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.
Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train:
The 2014 Holiday Train will visit Portage la Prairie again during its 16th annual tour across Canada to assist the local
Salvation Army in collecting food and money donations. The train will be decorated with hundreds of thousands of festive
LED lights, and this year will feature The Odds and Roxanne Potvin performing a few songs before continuing on its way.
The train is scheduled to stop adjacent to the BDO Community Centre (formerly known as Centennial Arena) on Thursday,
December 4th at 4:45pm (schedule may be subject to change), and please remember to bring a food or money donation
for the Salvation Army.
For more information about the train and its mission, visit the
Holiday Train page
of Canadian Pacific Railway's website.