Eagle Pass, elevation about 550 m, provides a corridor through the Gold Range in the MONASHEE MTS
between Shuswap Lake and the Columbia River, 12 km southwest of Revelstoke, British Columbia. In 1865 Walter MOBERLY
, BC's assistant surveyor general, set out to explore the interior for possible railway passes through the mountain barrier east of Shuswap Lake, and discovered and named the pass after he had shot up a nest of eagles that flew away through it. Eagle Pass was chosen as the CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY
route through the Monashees; there the western railway portion from Port Moody met the eastern rail crews, and on 7 November 1885 the last spike was driven at CRAIGELLACHIE
, west of the pass. The Trans-Canada Highway also traverses the pass.
The symbolic last spike in the building of the CPR was driven by Donald Smith on Nov 7, 1885 (photo by Ross Best & Co, courtesy Library and Archives Canada/C-3693).