The Bonneteaus have raised funds for charity with their annual light display for six years. This year, the funds will go towards the Surrey Memorial neonatal intensive care unit. (Andrea Bonneteau/ Facebook)

Trackless train to tour Cloverdale cul-de-sac for charity this Friday

All raised funds will go towards the Surrey Memorial neonatal intensive care unit

The Bonneteau light display has become a yearly tradition.

For the last six years, Dan and Andrea Bonneteau have transformed their Cloverdale home into a palace of sparkling lights. When visitors come by to view the display, they are asked to make a small donation to a local charity.

“I think we’ve raised over $10,000 [over the years],” said Andrea. “We have lots of people. We have care home buses come by every night. I think it’s three buses every day.”

They also have an “old BC Hydro bus” drop by filled with people, as well as limos filled with revelers, and, of course, cars and trucks of neighbours and other locals.

This year, for the first time, the fundraiser will also have a trackless train come by the cul-de-sac to give rides to children. Pacific Trackless Trains will be on site at the Bonneteau home (16951 Jersey Drive), on Friday, Dec. 22, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Andrea was doing a radio interview on Wednesday to advertise their yearly light display when a representative from Pacific Trackless Trains came to the door of her house and asked if he could donate his time, and his train, for an evening to help fundraise.

Andrea said yes, and she’s both excited and nervous about the Friday event. “Not sure if we’re going to have too many people, or too few people,” she said. “Our street is a little street and [I’m] wondering about the traffic. [I’m] going to go through the neighbourhood today to hand out flyers to warn them about the traffic.”

The train carries up to 18 children at a time, and train rides will be by donation. All funds raised will go towards the Surrey Memorial Hospital neonatal intensive care unit.

For more information on the trackless trains, visit For more information on Surrey Memorial Hospital neonatal intensive care unit, visit

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


The trackless train is a realistic version of a real train, on a smaller scale. Because they are trackless, they can motor just about any flat surface, including asphalt, cement, gravel and grass. (Pacific Trackless Trains)

Just Posted

VIDEO: Surrey girls donate hair, give hope through Wigs for Kids

Emotional event at Coyote Creek Elementary saw 10 girls donate locks to those with cancer

Historic farm time travels to 1900

Demonstrations to show life in Surrey

Choices Lottery home located in White Rock

The 3,672 square-foot, three-level home, located at 1502 Bishop Road, has ocean views.

Pedestrian in critical condition after South Surrey crash identified

RCMP said they have been in contact with the woman’s family

Rescue boat theft marks third in 3 years for Agassiz-based SAR team

Eight-metre Spirit of Harrison rescue vessel was stolen Friday night, found Saturday morning

Couple keeps South Surrey neighbourhood clean

Bob Cockerill, 83, and his wife Ev, 80, pick up garbage on their morning walks

4 facts to ring in St. Patrick’s Day

What do you really know about the Irish celebration?

Experts urging caution as rabbits die by the hundreds in B.C. city

Province of B.C. confirms more positive tests for rabbit haemorrhagic disease

Federal government seeks public feedback on pedestrian safety

What safety measures do you think need to improved for pedestrians and cyclists?

Search continues for 10-year-old Montreal boy missing since Monday

Montreal police said they are exploring every possibility in search for Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou

Airline passenger-rights bill claws back protections for travellers: Advocate

Bill C-49 would double tarmac delays, scrap compensation for flights affected by mechanical failures

Canadian research vessel to explore 19th Century shipwrecks

Commissioned this week in Victoria, the RV David Thompson is Parks Canada’s newest vessel

VIDEO: ‘New wave’ of anti-pipeline protests return to Trans Mountain facility

About 100 demonstrators with Protect the Inlet marched to the Burnaby terminal Saturday

B.C. man to plead guilty in connection with hit-and-run that killed teen

Jason Gourlay charged with failure to stop at the scene of accident, attempting to obstruct justice

Most Read