Rebecca M.

Hampstead, Quebec

Fêtes régionales du patrimoine de la Beauce - St-Georges et St-Martin

The Canadian Pacific Railway

In this project I will describe various topics of the Canadian Pacific Railway. I will touch on how it came about, who built it, and where it is today.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The Canadian Pacific Railway did not only facilitate transport across the nation, but it is one of the main reasons that Canada is a nation today. The promise of a railway for confederation brought all of the regions together. Without it, Canada would not be the same today.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

One of the main lessons that I learned was that the Canadian Pacific Railway had as much physical purpose as intangible purpose. It united the country not only by allowing people and cargo to travel across the country, but by unifying all of Canada's provinces. It solidified Canada as a whole.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

The main group of people involved in the Canadian Pacific Railway's construction were the workers who laboured relentlessly to create what we now call the backbone of our nation. Their lives were drastically different than mine, so much so that it's hard to imagine what it was like for them. They were subject to harsh conditions and physically demanding tasks. Today, although these jobs still exist, the majority of the jobs involve much less manual labour.