This menu is a huge upgrade from those used in 1989. Not only is the appearance far better, but the choice of foods is far greater and includes both table d’hôte and a la carte items. This menu includes meals of hot roast beef or turkey, beef stew, Atlantic haddock, and vegetable lasagna, plus a la carte soups, salads, and sandwiches. Desserts include carrot cake, apple crisp, ice cream, and fruit cocktail.
The table d’hôte menu was a card (below), printed on one side only, inserted into the above menu. It offered grilled monk fish or rack of lamb, with soup, salad, boiled potatoes, snow peas and carrots, beverage, and a pastry tray for dessert. A third meal, which came with everything but the potatoes, peas, and carrots, was pasta primavera with chorizo sausage. Multiply prices by 1.2 to get today’s U.S. dollars.
The ex-CP observation dome cars used on the Chaleur were all named after national parks, and it is possible that VIA deliberately put pictures of some of those same national parks on its menus to match the cars. The painting of Evangeline Park used on the cover of this menu was by Harry Leslie Smith (1900-1974), no apparent relation to the British writer of the same name. Smith painted landscapes and nudes in an impressionistic style.