The Portage la Prairie CP Rail Station was built in 1893, and 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 CP Station Store
Looking for railway-themed gift ideas for a family member or friend? Our store information page is here.
Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train:
The 2018 Holiday Train will be making its 20th annual tour West across Canada to assist food banks along its route in collecting food and money donations. Decorated with thousands of festive lights, the train is scheduled to stop adjacent to the BDO Community Centre (formerly known as Centennial Arena) on Tuesday, December 4th at 3:15pm (schedule may be subject to change), and will feature Terri Clark, Sierra Noble, and Kelly Prescott performing a few songs before continuing on its way. Please remember to bring non-perishable food items for the local Salvation Army.
For more information about the train and its mission, visit the Holiday Train page of Canadian Pacific Railway's website, or progress of the train's journey on the Holiday Train Tracker page.
Portage Model Railroad Club
Looking for the Portage Model Railroad Club information page? You can find it here.