From 1908 through the mid-1950s, Canadian Pacific offered steamship service on a “triangle route” between Vancouver, Seattle, and Victoria. This menu from that service offers a table d’hôte dinner with a choice of nine entrées for $1.50. Among others, the entrees include Fraser River salmon, scrambled calf’s brains, stuffed roast turkey, prime ribs, and roast tomatoes with mushrooms.
Unfortunately, the menu is undated, but it looks enough like yesterday’s Totem Poles menu and the previous day’s Empress Hotel menu that, like those menus, it is probably from around 1936. The inside shows a picture of a three-stack steamship that would have been either the first Princess Marguerite or the Princess Kathleen. These ships entered into service in 1925, so the menu must be from that year or later. Both ships were pressed into government service during World War II, during which the Marguerite was sunk, while the Kathleen was sunk due to poor navigation in 1952.
The back of the menu lists 15 Canadian Pacific hotels and six lodges while the inside front cover has photographs of Skagway, Alaska, one of the destinations of Canadian Pacific’s Alaska steamship service. The menu itself fits on the inside back cover as there is no a la carte service.