The last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven on November 7, 1885. It was a huge and magnificent achievement of a fledgling country intended to unify the country. It was a promise to BC when they joined Confederation in 1871. The terminus was in Port Moody BC, but the last spike was driven in Craigellachie near Revelstoke.
- Write about trains in your life – seeing trains, waiting for trains, sounds of trains, riding on a train, miniature trains, amusement park trains, etc.
- The CPR unified Canada. My experiences in other parts of my country – vacations, moving, etc.
- The last spike was driven by a spiking maul – which could be the origin of the expression “being mauled”. It is similar to a sledgehammer. Write stories about tools of any kind and how you learned to handle them (pens, hammers, screw drivers, paint brushes – big and little tools).