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The first transcontinental passenger train, decorated with flags, bunting and boughs, arrives at Port Arthur, now Thunder Bay

The first transcontinental passenger train, decorated with flags, bunting and boughs, arrives at Port Arthur, now Thunder Bay. Four days later, history was made when the train arrived at Port Moody, BC, on July 4th 1886. 

Source: Exporail/CP Collection:  NS12576 | Download a hi-res version of this photo here

CP 150 Train schedule​ & location

Sunday, August 6 | 3:00-6:00pm - show starts at 4:00 pm
Marina Park,
Bobby Curtola Drive

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You'll be treated to a truly Canadian performances of Dallas Arcand, champion Aboriginal hoop dancer, Juno award-winning country music singer Dean Brody, country singer Kelly Prescott and our house band, the Rail Road Ramblers.

Canadian country music superstar Dean Brody

Dean Brody“I am so excited to be celebrating Canada's 150th by train this summer, playing towns along the way, experiencing some of the more rugged and rare routes across our country,” said Brody, 13-time Canadian Country Music Award winner and two-time Juno Award winner, most recently for 2016 Country Album of the Year.

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World champion hoop dancer Dallas Arcand

Denis Arcand Aboriginal entertainer and world champion hoop dancer Dallas Arcand will open the stage show with his world-renowned athleticism and grace, sharing the symbolism of the hoop dance and its significance in aboriginal communities.

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The Little General mini train 

Don’t miss your chance to see CP’s miniature train – it’s a ¼ scale model of a General Electric AC4400 locomotive. The Little General will be on site, but not offering rides -- feel free to climb onboard with the kids and take some photos.

Facts about CP in Thunder Bay

  • On June 1st, 1875, Judge Van Norman turned the first sod on the construction of the Pacific Railway, what would become part of the CPR, at a location on the left bank of the Kaministiquia River, about six kilometres from Fort William, now Thunder Bay
  • Before completion of the all-rail route around Lake Superior in May 1885, westbound passengers boarded CPR ships at Owen Sound and sailed via the North Channel of Lake Huron and across Lake Superior to Port Arthur. Upon completion of the mainline, the summer-time lake route was sustained by tourist traffic
  • Today, CP employs approximately 170 people in Thunder Bay
  • Even though the Eastern Time zone starts at Upsala, the railway operates on central time all the way to Thunder Bay

Along Lake Superior

Contractor RG Reid's construction crew clear tons of rock for the CPR mainline at Dougherty's Cut on Lake Superior's rugged north shore in 1885.

Source: Exporail/CP Collection: A4406 | Download a hi-res version of this photo  here


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