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Canadian Pacific Railway

Canadian Pacific Railway: Canada's first transcontinental railway connecting the Atlantic with the Pacific coast. In 1872, the Canadian Pacific Railway was chartered by Parliament in Ottawa as the fulfillment of a promise to British Columbia to construct a Pacific railway within ten years of their joining Canadian Confederation. Although the rail line faced scandals and shortages of money, the last spike was driven in by Donald Smith, Lord Strathcona. By mid-1886, regular trains were running through to the Pacific shores, thereby allowing Vancouver to become the last stop on the west coast. In years to follow, the CPR carried settlers and supplies into the west and far west plains, took their products out to market, and prospered both on its land sales and mounting western traffic. Although this railway brought the nation together, many lives were lost building it.

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Canadian Pacific Railway

Canadian Pacific Railway