The canadian pacific railway cpr also known formerly as cp rail reporting mark cp between 1968 and 1996 and known as simply canadian pacific is a historic canadian class i railroad incorporated in 1881 the railroad is owned by canadian pacific railway limited which began operations as legal owner in a corporate restructuring in 2001. Why was the canadian pacific railway built incorporated in 1881 canadian pacific railway was formed to physically unite canada and canadians from coast to coast and the building of the railway is considered to be one of canadas greatest feats of engineering. The canadian pacific railway company was incorporated in 1881 its original purpose was the construction of a transcontinental railway a promise to british columbia upon its entry into confederation. The canadian pacific railway was built to unite the new nation of canada and fulfill a pledge that john a macdonald made to the colony of british columbia upon its entry into the confederation that a transcontinental railway would be built within ten years that would physically link the west with the east. The canadian pacific railway was a project started by the prime minister of canada sir john a macdonald british columbia had wanted to join the confederation of canada so they decided that a railway would be the best way to transport people and many other items
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