EDMONTON, July 31, 2017 /CNW/ - Canadian Pacific invites local media and public to attend the CP Canada 150 Train community event.
What: CP Canada 150 Train event
When: July 31, 2017 - 5-8 p.m. (show to start around 6 p.m.)
Where: South of CP Edmonton Yard, 7935 Gateway Boulevard
Full event details, including on site activities, available at http://www.cpr.ca/en/community/canada-150/edmonton. Please add this event to your community events calendar. Feel free to promote the event prior to start time, as it is free for everyone.
Media is encouraged to share our Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/1180802392046163/) and engage on social media @CanadianPacific using #ConnectingCanada.
Facts about CP in this city
- The Calgary and Edmonton Railway (later purchased by CPR) first came to Strathcona in 1891 when this community wasn't yet part of Edmonton (Strathcona and Edmonton amalgamated in 1912).
- Strathcona was named after Donald A. Smith (Lord Strathcona) who drove the last spike at Craigellachie, BC.
- On June 19th, 1913, the High Level Bridge opens and extends Canadian Pacific service from South Edmonton (Strathcona) to Edmonton.
- The first railway came to Edmonton proper in 1904, many years after it was established as a trading post for the Hudson's Bay Company and one year before officially becoming a city.
- In 1900, CPR senior director, Donald Smith, later Lord Strathcona, personally equipped and funded a mounted cavalry to send off to South Africa to fight in the Boer war. The regiment, now based in Edmonton, would become known as Lord Strathcona's Horse.
- Today, CP employees approximately 150 people in the Edmonton area.
- CP's operations in Edmonton provide direct access to Alberta's Industrial Heartland
SOURCE Canadian Pacific
For further information: Media planning to attend, please RSVP to Jeremy Berry at 403 819 0571 or [email protected]