Half-owned by the Canadian government, CN’s trains were never quite as elegant, its transcontinental route was longer, and its mountain scenery wasn’t quite as spectacular as CP’s. But CN had one thing that CP did not: a line to a second West Coast port, Prince Rupert, in addition to Vancouver. Add a steamship trip from Prince Rupert to Vancouver and CN could offer a “Triangle” tour of continuous scenery, even if much of it was limited to deep, evergreen forests.
The cover photo shows Mt. Robson near Yellowhead Pass in the Rockies. At 3,718 feet, CN’s pass through the Rockies was 1,620 feet lower than CP’s Kicking Horse Pass. Since Mt. Robson is nearly 13,000 feet high, it hangs close to 10,000 feet above CP tracks. Views of this mountain were considered the scenic highlight of CN’s route, which (being lower in elevation) was otherwise surrounded by dense forests much of the way.
This booklet was apparently aimed at United States residents. “No passports required for travel to Canada,” it says. “As always, a friendly welcome awaits you at the Border and throughout the Dominion.”