The Last Spike

Lord Strathcona drives in the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway, November 1885.

 

In Craigellachie, British Columbia at 9:22 am on November 7, 1885, the last railway spike was hammered in, connecting Canada from coast to coast.

The Canadian Pacific Railway was formed to physically unite Canada and Canadians from coast to coast and the building of the railway is considered to be one of Canada’s greatest feats of engineering.

The CPR played a major role in the promotion of tourism and immigration, as well as Canada’s war efforts and through the years, the railway grew and diversified to include steamships, hotels, airlines, mining, oil and gas exploration, delivery and telecommunications companies.

Rick rides the rails through British Columbia with Canadian Pacific and Parks Canada.

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