Grand Trunk Pacific Railway photographs collection
The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, a subsidiary of the Grand Trunk Railway, was constructed using loans provided by the Government of Canada. The company was formed in 1903 with a mandate to build west from Winnipeg, Manitoba to the Pacific coast at Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Construction began on the Canadian Prairies in 1905, the year that the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan were established. Construction proceeded west to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1907, Edmonton, Alberta in 1909, and through Jasper, Alberta into Yellowhead Pass crossing the Continental Divide in 1910-1911. The last spike ceremony heralding completion of the rail line across the prairies and through the Rocky Mountains to the newly constructed seaport at Prince Rupert, British Columbia was held one mile east of Fort Fraser, British Columbia on April 7, 1914.
Scope and Content:
The collection consists of extensive photographs of construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, surveyors, construction workers, and scenery along the railway line from Edmonton, Alberta to Fort George (later Prince George), British Columbia.
Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Dorothy E. Webb, 1958; Mr. and Mrs. C.H. West, 1977; and purchased from Aquila Books, 2013.
The material is in English.
No restrictions on access.
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.
View finding aid / scanned documents:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
PD-147, PD-401, PA-157, PA-158, NA-842-1, NA-872, NA-892, NA-915, NA-3658