Parry Sound CPR Trestle

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Parry Sound CPR Trestle
Trestle viewed from downtown Parry Sound
Coordinates 45°20′27″N 80°01′58″W / 45.3409°N 80.0328°W / 45.3409; -80.0328Coordinates: 45°20′27″N 80°01′58″W / 45.3409°N 80.0328°W / 45.3409; -80.0328
Carries CPR (Westbound only)
CNR (Westbound only)
Crosses Seguin River
Locale Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada
Material Concrete, steel
Total length 1,695 feet (517 m)
Height 105 feet (32 m)
Construction end 1907 (1907)
Inaugurated 1908

The Parry Sound CPR Trestle crosses the valley of the Seguin River, just upstream of the river's mouth at Parry Sound on Georgian Bay, as well as Great North Road, Bay, and Gibson streets in the town of Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada.

Completed in 1907 (1907) by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the trestle is 1,695 feet (517 m) long and 105 feet (32 m) high. The first scheduled train passed over the span in 1908. It is the longest rail trestle east of the Rocky Mountains.

In July 1914, Tom Thomson (who inspired the Group of Seven) visited Parry Sound and painted the bridge and the former Parry Sound Lumber Company.[1]

Today the trestle provides westbound rail traffic for both the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Canadian National Railway while all eastbound traffic uses Canadian National trackage. This sharing of resources was adopted by the competing companies as a way of alleviating congestion in Central Ontario.[2]


  1. ^ Johnson, Stephannie (2014-01-24). "Two signs to mark local sites Tom Thomson painted". Parry Sound North Star. Retrieved 2014-10-20. 
  2. ^ "Parry Sound train station". Via Rail Canada. Retrieved 2015-02-05. 

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