Montreal -- Toronto
Departure: Wednesday at 9:30
Arrival: Wednesday at 14:00

Did you know that Union Station in Toronto is the biggest in Canada? It has often been compared to a cathedral because the vaulted ceiling is so high.

Take the train to Toronto to continue your investigation.

The Grand Trunk Railway
In 1852, some enterprising men came up with the idea of building a railway linking Chicago in the United States to Montreal in Quebec. This was the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR). This line made it possible to transport goods and people year-round between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.
Is the GTR the longest line in the world? It was, but only in 1859! At the time, the GTR went from St. Clair near Sarnia, Ontario, all the way to Rivière-du-Loup in Quebec.

Mystery object clue
This object is very old. It must be 200 years old.

Montreal -- Toronto
Departure: Wednesday at 9:30
Arrival: Wednesday at 14:00

Did you know that Union Station in Toronto is the biggest in Canada? It has often been compared to a cathedral because the vaulted ceiling is so high.

Take the train to Toronto to continue your investigation.

The Grand Trunk Railway
In 1852, some enterprising men came up with the idea of building a railway linking Chicago in the United States to Montreal in Quebec. This was the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR). This line made it possible to transport goods and people year-round between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.
Is the GTR the longest line in the world? It was, but only in 1859! At the time, the GTR went from St. Clair near Sarnia, Ontario, all the way to Rivière-du-Loup in Quebec.

Mystery object clue
This object is very old. It must be 200 years old.


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Gare Union de Toronto

Entrance to Departure Gates of Toronto's Union Station

Photographer: W. Allen
Nov. 1960
© CSTMC/CN Collection


Grand Trunk Employees

GTR Employees from Stratford Shops.

Photographer: unknown
1873
Stratford, Ontario, CANADA
© CSTMC/CN Collection


Learning Objectives

The learner will:

  • Develop an appreciation for the history of the CPR
  • Develop an appreciation for the history of the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR)
  • Develop an understanding for the role that the GTR had in the transportation of goods and people between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean

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