Pass Lake Station, originally known as “The Pass,” was located at Milepost 120.6. Click here for its location.
Its first name reflected the fact that the railway was forced to build a long detour to bypass a large rock ridge, effectively doubling the length of the line in the area. This was a direct result of the failure of Canadian Northern Railway to negotiate a running-rights agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) between Port Arthur and Nipigon. Unfortunately, CPR had already secured the best route through the area when they built their line in the 1880s, which forced Canadian Northern to build alongside Lake Superior and through less than favourable terrain.
The circuitous route took the line by what would become Pass Lake, which would lend its name to the nearby community that was created near the station. The stop included a water tank. section house (which still stands today as a restaurant) and a siding, which was retained until the line was discontinued in 2005.
For more information and photos, please read the following great article: The Driving of the Last Spike on the Canadian Northern Ontario Railway by John Todd (Canadian Rail Magazine, November 1979)