Category Archives: CPR

Scotland to Canada by Sailing Ship, A Family Odyssey


  Preamble The following article was composed by James McCannell (Sr.) of Port McNicoll in the 1920’s. Mr. McCannell was Captain of the CPR steamship Assiniboia from 1914 until his retirement in 1936, and gave this account of the voyage … Continue reading

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A Review of Early Gold and Other Mining in Canada


  Presented by James Douglas Haig McCannell   James McCannell is Canada’s oldest active geologist, (geochemist and engineer as well), born in 1916 in Port McNicoll. His first mining experience was a job underground as a helper on a rock … Continue reading

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Establishing The First Canadian Transcontinental Railway


  Preamble James Douglas Haig McCannell, third son of Captain James McCannell, born in March, 1916, resides in the original family home in Port McNicoll. While growing up, he heard many Canadian Pacific Railway Company (C.P.R.) stories from his father. Because … Continue reading

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The McCannell House, Port McNicoll


. Built in 1912 the McCannell house was completed and lived in by March of 1913. It has been well maintained all its life and many of the original aspects and partitions of the home have been preserved. The only … Continue reading

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Bonar Presbyterian Church


  Bonar’s history is the history of Port McNicoll. In 1912 the five ship Canadian Pacific Railway fleet moved to town from Owen Sound.  Construction of the church likely began sometime in 1913, reportedly on land donated by the CPR. … Continue reading

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Canadian Pacific Rail Terminus, Port McNicoll


          Port McNicoll, named after a Vice President of the CPR, was founded in 1909. The Canadian Pacific Railway had decided to build its own port on Georgian Bay, to replace its terminus in Owen Sound. … Continue reading

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How the CPR Actually Acquired the S.S. Keewatin and the S.S. Assiniboia


Preamble: This information was obtained from an interview with Mr. James  D.H. McCannell  of Port McNicoll in June, 2015 by Carrie O’Brien (Tay Township Heritage and Planning Summer Student) James D.H. McCannell  was born in March, 1916 in an upstairs … Continue reading

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