Grey Cup Tour details suggest fans are in for a pretty remarkable event this fall

Andrew Bucholtz

It's been known for a while that the Grey Cup's going to be touring Canada this fall on a custom-built 12-car train, but the details released Wednesday suggest this is going to be quite the trip. Beginning Friday, Sept. 7, the Grey Cup's going to visit more than 100 communities across the country, and "Fan Celebration" stops with the train will include chances for fans to walk through the train, take their picture with the Grey Cup, examine the rolling museum and check out the CFL's history, and look at the team car which celebrates what the league's teams are doing these days. The first one of these takes place Sunday, Sept. 9 at Vancouver's Pacific Central Station. There will be other activities as well, and it's all free. Here's a video setting up the tour, from friend of the blog Kate McKenna:

[Slideshow: Grey Cup to tour Canada by train]

Of course, it's not the easiest to get absolutely everywhere by rail, so there will be plenty of mobile stops and stops at RONA locations (one of the main sponsors for the trip) as well, and while those won't have the full train there, they will feature chances for fans to see the Cup and take pictures with it. Those stops are also going to let the Cup visit schools, hospitals, community centres and other key places, and there will be some unique places visited this way as well, including Iqaluit, Nunavut and St. John's, Newfoundland. Meanwhile, the train itself will be rolling through every CFL city and also heading down to Moncton and Halifax. Considering the importance and the long history of both cross-country rail and the Grey Cup itself, and how the two have been prominently linked in the past, this is a perfect way to build excitement for the 100th Grey Cup in November, and it looks like it should be a great deal of fun for fans from coast to coast as well.