The Portage la Prairie CP Rail Station is a 122 year-old building that was still being used by the company's train and
maintenance crews until it was damaged by fire on November 1, 2002. Shortly after, a few people began pondering the
future of the station, as they recognized the building's historical significance to the community. A public invitation
was extended to anyone interested in discussing the possibilities for the preservation of the station if CP Rail did
not plan to repair and continue use of it.
After gathering as much public input as possible, a committee was formed to organize the task of approaching Canadian
Pacific Railway to determine their intentions for the station, and express interest in preserving the building in its
current location -- if the fire damage was not too severe. When all formalities after the fire investigation were
completed, CP Rail officials arranged for a few committee members to assess the condition of the structure.
The committee feels that the historical value of the station is worth repairing the fire damage and restoring the
building. A proper feasibility study has been completed, which outlines the funding and work required, as well as the
proposed business plan and usage of the restored station.
Please continue to browse the other pages of this website to learn more about the station's history, current
status, and future as the Canadian Pacific Railway Heritage Park & Interpretive Centre.
Portage la Prairie Heritage Inc. 13th Annual Train Day:
The 13th Annual Train Day (originally slated for May 23, 2015) has been POSTPONED due to ongoing restoration
work inside the Portage la Prairie CP Rail Station, as it continues to become the Canadian Pacific Railway Heritage
Park & Interpretive Centre.
We hope that Train Day 2015 will be able to occur later this year.
Portage la Prairie Heritage Inc. 40th Annual Antiques & Collectibles Show & Sale:
Date: Sunday, June 7th, 2015
Time: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Main Arena, Portage Credit Union Centre (Island Park), Portage la Prairie
The 40th Annual Show & Sale returns to Island Park, in the PCU Arena. There will be many tables displaying a
wide variety of items. Admission is $3.00 for ages 12 and older; children under 12 are free but must be accompanied
by an adult. Food and refreshments will also be available.
If you are vendor interested in participating in the sale, you can download the regulations and application forms here.
For more information, contact Joan Solomon at 204-857-5546.