Live Bait presents a Year-Long Celebration of 150 Years Since the Intercolonial Railway Came to Sackville

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The Intercolonial: A Year-Long Celebration of 150 Years Since the Intercolonial Railway Came to Sackville

The Intercolonial Railway was Canada’s first national infrastructure project and was initiated during the lead-up to confederation in 1867 as one of the conditions for the Maritime Provinces to join. It began construction in 1867, and arrived in Sackville on November 30, 1869.

Celebration Events

The Intercolonial Railway: Ties That Bind – February 16, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm at Sackville Town Hall

To celebrate Heritage Day, the Tantramar Heritage Trust is presenting a talk by Susan Amos titled “The Intercolonial Railway: Ties That Bind.” This is the first presentation in a year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the coming of the Intercolonial Railway to Sackville.

To find out more about the Tantramar Heritage Trust visit

Model Train Show: Bridging Time – Sackville NB – 1869-2019 – June 1, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Tantramar Civic Centre.

Join us as we celebrate 150 years of the Inter-colonial Railway in Sackville, NB!  The Maritime Federation of Model Railroaders, hosted by the Town of Sackville, will be on hand with amazingly detailed displays that you will not want to miss, vendors selling plenty of toys and other rail-related items, door prizes, and much more!

$5.00 entry fee per person at the door, children under 12 are free!

Find out more about the Maritime Federation of Model Railroaders at
Sackville’s Railways – A Walking Tour

A self-guided walking tour brochure will be created and distributed by the Town of Sackville. There will also be walking tours debuting at the Bodertown Festival and running to August 31 of the historical railway assets.

For more information email or phone 364-4938

The Intercolonial: An Historical Program of Community Music Celebrating Tantramar in 1869 – July 6, 1:00 pm, Location to be Announced

A special musical program related to the arrival of the Intercontinental Rail and its musical impact on the Tantramar region, presented by the Sackville Citizen’s Band. The performance will include short, specially-prepared, speeches that explain the connection between rail and the musical selections.

Free admission. To find out more about the Sackville Citizen’s Band visit


And Coming Up in the Fall of 2019 (Details to be Announced)

The Transformative Impact of the Railway on Sackville, NB, 1869-1879 – The Tantramar Heritage Trust will present an exhibit at the Boultenhouse Heritage Centre on the impact of the railway on the Tantramar region in the decade after its completion.

To find out more about the Tantramar Heritage Trust visit


Junctions: Art and Craft Traditions of the Tantramar  – The Sackville Art Hive will present an exploration of traditional craft of the local populations – Acadian, Mi’kmaq, and others from the Sackville region, specifically around the time-period of the arrival of the railway.

To find out more about the Sackville Art Hive visit them on Facebook.

Presentation of the community play “The Intercolonial: Ties That Bind” by Susan Amos. This community play will be presented by Live Bait Theatre, exploring themes of the period of the arrival of the train.

For more information on Live Bait Theatre visit

150 Years Since the Train Came to Sackville – CD creation and Launch Concert

Using the symbol of “Train” as a vehicle to express the passage of time, the maturity of moving from place to place, from birth to death – arrivals and departures, from love found and love lost – a musical compilation of 12 songs will be produced into a CD project with a launch concert. This project will feature the work of two Sackville NB artists – Janet Crawford and Ray Legere.

Funding for the year-long celebration is provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage


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