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Bonfield, Ontario (2002)
Bonfield, ONBetween 1878 and 1881, the Central Canada Railway (CCR) was slowly constructed westward up the Ottawa Valley to near present-day Bonfield, Ontario. Bonfield station was originally named Callander, after the Scottish home of Mr. Duncan McIntyre, principal financier behind the CCR.

On February 15, 1881, the Canadian Pacific Railway was formed, with an eastern terminus designated near the east shore of Lake Nipissing, near North Bay, although the complete survey had not been finalized. Plans however were to begin construction of the CPR westward from a connection with the CCR. On June 9, 1881, the CCR was absorbed by the newly-formed CPR.

Bonfield, ONThus it was in Bonfield Township in the spring of 1882 that the eastern division of the CPR began construction west towards Lake Nipissing and the west coast. At a location west of the present station of Bonfield on what is now known as the Ottawa Valley Railway’s North Bay Subdivision, the “First Spike” in Sir John A. Macdonald's National Dream was driven.

The Canadian Railway Hall of Fame is pleased to honour the Township of Bonfield and this historic location through induction into its communities category for 2002.

Grant Bailey inducts Bonfield into the hall of fame

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