Bytown and Prescott Railway Company 1850, The

This company, incorporated in 1850, built a railway from Prescott to Bytown (Ottawa) for the shipment of lumber and farm products to the markets of the northeastern United States and Montreal. Substantial funds were raised at Bytown, Prescott and other municipalities along the line. In 1851, Walter Shanly, Chief Engineer, started construction, and a train first ran from Prescott to Bytown on Christmas Day 1854. The railway, renamed the Ottawa and Prescott in 1855, was the first to serve the nation's future capital, giving it access at Prescott to the St. Lawrence River and the Grand Trunk Railway. In 1867, it became the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Railway and, in 1884, was leased to the Canadian Pacific Railway for 999 years.


Opposite Fort Wellington, County Road 2, Prescott

Region: Eastern Ontario

County/District: United Counties of Leeds and Grenville

Municipality: Town of Prescott