Depending where your ancestor entered Canada they may have taken a train to reach their final destination.  Or they may have used a train to visit or travel within Canada.

Unfortunately train passenger lists do not exist in Canada for genealogy research. Those that may exist would be protected under the privacy act.

Employment records were kept but they are the property of the railway companies and not available to the public.

Records regarding the railway company and its operations do exist and some of these records have been made available to the public:

  • Canadian Pacific Railway: Company Fonds at Library & Archives Canada
  • Canadian Pacific Railway: The Chung Collection at the University of British Columbia
  • Canadian Pacific Railway: Coloured Porters 1931-1949 at Library & Archives Canada
  • Canadian National Railway: Immigrant Records 1937-1961 at $ Ancestry
  • PEI Railways Employees' Provindent Fund at Library & Archives Canada
  • Railway Accident Records at Library & Archives Canada
  • First daily passenger train from East at C.P.R. (Canadian Pacific Railway) Depot, Fernie, B.C., June 19th 1899. Credit: Canada. Dept. of Interior / Library and Archives Canada / PA-041344First daily passenger train from East at C.P.R. (Canadian Pacific Railway) Depot, Fernie, B.C., June 19th 1899. Credit: Canada. Dept. of Interior / Library and Archives Canada / PA-041344

    Archives & Museums:

  • Canadian Pacific Archives
  • Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum in Saint-Constant, Québec
  • Revelstroke Railway Museum in Revelstoke, British Columbia
  • Railway Coastal Museum in St John's, Newfoundland