From the days the voyageurs traversed the continent by canoe, by necessity Canada’s immense territory has forced us to develop a superior transportation network. In the 19th century the Cunard Line operating out of Halifax was a leader in transatlantic ocean voyages. Two of the five leading railroad conglomerates in North America today are based in Canada, building on the expertise of CN and CP in operating transcontinental railroads. Canada has parlayed its experience in transporting oil and gas by pipeline into sizeable inroads in the North American market. Conquering long distances is an area where Canada excels.