Fernie & Elk Valley Culture Guide Issue 2 Fall 2016 - Page 4

Railways and the Morrissey Tunnel The Canadian Pacific Railway arrived in the valley in 1898 with The Great Northern Railway following shortly after in 1904. The local Morrissey, Fernie, and Michel Railway brought coal to the main lines and goods to the remote communities of Morrissey, Coal Creek and Corbin. The G.N.R. lines followed much of what is now Hwy #3, passing through the iconic Morrissey Tunnel, while the C.P.R lines remain in use today as a freight route.   4 ferniemuseum.com