Winnipeg -- Calgary
Departure: Friday at 17:00
Arrival: Saturday at 9:00

The railway made it possible to open up western lands.
It might surprise you to hear this, but the train made it possible to settle the Prairies. Once the railway was built, the Canadian government encouraged new immigrants to come and work the land.

Did you know that Winnipeg can be compared to a crossroads?
Wheat and livestock from the West headed for the eastern part of the country went through Winnipeg. Towards the end of the 19th century, immigrants headed west also went through Winnipeg, as did manufactured goods.

Continue your investigation
If you take the first letter of each of the following words and rearrange them properly, you will find the name of a famous Native chief. Three of the letters have already been given to you and they are in the right place.
Clue: the word begins with the third letter of the alphabet.
Car, rail, whistle, freight, track
? _ ? _ o _ ? _ ? _ o _ o _ ?


Winnipeg -- Calgary
Departure: Friday at 17:00
Arrival: Saturday at 9:00

The railway made it possible to open up western lands.
It might surprise you to hear this, but the train made it possible to settle the Prairies. Once the railway was built, the Canadian government encouraged new immigrants to come and work the land.

Did you know that Winnipeg can be compared to a crossroads?
Wheat and livestock from the West headed for the eastern part of the country went through Winnipeg. Towards the end of the 19th century, immigrants headed west also went through Winnipeg, as did manufactured goods.

Continue your investigation
If you take the first letter of each of the following words and rearrange them properly, you will find the name of a famous Native chief. Three of the letters have already been given to you and they are in the right place.
Clue: the word begins with the third letter of the alphabet.
Car, rail, whistle, freight, track
? _ ? _ o _ ? _ ? _ o _ o _ ?


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Poster

Free Farms for the Million.

National Archives Canada
c. 1893
C-055445
© Archives nationales du Canada


Station

Railway Yards in Winnipeg.

National Archives Canada
c. 1920
E-9568
© National Archives Canada


Learning Objectives

The learner will:

  • Develop an appreciation for the history of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR)
  • Develop an understanding for the role that the CPR has had on communities throughout Canada
  • Discover the role that the CPR played in promoting settlement in the prairies

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