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^(AJSADA- General Officers Canadian Pacific Railway.
Head Offices: Montreal, Canada.
Sir Wm. C. Van Horne, K.C.M.G President , .....Montreal.
T. G.  Shaugnessy Vice-President Montreal.
Charles JJrinkwater Secretary Montreal.
I. G.  Ogden Comptroller Montreal.
W. Sutherland Taylor Treasurer Montreal.
J. Oborne Assistant to the Vice-President Montreal.
Thomas Tait Manager, lines east of Fort William Montreal.
Wm. Wiiyte Manager, lines west of Fort William Winnipeg.
D. McNicoll Passenger Traffic Manager Montreal.
G. M. BoSWORTH Freight Traffic Manager Montreal.
J. A. Sheffield Supt. Sleeping, Parlor and Dining Cars and Hotels Montreal.
A. Piers Supt. of the Company's S.S. Lines Montreal.
C.  R.  Hosmer ^Manager Telegraphs Montreal.
L. A. Hamilton Land Commissioner Winnipeg.
C. E. E. Ussher General Passenger Agent, lines east of Port Arthur Montreal.
Robert Kerr Traffic Manager, lines west of Lake Superior Winnipeg.
H. P. Timmerman General Superintendent, Atlantic Division St. John, N.B.
J. W.   Leonard General Superintendent, Ontario and Quebec Division Toronto.
C. W. Spencer General Superintendent, Eastern Division Montreal.
R. Marpole General Superintendent, Pacific Division. Vancouver.
C. E. McPherson Assistant General Passenger Agent Toronto.
A. H.  Notman Asst. Gen'l Pass. Agent, lines in New Brunswick and State of Maine -St. John, N.B.
J. N. Sutherland General Freight Agent  Atlantic Division St. John, N.B.
W. B. Bulling, Jr General Freight Agent, Eastern Division,etc.... Montreal.
E. Tiffin General Freight Agent, Ontario Division Toronto.
A. C. Henry Purchasing Agent Montreal.
H. L. Penny Auditor of Disbursements Montreal.
J. H.  Shearing Auditor of Passenger Receipts Montreal.
C. J. Flanagan Auditor of Freight and Telegraph Receipts Montreal.
J. R. Steele Auditor of Freight Claims Montreal.
Geo.  S.  Cantlie Superintendent of Car Service Montreal.
A. D. MacTier General Baggage Agent Montreal.
agencies:
Adelaide Aus D. & J. Fowler	
Amoy China Jardine, Matheson & Co    	
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Baltimore Md H. McMurtrie, Freight and Passenger Agent 203 East German Street.
Bombay India Thomas Cook & Son   13 Rampart Row.
Boston Mass.... j ^^oJvmfcMs«ct P^en^r A?--;;;;;;;;;;;;; J r97 Washington Street.
Brisbane Qd Burns, Philp & Co. (Ltd.)	
Brockville Ont George E. McGlade, Ticket Agent Cor. King St. and Court House Ave.
Buffalo N.Y D. B. Worthington, Ticket Agent  21 Exchange Street.
f Sydney Haywood, Eastern Travelling Agent 30 Dalhousie Square.
Calcutta India.... j Thomas Cook & Son 11 Old Court House Street.
( Gillanders, Arbuthnot & Co	
Chicago <-. .Ill J. Francis Lee, General Agent Passenger Dept 228 South Clark Street.
Colombo Ceylon Thomas Cook & Son (E. B. Creasey)	
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Duluth Minn T. H. Larke, District Agent 426 Spalding House Block.
Glasgow Scotland Archer Baker, European Traffic Agent 67 St. Vincent Street.
Halifax N.S C. S. Philps, Ticket Agent io5>£ & 107 Hollis Street.
Hamilton Ont W. J. Grant, Commercial Agent Cor, King and James Sts.
Hong Kong D. E. Brown, General Agent, China, Japan, etc	
Honolulu H.I T. H. Davies & Co. (Ltd.)	
Kobe. Japan F. W. Morse	
Liverpool Eng Archer Baker, European Traffic Agent   7 James Street.
London Eng.... j Archer Baker, European Traffic Agent j £& «S^fc^.RC-
London Ont T. R. Parker, Ticket Agent 161 Dundas Street, cor. Richmond.
Malta Turnbull, Jr., & Somerville, Correspondents	
. ( Huddart, Parker & Co. (Ltd.)	
Melbourne Alls"-" j Thomas Cook & Son....	
MINNEAPOLIS Minn W. B. Chandler, Ticket Agent, Soo Line irg South Third Street.
Montreal Que Wm. F. Egg, City Passenger Agent 129 St. James Street.
New Whatcom Wash F. A. Valentine, Passenger Agent 1293 Dock Street.
New York N.Y...
Niagara Falls N.Y	
Ottawa Ont....
Paris France....
E. V. Skinner, General Eastern Agent 353 Broadway.
• D. Isaacs Prospect House.
•J. E. Parker, City Passenger Agent 42 Sparks Street.
j Hernu, Peron & Co., Ticket Agents \ 6l ^"'.f3 m^'^m'1 fd
i * . ■ (95 Kue des JMarais St. Martm.
Philadelphia Pa H. McMurtrie, Freight and Passenger Agent Cor. Third and Chestnut Streets.
Pittsburg Pa F. W. Salsbury, Freight and Passenger Agent Room 505 Ferguson Building.
Portland Me G. H. Thompson, Ticket Agent, Maine Central Railroad, Union Depot.
Portland Ore B. W. Greer, Passenger Agent 146 Third Street.
Port Townsend Wash Wm. Heiffer 106 Taylor Street.
Quebec Que Geo. Duncan, Passenger Agent Opposite Post-Office.
Rangoon Burmah Thomas Cook & Son Merchant Street.
San Francisco Cal M. M. Stern, District Freight and Passenger Agent Chronicle Building.
Sault Ste. Marie Mich T. R. Harvey Steamship Wharf.
Seattle "...Wash E. W. MacGinnis Yesler Building, 609 Front Street.
Shanghai China Jardine, Matheson & Co.	
Sherbrooke Que E. H. Crean, Ticket Agent     6 Commercial Street.
_      _ M p ( A. H. Notman, Assistant General Passenger Agent	
St- John JN.B.... jw  H. C. Mackay, City Ticket Agent Chubb's Corner.
St. Paul Minn H. E. Huntingdon, Ticket Agent, Soo Line 398 Robert Street, Hotel Ryan.
Sydney Aus Huddart, Parker & Co. (Ltd.) 63 Pitt Street.
Tacoma Wash W. R. Thompson, Freight and Passenger Agent 1023 Pacific Avenue.
Toronto Ont C. E. McPherson, Asst. General Passenger Agent     1 King Street, E.
D P ( E. J. Coyle, District Passenger Agent	
Vancouver B-C*" ' j James Sclater, Ticket Agent	
Victoria B.C G, L. Courtney, Freight and Passenger Agent Government Strec'
Winnipeg Man W. M. McLeod, City Ticket Agent 471 Main Street.
Yokohama Japan Wm. T. Payne, General Traffic Agent for Japan   14 Bund.
COPIES OF THE HOOKS "SUMMER TOURS." "FISHING AND SHOOTING." "WESTWARD TO THE FAR EAST" and "EAST TO
THE WKST." guides to the principal cities of Japan and China; "HANFF," " QUEREC, SUMMER AND WINTER." "NEW ROUTE TO
AUSTRALIA," and the "AROUND THE WORLD" Folder Map, Issued by the Passenger Traftlc Department of the Canadian Pacific
Railway for the season of 1898, will he forwarded to any address on application Io the Company's agencies at London or Liverpool.
F.ugland ; New York, Roston or Chicago, or to the Passenger Traffic Manager at Montreal. Sets of views along the line of the Canadian
Pacific Railway contained iu small and artistic portfolios are on sale al the Company's News Stands, principal Ticket Offices and on Trains. <?_r_f
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RAILWAY from the Atlantic to the Pacific, all
the way on British soil, was long the dream of
a few in Canada. This dream of the few
became, in time, the hope of the many, and
on the confederation of the British North
American provinces, in 1867, its realization
was found to be a political necessity. Then
the Government of the new Dominion of Canada set about the building of the Canadian
Pacific Railway, a work of such vast propor-
!~»pi»>- , tions that the richest empire of Europe might
well have hesitated before entering upon it.
Much of the country through which the railway must be built was unexplored.
Towards the east, all about Lake Superior, and beyond to Red River, was a vast rocky
region, where Nature in her younger days had run riot, and where deep lakes and
mighty rivers in every direction opposed the progress of the engineer. Beyond Red
River for a thousand miles stretched a great plain, known only to the wild Indian and the
fur trader; then came the mountains, range after range, in close succession, and all unexplored. Through all this, for a distance of nearly three thousand miles, the railway surveys
had first to be made. These consumed much time and money; people became impatient
and found fault and doubted. There were differences of opinion, and these differences
became questions of domestic politics, dividing parties, and it was not until 1875 that
the work of construction commenced in earnest.
But the machinery of Government is ill adapted, at best, to the carrying on of such
an enterprise, and in this case it was blocked or retarded by political jealousies and party
strife. Governments changed and delays occurred, until finally, in 1880, it was decided
almost by common consent to surrender the work to a private company.
The explorations and surveys for the railway had made known the character of the
country it was to traverse. In the wilderness east, north and west of Lake Superior forests
of pine and other timber, and mineral deposits of incalculable value, were found, and
millions of acres of agricultural land as well. The vast prairie district between Winnipeg
and the Rocky Mountains proved to be wonderfully rich in its agricultural resources.
Towards the mountains great coal-fields were discovered, and British Columbia beyond
was known to contain almost every element of traffic and wealth. Thousands of people
had settled on the prairies of the Northwest, and their success had brought tens of thousands more.    The political reasons for building the railway were lost sight of and commer- THE   CANADIAN   PACIFIC  RAILWAY
cial reasons took their place, and there was no difficulty in finding a party of capitalists
ready and willing to relieve the Government of the work and carry it on as a commercial
enterprise. The Canadian Pacific Railway Company was organized early in 1881, and
immediately entered into a contract with the Government to complete the line within ten
years.
The railway system of Eastern Canada had already advanced far up the Ottawa
Valley, attracted mainly by the rapidly growing traffic from the pine forests, and it was
from a point of connection with this system that the Canadian Pacific Railway had to be
carried through to the Pacific coast, a distance of two thousand five hundred and fifty
miles. Of this, the Government had under construction one section of
four hundred and twenty-five miles between Lake Superior and
Winnipeg, and another of two hundred and
thirteen miles from Burrard Inlet, on the
Pacific coast, eastward to Kamloops Lake in
British Columbia. The company undertook the building of the remaining nineteen hundred and twenty miles, and for
this it was to receive from the Government twenty-five million dollars in money
and twenty-five million acres of agricultural land. The two sections of railway
under construction were to be finished by
the Government, and, together with a
branch line of sixty-five miles already in
operation from Winnipeg southward to
the boundary of the United States, were
to be given to the company, in addition to
its subsidies in money and lands; and the
entire railway, when completed, was to remain
the property of the company.
The company set about its task most vigorously, and while the engineers were exploring the more difficult and less known section from the Ottawa River to and around Lake
Superior, and marking out a line for the navvies, work was commenced at Winnipeg, and
pushed westward across the prairies, where one hundred and thirty miles of the railway
were completed before the end of the first year. During the second year the rails advanced four hundred and fifty miles. The end of the third year found them at the summit
of the Rocky Mountains, and the fourth in the Selkirks, nearly a thousand and fifty miles
from Winnipeg.
While such rapid progress was being made west of Winnipeg, the rails advancing at
an average rate of more than three miles each working day for months in succession, and
sometimes five and even six miles in a day, armies of men with all modern appliances and
thousands of tons of dynamite were breaking down the barriers of hard and tough Lauren- THE   NEW   HIGHWAY   TO  THE   ORIENT
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tian and Huronian rocks, and pushing the line through the forests north and east of Lake
Superior with such energy that Eastern Canada and the Canadian Northwest were united
by a continuous railway early in 1885.
The Government section from the Pacific coast eastward had meanwhile reached
Kamloops Lake, and there the company took up the work and carried it on to a connection with the line advancing westward across the Rockies and the Selkirks. The forces
working toward each other met at Craigellachie, in Eagle Pass, in the Gold or Columbian
range of mountains, and there, on a wet morning, the 7th of November, 1885, the last rail
was laid in the main line of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
The energies of the company had not been confined to the mere fulfillment of its
contract with the Government. Much more was done in order that the railway might fully
serve its purpose as a commercial enterprise.    Independent connections with the Atlantic
CITY  OF  ST.   JOHN,   NEW  BRUNSWICK,   FROM   REVKRSIBLE  FALL.
sea-board were secured by the purchase of lines leading eastward to Montreal and Quebec ;
branch lines to the chief centres of trade in Eastern Canada were provided, by purchase
and construction, to collect and distribute the traffic of the main line ; and other branch
lines were built in the Northwest for the development of the great prairies.
The close of 1885 found the company, not yet five years old, in possession of no less
than 4,315 miles of railway, including the longest continuous line in the world, extending
from Quebec and Montreal all the way across the continent to the Pacific Ocean, a distance
of over three thousand and fifty miles ; and by the midsummer of 1886 all this vast system was
fully equipped and fairly working throughout. Villages and towns and even cities followed
close upon the heels of the line-builders; the forests were cleared away, the prairie's soil THE   NEW   HIGHWAY  TO   THE   ORIENT
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was turned over, mines were opened, and even before the last rail was in place the completed sections were carrying a large and profitable traffic. The touch of this young giant
of the North was felt upon the world's commerce almost before his existence was known :
and not content with the trade of the golden shores of the Pacific from California to
Alaska, his arms at once reached out across that broad ocean and grasped the teas and
silks of China and Japan to exchange them for the fabrics of Europe and North America.
The following years were marked by an enormous development of traffic and by the
addition of many lines of railway to the company's system, and by the establishment of
the company's magnificent steamship service to Japan and China. One line of railway
was extended eastward from Montreal across the State of Maine to a connection with the
railway system of the Maritime Provinces of Canada, affording connections with the seaports of Halifax and St. John; another was completed from Sudbury, on the company's
main line, to Sault Ste. Marie, at the outlet of Lake Superior, where a long steel bridge
carries the railway across to a connection with its two important American lines leading
westward — one to St. Paul and Minneapolis and thence continuing across Dakota to
Portal where it again connects with the Canadian Pacific Railway, the other through the
numberless iron mines of the Marquette and Gogebic districts to Duluth, at the western
extremity of Lake Superior; still another continues the company's lines westward from
Toronto to Detroit, connecting there with lines to Chicago, St. Louis, and all of the great
Mississippi Valley. And now, the company's lines embrace over 9,000 miles of railway
and spread out towards the West like the fingers of a gigantic hand.
Canada's iron girdle has given a magnetic impulse to her fields, her mines, and her
manufactories, and the modest colony of yesterday is to-day an energetic nation with
great plans and hopes and aspirations.
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CANADIAN   PACIFIC   RAILWAY   COMPANY'S   HOTE]
DUFFERIN   TERRACE,   QUEBEC. THE   NEW   HIGHWAY  TO  THE   ORIENT
AY I not tempt you, kind reader, to leave England for a few
short weeks and journey with me across that broad land, the
beauties and glories of which have so recently been brought
within our reach ? There will be no hardships to endure, no
difficulties to overcome, and no dangers or annoyances whatever. You shall see mighty rivers, vast forests, boundless
plains, stupendous mountains and wonders innumerable ; and
you shall see all in comfort, nay, in luxury. If you are a
jaded tourist, sick of Old World scenes and smells, you will
find everything here fresh and novel. If you are a sportsman, you will meet with unlimited opportunities and endless
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variety, and no one shall deny your right to shoot or fish at
your own sweet will. If you are a mountain climber, you shall have cliffs and peaks and
glaciers worthy of your alpenstock; and if you have lived in India, and tiger hunting has
lost its zest, a Rocky Mountain grizzly bear will renew your interest in life.
We may choose between a Canadian and a New York steamship. The former will
take us, in summer, directly up the noble St. Lawrence River to the old and picturesque
city of Quebec, the " Gibraltar of America," and the most interesting of all the cities of
the New World. Its quaint buildings, crowding along the water's edge and perching on
the mountain side, its massive walls and battlements rising tier upon tier to the famous
citadel, crowning the mountain top and dominating the magnificent landscape for many
miles around, plainly tell of a place and a people with a history. All about this ancient
stronghold, first of the French and then of the English, every height and hill-side has
been the scene of desperately fought battles. Here the French made their last fight for
empire in America, in the memorable battle in which Wolfe and Montcalm fell. But
peace has prevailed for many years; the fortifications are giving place to warehouses,
manufactories, hotels, and universities, and the great new docks of massive masonry
indicate that Quebec is about to re-enter the contest with Montreal for commercial
supremacy in Canada; and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company's new hotel, the
Chateau Frontenac, occupying, on Dufferin Terrace, a matchless site, is the latest great
step in this direction.
Here we find the Canadian Pacific Railway, and one of its trains will take us in a
few hours along the north bank of the St. Lawrence, through a well-tilled country and a
chain of quaint French towns and villages, to Montreal, the commercial capital of the
Dominion.
In the winter the Canadian steamship will land us at the old city of Halifax, with its
magnificent harbor, its strong citadel garrisoned by British troops, its extensive cotton-
mills and sugar refineries, its beautiful parks and charming views. Here, too, a Canadian
Pacific Railway train will be found ready to carry us westward to Montreal, passing on its IO
THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY
way through the low green hills of Nova Scotia to Moncton, then skirting along the Bay of
Fundy to St. John, the chief city of New Brunswick, a busy and handsome city, and the
largest in the Maritime Provinces — another winter port with an extensive trade inland as
well as on the ocean ; then following the glorious valley of the River St. John for an hour,
turning away from it to strike across the State of Maine, where the scenery is as wild and
varied as any lover of Nature could wish ; then crossing the boundary line back into Canada
again, where towns and villages reappear, increasing in size as we go along, until they
become cities — forests and saw mills giving place to highly cultivated fields; through
Lennoxville, Sherbrooke, Magog, Farnham, and St. Johns on the Richelieu; through the
broad level valley of the St. Lawrence, with isolated mountains lifting up here and there;
and finally, crossing the St. Lawrence River by the famous cantilever bridge of the
Canadian Pacific Railway, at the head of Lachine Rapids, we will be brought within view
of the spires and chimneys of Montreal; and a few minutes later, rolling along over a
ST.   LAWRENCE   RIVER   BRIDGE.
CANADIAN   PACIFIC  RAILWAY.
viaduct of masonry arches, with the city spread out below us, we will enter the magnificent
passenger terminus of the Canadian Pacific Company.
Had we chosen a New York steamship our route would have brought us from the
American metropolis northward by railway along the banks of the far-famed Hudson
River to Troy or Albany, and thence through the Adirondack Mountains or along one bank
or the other of Lake Champlain to Montreal — a day or a night from New York.
Here in Montreal, a hundred years before the British conquest of Canada, the
French bartered with the Indians, and from here their hardy soldiers, priests, traders, and
voyageurs explored the vast wilderness beyond, building forts, establishing missions and
trading posts, and planting settlements on all the great rivers and lakes.    From here, until THE  NEW  HIGHWAY  TO  THE   ORIENT
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long after the British occupation, the wants of the Indians were supplied in exchange for
furs and peltries, and in this trade Montreal grew rich and important.
But finally a change came. The appearance of steam navigation on the inland
waters accelerated the settlement of the fertile country at the west; towns and cities
sprang up about the old outposts of the missionaries and fur-traders; the Indians
receded and disappeared, and agricultural products took the place of furs in the commerce of Montreal. Then came the railways, penetrating the interior in every direction,
bringing still greater changes and giving a wonderful impetus to the western country, and
Montreal grew apace. And now we find it rising from the broad St. Lawrence to the
slopes of Mount Royal, and looking out over a densely peopled country dotted with bright
and charming villages — a large and beautiful city, half French, half English, half ancient,
half modern; with countless churches, imposing public buildings, magnificent hotels, and
tasteful and costly residences ; with long lines of massive warehouses, immense grain
elevators, and many-windowed factories; and with miles of docks crowded with shipping
of all descriptions, from the smallest river craft to the largest ocean vessels.
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HICHEVER way we came, Montreal should be regarded as the initial point of our transcontinental
journey, for it is the principal eastern terminus of
the Canadian Pacific Railway, and it is the terminus
not only of the main line, but of numerous other
lines built and acquired by the company to gather up
and distribute its traffic. From here for a thousand
miles we have the choice of two routes. We may go
through the farms and orchards of Ontario to Toronto, the second city of Canada in importance, much
IB'" a younger than Montreal, but closely growing in the
extent of its trade and industries, and hoping soon to surpass its older rival in both — a
modern and handsomely built city, where the solidity and culture of the older East is
combined with the brightness and eager activity of the newer West. Here," as at
Montreal, many railway lines reach out, and on all sides may be seen the evidences of
extensive commerce and great prosperity. From here we may in a few hours visit
Niagara by way of Hamilton and the fruit growing districts of southern Ontario,
and then, resuming our westward journey by one of the Canadian Pacific lines,
four hours will bring us to Owen Sound, on Georgian Bay, or six hours to Windsor,
on the Detroit River, opposite Detroit, whence one of the trim Clyde-built steel
steamships of the railway company will take us in less than two days across
Lake Huron and through the Straits of Sault Ste. Marie, where we will be lifted
by an enormous lock to the level of Lake Superior, and then across  this greatest of THE   NEW   HIGHWAY TO   THE   ORIENT
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fresh-water seas to Fort William, on Thunder Bay, where the western section of the
Canadian Pacific Railway begins.
But you are impatient to see the mountains, and if you will permit me to choose,
dear reader, we will start from Montreal by the main line of railway, and in order that we
may miss nothing we will return by the great lakes, and see Toronto and the Falls of
Niagara then.
Although the locomotive is hissing, as ii impatient for the signal to go, we have yet a
few minutes to spare, and, if it is agreeable to you, we will look over the train which
is to carry us to the Pacific.    Next to the engine we find a long post-office van, in
which a number of clerks
are busily sorting letters
and stowing away mail-
sacks, then an express or
parcels van, and then
another laden with luggage. Following these are
two or three bright and
cheerful colonist coaches,
with seats which may be
transformed into sleeping
bunks at night, and with
all sorts of novel contrivances for the comfort of
the hardy and good-looking immigrants who have
already secured their
places for the long journey to the prairies of the
Northwest or the valleys
of British Columbia. Next
we find two or three
handsomely fitted coaches
for passengers making
short trips along the line,
and finally come the dining and sleeping cars, in
which we are to live for some days and nights.
The railway carriages to which you are accustomed are dwarfed to meet Old World conditions, but these in our train seem to be proportioned to the length and breadth of
the land. The diner is elaborately appointed — a marvel of comfort and convenience,
and we experience a new and delightful sensation in breakfasting and dining at our ease
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and in luxury as we fly along through such interesting scenery. Our sleeping car is
unlike the " Pullman's " you have seen in England, being much larger and far more
luxurious. With its soft and rich cushions, silken curtains, thick carpets, delicate
carvings and beautiful decorations, and with its numberless and ingenious appliances for
convenience and comfort (even to the bath-rooms, so dear to the travelling Englishman),
it gives us promise of a delightful journey.
We glide out of the Montreal passenger station, an imposing Romanesque structure,
and from a viaduct of masonry arches look down upon the house tops until we leave the
city behind. For a time we are still among the old French settlements, as is evidenced
by the pretty cottages and the long and narrow well-tilled farms. There is an air of
thrift and comfort everywhere.    We have hills and distant mountains on the one hand
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and the broad and beautiful Ottawa River on the other. Villages are passed in close
succession, and soon we are nearing Ottawa, the capital of the Dominion. High up
there, on a bold cliff overlooking the river, are the Government Buildings and the Parliament House of the Dominion, with their Gothic towers and many pinnacles, making a
magnificent group. Away to the left is Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governor-
General, and stretching far over the heights beyond is the city. On the broad flats
below are acres, perhaps miles, of great square piles of deals, and the cloud that rises
beyond comes from the Chaudiere Falls, where the whole volume of the Ottawa River
takes a tumble, and is made to furnish power to a host of saw-mills and manufactories. THE  NEW  HIGHWAY  TO  THE   ORIENT
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We are beyond the French country now; the farms are larger, and the modest
cottages have given place to farm houses, many of them of brick and stone, and all
having a well-to-do air about them. The towns are larger, there are more manufactories,
and there is more hurry and more noise. At frequent intervals on the river bank are great
saw-mills, surrounded by vast piles of lumber. The logs are floated down from the forests
on the Ottawa River and its tributaries, and the product is shipped to Europe, to the
United States, and everywhere.
Gradually the towns become smaller and the farms more scattered; the valley
contracts and deepens, and we are in the new country. We leave the Ottawa River, and
strike across toward Lake Superior. We are surprised at the thriving villages that have
already sprung up here and there, and at the number of hardy pioneers who are clearing
away the timber and making homes for themselves. At intervals of four or five hours we
come to the railway Divisional Stations, where there are workshops, engine-sheds, and
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CANADIAN   PACIFIC   RAILWAY   COMPANY'S   STEAMSHIP.
LAKE   HURON  AND   LAKE   SUPERIOR.
quite a collection of neat cottages. At these places we change engines and then move
on. It is a long way from the Ottawa to Lake Superior, but the ever-recurring rocky
pine-clad hills, pretty lakes, dark forests, glistening streams, and cascades keep our
interest alive. We are alert for the sight of a bear, a moose, or a deer, and we do not
heed the time. Our only regret is that we cannot stop for even an hour to cast a fly in
one of the many tempting pools.
At Sudbury, a new-looking town planted in the forest, we find a branch line of
railway leading off to the Straits of Sault Ste. Marie, where it connects with two American
lines, extending to Duluth, St. Paul, and Minneapolis, and beyond, and which brings this THE   NEW   HIGHWAY   TO   THE   ORIENT
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way vast quantities of flour and grain on its way to the Atlantic sea-board; and here at
Sudbury we see long lines of cars heaped with the products of the mines and smelting
furnaces near by, for within a few miles are deposits of copper and nickel ores aggregating
millions of tons, and the numerous columns of smoke rising over the tree-tops indicate
the extent to which they are worked.
We move on through never-ending hills, meadows, forests, and lakes, and now, the
second morning from Montreal, we catch glimpses of Lake Superior away to our left,
and soon we are running
along its precipitous shore.
On our right are tree-clad
mountains, and there are
rocks in plenty all about.
For   many   hours   we
look out upon the lake, its
face    just    now   still    and
smooth,   and   dotted   here
and   there   with   sails,   or
streaked    with    the    black
smoke   of   a   steamer.     At
times we are back from the
lake  a  mile   or more, and
high above it; again we are
running along the cliffs on
the shore  as low   down as
the engineer dared venture.
'*   Hour after hour we glide through tunnels
and  deep  rock-cuttings,   over  immense
embankments,    bridges,    and    viaducts,
everywhere impressed by the extraordinary difficulties that had to be overcome
by the men who built the line.
We cross Nepigon River, famed for
its five-pound trout, run down the shore of Thunder Bay, and stop at the
station at Port Arthur, a thousand miles from Montreal.   This place and Fort
William, at the mouth of the Kaministiquia River, a short distance farther
down the bay, constitute together the Lake Terminus of the Western Section  of  the
railway.
On the way hither we have met numerous long trains laden with grain and flour,
cattle and other freight, but we have not until now begun to realize the magnitude of the
traffic of the Northwest. Here on every side we see the evidence of it. Long piers and
wharves crowded with shipping, great piles of lumber, coal and merchandise, with the
railway grain elevators looming above all.      Four of these elevators at Fort William are w
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monsters, holding twelve to fifteen hundred thousand bushels each. Not far away are
rich silver mines, and a railway has been made to these and to the iron deposits beyond.
The scenery here is more diversified and beautiful than any we have yet seen. The
wide emerald-green waters of Thunder Bay are enclosed by abrupt black-and-purple
balsaltic cliffs on the one side, and by hills rising roll upon roll on the other. Here the
Kaministiquia River, broad, deep, and placid, emerges from a dark forest and joins the
waters of Lake Superior, giving little token that but a few miles back it has made a wild
plunge from a height exceeding that of Niagara itself.
Our train is increased to provide for the passengers who have come up by steamer
and joined us here, and by a goodly number of pleasure-seekers who have been fishing
and shooting :n the vicinity, and who, like ourselves, are bent on seeing the great mountains far to the west. We leave the lake and again move westward, and for a night and
part of the following day we are in a wild, strange country. The rivers seem all in a
hurry, and we are seldom out of sight of dancing rapids or foaming cataracts. The deep,
rock bound lakes grow larger as we move westward. Fires have swept through the woods
in places, and the blackened stumps and the dead trees, with their naked branches
stretched out against the sky, are weird and ghost-like as we glide through them in the
moonlight. It was through this rough and broken country, for a distance of more than
four hundred miles, that Wolseley successfully led his army in 1870 to suppress a rebellion
of the half-breeds on Red River, and some of his abandoned boats are yet to be seen
from the railway.
But wild and rough as it is, this country is full of natural wealth. Valuable minerals
and precious metals abound, and mining operations are carried on extensively and
successfully, and from here, mainly, is procured the timber to supply the prairies beyond.
Right in the heart of this wilderness thriving villages  are   met, and  an   encouraging
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commencement of farming is seen; and at the outlet of the Lake of the Woods, we
suddenly come upon half a dozen busy saw-mills, their chimneys black against the
sky; and standing far above all these an immense flouring-mill, of granite, with a
cluster of grain elevators and warehouses about it; and here at Keewatin are the extensive,
newly completed works of the Keewatin Power Company, which make of the Lake-of-the
Woods a mill pond of 3,000 square miles and afford a most convenient and unlimited
water-power for mills and establishments of all kinds for supplying the needs of the great
Northwest beyond, and for manufacturing its products on their way to the Eastern markets.
As we draw nearer to the prairies we find great saw-mills begin to appear, with piles
of lumber awaiting shipment; and at the stations increasing accumulations of timber to be
LAKE   OF   THE   WOODS   FLOUR   MTLLS,   KEEWATIN.
moved westward — firewood, fence-posts, and beams and blocks for all purposes. Many
men find employment in these forests, and villages are growing up at intervals. And,
strange as it may seem, hardy settlers are clearing the land and making farms; but these
are Eastern Canadians who were born in the woods, and who despise the cheap read}-
made farms of the prairies.
We suddenly emerge from among the trees and enter the wide, level valley of Red
River, and in a little while we cross the river on a long iron bridge, and enter the magic
city of Winnipeg. It will be well worth your while to stop here for a day. Notwithstanding all you have been told about it, you can hardly be prepared to find the frontier trading post of yesterday transformed into a city of forty-five thousand inhabitants, with miles 20
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of imposing structures, hotels, stores, banks, and theatres, with beautiful churches, schools,
and colleges, with tasteful and even splendid residences, with immense mills and many
manufactories, with a far-reaching trade, and with all the evidences of wealth, comfort,
and cultivation to be found in cities of a century's growth.
While you will find in Winnipeg the key to much that you will see beyond, you must
look beyond for the key to much you will see in Winnipeg. Situated just where the
forests end and the vast prairies begin, with thousands of miles of river navigation to the
north, south, and west, and with railways radiating in every direction like the spokes of a
wheel, Winnipeg has become, what it must always be, the commercial focus of the
Canadian Northwest.    Looking at
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these long lines of warehouses filled"
with goods, and these twenty miles
or more of railway tracks all crowded with cars, you begin to realize
the vastness of the country we are about to enter.
From here the wants of f
the people in the West
are supplied, and this way
come the products of >'
their fields, while from th
far North are brought |3
furs in great variety
and number.
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ND now for the last stage of our journey. The beautiful
sleeping car in which we came up from Montreal kept on
its way westward whilst we were " doing " Winnipeg, but
we find another awaiting us, differing from the first only
in name. Looking through the train, we find but few of
our fellow passengers of yesterday. Nearly everybody
stops at Winnipeg for a longer or shorter time, some to
remain permanently, others to visit the land offices of the
Government or of the railway company; others to purchase supplies or materials for their new prairie homes;
and still others only to see the town, as we have done.
We find among the new passengers representatives of all
grades of society —■ gentlemen travelling for pleasure, sportsmen, merchants and commercial travellers, high-born young men seeking fortunes in   large   farms or in ranching,
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keen-looking Japanese, pig-tailed Chinamen, sturdy English, Scotch, American, German
and Scandinavian immigrants, land-hunters in plenty, their pockets stuffed with maps and
with pamphlets full of land lore, gold and silver miners for the Kootenay, the Cariboo,
and the Klondike, and professional men of all descriptions. There is not a sorrowful
visage in the party ; every face wears a bright and expectant look, and the wonderfully
clear sky and the brilliant sunshine add to the cheerfulness of the scene.
The Rocky Mountains are yet nearly a thousand miles away. A few short years ago
this was a six-weeks' journey, under the most favorable circumstances, and it was counted
a good trip when the old-time ox-trains, carrying goods and supplies to the distant
trading-posts, reached the mountains in three months; but our stages will be numbered
by hours instead of days.
Leaving Winnipeg, we strike out at once upon a broad plain as level and green as
a billiard table, extending to the north and west apparently without limit, and bordered
at the south by a line of trees marking the course of the Assiniboine River. This is not
yet the prairie, but a great widening of the valleys of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers,
which unite at Winnipeg. To the left, and skirting the river, is a continuous line of
well-tilled farms, with comfortable farm houses peering out from among the trees. To
the right is a vast meadow, with countless cattle half hidden in the grass. The railway
stretches away before us without curve or deflection as far as the eye can reach, and the
motion of the train is hardly felt as we fly along. As we proceed westward we imperceptibly reach higher ground, and the country is checkered with fields of grain, and
dotted far into the distance with farm houses and grain-stacks.
Fifty-six miles from Winnipeg we reach Portage-la-Prairie, another city of a day's
growth, and the centre of a well-developed and prosperous farming region. Its big
elevators and flour-mills, its busy streets and substantial houses, tell their own story.
From here a railway reaches away two hundred miles or more to the north and northwest,
making more lands accessible (if more be needed), bringing down grain and cattle, and
before long to bring salt and petroleum as well. Crossing a low range of sand-hills, marking
the shore of an ancient lake, we pass through a beautifully undulating country, fertile and
well settled, as the busy little towns and the ever-present grain elevators bear evidence.
One hundred and thirty-three miles from Winnipeg we cross the Assiniboine River and
reach Brandon, next to Winnipeg the largest town in the Canadian Northwest, a city in
fact, although but a few years old, with handsome buildings, well-made streets, and an
unusual number of large grain elevators and mills ; and here again railways lead away, one
to the northwest and another to the southwest to the Souris coal fields.
Leaving Brandon we have fairly reached the first of the great prairie steppes that rise
one after the other at long intervals to the Rocky Mountains; and now we are on the real
prairie, not the monotonous, uninteresting plain your imagination has pictured, but a great
billowy ocean of grass and flowers, now swelling into low hills, again dropping into broad
basins with gleaming ponds, and broken here and there by valleys and by irregular lines of
trees marking the water-courses.    The horizon only limits the view; and, as far as the eye THE   NEW  HIGHWAY  TO  THE  ORIENT 24 THE   CANADIAN   PACIFIC  RAILWAY
can reach, the prairie is dotted with newly made farms, with great black squares where
the sod has just been turned by the plough, and with herds of cattle. The short, sweet
grass, studded with brilliant flowers, covers the land as with a carpet, ever changing in
color as the flowers of the different seasons and places give to it their predominating hue.
The deep black soil of the valley we left in the morning has given place to a soil of
lighter color, overlying a porous clay, less inviting to the inexperienced agriculturist, but
nevertheless of the very highest value, for here is produced in the greatest perfection the
most famous of all varieties of wheat— that known as the "Hard Fyfe wheat of Manitoba "
— and oats as well, and rye, barley, and flax, and gigantic potatoes, and almost everything
that can be grown in a temperate climate. All these flourish here without appreciable
drain upon the soil. Once here, the British farmer soon forgets all about fertilizers. His
children may have to look to such things, but he will not.
We pass station after station, nearly all alike, except as to the size of the villages
surrounding them, some of which are of considerable importance. The railway buildings
at these stations are uniform, and consist of an attractive station-house for passengers and
goods, a great round water-tank, cottages for the section-men, and the never-ending grain
elevators — tall, solid structures, always telling the same story. Every minute or two we
see coveys of "prairie chickens" rising from the grass, startled by the passing train.
Ducks of many kinds are seen about the frequent ponds, together with wild geese and
cranes, and occasionally great white pelicans. The sportsmen have nearly all dropped
off at the different stations. Those who remain are after larger game further west —
antelope or caribou, or the bear, sheep, or goat, of the mountains.
Three hundred and sixty miles from Winnipeg we reach Regina, the capital of the
Province of Assiniboia, situated in the centre of an apparently boundless but very fertile
plain. The buildings here have more of a frontier look than those of the larger towns
we have left behind; but it is a busy place, an important centre of trade, and one of
the cities of the future. From here, a railway branches off to the north, crossing the
South Saskatchewan River at Saskatoon, and continuing on to Prince Albert on the
North Saskatchewan. As we leave the station going westward, we see on our right the
Government Buildings and Governor's residence, and a little beyond, the headquarters of
the Northwest Mounted Police, a body of men of whom Canada is justly proud. This
organization is composed of young and picked men, thoroughly drilled, and governed
by the strictest military discipline. Their firm and considerate rule won the respect
and obedience of the Indians long before the advent of the railway, and its coming was
attended by none of the lawlessness and violence which have darkly marked the opening '
of new districts elsewhere in America, so wholesome was the fame of these red-coated
guardians of the prairies. At Moose Jaw, forty-one miles beyond Regina, the main line
is joined by another from St. Paul and Minneapolis — a line belonging to the Canadian
Pacific Railway Co. — which now affords the shortest route between the Mississippi
valley and the Pacific Coast.
Leaving Moose Jaw, we commence the ascent of another prairie steppe.    We have THE   NEW   HIGHWAY  TO  THE   ORIENT
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now nearly reached the end of the continuous settlement, and beyond to the mountains we shall only find the pioneer farmers in groups here and there, and, at intervals
of two hours or so, the dozen establishments of an English company, where wheat
growing and cattle raising are carried on together in a large and systematic way — each
establishment embracing twenty thousand or more acres. The country, while retaining the chief characteristics of the prairie, becomes more broken, and numerous
lakes and ponds occur in the depressions. We shall see no trees now for a hundred
miles, and without them the short buffalo-grass gives the country a desolate, barren look ;
but it is far from barren, as the occasional farms and station gardens testify, with their
wonderful growth of cereals and vegetables. There is a flutter of excitement among the
passengers, and a rush to the windows. Antelope ! We shall see them often enough
now. At Chaplin, we come to one of the Old Wives' lakes, which are extensive bodies
of water having no outlet, and are consequently alkaline.
We are now entering a very paradise for sportsmen. The lakes become more frequent.
Some are salt, some are alkaline, but most of them are clear and fresh. Wild geese, cranes,
ducks — a dozen varieties—snipe, plover, and curlew, all common enough throughout the
prairies, are found here in myriads. Water fowl blacken the surface of the lakes and
ponds, long white lines of pelicans disport themselves along the shores, and we hear
the notes and cries of many strange birds whose names I cannot tell you. " Prairie
chickens " are abundant on the high ground, and antelopes are common in the hills.
The country is reticulated with buffalo trails, and pitted with their wallows ; but
the buffalo must now be looked for farther north, where he is known as the " wood
buffalo." Hour after hour we roll along, with little change in the aspect of the country.
The geese and ducks have ceased to interest us, and even a coyote no longer attracts
attention ; but the beautiful antelope has never-ending charms for us, and as, startled by
our approach, he bounds away, we watch the white tuft which serves him for a tail until
it disappears in the distance.
We have crossed the high broken country known here as the Coteau, and far away to
the southwest we see the Cypress Hills appearing as a deep blue line, and, for want of anything else, we watch these gradually rising as we draw near to them. The railway skirts
their base for many miles, following what seems to be a broad valley, and crossing many
clear little streams making their way from the hills northward to the Saskatchewan. At
Maple Creek, a little town with extensive yards for the shipment of cattle, we see the red
coats of the mounted police, who are looking after a large encampment of Indians near
by. The Indians are represented on the station platform by braves of high and low
degree, squaws and pappooses, mostly bent on trading pipes and trinkets for tobacco and
silver — a picturesque looking lot, but dirty withal. Leaving the station we catch sight
of their encampment, a mile or so away — tall, conical " tepees " of well-smoked cloths
or skins; Indians in blankets of brilliant colors; hundreds of ponies feeding in the rich
grasses; a line of graceful trees in the background; seemingly more beautiful than ever
because of their rarity; — all making, with the dark Cypress Hills rising in the distance,
a picture most novel and striking. THE   NEW   HIGHWAY  TO   THE   ORIENT
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Two hours later we descend to the valley of the South Saskatchewan, and soon
arrive at Medicine Hat, a finely situated and rapidly-growing town, a thousand miles from
Lake Superior. Hereabouts are extensive coal mines, from which come the coals we saw
moving eastward on the railway; and from near this place a branch line extends by way
of the Lethbridge coal mines to the Crow's Nest Pass in the Rocky Mountains (where
again coal is found in vast deposits), and is being pushed on towards the great Kootenay
Lake and the mining districts of Southern British Columbia, which will be reached in the
early autumn of 1898. The broad and beautiful Saskatchewan River affords steamboat
navigation a long way above, and for a thousand miles or more below; and Western
enterprise has been quick to seize upon the advantages offered here.
Crossing the river on a long iron bridge, we ascend again to the high prairie, now a
rich pasture dotted with lakelets. Everywhere the flower-sprinkled sward is marked by
the deep narrow trails of the buffalo, and the saucer-like hollows where the shaggy
monsters used to wallow; and strewing the plain in all directions are the whitened skulls
of these noble animals, now so nearly extinct. There are farms around many of the
little stations even so far west as this, and the herds of cattle grazing on the knolls
indicate the " ranch country " ; and here Nature seems to have atoned in part for the
scarcity of timber by providing beneath the surface a reservoir of natural gas, which has
been tapped at some of the stations and made to afford power for pumping water, and
light and heat for the station houses, and which will soon be utilized in reducing the silver
ores from the mountains not far away.
As we approach Crowfoot Station, all are alive for the first view of the Rocky
Mountains, yet more than a hundred miles away; and soon we see them — a glorious
line of snowy peaks, rising straight from the plain, and extending the whole length of the
western horizon, seemingly an impenetrable barrier. As we speed on, peak rises behind
peak, then dark bands of forest that reach up to the snow-line come into view; the
snow-fields and glaciers glisten in the sunlight, and over the rolling tops of the foot-hills
the passes are seen, cleft deep into the heart of the mountains. We are now in the
country of the once dreaded Blackfeet, the most handsome and warlike of all the Indian
tribes, but now peacefully settled on a reservation near by. We have been running
parallel to the tree-lined banks of the Bow River, and now, crossing its crystal waters, we
find ourselves on a beautiful hill-girt plateau, in the centre of which stands the new city
of Calgary, at the base of. the Rocky Mountains, two thousand two hundred and sixty-four
miles from Montreal and three thousand four hundred and sixteen feet above the ocean.
Before us, and on either side, the mountains rise in varied forms and in endless
change of aspect, as the lights and shadows play upon them. Behind us is the great sea
of open prairie. Northward is the wooded district of Edmonton and the North Saskatchewan, full of moose, elk, bear, and all manner of fur-bearing animals and winged
game, and a most attractive agricultural country as well, with great waterways and overland
trails that lead through gold bearing regions to the vast auriferous basin of the Yukon.
Stretching away one hundred and fifty miles to the United States boundary southward, is THE NEW  HIGHWAY  TO  THE  ORIENT
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the Ranch Country; and both these districts have recently been made accessible by a
railway extending northward from Calgary to Edmonton, and southward to Macleod.
You may be sure of a cordial welcome should you visit the ranchmen, and it will be
worth your while to do so. You will find them all along the foot-hills, their countless
herds feeding far out on the plain. Cattle and horses graze at will all over the country,
summer and winter alike. The warm "Chinook" winds from across the mountains keep
the ground free from snow in the winter, except for a day or two at a time, and the
nutritious and naturally cured, grasses are always within reach of the cattle. In the spring
and autumn all the ranchmen join in a " round up " to collect and sort out the animals
according to the brands of the different owners, and then the "cow-boy" appears in all
his glory. To see these splendid riders "cutting out" or separating the animals from the
common herd lassoing and throwing them, that they may be branded with the owner's
mark, or herding a band of free-born and unbroken horses, is well worth coming all this
way. The ranchmen, fine fellows from the best families in the East and in England,
live here in a lordly way. Admirable horsemen, with abundant leisure and unlimited
opportunities for sport, their intense love for this country is no matter of wonder, nor is
it surprising that every day brings more young men of the best class to join in this free
and joyous life. All along the base of the mountains clear streams come down to the
plain at frequent intervals; coal crops out on the water courses, and there is timber in
plenty throughout the foot-hills. The soil is rich and deep, game is abundant, and the
climate is matchless.    What more can one desire ?
Leaving Calgary and going westward again, following up the valley of the Bow, the
gradually increasing river terraces and the rounded grassy foot-hills, on which innumerable
horses, cattle, and sheep are feeding, shut out the mountains for an hour or two.
Suddenly we come upon them grand and stern and close at hand. For more than six
hundred miles and until we reach the Pacific they will be constantly with us. We enter
an almost hidden portal, and find ourselves in a valley between two great mountain
ranges. At every- turn of the valley, which is an alternation of precipitous gorges and
wide parks, a new picture presents itself— seen in all its completeness from the observation car now attached to the rear of the train. The beautiful river now roars through a
narrow defile, now spreads out into a placid lake, reflecting the forests, cliffs, and snowy
summits. Serrated peaks, and vast pyramids of rock, with curiously contorted and folded
strata, are followed by gigantic castellated masses, down whose sides cascades fall
thousands of feet. The marvellous clearness of the air brings out the minutest detail
of this Titantic sculpture. Through the gorges we catch glimpses of glaciers and other
strange and rare sights, and now and then of wild goats and mountain sheep, grazing
on the cliffs far above us near the snow-line. The mountains would be oppressive in their
grandeur, their solemnity, and their solitude, but for an occasional mining town or a
sportsman's tent, which give a human interest to the scene.
Three hours after leaving Calgary we begin at Canmore to see coal mines, both anthracite and bituminous, and soon after stop at the station at Banff, already famous for its hot
and sulphurous springs, which possess wonderful curative powers, and which have already THE   NEW   HIGHWAY   TO   THE   ORIENT
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attracted thousands of people, many of them from great distances. The district for miles
about has been reserved by the Canadian Government as a natural park, and much has
already been done to add to its natural beauty, or, rather, to make its beauties accessible;
for in this supremely beautiful place the hands of men can add but little. Everybody
stops here for a day or two at least, and we should do likewise. We shall find luxurious
quarters in a large and handsomely appointed hotel, perched on a hill overlooking the
beautiful valley of Bow River. The river comes down from its glacier sources at the
west, plunges over a precipice beneath the hotel balconies, and, stretching away through
the deep, forested valley, disappears among the distant mountains at the east. Half a
dozen ranges of magnificent snow-tipped mountains centre here, each differing from the
others in form and color; and the converging valleys separating them afford matchless
views in all directions. Well-made carriage roads and bridle paths lead to the different
springs and wind about among the mountains everywhere.
Resuming our journey, we are soon reminded by the increasing nearness of the fields
of snow and ice on the mountain-slopes that we are reaching a great elevation. Thirty-
four miles west of Banff is Laggan, the station for the " Lakes in the Clouds." We must
not fail to visit these lakes which are of singular beauty, and are situated one above the
other among the mountains, within easy reach of the station. On the margin of Lake
Louise, the first reached, is a picturesque chalet where tourists lunch and remain over
night. From it radiate easy paths to the upper lakes — Mirror and Agnes — and the
aptly named Paradise Valley, and other picturesque spots. Two hours from Banff our
train stops at a little station, and we are told that this is the summit of the Rocky
Mountains, just a mile above the sea; but it is the summit only in an engineering sense,
for the mountains still lift their white heads five thousand to seven thousand feet about us,
and stretch away to the northwest and the southeast like a great backbone, as indeed they
are — the "backbone of the continent."
Two little streams begin here from a common source. The waters of one find their
way down to the Saskatchewan and into Hudson's Bay, and the other joins the flood
which the Columbia pours into the Pacific Ocean. Passing three emerald lakes, deep
set in the mountains, we follow the west-bound stream down through a tortuous rock-
ribbed canon, where the waters are dashed to foam in incessant leaps and whirls. This
is the Wapta or Kicking-Horse Pass. Ten miles below the summit we round the base
of Mount Stephen, a stupendous mountain rising directly from the railway to a height of
more than eight thousand feet, holding on one of its shoulders, and almost over our
heads, a glacier whose shining green ice, five hundred feet thick, is slowly crowded over
a sheer precipice of dizzy height, and crushed to atoms below. On the broad front of
the mountain we trace the zig-zag lines of a tramway coming down from a silver mine
somewhere among the clouds. From the railway, clinging to the mountain side, we look
down upon the river valley, which, suddenly widening, here holds between the dark
pine-clad mountains a mirror-like sheet of water, reflecting with startling fidelity each
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Still following the river, now crossing deep ravines, now piercing projecting rocky
spurs, now quietly gliding through level park-like expanses of greensward, with beautiful
trees, pretty lakelets and babbling brooks, with here and there a saw-mill, a slate-quarry
or some other new industry, we soon enter a tremendous gorge, whose frowning walls,
thousands of feet high, seem to overhang the boiling stream which frets and roars at
their base, and this we follow for miles, half shut in from the daylight.
Two hours from the summit and three thousand feet below it, the gorge suddenly
expands, and we see before us high up against the sky a jagged line of snowy peaks of
new forms and colors. A wide, deep, forest-covered valley intervenes, holding a broad
and rapid river. This is the Columbia. The new mountains before us are the Selkirks,
and we have now crossed the Rockies. Sweeping around into the Columbia Valley we
have a glorious mountain view. To the north and south, as far as the eye can reach,
we have the Rockies on the one hand and the Selkirks on the other, widely differing in
aspect, but each indescribably grand. Both rise from the river in a succession of tree-
clad benches, and soon leaving the trees behind, shoot upward to the regions of perpetual
snow and ice. Here is the new town of Golden, with smelting works, river steamers, and
choice "corner lots." The railway turns down the Columbia, following one of the river
benches through gigantic trees for twenty miles to Donald, where a number of our fellow
passengers leave us. Some of them are miners or prospectors bound for the silver
mines in the vicinity, or the gold " diggin's " farther down the river; others are ambitious
sportsmen, who are seeking mountain goat, or caribou, or mountain sheep — the famous
" big horn." They will not fail to run upon a bear now and then, black or cinnamon,
and perchance a grizzly.
Crossing the Columbia, and following it down through a great canon, through
tunnels and deep rock-cuttings, we shortly enter the Beaver Valley and commence the
ascent of the Selkirks, and then for twenty miles we climb along the mountain sides,
through dense forests of enormous trees, until, near the summit, we find ourselves in the
midst of a wonderful group of peaks of fantastic shapes and many colors. At the summit
itself, four thousand five hundred feet above tide-water, is a natural resting-place — a
broad level area surrounded by mountain monarchs, all of them in the deadly embrace
of glaciers. Strange, under this warm summer's sky, to see this battle going on between
rocks and ice — a battle begun aeons ago and to continue for aeons to come ! To the
north, and so near us that we imagine that we hear the crackling of the ice, is a great
glacier whose clear green fissures we can plainly see. To the south is another, vastly
larger, by the side of which the greatest of those of the Alps would be insignificant.
Smaller glaciers find lodgment on all the mountain benches and slopes, whence innumerable sparkling cascades of ice water come leaping clown.
Descending westerly from the summit we reach in a few minutes the Glacier House,
a delightful hotel situated almost in the face of the Great Glacier and at the foot of the.
grandest of all peaks of the Selkirks — Sir Donald — an acute pyramid of naked rock
shooting up nearly eight thousand feet above us. In the dark valley far below we see
the glacier-fed Illicilliwaet glistening through the tree-tops, and beyond and everywhere THE   NEW   HIGHWAY  TO  THE   ORIENT
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the mountains rise in majesty and immensity beyond all comparison. To reach the deep
valley below, the engineers wound the railway in a series of great curves or loops all about
the mountain slopes, and as we move on, this marvellous scene is presented to us in every
aspect. We plunge again for hours through precipitous gorges, deep and dark, and again
cross the Columbia River, which has made a great detour around the Selkirk Mountains,
while we have come directly through them. The river is wider and deeper here, and
navigated by steamboats southward for nearly two hundred miles.
On its east bank stands Revelstoke, the supply point for the mining districts up and
down the river, and here, perched on a mountain bench overlooking the river, is a fine hotel.
And here it will be well worth our while to turn away for a few days and visit the
Kootenay country. A branch line will take us down to Arrowhead at the head of the
Upper Arrow Lake, and from thence an elegantly appointed and speedy steamboat through
the long and beautiful stretch of the Upper Lake, with the Selkirks on one hand and the
Gold Range on the other, to Nakusp, from which a railway will convey us to Slocan Lake,
one of the prettiest of mountain waters, and to the heart of the silver mining regions of
the Kootenay; or the journey can be continued by steamboat to the mouth of the
Kootenay Canon, and through this grand canon, down which the mighty Kootenay River
dashes on its way to the Columbia, a railway will carry us to the great Kootenay Lake,
where we may again take a steamboat and visit silver and gold and copper mines without
number, or we may follow the west bank of the Columbia River down to Trail, where a
narrow gauge railway will convey us to Rossland, around which cluster a group of famous
gold mines, and on the whole route enjoy the most superb combination of lake and
mountain scenery that can be found anywhere.
But, if we continue on our journey to the Pacific, we are at once confronted by the
Gold Range, another grand snow-clad series of mountains, but broken directly across, and
offering no obstacle to the railway. The deep and narrow pass through this range takes
us for forty miles or more between parallel lines of almost vertical cliffs, into the faces of
which the line is frequently crowded by deep black lakes ; and all the way the bottom of
the valley is thickly set with trees of many varieties and astonishing size, exceeding even
those of the Columbia.
A sudden flash of light indicates that we have emerged from the pass, and we see stretching away before us the Shuswap Lakes, whose crystal waters are hemmed and broken in
every way by abruptly rising mountains. And here again we may turn aside and visit the
Okanagan Lake, two hours distant by a branch line of railway — another mountain-hemmed
lake extending many miles to the south, bordering on which is the greatest game country of
the continent. There are cariboo and bear, mountain sheep and mountain goat and deer,
and smaller game in plenty, and the waters are filled with fish. By this lake the great
undeveloped mining region, generally known as Boundary Creek, is most easily reached.
Going on again, and after playing hide-and-seek with these lovely lakes for an hour or
two, the valley of the South Thompson River is reached — a wide, almost treeless valley,
already occupied from end to end by farms and cattle ranches ; and here for the first time THE   NEW   HIGHWAY  TO   THE   ORIENT
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THE   CANADIAN   PACIFIC   RAILWAY.
irrigating ditches appear.    Flocks and herds are grazing everywhere, and the ever present
mountains look down upon us more kindly than has been their wont.
Then comes Kamloops, the principal town in the interior of British Columbia, in
whose dry, salubrious climate those of weak lungs derive especial benefit, and just beyond
we follow for an hour the shore of Kamloops Lake, shooting through tunnel after tunnel,
and then the valley shuts in and the scarred and rugged mountains frown upon us again,
and for hours we wind along their sides, looking down upon a tumbling river, its waters
sometimes almost within our reach and
sometimes lost below.   We suddenly cross
the deep black gorge of the Fraser River
on a massive bridge of steel, seemingly
constructed in mid-air, plunge through a
tunnel, and enter the famous  canon of
the Fraser.
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The view here changes from the grand to the terrible. Through this gorge, so deep
and narrow in many places that the rays of the sun hardly enter it, the black and ferocious waters of the great river force their way. We are in the heart of the Cascade
Range, and above the walls of the canon we occasionally see the mountain peaks gleaming against the sky. Hundreds of feet above the river is the railway, notched into the face
of the cliffs, now and then crossing the great chasm by a tall viaduct or disappearing in a
tunnel through a projecting spur of rock, but so well made, and so thoroughly protected
everywhere, that we feel no sense of danger. For hours we are deafened by the roar of
the waters below, and we pray for the broad sunshine once more. The scene is
fascinating in its terror, and we finally leave it gladly, yet regretfully.
BLACK  CANON,  THOMPSON   RIVER,   BRITISH   COLUMBIA.     CANADIAN   PACIFIC  RAILWAY.
At Yale the canon ends and the river widens out, but we have mountains yet in
plenty, at times receding and then drawing near again. We see Chinamen washing gold
on the sand-bars and Indians herding cattle in the meadows; and the villages of the
Indians, each with its little unpainted houses and miniature chapel, alternate rapidly with
the collection of huts where the Chinamen congregate. Salmon drying on poles near the
river give brilliant touches of color to the landscape, and here and there we see the
curious graveyards of the Indians, neatly enclosed and decorated with banners, streamers,
and all manner of carved " totems."
A gleaming white cone rises toward the southeast. It is Mount Baker, sixty miles
away and fourteen thousand feet above us. We cross large rivers flowing into the Fraser,
all moving slowly here as if resting after their tumultuous passage  down between  the THE  NEW   HIGHWAY   TO   THE   ORIENT 41
mountain ranges. As the valley widens out farms and orchards become more and more
frequent, and our hearts are gladdened with the sight of broom and other shrubs and
plants familiar to English eyes, for as we approach the coast we find a climate like that of
the South of England, but with more sunshine. Touching the Fraser River now and
then, we see an occasional steamboat, and here in the lower part the water is dotted with
Indian canoes, all engaged in catching salmon which visit these rivers in astonishing
numbers, and which when caught are frozen and sent eastward by the railway, or canned
in great quantities and shipped to all parts of the world.
At Mission a branch line turns off to the south, crossing the Fraser River immediately and connecting at the international boundary with railways extending along Puget
Sound to Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, and San Francisco, and all the way to the Gulf of
California, passing in turn those glorious isolated mountain peaks that stud the Pacific
coast — Baker, Tacoma, Hood, and Shasta.
Passing through a forest of mammoth trees, some of them twelve feet or more in
diameter, and nearly three hundred feet high, we find ourselves on the tide-waters of the
Pacific at the eastern extremity of Burrard Inlet. Following down the shore of this
mountain-girt inlet for half an hour, our train rolls into the station of Vancouver, the
western terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway. 42
THE   CANADIAN   PACIFIC  RAILWAY
E soon find comfortable quarters in a fine hotel, equal to
any we have seen in the East, and its situation on high
ground affords us a most interesting and charming view of
the new city and the surrounding country. Far away at
the southeast Mount Baker looms up all white and serene.
At the north, and rising directly from the sea, is a beautiful group of the Cascade Mountains, bathed in a violet
light and vividly reflected in the glassy waters of the inlet.
Looking towards the west, out over English Bay and the
/-...}'i'i^i_M^___^__>^W Straits of Georgia, we see the   dark-blue   mountains   or
*'>'! "i\        Vancouver   Island,   and  at  the   southwest,   beyond the
broad delta of Fraser River, is the Olympian range — a
long line of opalescent peaks fading into the distance. At our feet is a busy scene.
The city is new indeed; only one or two of its many buildings were here seven years
ago — a forest stood here then. The men who built the town could not wait for
bricks and mortar, and all the earlier houses were built of wood; but fire swept all of
these away, and solid handsome structures of brick and granite took their place. Down at
the water's edge are long wharves where steamships from China and Japan, Australia, New
Zealand, Hawaiian and Fijian Islands, from California, Puget Sound and Alaska, are discharging or taking in cargoes ; and at the warehouses along the wharves are lines of railway cars
loading for the Atlantic sea-board with teas, sugar, silk, seal-skins, fish, fruit and many other
commodities. Here and there all around the inlet are great saw-mills where steamships and
sailing vessels are taking in timber and deals for China and Australia, South America, and
even for England. The great white steamship that catches the eye first among all the
shipping in the harbor is the " Empress of India," one of the three swift and magnificent
twin screw steamships recently placed on the route between Vancouver and Japan and
China, by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, the like of which has never been seen
in Pacific waters — great steel steamships like the best of the Atlantic liners, but more
perfect and luxurious in their appointments. Think of it. We are within ten days of
Yokohama — of wonderful Japan ! Near by is another fine steamship of the first-class ; one
of the new line to Honolulu, Suva (Fiji), Wellington, New Zealand, and Sydney, Australia.
A few miles away is New Westminster, on the Fraser, one of the old towns of British
Columbia, now quickened into vigorous growth by the advent of the railway, and the
columns of smoke rising in that direction tell us of its extensive salmon canneries and
saw-mills. There, too, ships are loading for all parts of the world. And over against
Vancouver Island are other columns of smoke, indicating the great coal mines from which
nearly all of the steamships of the Pacific are supplied.
Northward for twelve hundred miles through the Gulf of Georgia and the wonderful
fiords of Alaska, where the mountains are embraced  in a thousand  arms  of the sea, THE   NEW   HIGHWAY   TO  THE   ORIENT
ply numerous steamers, crowded with tourists, and with gold seekers bound for the great
Klondike mining region in Canada's far northwest. Southwestward the Straits of
Fuca lead out past the entrance to Puget Sound and past the city of Victoria, to the
open Pacific. All these waters, from Puget Sound to Alaska, hardly known a few years
ago, are now dotted with all kinds of craft, from the largest to the smallest, engaged in
ill manner of trade.
No wonder that, with all her magnificent resources in precious metals, her coal and
iron, her inexhaustible fisheries and vast forests, her delightful climate and rich valleys,
her matchless harbors and her newly completed transcontinental railway, British Columbia
expects a brilliant future; and no wonder that everybody here is at work with all
his might !
I ask your pardon, patient reader, for my persistence in showing you all sorts of
things as we came along, whether you wished to see them or not. My anxiety that you
should miss nothing you might wish to see is my only excuse. You have been bored
nearly to death, no doubt, and I have noticed signs of impatience which lead me to
suspect your desire for freedom to go and see as you like, and as you have found that
no guide is necessary, I will, with your permission, leave you here; but before releasing
your hand, let me advise you not to fail, now that you are so near, to visit Victoria,
the beautiful capital of British Columbia. A steamer will take you there in a few
hours, and you will be rewarded in finding a transplanted section of Old England,
climate, people, and all; and more vigorous, perhaps, because of the transplanting.
The city stands on the southern extremity of Vancouver Island, overlooking the Straits
CANADIAN   PACIFIC   RAILWAY   CO. S   HOTEL   VANCOUVER. 44
THE   CANADIAN   PACIFIC   RAILWAY
of Fuca and the entrance to Puget Sound. The wealth of the Province is chiefly
centred here, and the great warehouses and busy wharves testify to the extensive
trade of the city, and the tasteful and in many cases splendid residences testify to a
more than colonial refinement.
Near Victoria you will find Esquimalt, Britain's North Pacific naval station, and an
iron-clad or two, and perchance some old friends from home ; and let me advise you.
furthermore, to take all of your luggage with you to Victoria, for I am sure you will be
in no hurry to come away.
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CANADIAN   PACIFIC   STEAMER   ON   ARROW   LAKES. THE   NEW   HIGHWAY  TO   THE   ORIENT
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CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY CO.'S
TWIN   SCREW   STEAMSHIPS
ROYAL    MAIL,    KOUTE    TO
JAPAIV    AJVD     CHINA.
STEAMSHIPS
EMPRESS  OF INDIA. EMPRESS  OF JAPAN. EMPRESS  OF CHINA.
They are alike in every detail, 485 ft. long, 51 ft. beam, 36 ft. depth and 6000 tons register, twin screws,
triple expansion engines, 10,000 horse power, speed 1 9 knots. They run between VANCOUVER and VICTORIA, B.C.,
and YOKOHAMA, KOBE, NAGASAKI, SHANGHAI and HONG KONG.
Of these magnificent vessels constructed under supervision of the English Admiralty, with numerous
water-tight compartments, insuring perfect safety, and equipped with all the most improved appliances
devised by modern marine engineering for obtaining speed, comfort aad luxury, one will sail from Vancouver,
B.C., subject to unavoidable changes, ONCE IX EVERY THREE OR FOUR WEEKS
These vessels are in every respect superior to any ships that have as yet sailed the Pacific Ocean. Their
route is 300 miles shorter than that of any other trans-Pacific Line.
CANADIAN-AUSTRALIAN   STEAMSHIP  LINE.
R.   M.  S.       MIOWERA,
WARRIMOO" AND       OORANGI.
Sailings between VANCOUVER, B.C., VICTORIA, B.C., and HONOLULU, HAWAIIAN ISLANDS, SUVA, FIJIAN ISLANDS,
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND, and SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, every four weeks.
Passengers booked FR01L LONDON OR LTVEIIFOOL, NEW YORK, BOSTON, MONTREAL, TORONTO, or any of the
principal cities of CANADA and the UNITED STATES.
AROIXD    TEE   WORLD  booking in connection with the P. &, O. and fast trans-Atlantic
lines a specialty.
For freight or passage, handbooks of information, Around the "World Folder, or a copy of ""Westward to
the Far East," or " East to the West," Guide-books to the Principal Cities of Japan and China, apply to
H. J. COLVIN,  District Passenger Agent 197 Washington Street, Boston.
E. V. SKINNER,  General Eastern Agent 353 Broadway, New York.
A. H. NOTMAN, Asst. General Passenger Agent St. John, N.B.
W. T. PAYNE,  General Traffic Agent for Japan Yokohama, Japan.
J. F. LEE,  General Agent, Passenger Department 228 South Clark Street, Chicago.
M. M. STERN,  District Passenger Agent Chronicle Building, San Francisco.
C. E. McPHERSON, Asst. General Passenger Agent 1 King Street East, Toronto.
E. J. COYLE, District Passenger Agent Vancouver.
W. R. CALLAWAY,  General Passenger Agent,   " Soo " Line Minneapolis, Minn.
W. S. THORN, Asst. General Passenger Agent,   " Soo " Line — St. Paul, Minn.
G. W. HIBBARD, General Passenger Agent,   " South Shore " Line Marquette, Mich.
ROBT. KERR, Traffic Manager, Lines West of Lake Superior Winnipeg.
C. E. E. USSHER, General Passenger Agent, Lines East of Port Arthur Montreal.
_>.   E.    BROWX, AKCHEK    SAKEK, European Traffic Agent,
General Agent China and Japan, India, &c. 67 & 68 King William, London, E.C.
Hong Kong, Shanghai and Yokohama. 30 Cockspur St., S.W., London
7 James Street, Liverpool.
67 St. Vincent St., Glasgow-
Gt.  M.  ROSWOKTH,  Freight Traffic Manager, Montreal.
1).   McIVICO_-I_,  Passenger Traffic Manager, Montreal- 46
THE   CANADIAN   PACIFIC  RAILWAY
CANADIAN  PACIFIC HOTELS.
While the perfect sleeping and dining car service of the Canadian Pacific Railway provides every comfort and luxury for
travellers making the continuous overland through trip, it has been found necessary to provide places at the principal points of
interest among the mountains where tourists and others might explore and enjoy the magnificent scenery.
The Company have erected at convenient points hotels, which, by their special excellence, add another to the many elements
of superiority for which the Railway is famous, and are building a combined hotel and station in Montreal, which will be
opened in June, 1898.
THE  CHATEAU   FRONTENAC,
at Quebec, the quaintest and historically the most interesting
city in America, is one of the finest hotels on the continent.
It is fire-proof, and occupies a commanding position overlooking the St. Lawrence, its site being, perhaps, the grandest in
the world. The Chateau Frontenac was erected in 1893, at a
cost of nearly a million of dollars, and is now being enlarged to
meet the increasing demands of travel. Great taste marks the
furnishing, fitting and decorating of this imposing structure,
in which comfort and elegance are combined to an unequalled
extent.
Rates, three dollars and fifty cents to five dollars per day,
with special arrangements for large parties and those making
prolonged visits.    Address,
" Manager, Chateau Frontenac, Quebec, Canada."
For view of Chateau Frontenac, see page 8.
THE   KAMINISTIQUIA,
at Fort William, the western terminus of the Lake Route and
of the Eastern Division of the C. P. R., is an excellent, well-
appointed hotel in every respect, which offers many unique
attractions as a vacation home for those in pursuit of rest and
recreation in the picturesque region at the head of Lake
Superior.
The hotel rates are from two dollars and fifty cents to
three dollars and fifty cents per day, with special rates to large
parties or those making an extended visit.    Address,
" Manager, The Kaministiquia Hotel,
Fort William, Ont."
BANFF  HOT  SPRINGS   HOTEL,
at Banff, in the Canadian National Park, on the eastern slope
of the Rocky Mountains, is placed on a high mountain promontory 4,500 feet above the sea level, at the confluence of the
Bow and "Spray Rivers, and is a large and handsome structure,
with every convenience that modern ingenuity can suggest,
and costing over a quarter of a million of dollars. While it is
not intended to be a sanitarium, in the usual sense, the needs
and comforts of invalids are fully provided for. The Hot
Sulphur Springs, with which the region abounds, vary in
temperature from 80 to 121 degrees, and bathing facilities are
provided by the hotel. The springs are much like those of
Arkansas, and the apparently greater curative properties of
the water are no doubt due to the cool, dry air of the mountains.
A number of sub-ranges of the Rocky Mountains radiate
from Banff, and a dozen mountain monarchs within view raise
their heads a mile or more above the hotel.
Game is plentiful, and Devil's Head Lake, not far away,
a mile or two in width and fifteen miles long, affords excellent
sport in deep trolling for trout.
The hotel rates are from three dollars and fifty cents to five
dollars per day, according to the rooms. _ Special rates by the
week or month will be given on application to
" Manager, P>anff Springs Hotel,
Banff, Alberta, N. W. T,, Canada."
THE   LAKE   LOUISE  CHALET.
This quiet resting place m the mountains is situated on
the margin of Lake Louise, about two miles distant from the
station at Laggan, from which there is a good carriage drive,
and is an excellent vantage point for tourists and explorers desiring to see the lakes and the adjacent scenery at their leisure.
Although good accommodation is at the command of travellers, the  Lake Louise is not exactly like the other chalet
hotels, being rather intended as a resting place affording meals,
Etc., to the tourist parties visiting the Lakes in the Clouds.
Apply to
" Manager, Banff Springs Hotel,
Banff, Alberta, N. W. T., Canada."
MOUNT STEPHEN   HOUSE
is a pretty chalet-like hotel, fifty miles west of Banff, in Kicking Horse Canon, at the base of Mount Stephen — the chief
peak of the Rockies, towering 8,000 feet above. This is a
favorite place for tourists, mountain climbers and artists, and
SDort is plentiful.   Looking down the valley from the hotel, the
Ottertail Mountains are seen on the left, and the Van Home
range on the right, and Emerald Lake, one of the most picturesque mountain waters, is within easy distance.
The rates are three dollars per day for accommodation.
Apply to
" Manager, Mount Stephen House,
Field, B.C., Canada."
GLACIER   HOUSE
is situated in the heart of the Selkirks, within twenty minutes'
walk of the Great Glacier, which covers an area of about
thirty-eight square miles.
The hotel, which has recently been enlarged twice to accommodate the ever-increasing trayel, is in a beautiful amphitheatre surrounded by lofty mountains, of which Sir Donald,
rising 8,000 feet above the railway, is the most prominent.
The dense forests all about are filled with the music of restless
brooks, which will irresistibly attract the trout fisherman, and
the hunter for large game can have his choice of " big horns,"
mountain goats, grizzly and mountain bears. The main point
of interest, however, is the Great Glacier. One may safely
climb upon its wrinkled surface or penetrate its water-worn
caves. It is about five hundred feet thick at its forefoot, and
is said to exceed in area all the Glaciers of Switzerland combined.
No tourist should fail to stop here for a day at least. He
will be loth to leave it at the end of a week.
The rates are three dollars per day. Address correspondence to
" Manager, Glacier House,
Glacier, British Columbia."'
HOTEL  REVELSTOKE,
at Revelstoke, B.C.,— in the basin of the Columbia between the
Selkirk and the Gold ranges—and the gateway to the West
Kootenay mining region. The hotel, which although only
built in the summer of 1897 is already being enlarged, is
perched on a mountain bench directly above the railway station, and is surrounded on all sides by majestic mountains.
Immediately opposite the hotel, and fifteen miles away, lies
the Begbie Glacier, one of the grandest in British Columbia,
amongst the highest peaks. The hotel is replete with every
modern convenience and comfort, electric light, hot and cold
baths, and is heated by steam. It is a favorable resort for
tourists and travellers to and from the Kootenay.
The  rates  are   three dollars  per  day.     Address  correspondence to
"Manager, Hotel Revelstoke,
Revelstoke, B.C."
THE   FRASER  CANON   HOUSE.
at North Bend, 130 miles east of Vancouver, is situated on the
Fraser River, and is managed with the same attention to the
comfort of its patrons that pervades all branches of the Company's service. The scenery along the Fraser River is well
described as " ferocious," and the hotel" is a comfortable base
from which to explore.
Rates, three dollars per day.    Address
" Manager, Fraser Canon House,
North Bend, British Columbia."
HOTEL  VANCOUVER,
at Vancouver, B.C., is the Pacific coast terminus of the Railway. This magnificent hotel is designed to accommodate the
large commercial business of the place, as well as the great
number of tourists who always find it profitable and interesting to make here a stop of a day or two. It is situated near
the centre of the city, and from it there is a glorious outlook in
every direction. Its accommodations and service are perfect
in every detail, and excel that of the best hotels in Eastern
Canada or the United States.
Rates, three to four dollars and fifty cents per day, with
special terms for a longer time.    Address
" Manager, Hotel Vancouver,
Vancouver, B.C."' THE   NEW   HIGHWAY   TO   THE   ORIENT
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CANADIAN   PACIFIC   RAILWAY   HOTELS. 48
THE   CANADIAN   PACIFIC   RAILWAY
The Canadian Pacific Railway*
THE WORLD'S HIGHWAY  FROM  THE ATLANTIC TO THE  PACIFIC.
The Most Solidly Constructed and the Best Equipped Transcontinental Route.
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SPECIAL ATTENTION IS  CALLED to the PARLOR, SLEEPING  and DINING CAR  SERVICE
largely added to recently — so particular an accessory upon a railway -whose cars run
upwards  of  THREE   THOUSAND  MILES   WITHOUT   CHANGE.
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THESE cars are of unusual strength and size, with berths, smoking and toilet accommodations correspondingly roomy.
The transcontinental sleeping cars are fitted with double doors and windows to exclude the dust in summer and the
cold in winter.
The seats are richly upholstered, with high backs and arms, and the central sections in many of the cars are made into
luxurious sofas during the day.
The upper berths are provided with windows and ventilators, and have curtains separate from those of the berths beneath.
The exteriors are of polished red mahogany, and the interiors are of white mahogany and satinwood elaborately carved; while
all useful and decorative pieces of metal work are of old brass of antique design.
Stateroom cars are run in connection with Canadian Pacific Trans-Pacific steamships.
No expense is spared in providing the DINING CARS with the choicest viands and seasonable delicacies, and the bill
of fare and wine list will compare favorably with those of the most prominent hotels.
OBSERVATION CARS, specially designed to allow an unbroken view of the wonderful mountain scenery, are run
on all transcontinental trains during the Summer Season (from about May ist to
October 15th.) . SSj 1
THE EIRST-CLASS DAY COACHES are proportionately elaborate
in their arrangement for the comfort of the passenger; and for those who desire
to travel at a'cheaper rate, TOURIST CARS, with bedding and porter in
charge, are run on stated days at a small additional charge; and COLONIST
SLEEPING CARS are run on all overland trains without additional charge.
These COLONIST CARS are fitted with upper and lower berths after the
same general style as other sleeping cars, but are not upholstered, and the passenger may furnish his own bedding, or purchase it of the Company's agents at
terminal stations at nominal rates.
The entire passenger equipment is Matchless in elegance and comfort.
First-Class sleeping
and Parlor Car tariff.
for one double berth, lower tourist
or upper, in sleeping car
car between tariff.
Halifax and Montreal
St.John.N.B., _Montreal
Quebec and Montreal     -
Montreal and Toronto    -
Montreal and Chicago   -
Montreal and Winnipeg -
Montreal and Calgary    -
Montreal and Revelstoke
Montreal and Vancouver
Ottawa and Toronto
Ottawa and Vancouver   -
Fort William andVancouvei
Toronto and Chicago    -
Toronto and Winnipeg  -
Toronto and Calgary
Toronto and Revelstoke -
Toronto and Vancouver -
Boston and Montreal
Boston and Vancouver   -
New York and Montreal -
Boston and St. Paul -   -
Boston and Chicago -   -
Montreal and St. Paul  -
St. Paul and Winnipeg -
St, Paul and Vancouver-
Winnipeg and Vancouver
Between other stations rates are
in proportion.
Rates for full section double the berth
rate. Stateroom between three and four
times the berth rate.
Accommodation in First-class Sleeping
Cars and in Parlor Cars will be sold only
to holders of First-class transportation,
and in Tourist Cars to holders of First or
Second-class accommodation.
$4 00
2 50
1 50
2 00
5 00
8 00
13 00
7 00
16 00
7 00
20 00
8 00
2 00
20 00
8 00
15 00
3 00
8 00
13 00
6 50
16 00
6 50
18 50
7 50
2 00
20 50
2 00
7 00
5 50
6 00
3 00
13 50
5 00
12 00
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