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 la Prairie Heritage Inc. Annual General Meeting:
Date: Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
Location: Canadian Pacific Railway Station, Portage la Prairie
The Annual General Meeting of Portage la Prairie Heritage will take place on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Canadian Pacific Railway Station. The meeting is open to all who wish to learn more about the status of the station project and other Heritage business items. Note: membership is included for anyone who subscribes to the Heritage Park Newsletter.
Portage la Prairie Heritage Inc. 43rd Annual Antiques & Collectibles Show & Sale:
Date: Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
Time: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Main Arena, Stride Place (formerly Portage Credit Union Centre) on Island Park, Portage la Prairie
The 43rd Annual Show & Sale will have 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.
Portage Model Railroad Club
Looking for the Portage Model Railroad Club information page? You can find it here.