Calgary -- Cranbrook
Departure: Saturday at 20:00
Arrival: Sunday at 8:00

Did you know that the passenger train route between Saskatchewan and Alberta was changed?
The route used to be between Regina and Calgary. It is a route that is still used for freight trains, but passenger trains now travel farther to the north, from Saskatoon to Edmonton.

The superstructure
Let me explain how the railway superstructure is built.
Before laying railway track, the ground has to be even and firm. This means that a trench is dug and then filled with small chunks of rock called ballast. The men tamp it down with picks and shovels, and then a huge horse-drawn scraper scrapes the ballast to make it smooth for the laying of the rails.

Mystery object clue

The object you have is made of steel. Something similar, but made of gold, was used to officially inaugurate the completion of the construction of a railway.

Continue your investigation

To find out where you are going in British Columbia, complete this puzzle.
Each letter of the alphabet is nu Read More

Calgary -- Cranbrook
Departure: Saturday at 20:00
Arrival: Sunday at 8:00

Did you know that the passenger train route between Saskatchewan and Alberta was changed?
The route used to be between Regina and Calgary. It is a route that is still used for freight trains, but passenger trains now travel farther to the north, from Saskatoon to Edmonton.

The superstructure
Let me explain how the railway superstructure is built.
Before laying railway track, the ground has to be even and firm. This means that a trench is dug and then filled with small chunks of rock called ballast. The men tamp it down with picks and shovels, and then a huge horse-drawn scraper scrapes the ballast to make it smooth for the laying of the rails.

Mystery object clue

The object you have is made of steel. Something similar, but made of gold, was used to officially inaugurate the completion of the construction of a railway.

Continue your investigation

To find out where you are going in British Columbia, complete this puzzle.
Each letter of the alphabet is numbered from one to twenty-six, as follows: a = 1, b = 2, c = 3, … z = 26.

3 _ 18 _ 1 _ 14 _ 2 _ 18 _ 15 _ 15 _ 11_


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Map Illustrating Route of Transcontinental Line

Railway routes to Vancouver. Today, the railway goes north through Saskatoon and Edmonton instead of south through Regina and Calgary.

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Superstructure

Illustration of the Superstructure.

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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 factors that helped to determine where to build CPR routes

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