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Bucket List Trip 2019 - Canada - Craigellachie

Added: Wednesday, August 14th 2019 at 12:49am by Maria

Our last stop before Kamloops is Craigellachie, the site where the very last spike was driven into the Canadian Pacific Railway Line at 9:22 am on November 7, 1885.

The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) was incorporated on February 16, 1881.

Less than five years later, a ribbon of steel united Canada when the railway line from the east coast to the Pacific coast in the west was finally completed with the driving of the ‘Last Spike’ at Craigellachie in British Columbia, on November 7, 1885.

This historical event is commemorated at the small settlement of Craigellachie in Eagle Pass, located alongside the Trans-Canada Highway between Sicamous in the Thompson Okanagan and Revelstoke in the BC Kootenays.

The Craigellachie site today is easily accessible right off the highway, providing a convenient, picturesque and relaxing spot to stretch your legs and have a picnic on your journey across BC.

On that cold November day in 1885, Canadian Pacific Railway director Donald Alexander Smith, Lord Strathcona, raised his hammer to perform the greatest symbolic act of Canada’s first century.

With a final blow he struck the plain iron spike, forging Canada’s first transcontinental railway, from ocean to ocean.

Often following the footsteps of early explorers, nearly 3,000 miles of steel rail pushed across vast prairies, cleft lofty mountain passes, twisted through canyons, and bridged a thousand streams.

While exploring these mountains in the summer of 1865, Walter Moberley, assistant surveyor-general of British Columbia, noted the flight of eagles through a break in the Gold Range (Monashees), thereby discovering Eagle Pass.

After 1881, Eagle pass was chosen as the Canadian Pacific Railways route between the drainage basins of the Columbia and Fraser rivers. The Last Spike was driven here, in Eagle Pass at Craigellachie.

Craigellachie was named after the village of Craigellachie on the River Spey in Moray, Scotland, the ancestral home of Sir George Stephen, the first president of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR).

The Last Spike at Craigellachie site is located alongside the Trans-Canada Highway 1, between the towns of Sicamous in the Thompson Okanagan and Revelstoke in the BC Kootenays.



There's a commemoration plaque to mark the historic event.

As well as a billboard with a photograph of the official ceremony that took place that day.


It's a very nice little rest stop/tourist attraction complete with gardens, a picnic area and a gift shop and mini store where you can buy snacks and ice creams and beverages.

it was too cold for ice-cream for me but these two enjoyed theirs.

I went into the gift shop for some souvenirs...

I bought a little box of Canadian rocks....

and some keyrings of places I'd been to....

From here it is about a two hour drive to Kamloops.


User Comments

You saw a lot of history also....quite a trip.

gosh thats a very scottish name maria x,,,,,what a beautiful...area lovely scenery ..hope you got some good souveniers x...{#basic-smile.gif}

it is a Scottish name....Craigellachie was named after the village of Craigellachie on the River Spey in Moray, Scotland....{#basic-laugh.gif}

thats lovely....the spey is a beautiful area too...ona smaller scale...:)

Very beautiful place Canada, I do like the box of rocks the green look like jade.

Yes Canada is beautiful!! I am so glad I got to see some of that country!!  I'm really happy with my little box of rocks too...{#basic-laugh.gif}

I've always been a fan of rocks I still have a collection I had found as a child.

did you ever see that very funny movie (very old movie) of Lucille Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz going on their honeymoon in a very long trailer and she collected rocks along the way as souvenirs of their trip/honeymoon?  It was so hilarious!!  Every time the subject of collecting rocks comes up, that's the first thing I think of...lol.

I adored "I love lucy" as a boy althought I don't think i've seen that movie. It is a silly thing when you think of all the rocks lying about!

here's a snippet of their honeymoon trailer and all the rocks she collected along the way rolling around, the whole movie was really hilarious, it had me in stitches!!


That was a huge caravan! I did laugh, thank you for the link!

Interesting piece of History to see Maria. Thank you for sharing it with us. Bro. Doc

You're welcome Bro Doc....{#basic-laugh.gif}

I never stopped there. Probably never will.  I thought we would be doinig the Jasper-Icefields-Banff-Lake Louise-Golden trip this year but we have no decided on Butchart Gardens again. Tess wants to take her sister there.

Butchart Gardens is beautiful and it will be a lot cheaper than doing the other trip. I mean what if Tess and her sister want to stay at the Chateau in Lake Louse?  Nope, Butchart Gardens will definitely be cheaper...lol.

You sure love your travel my girl...lol

I really do!!  This was my dream and what I worked so hard for all my life. I am so glad it's all paid off and I can see as much of the world as I want to before I run out of money...lol.

Good for you.{#basic-laugh.gif}

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