Westbound Through the Rockies

Most railroads gave away their along-the-way booklets, but the Canadian Pacific News Department sold this one for 35 cents–nearly US$4 in today’s money. Except for the quality of the paper it is printed on, there is nothing special about this booklet, as it is the usual combination of photos, maps, and descriptions of the sights and towns between Calgary and Vancouver (with an extra few pages on Victoria).

Click image to download a 27.3-MB PDF of this 68-page booklet.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Canadian Pacific publication without some cross-advertising. This one mentions all the major CP hotels in the region as well as coastal British Columbia steamship service, which again raises the question of why CP expected people to pay for advertising.

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