Posted by: cherylyoung | August 21, 2012

THIS WEEK WAS THE 127TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CEREMONIAL LAST SPIKE IN CRAIGELLACHIE B.C

 

Canadian Pacific Railroad

Craigellachie is the location of the ceremonial last

spike which was performed on November 7, 1885.

 This was the completion date for the construction

of the Canadian Pacific Railroad into British

 Columbia and the Pacific Ocean from the rest

 of Canada.

 

The construction of the Canadian Pacific Railroad

was ballyhooed as it was about six years ahead

of schedule.

Craigellachie was named by Sir George Stephen,

the first president of the CPR.

 

Upon hearing the news he had received financing

 to build a transcontinetal railway, he immediately

 shouted, “Stand fast, Craigellachie.”

This cheer was in reference to Sir George Stephen’s

ancestral war cheer from Craigellachie, Scotland.

‘The Last Spike’ is located on the west side of

Craigellachie on Trans-Canada Hwy 1 next to the

 Canadian Pacific Railway and overlooking the

Eagle River.

The site features a historic obelisk with the names

and important dates of the times, a

‘Stop of Interest’ informational sign, rest area,

public flush toilets, picnic grounds, historic

photographs and a souvenir store called

‘The Gift Shoppe.’

One attraction worth visiting in Craigellachie is

 Beardale Miniatureland, a fantasy land created

and lovingly handcrafted by past owners of

28 years, Herb and Fran Egin.

 

Beardale Miniatureland is now operated by

Three Valley Lake Chateau and still carries on the

 tradition of showing fairy tales through life-size

animated displays and settings.

 

Beardale Miniatureland is only open and operated

from May until September. (Tomorrow’s Blog)

Craigellachie is located 45 km (28 miles) west of

 Revelstoke and 29 km (18 miles) east of Sicamous

on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1. Craigellachie is just

east of Malakwa near the entrance to Eagle Pass.

CHERYL C YOUNG, REALTOR

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY B.C www.cherylyoung.ca

 

 

 

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