Where are we going today?
In the late 19th century, the Selkirk Mountains of south-eastern British Columbia were the last great obstacle to the completion of a transcontinental railway line. Major Albert Bowman Rogers was dispatched to the Selkirks in 1881 to find a route for the Canadian Pacific Railway through the "impenetrable peaks" west of the Rocky Mountains. He confirmed that a pass existed in 1882 and construction was underway through Rogers Pass in 1884. By 1885, the railway to British Columbia was complete, fulfilling the commitment which Prime Minister John A. Macdonald had made to the new province when it joined Confederation in 1871. The main rail line was operated over Rogers Pass from 1885 to 1916, when the terrible human and financial cost of dealing with avalanches finally pushed the railway company to build the Connaught Tunnel under the pass.
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Please call Rogers Pass National Historic Site before you set on your journey, to make sure it is open - we
try our best to keep information on the website up to date, but it is always worth checking before you
Also it may be worth clicking the link for Rogers Pass National Historic Site website, so see if there are any special events or seasonal things to do that may be going on throughout the day.