Takakkaw Falls Menu

I grew up in Portland, Oregon and loved to visit Multnomah Falls and other waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. When I read that Takakkaw Falls in British Columbia was more than twice as high as Multnomah, I had to go see it, so in 1975 I bicycled from Portland to Field, BC (via Banff). While there, I got my first glimpse of the spiral tunnels, so I took a round-trip on the Canadian from Field to Lake Louise, going through each of the tunnels twice, once in the dome car and once (at the invitation of the engineer) in the locomotive cab.

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Dated June, 1955, this menu was used on one of the Canadian Pacific princess steamships, probably the Princess Louise, as it says it was in Alaska service. The unpriced menu offers table d’hôte meals with a selection of more than a dozen entrées, including cod, salmon. Bombay curry, galantine of turkey, and several more.

Click image to see a larger view. Flickr photo by Steffen Sauder.

Here’s a recent photo of Takakkaw Falls, unfortunately not taken by me. Takakkaw Falls is also the starting point for a hike to see the Burgess Shale, one of the most important fossil beds in the world.

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