The Portage la Prairie CP Rail Station is a 119 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 building's condition.
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: it's history, it's
current status, and it's future as the Canadian Pacific Railway Heritage Park & Interpretive Centre.
Notice of Portage la Prairie Heritage Inc. Annual General Meeting:
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Location: Crocus Room, Herman Prior Centre, Portage la Prairie
The meeting will recess at noon for lunch in the Herman Prior Centre (approx. 45 minutes), then resume
until adjournment. The meeting is open to all, but lunch attendance requires pre-registration and a $6.00
fee (contact Vic Edwards at 204-428-3101 to pre-register).
Portage la Prairie Heritage Inc. Dedication Day:
Date: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Location: CPR Station, 251 3rd Street NE, Portage la Prairie
Portage la Prairie Heritage Inc. will be hosting a Dedication event for the railway equipment that is now on static
display at the Canadian Pacific Railway Heritage Park & Interpretive Centre. There will be interpretive tours
of the various site attractions, live musical entertainment, M&M Meat Shop's famous BBQ hamburgers and hotdogs,
Portage Model Railroad Club will have a display and answer questions about the hobby, and more! Everyone welcome.
Portage la Prairie Heritage Inc. 38th Annual Antiques & Collectibles Show & Sale:
Date: Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
Time: 10:30am to 3:30pm
Location: Main Arena, Portage Credit Union Centre (Island Park), Portage la Prairie
The 38th 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 Barry Bills at 204-857-3020.