The Canadian National Railway (CNR) Station located on the 500 block of Lorne Street in Downtown Kamloops is not only significant to Kamloops’ history, but to Canadian history as well. Situated next to where The Keg restaurant used to be, the CNR Station is still in operation acting as the Kamloops Heritage Railway Station.
This Railway Station was built in 1927 and was especially meaningful in two regards: Through its establishment and growth with Canadian National Railway (CNR), and through its impact on economic growth in Kamloops. The Canadian National Railway and the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) competed aggressively in the early decades of the 20th century. The CPR had already established its transcontinental line through Kamloops in 1885, and it was critical for CNR to establish a presence in Kamloops for some control. This drove them to build the CNR station that we can still see today, and the unusual large size indicates the station’s regional importance. The station was important to the CNR company and to Kamloops’ economy. Kamloops was and remains to be a hub for tourism and transportation, this can partially be attributed to these such expansions and projects.
Today, the station welcomes thousands of guests per year onboard the Rocky Mountaineer. Beginning in April and running through to October, guests arrive in Downtown Kamloops where they are welcomed by locals, merchants, and us, the Kamloops CAP Team! We are proud to showcase our train station as well as everything else we have to offer in our beautiful downtown.
If you found any of this brief history on the CNR Station interesting and wish to see it for yourself, then it is in my experienced Cappie opinion to head on down to Lorne Street and inquire further with the Kamloops Heritage Railway Station. They will have you doubting the notion that “Time travel doesn’t exist” as you step into an authentic piece of Canadian history.
Written by Keegan Lawrence from the Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Information Kiosk at 250-572-3017. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!