Cross section showing final CPR route through the Canadian Rockies, showing elevation of different mountains

Final CPR route through the Canadian Rockies, showing elevation of different mountains. Contrary to its previous plan (proposed by Sandford Fleming in 1871), the CPR opted to complete the last, most challenging section of tracks through the Kicking Horse Pass instead of going by an easier (but much longer) northern route. This decision led to the need for more geological surveys of the area around the pass.

 

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