The scarlet jacket of the RCMPs, or mounties, is known throughout the world, and Canadian Pacific loved to show it off in its advertising. Beneath the photo on this 1941 menu are the words, “Karsh Ottawa, Courtesy McLean’s Magazine.” Karsh is not a location but the name of Canada’s soon-to-be best-known photographer, Yousuf Karsh. Karsh was a relative unknown when this menu was issued, but a few months after it came out, he took a photo of Winston Churchill that has been called the most reproduced photo in the world and that made Karsh internationally famous.
The menu itself has a table d’hôte side that features meals for either $1 or $1.25 ($12.50 or $15.50 today). The $1 meals offer a choice of Lake Winnipeg goldeye, halibut, whitefish, or Lake Superior trout. The $1.25 meals include curried chicken, roast leg of lamb, beef ribs, or cold meats. The a la carte side includes any of the fish from the table d’hôte side for 50 cents, plus Canadian Pacific’s dizzying array of other entrées: steaks, ham, bacon, lamb chops, and various egg dishes.
The above photo shows the Dominion with Mt. Eisenhower in the background. The train of thirteen steel passenger cars, an express car, and an open-air observation car was all easily pulled through the mountains by the Selkirk locomotive. Originally named Castle Mountain, Canada Prime Minister William Mackenzie King renamed it to honor the American general in 1946. Albertans preferred the older name and it was renamed Castle Mountain in 1979. However, the right-most prominence in the photo retains the name Eisenhower Peak.