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100 Years of Railway in Prince George: The Grand Trunk Pacific and the Social Landscape

Come and see this special exhibit to commemorate the 100th anniversary of railways in this region.

This year marks the hundred year anniversary of the arrival of railway transportation in Prince George, and the Railway and Forestry Museum is commemorating the occasion with a special historical exhibition.

“100 Years of Railway in Prince George: the Grand Trunk Pacific and the Social Landscape,” will open on April 23rd at 5:30 pm in the museum gallery. This exhibition uses a social history perspective to explore the decision to construct the railway through Northern B.C., the challenges faced by builders and administrators, and the ramifications for the people living in what would become Prince George. Along the way, the exhibit discusses early land speculation, construction worker camp life, and the sale of First Nations land to the railway company.

This is a reflective and comprehensive look at the motivations behind the construction of the railway and offers a view of its consequences for the city. Visitors will learn how the growth of Prince George followed the railway company and land speculators such as George Hammond, and which features in the landscape were built by the Grand Trunk Pacific. They will have the opportunity to read about the Department of Indian Affairs and the Grand Trunk Pacific’s dealings with Chief Louis and the Lheidli T’enneh community, the band’s eventual vote to sell their reserve, and the early impact of the resettlement. Finally, the exhibit follows the Grand Trunk Pacific’s fortunes until its final amalgamation into the Canadian National Railway in 1919.                                                                                                                                             

“100 Years” is curated by UNBC History student David Gill, who has drawn on scholarly literature and local history publications for the exhibition. The exhibit will include many rare photographs of early Fort George region and Grand Trunk Pacific construction sites, as well as railway objects, letters and newspaper articles from the time. Come and reflect on the real human impact of railways in 1914, and gain insight into Prince George’s fascinating story with “100 Years of Railway in Prince George.”

The opening will begin with a talk from the exhibition’s curator, David Gill. Guests are welcome to explore the exhibition until 7:30 pm. Refreshments will be provided. 

Plan Your Visit

Summer Hours

Every Day
10am - 5pm

Winter Hours

Sep 2 to May long weekend
Tuesday to Saturday
11am - 4pm

Closed December 25 until January 1, 2014. We will reopen January 2 with regular winter hours


$18.00 Family (2 adults & up to 3 children)

$6.00 Adults
$5.00 Seniors (65+)
$3.00 Children (3-12) Under 3 is free

*Subject to change without notice 

Upcoming Events

Railway and Forestry Museum Annual General Meeting - April 27, 2014

Please join us at the Railway and Forestry Museum for our AGM beginning at 1:00pm

Special Exhibit: 100 Years of Railway in Prince George - May 1, 2014 to September 20, 2014

Celebrate the Centennial of the Railway in Prince George with this special exhibit

Member Appreciation Day - May 24, 2014

A Lively Concert for Members in the Museum Park

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