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.
Current COVID-19 Regulations for Museums
Please note the following COVID restrictions mandated by Manitoba Health apply to the Canadian Pacific Railway Heritage Park & Interpretive Centre:
- the station attendance capacity is limited to 36 visitors
- visitors age 12 and older are required to provide proof of vaccination (and corresponding identification where applicable)
- unvaccinated children under age 12 must be accompanied by a double-vaccinated member of the same household
- all visitors must meet Manitoba Health screening requirements and provide contact tracing information, wear a mask at all times inside the station, and follow physical distancing rules
Christmas at the Station:
The Portage Model Railroad Club will be presenting "Christmas at the Station", with the station open to the public for viewing various model train displays, enjoying snacks and hot beverages, and more.
- Date: Saturday, December 18th, 2021
- Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm
- Location: Canadian Pacific Railway Heritage Park & Interpretive Centre, Portage la Prairie
- Admission: $5.00 per person (ages 12 & under are free and must be accompanied by a double-vaccinated adult member of the same household)
Please join us for some holiday cheer!
CP Holiday Train At Home:
Canadian Pacific Railway will be presenting the 2021 Holiday Train At Home:
Portage Model Railroad Club
Looking for the Portage Model Railroad Club information page? You can find it here.