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Craigellachie
Craigellachie is located 45 km (28 miles) west of Revelstoke and 29 km (18 miles) east of Sicamous on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1. Craigellachie is just east of Malakwa near the entrance to Eagle Pass.

Canadian Pacific Railroad
Craigellachie is the location of the ceremonial last spike which was performed on November 7, 1885. This was the completion date for the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railroad into British Columbia and the Pacific Ocean from the rest of Canada. The construction of the Canadian Pacific Railroad was ballyhooed as it was about six years ahead of schedule.

Sir George Stephen
Craigellachie was named by Sir George Stephen, the first president of the CPR. Upon hearing the news he had received financing to build a transcontinetal railway, he immediately shouted, "Stand fast, Craigellachie." This cheer was in reference to Sir George Stephen's ancestral war cheer from Craigellachie, Scotland.

'The Last Spike'
'The Last Spike' is located on the west side of Craigellachie on Trans-Canada Hwy 1 next to the Canadian Pacific Railway and overlooking the Eagle River. The site features a historic obelisk with the names and important dates of the times, a 'Stop of Interest' informational sign, rest area, public flush toilets, picnic grounds, historic photographs and a souvenir store called 'The Gift Shoppe.'

Beardale Miniatureland
One attraction worth visiting in Craigellachie is Beardale Miniatureland, a fantasy land created and lovingly handcrafted by past owners of 28 years, Herb and Fran Egin. Beardale Miniatureland is now operated by Three Valley Lake Chateau and still carries on the tradition of showing fairy tales through life-size animated displays and settings. Beardale Miniatureland is only open and operated from May until September.

The Enchanted Forest
Located nearby towards Malakwa on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 is another tourist attraction found at the Enchanted Forest. The site of an old-growth forest, the Enchanted Forest will take you through a beautiful woodland property featuring a forest trail taking you to a giant 800-year-old cedar tree and over 350 handcrafted Jolly Fairy Folk figurines. The attraction park is open annually from 8 am to dusk from May 15 to September 15th.

Craigellachie Esso
Situated 2 km (1.3 miles) east of 'The last Spike' at the Perry River Bridge is the Craigellachie Esso Service Station. A favourite of truckers stopping for a break while travelling on the Trans-Canada-Hwy 1, the Craigellachie Esso has good parking for RV's and features a restaurant with helpful staff. Telephone: (250) 836-4949

Seymour Arm on Shuswap Lake
For backroad adventures there is a gravel forestry road that takes you to Seymour Arm on Shuswap Lake from Craigellachie. The route starts approximately 320 metres (1,050 feet) west of the Esso Service Station on the Perry River Forest Road, eventually going about 85 km (53 miles) to the small community of Seymour Arm.

Please Exercise Caution
Just a safety reminder - the road is subject to clearance problems and should only be attempted with a motorcycle, 4x4, SUV or a heavy-duty truck. Also, there could be logging trucks or heavy equipment using this road, so please exercise caution. Also make sure you have an off-roads map because there are limited directional signs. For information regarding current road conditions, check with the Esso service station on Hwy 1 near the Perry River Bridge.

Accommodation
There is a motel in Craigellachie called the Edelweiss Lodge. It is situated 2 km east of the Craigellachie Esso service station on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1. There is also an RV campground called Pair of Dice R.V. Park also located on the highway which features full-service hookups. Telephone (250) 836-2265 for camping information.

Eagle River
The Eagle River starts from high in the Monashee Mountains near Three Valley Gap and flows west through Craigellachie. Eventually the river flows west on its way to the Shuswap Lake at Sicamous. During the summer the Eagle River is very popular as an adventure destination for the locals.

Information on Craigellachie

Map of Craigellachie
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'The Last Spike'
'The Last Spike'

 

'The Last Spike'
'The Last Spike'

 

'The Gift Shoppe'
'The Gift Shoppe'

 

Craigellachie Esso Service Station
Craigellachie Esso Service Station

 

Eagle River
Eagle River

 
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