Trolley driver Chris Holland was surprised last year when his daughter offered to be a junior hostess on Father’s Day. This year all patriarchs may ride Streetcar #23 for free on June 15.

Tramway celebrates dads

Free rides are available for all dads on Father’s Day, June 15.

Chris Holland loves being a Dad.

The flamboyant Nelson trolley driver told the Star he moved to Nelson to start a family, and he’s passionate about the rich culture and history of the Kootenay.

He said fathers are an integral part of the community and that’s why the Nelson Electric Tramway Society is hosting every father for free on Streetcar #23 this Sunday, June 15.

“We don’t care if you’re a father, a grandfather, a stepfather, Father Christmas, Father Murphy… if you’re a father, come on down and take a step back in time,” he said.

“I would stress, though, that they have to be well-behaved. No running in the aisles. If they’re good we’ll let them ring the bell.”

The idea was born last year when Holland’s daughter Brianna surprised him on Father’s Day by dressing up as a junior hostess and joining him as he ferried tourists back and forth on the rails.

“My wife got her all dressed up. It made my day,” said Holland.

Holland also said the Nelson Electric Tramway Society is looking for new drivers. Anyone interested in joining the team should come down and inquire.

“Any fathers interested in driving can get more information on Father’s Day to find out how they can get involved,” said Holland. “You’ll get your very own official trolley hat.”

The 114-year-old trolley will run from 11 a.m. until 4:30.

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