Rib­bon of Steel

Build­ing a na­tional rail­way

Kayak (Canada) - - CONTENTS -

The first true rail­way in Canada was the Cham­plain and Saint Lawrence Rail­road, built in 1836. It was barely 25 kilo­me­tres long and ran from La Prairie to Sain­tJean in what is now Que­bec.

In the 1850s and 1860s, small rail­way lines were be­ing built all over On­tario, Que­bec and the Mar­itimes. Most car­ried freight such as lum­ber or coal, of­ten to be loaded onto ships. Some ran less than 10 kilo­me­tres.

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