During the summer of 1885 the railway was constructed over the pass at great expense. Over 6.4 km of snowsheds (31) were built to protect trains, trackage and workmen from AVALANCHES (the area receives up to 15 m of snow each winter). The CPR soon after built Glacier House, a world-renowned hostelry just west of the pass. After much damage and loss of life from avalanches, the 8 km Connaught Tunnel was pushed through below the pass (1916).
The 14.7 km Mount MacDonald tunnel was constructed by the CPR beneath the pass to cut down track grades for westbound trains. Completed in December 1988, the tunnel is North America's longest railway tunnel. The all-weather TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY opened over the pass 1962. An extensive avalanche safety program is carried out in the pass area.
Author GLEN BOLES
Links to Other Sites
Rogers Pass National Historic Site of Canada
The Parks Canada website for the Rogers Pass National Historic Site of Canada.