Great Northern Railway Historical Society


Nelson 2020 Convention POSTPONED

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the postponement of the GNRHS / CPHA Joint Convention scheduled for September 19 – 23, 2020 at the Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson, BC, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic that is currently sweeping the globe, and impacting events such as ours everywhere.

The new dates are Sept 17 – 21, 2022. Please mark your calendars.

Our British Columbia Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has instructed that all big public gatherings, meetings, conferences, etc. are not to occur in 2020. This makes it impossible for us to proceed with our convention this year. She has presented the strong epidemiologic rationale for this decision, which we understand and accept.

Those of you who have registered already, thank you!! You will be reimbursed or have your undeposited cheques returned to you.

Those of you who booked hotel rooms in Nelson, they have advised us that they will cancel all the room bookings for this convention, unless they hear otherwise from you.

In the meantime, please stay healthy; let’s fight this nasty virus together by following the advice of the public health experts!! We remain committed to having a GNRHS convention in Nelson BC, and will work hard to make this happen for 2022.


Thomas and Francina Carr, Maple Ridge, British Columbia

GNRHS National Convention Officer & Registrar for Nelson 2020

  Posted on April 7, 2020, by

Join us in Beautiful British Columbia (UPDATED)


From September 19-23, 2020, we’re holding a Joint GNRHS / CPHA 2020 convention in Nelson BC, in the beautiful and historic West Kootenays.

CLICK HERE for full convention details.

CLICK HERE for a printable registration form.

CLICK HERE for a preliminary convention timecard (subject to change)

  • This is the first GNRHS convention in Canada, the first joint convention for GNRHS, and the first ever CPHA (Canadian Pacific Historical Association) convention.
  • This is also the 50th anniversary year of “MERGER DAY”, when Great Northern ceased to exist. Nelson was the northern-most community, west of the Rocky Mountains, served by the GN at that time.
  • There is considerable mining, rail, and sternwheeler history of interest to GNRHS.
  • Nelson is the biggest city in the area with a diverse population of over 10,000 people. The legacy of the past, evident in the more than 350 preserved heritage buildings, mixes with a dynamic arts and culture scene. There are many restaurants and arts / crafts / specialty / book stores in the downtown area; as well as a thriving craft beer industry.
  • The West Kootenays have many historic small towns, and we will be visiting many of them during our bus tours.

This convention has been several years in the making. We feel we have created an excellent and varied program for our attendees. Come and learn about the very interesting and often acrimonious rail history. Meet the interesting people of the West Kootenays; they are thrilled to have us visit their towns and venues.

The convention is occurring in the third week of September, so we could have “Fall Colours” – bring your cameras!!  Enjoy meeting the CPHA attendees, who share our interest in this area.

The Prestige Lakeside Resort and Convention Centre is the centre of all activities and tours.

Click here to learn more, and look for registration info in the March Goat or click the link above!

Tom and Francina Carr,
National Convention Officer and Convention Registrar


  Posted on February 2, 2020, by

Welcome New Western Washington Members!

The GNRHS was present at the recent Boeing Model Railroad Club swap meet and enjoyed seeing current members and signing up several new ones.

If you are one of these new members, please reach out to Cordell Newby ( as he’d like to welcome you aboard and provide some information.

  Posted on November 14, 2019, by

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