CPR in BC Timeline
This timeline contains information about the construction and early operation of the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia.
- British Columbia joins confederation, July 20, 1871.
- Survey crews survey Fraser Canyon, North Thompson, South Thompson, Yellowhead Pass. (Surveying in 1871)
- Survey crews survey Bute Inlet. (Surveying in 1872)
- Sandford Fleming and George Grant travel across Canada.
- Survey crews explored Howe Sound and Squamish valley as well as the North Thompson. (Surveying in 1873)
- Trial location completed between Bute Inlet, Prince George and the Yellowhead Pass (Surveying in 1875)
- Revisions in the Fraser Canyon including locating the main crossing at Cisco (Surveying in 1878)
- Further explorations in northern British Columbia (Surveying in 1879)
- Canadian government officially decides on the Burrard Inlet route (October 4)
- Onderdonk signs first contract with the Canadian Government to build the railway in the Fraser Canyon. (December 23) (Onderdonk Section)
- May 15 - first dynamite near Yale to start construction.
- December - Cisco bridge arrives in Vancouver from England
- January - last spike on Fraser Valley section
- June - Cisco bridge put into place
- July - track reaches Kamloops
- November 7 - Last spike in the CPR at Craigellachie.