteller. We knew exactly who we needed to read the story to the children: our Mayor of North Cowichan and past radio announcer, Al Siebring! Al generously donated an evening in his busy schedule to read the story to the children, all while practising social distancing during these times.

“The movie runs approximately 20 minutes and you just never know….if you’ve been to the Christmas Express in the past, you just might see yourself as one of our movie stars! “

Once Upon the Christmas Express is available for viewing on the BCFDC website. So sit down and enjoy with your family and friends the beauty and wonder that is the BCFDC’s popular Christmas Express virtually. An on-screen donation button below the video is available if you wish to contribute to the continued success of the Centre as it prepares to reopen next season, even though they have experienced a major shortfall in fundraising efforts.

The Christmas Express is the museum’s largest fundraiser of the year and is paramount to the ongoing operation and maintenance of the antique vehicle collection, trains, maintenance of the historical buildings and the preservation of an important ecosystem within the Cowichan region.

Experience the magic of the BC Forest Discovery Centre aboard the Christmas Express virtually with Once Upon The Christmas Express the movie.

For additional information or to view the movie, visit www.bcforestdiscoverycentre.com

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