Canadian Pacific October 1967 Timetable

As shown in the April 1967 timetable, Canadian Pacific continued the domecar theme started in the October 1966 timetable, only with spring & summer pictures outside of the domes. With this one, that theme continues with new fall & winter photos. The April 1967 timetable also started using a highly simplified map in the centerfold reflecting the reduced number of Canadian Pacific branchline trains.

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This timetable continues to use that simplified map. However, any reductions in trains happened before the April 1966 timetable, as this one seems to show all the same trains as in that one.

Canadian Pacific October 1966 Timetable

In the fall of 1966, Canadian Pacific thankfully replaced its black timetable covers with ones featuring a magical scene in one of its dome cars which is based on one interior photo but in which the exterior is half in the fall and half in the winter.

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Inside, CP doesn’t appear to have cancelled any trains since the Spring, 1966, timetable. In fact, the only real changes are the covers and advertisements.

Canadian Pacific April 1966 Timetable

In Fall, 1963, Canadian Pacific issued a timetable with dramatically redesigned cover that replaced the company’s traditional yellow background with a pretty picture in the foreground with one that was simply black with “Canadian Pacific” in script. This was much less user friendly especially since, when folded (as they often would be), all that would be visible from a distance would be “Canadian” or “Pacific” but not both. This is the last timetable in the “black” series.

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Inside, the 36 pages are filled with ads for CP hotels, steamships, and other services. CP named passenger trains left on the timetable included the Canadian and the Atlantic from Montreal to St. Johns, New Brunswick, plus a couple of trains each from Montreal to Quebec City and Montreal to Ottawa. Almost all of the other listed trains were given the name “Dayliner,” including a few trains out of Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto, Calgary, and a handful of others.

Ski High in the Canadian Rockies

The photo on the cover of this 1955 Mountaineer dinner menu shows “wood’n’wooly” skiers (wood skis, wool clothes) near Banff. But a caption on the back also notes there is fine skiing near Revelstoke and on Grouse Mountain near Vancouver. The famous Whistler resort would not open for another ten years.

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The table d’hôte side of the menu offers salmon, sirloin steak, prime rib, baked chicken and ham pie, cold meats, or fresh asparagus omelet. The steak dinner was $4.25–about US$33 today–while the salmon was $2.60–under US$20. All of these entrées were also available on the a la carte side for $1.25 to $1.40 less than the full-meal price. Multiply prices by 7.5 to get today’s U.S. dollars.

Mount Assiniboine Dinner Menu

One more dinner menu from someone’s 1950 Alaska steamship journey. This one features a cover painting by Carl Rungius. Rungius was a German painter who immigrated to the United States in 1896 to specialize in wildlife art, then opened a studio in Banff in 1921.

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This particular painting, of course, does not show wildlife, unless those brown spots in the distance are elk rather than more horses and riders. The inside front cover has photos of Lake Atlin in northern British Columbia and a fisherwoman toting a huge load of salmon or some similar fish.

Banff 1950 Dinner Menu

Here’s another dinner menu from the Alaska steamship service. The inside front cover has a photo of a herd of caribou swimming in the Yukon River and one of a flower garden in Skagway.

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Entrées included halibut, salmon, French pancakes (apparently crepes was not yet a popular term), boiled mutton, mixed grill, roast beef, and roast capon. Naturally this came with appetizer, soup, salad, vegetables, dessert, and beverage.

The Dominion Dinner Menu

Here’s a dinner menu from what was probably the same Alaska steamship trip as yesterday’s tiffin menu. The cover proudly features what is no doubt Canadian Pacific’s flagship train, the Dominion, in the Canadian Rockies. The inside front cover has photos of White Pass and Yukon Route trains.

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The menu itself is only a little more elaborate than the tiffin menus. There are a few more entrées and a choice of two soups (rather than just one on the tiffin menus). Perhaps the portions were smaller for tiffin, but dining room patrons ended up receiving just as many courses of food for tiffin as for dinner.

Another Tiffin Menu

Here’s another tiffin menu that must have been used on a different day on the same steamship trip as yesterday’s. The soup, salad, entrées, and desserts are all a little different.

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Both menus are decorated with a 1936 drawing of “a totem at Prince Rupert” by M.S. Osborne. I can’t find any information about Osborne on line, though he or she is apparently listed in a Dictionary of Canadian Artists. I vaguely recall seeing the signature on another CP or CN item; I’ll update this if and when I track it down.

CP Skagway Service Tiffin Menu

Tiffin is a British Indian term for a light morning or mid-day meal. However, says Wikipedia, “When used in place of the word “lunch”, it does not necessarily mean a light meal.” This 1950 menu for CP steamship service from Vancouver to Skagway appears to use the term in place of “lunch.”

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In fact, this appears to be a regular table d’hôte lunch menu, unpriced as meals were included in the price of the ticket. In addition to appetizers, soup, and salad, diners could have their choice of entrées including a cold sideboard of various meats. A variety of desserts and beverages are also listed.

Canadian Pacific Hotels in 1949

This booklet has a page or more on each of eighteen hotels from the Lord Nelson in the east to the Empress in the west. The largest hotels, such as the Royal York, get three pages, while smaller ones, such as Devils Gap in Kenora, Ontario, get only one. There’s also a page devoted to four Canadian Pacific mountain lodges and three tea houses in the Rockies, some of which still exist but are no longer owned by Fairmont, the successor to CP hotels.

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Prices for the main hotels are generally on the European plan (meaning meals not included), while the smaller chalets and lodges are on the American plan, and a few offer a choice. The Columbia Icefield Chalet offered a single room with a bath for $5.50 on the European plan and $10 on the American plan. Multiply 1949 Canadian dollars by nine to convert to today’s U.S. dollars.