Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway

ESQUIMALT & NANAIMO RAILWAY  () (E&N), linking the 2 VANCOUVER ISLAND communities, was completed on 13 Aug 1886 when Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald, on his only visit to BC, drove the last spike at Cliffside near SHAWNIGAN LAKE. It was the partial fulfillment of a promise by Macdonald that ESQUIMALT would be the terminus of the transcontinental railway. The line was built by a syndicate headed by the COAL baron Robert DUNSMUIR, under...

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