Tears! Toil! Triumph!

Discover the incredible stories of Chinese workers who sacrificed, toiled, and triumphed while constructing the Canadian Pacific Railway.

About the Program

The story of the sacrifices and contributions of the thousands of Chinese workers who left their homes and families in China in the early 1880s, to help construct the Canadian Pacific Railway through the Fraser and Thompson River Canyons in British Columbia, is a story filled with tears, toil, and triumph. Experience some of the incredible challenges faced by these workers while learning about personal sacrifice, backbreaking work, impenetrable terrain, railway history, intolerance, and prejudicial practices. The contributions these Chinese workers made to the building of the CPR and Canada should be understood, appreciated, and honoured.

Additional Information

Exploring the Park before or after a school program is NOT permitted. The Village is closed at this time.

Each program is designed for a maximum of 30 students due to space restrictions within the buildings. If you have additional students please call the education team to discuss if this accommodation can be made. The program fee includes 30 students and the adult supervisors within the required ratio. Teachers are included in this ratio. A fee will be charged for any additional students or adults. There is no charge for one-on-one aids. If paying for any additional adults and/or students, no refund will be granted if numbers change the day of the program. The credit card used for payment will be kept on file until the completion of the program.

Please contact us for subsidized rates if needed for your school.

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Program Details



Program Times

9:30 am -11:30 am

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Program Dates

Feb. 20 - April 19, 2024

Class Size


Age Range

Grade 7



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