Canadian Pacific Railway

CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY (CPR) began construction in BC on 15 May 1880 at YALE.

The Construction Period

A rail link to eastern Canada had been a condition of BC's entry into CONFEDERATION in 1871 and the CPR was a fulfilment of that promise. Prime Minister John A. Macdonald had initially said that ESQUIMALT on VANCOUVER ISLAND would be the western terminus of the line. When the impracticality of that decision became clear, the terminus was changed to PORT MOODY. In 1879 Andrew...

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