Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS -

CEO, The Forks North Portage De­vel­op­ment “I have pulled out an old standby from my lli­brary: Pierre Ber­ton’s Na­tional Dream and The Last Spike. I have read this two-part bbook sev­eral times, and am still gob­s­macked ev­ery time. The almost-naive con­fi­dence and tough­ness of the peo­ple that built this im­pos­si­ble rail­road that united and formed Canada is a thrilling read. The men who looked at the Rocky Moun­tains and the bot­tom­less swamps of north­west­ern On­tario and then said ‘I can build a rail­road through there’ are in­spir­ing. The key role that the peo­ple of Win­nipeg and the Red River Colony played is en­cour­ag­ing, and demon­strates again that we as a com­mu­nity have the abil­ity to punch well above our weight and pull off the im­pos­si­ble dream.”

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