Transcontinental Railroad Canada

The transcontinental railway was instrumental in populating the vast western lands of Canada, providing supplies and commerce to settlers. Many of western Canada’s great cities and cities grew up around Canadian Pacific Railway stations.

At a remote spot called Craigellachie from the mountains of British Columbia, the final spike is driven into Canada’s first transcontinental railway. In 1880, the Canadian authorities contracted the Canadian Pacific Railroad to assemble the first all-Canadian line to the West Coast.

During the following five years, the business laid 4,600 kilometres of single trail, uniting several smaller lines across Canada. Despite the logistical difficulties posed by areas such as the muskeg (bogs) region of northwestern Ontario and also the high rocky mountains of British Columbia, the railroad was finished six years before schedule.

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