Township of Machin in Kenora District, Ontario — Central Canada
Last Spike at Feist Lake
In the 1870s, Canada needed a reliable all-Canadian transportation route between Lake Superior and the western prairie territories it acquired in 1869. After promising a rail connection to British Columbia, the federal government started to build a railway between Thunder Bay and Red River in 1875. It took seven years to complete the 600 kilometre (375 mile) line. Thousands of workers battled mosquitoes and blackflies as they cut trees, blasted granite, bridged chasms and filled in muskeg. On June 19, 1882, the last spike was driven just south of here near Feist Lake. The line was transferred to the transcontinental Canadian Pacific Railway, which delivered the first shipment of western grain to Thunder Bay in the fall of 1883.
Erected by Ontario Heritage Foundation.
Location. 49° 50.81′ N, 93° 51.48′ W. Marker is in Township of Machin, Ontario, in Kenora District. Marker is on Trans-Canada Highway (Provincial Highway 17) 10 kilometers east of Willard Lake Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in an unpaved pull-out on the south side of the highway next to Little Joe Lake.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. The Fowler Family and The Last Spike at Feist Lake
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 4, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 64 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 4, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.