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CP archives

Canadian Pacific Archives contains documentation, images and artifacts pertaining to the history of the company from its incorporation to recent years. 

While the railway is the primary focus, the collection also contains material documenting CP's interests in ships, hotels, natural resources, promotion of tourism and immigration, war efforts and much more. 

Employee records are not held at the Archives and are not available for research.

Although it is a private collection with the primary function of serving the business requirements of Canadian Pacific, special arrangements can be made for access to the Archives for research or commercial purposes, upon submission of a written request. Access is provided at the discretion of the company.

For more information on the Archives collection, licensing opportunities, or to purchase reproductions, please send a detailed request to

To preview the type of photographs we have within the CP Archives, visit to view the timeline section of the site for:

  • Building the railway
  • Tourism & recreation
  • Immigration & settlements
  • War efforts
  • Innovation & diversification