Construction crew at Rat Portage (Kenora), Ontario, winter of 1881-1882.

Construction crew at Rat Portage (Kenora), Ontario, winter of 1881-1882. The Government of Canada undertook the construction of the transcontinental railway from the Lakehead to Winnipeg, Manitoba. This was difficult terrain, much of which was muskeg country, necessitating the construction of many trestles. In the late 19th century, a key agent of national unity was the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway, which physically united our vast landscape through wood and steel.

Courtesy of R.C. Kennell, Manager, Heritage Services Canadian Pacific Railway
1881 - 1882
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