OHML's own Last Spike

We celebrate a historic moment in Canadian history this month with the finishing of the Canadian Pacific Railway on November 7, 1885. Although OHML is just getting going, we have our own Last Spike celebration with the completion of our Toronto Exhibit. It was fitting to have the President and CEO of VIA come for an official inspection.

 

A Visit from VIA

During the past month we received a number of visitors from the business community. These are people representing organizations we already have a relationship with or who are looking to be represented in our exhibits. Most noteworthy was the visit of Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and Chief Executive Officer of VIA Rail Canada. He was duly impressed with the progress of our exhibits and offered his assistance going forward. We also had an interesting discussion on the main differences of passenger and freight traffic in North America and Europe.

 

In the Press: Global TV Feature

During our open house event Saturday October 24th Global TV News interviewed David MacLean. That same evening at 6pm a 50 second feature was aired entitled: “Toronto Engineer Creates Miniature Toronto”.

 

Missing Friends at OHML

We had a very successful Open House in October and it had a special feature for younger visitors. There were characters which children could search for in the exhibits. Next to the four members of our Trillium Family, we had a dinosaur, six penguins traveling in a group, a flock of sheep, a woman beating a rug (animated), a sea lion, two rubber duckies, Horace the Horse, and a gaggle of geese crossing the road. It was a lot of fun for the young folk.

 

Our Very Own Last Spike

November 7, 1885 was a big day for the young nation of Canada which at the time was only 18 years old. That day the final spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven into the tracks at Craigellachie, B.C. connecting east and west. The celebrated Last Spike photograph features Donald Alexander Smith, senior director of the CPR, doing the deed. Just off to his right is Sir Sandford Fleming, the engineer and inventor who gave the world its time zones. We want to observe this notable day in Canadian history by recreating that famous photo with our own Jean-Louis Brenninkmeijer taking the place of Smith, and engineer Dave Maclean for Fleming.

Jacqueline Wong