Last Spike
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The Last Spike Gift Shoppe is closed for the winter season - see you in the Spring of 2023! Craigellachie is the site of the Canadian Pacific Railway's Last Spike on November 7, 1885. The site includes a BC Highways Rest Stop, a picnic area, a memorial cairn and exhibit, and the Last Spike Gift Shoppe. The Shoppe is open from 9 AM to 5 PM daily from Victoria Day until Thanksgiving and carries a wide variety of cool stuff related to the railway and our region, plus ice cream, coffee and packaged snacks.
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Peter H
Kendal, UK45 contributions
Oct 2022
The picture is the same as the one I took. If it wasn't for our tour rep telling us what it was I would have thought it was just a station stop sign.
Written 7 February 2023
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JFLeBlanc
Moncton, Canada3,396 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Recently stopped here for a quick visit. No its not fancy, but its free! Stop by this small place, learn a bit about Canadian History and its Canadian Pacific railway company.

I always stop by everytime I drive by.
Written 8 July 2022
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Karen BF
Edmonton, Canada481 contributions
Oct 2020
Always worth the stop, this little gem provides some Canadian history, a photo opp or two, and clean bathrooms. The tiny gift shop was open, but the take-your-own photos and spike-driving sledge hammer are gone.
Won't take long for this stop, but it's an easy pull-in, so you should stop.
Written 22 October 2020
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pds209
New Westminster, Canada201 contributions
Jun 2020 • Solo
Over the years I’ve made several visits to the site of the Last Spike. For such an important heritage spot, there isn’t as much signage as one might expect, to explain the significance of the site. But the landscaping (with much green space for a picnic or a stroll) makes for a pleasant break from the highway, whether you’re a history buff or not.
Written 6 July 2020
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AllaninWanderland
Vancouver, Canada113 contributions
Jun 2020
Continental Divide. The stop to Craigellachie was symbolic in recognizing the history of Canada and its storied Canadian Pacific Railway and its hotels. Luckily in timing a train was approaching which kept the milestone moment alive. The guest store was closed for the season. A quick stop and moved on.
Written 2 July 2020
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EkMusafir
Pune, India2,206 contributions
Aug 2019
We took a break to stretch our legs at this remote but very historic site on the Trans-Canada Highway, at Craigellachie. It lies midway between Sicamous and Revelstoke in the British Columbia Rocky Mountains. The railway line runs alongside and if you are lucky you may see a train go by.

This place is famous as the historic site where the ‘Last Spike’ of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven in, in the year 1885. It signaled the completion of the CPR, Canada’s first transcontinental railroad, joining eastern and western Canada, thus uniting the two remote parts of the nation.

There were many placards explaining the significance of the site. There is a nice little gift and souvenir shop, and a large and clean washroom, but there were no snacks or coffee shop, though there is a rest area besides the railway track. The senior staff are friendly and happy to meet the visitors.

Not many tourists stop here, so it is a calm and scenic place to rest while driving along the highway.
Written 23 October 2019
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Mmarymomm
Pleasanton, CA1,738 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
This is something unexpected, an historical site at a rest stop. Since we need a break to stretch our legs we pull in to take a look. It is where the final spike was driven in by Sir Donald Smith on the Canadian Pacific Railroad in 1885. The Canadians celebrated their great accomplishment with an iron spike rather than a gold one like their neighbors to the South.
Written 30 September 2019
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Wishbones
Calgary955 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
My husband loves trains and their history!
Especially the Last Spike and enjoys stopping here if we happen to drive by this area. Very interesting stop and I ended up buying a souvenir of little miners hauling bits of fools gold in mining carts in a cut out geode rock.
Written 9 September 2019
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Greg A
Saskatoon2 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
A nice small area with great information and a quaint gift shop. The actual location of the last spike... a must see.
Written 4 September 2019
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Chipper2004
Edmonton, Canada22 contributions
Jul 2019
Always wanted to stop here due to the historical connection here, finally did in July 2019. Not much here though...a monument, little gift store, photo ops. Great stop if you are RV'ing and want to stop for lunch...very nice park with tables. It is worth stopping at and glad we did, historical value gets it top marks for sure!
Written 20 August 2019
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