The history of the Crowsnest Past Railway Route, presented in this website, has many fascinating features including these stories:
- the construction of the railway through the mountains and westward to Kootenay Lake;
- the beginnings of steamboat services on Kootenay Lake and the gala excursion on the SS Moyie to open the new Crowsnest Route in December 1898;
- the mines and mining towns in the Crowsnest Pass;
- passenger travel and the beautiful Soo-Spokane Train Deluxe;
- the elegant sternwheel steamers of the Canadian Pacific's British Columbia Lake & River Service on Kootenay Lake and on the Columbia River;
- local passenger services and the Kootenay Express and the Kettle Valley Express;
- the importance of the railway to Cranbrook and other communities;
- the decline of coal after 1930 and its revival in the late 1960s;
- modern day massive unit trains carrying coal from the new Crowsnest mines to the "super port" at Roberts Bank south of Vancouver; and,
- the heritage treasures of the region, highlighted by the spectacular vintage passenger trains at the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel at Cranbrook and the sternwheeler SS Moyie at Kaslo.
The site map on the Contents page will provide access to the main areas of the site.