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Chateau Frontenac : the wintersport capital of wintersport land Canadian Pacific Railway Company. Canadian Pacific Hotels. Le Chateau Frontenac 1924

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HERE is no city in the world whose beauties stand more clearly revealed
under winter's white and smoothing hand — or where winter sports
can be enjoyed with more sest and pleasure — than the ancient capital
of Canada, Quebec. Standing as it does, perched on a rock and scattered
up a cliff, Quebec occupies a position remarkable — temperamentally as
well as topographically — amongst the cities of America. It might be
described as the Spirit of Romance in an unromantic age.
Quebec was the birthplace of North America. It was already established when
the Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plymouth Rock. It has grown old so gracefully
and so gradually that it has not found it necessary to obliterate the successive
stages of its growth. It has kept beautiful, massive buildings that were the chap
acteristics of an older day when men built both massively and beautifully. With
the name of Quebec are linked those of the heroic priests, soldiers and pioneers who
established civilization in the New World.
If Quebec is beautiful in summer, in winter it is dazzling. With its countless
hills serving as natural toboggan slides, with its skating rinks and hills for ski'ing,
its gleaming roads and glistening snowfields, it is a perfect background for the
winter sports which are a characteristic of Quebec. From far and near visitors
come to the Chateau Frontenac to revel in its winter season. Every sport from
skating and hockey to ski'ing and dog*-teaming is provided.
The hard blue and glittering brilliance of the St. Lawrence River stands clearly
revealed on a perfect sunny winter's day, but it blends into mistiness when the soft
snow flakes fall. The huge rock upon which the Citadel is built presents a defiant
dark windswept face to the storms and to the sunlight alike. Every tree for miles
around is a fairy tracery of crystalline boughs. Everything is snow covered, and
the rolling reaches that lead to the distant hills present an interminable sweep of
wintry landscape, above which here and there some giant of the Laurentian Momv
tains raises its century'laden head.
The Lower Town seems snugly ensconced beneath its blanket of snow, and
the narrow streets through which on the closing day of 1775 General Richard
Why as\ why S\inng is Popular \
Montgomery led his American forces against the city present in every
the brilliant glitter of snow crystals that turns the whole world into a
panorama of silver white.
Quebec in winter is favored, beyond most cities
of this northern land, with brilliant sunshine and
invigorating air; and there is no more picturesque
sight to be seen in any country than the citizens
of Quebec at play on a sunny wintry day.
The centre of all winter activities is in and
about the magnificent Chateau Frontenac, whose
castellated walls raise their stately head on the
site of the Chateau St. Louis and around which
are scattered the landmarks of history, the monu'
ments to Samuel de Champlain, Montcalm and
Wolfe, close to the spot where Jacques Cartier
first assembled his followers in 1535.
dancing But all the same, nothing is going to crowd Seating out of the Picture
In front of the Chateau Frontenac is the great Terrace which stands as a
monument to the genius of the great Marquis of Dufferin, and it is around here
that the Quebecois gather for their winter games.
The triplcchute toboggan slide, starting high up the side of the Citadel hill,
extends for a quarter of a mile the full length of the terrace, and down it rush the
low toboggans with their curling fronts and their high piled heap of happy human
freight, at a speed exceeding that of an express train. Thousands assemble on the
terrace and the heights overlooking it, to watch the never'ending procession of
tobogganists; and the early setting of the sun does not put an end to the sport, for
the terrace and the slide are lighted with lamps and lanterns of many hues. Beneath
these lights and the cold'hard silver stars, the sweeping rush of the toboggans,
the joyous laughter of their passengers, goes merrily on; until presently the slide is
closed and the terrace deserted to the caress of the stately moon.
Probably the most popular form of outdoor activity during the winter season in
Quebec is ski-ing, and visitors soon become highly enthusiastic over the thrills and
delights of this sport. Under capable guidance, beginners can take smaller hills on
their first lesson; and with each succeeding outing they find themselves daring
steeper and faster runs — until all at once they are ready to jump and a new field of
thrills awaits them. It would be difficult to find a more ideal set of hills for ski'ing
than those which surround Quebec. Declivities varying from easy slopes to sharp
drops are numerous there, and the tyro (as well as the expert) will find conditions
suited to their taste. There are small jumps for beginners, and a large jump for the
more experienced on which competitions are regularly held.
Snowshoeing is another sport which has a very wide appeal, for people of all
ages and both sexes can indulge in it with impunity. One of the most picturesque
features of winter Quebec, indeed, is the number and variety of its snowshoe clubs,
each possessing its individual costume and each endeavouring to outdo the others
in the brilliance and variety of contrasting colors.   The parades of the snowshoers, A Contestant in the International Dog Derby at Quebec
with their bands, flaming torches and colored lanterns, are regular features of the
winter sport season.
Skating is second nature to the native of Quebec. Neither Switzerland nor
the Scandinavian fjords can produce more graceful, more daring, or more enduring
skaters than those to be seen at Quebec on the spacious rinks provided by the Chateau
Frontenac on the upper terrace, below the frowning guns of ancient days. Here,
to the accompaniment of music, skaters in the most astounding variety of costumes
may be seen executing the most intricate and bewildering of figures.
From time to time during the winter season skating masquerades are held on
the Chateau Frontenac rinks.
Which Scotchman introduced curling to Canada is as unknown as the Scotch'
man who invented golf; but whoever he is, he should have a monument erected to
him — for the "roarm' game" is almost a kind of winter golf. Quebec has several
rinks, one of which is right within the Chateau Frontenac itself. The real enthu'
siasts don't use the thirty'five or forty pound "stanes" that are traditional in the
land o'cakes, but iron stones that run as heavy as seventy pounds, such as have been
used for a century past around Quebec. And with them they perform such wonders
as excite the envy and admiration of all who witness or participate in the game.
Snowshoe Racers doing their Stuff O FG
The Chateau Frontenac has its own Outdoor Rin\s Visitors come from far and near to play on the Quebec rinks, and the Bonspiel is
one of the features of the winter sports.
There are a host of other diversions for the visitor. Hockey matches are almost
of daily occurrence, and the many clubs that prosper in Quebec display extraordinary
skill and speed in their contests for the handsome challenge trophy donated by
the Chateau Frontenac. There is no more thrilling game to watch than that between
two well-matched teams on a fast sheet of ice, and the enthusiasm it engenders
cannot be imagined by anyone who has not witnessed such a struggle.
Then there are the innumerable sleigh drives. Ensconced beneath wonderful
buffalo robes, drawn by powerful horses who disdain to descend to a walk up the
steepest of hills — and Quebec streets are a succession of hills! — the visitor can
drive for miles over the smoothest of snow roads, around by the Bishop's Palace
along the Grand Battery (with its row of heavy guns stretching from Mountain
Hill to Palace Gate), up to the magnificent Battlefields Park on the Plains of Abraham,
down the Grand Allee, at the foot of which the Monument aux Braves stands
sentinel, out the St. Foye road to ancient Lorette, to the famous Montmorency
Falls — a wonder sight in winter time — to Kent House, to Ste. Anne de Beaupre —
there is no limit to the scenic drives that can be indulged in under the direction of
befurred drivers whose fund of knowledge is inexhaustible.
Or, if a more novel method of locomotion is desired, there is the team of huskies
—half dog, half wolf — brought down from the further north where they are bred
for transport purposes over snowy wastes no other form of locomotion could cover.
Ahead of them runs the picturesquely attired driver, and the string of huskies
draws its load of passengers with ease through the streets and up on to the mazes
of the ramparts, around which they scamper and gallop, enjoying the outing seemingly
as much as those snugly sitting in the sleigh, although perhaps not experiencing the
many thrills that the latter do as they rush down a steep declivity back to the terrace.
Eight-Dog Power, direct from the Northland Dufferin Terrace, Quebec
Sports Director— A capable and
experienced Sports Director has
charge and management of all
Chateau Frontenac sports activities.
Tobogganing — A Triple'chute slide extending
the entire length of Dufferin Terrace, and
finishing directly in front of the Chateau
Bob-Sledding — Several big Swiss bob-sleds are
available, and parties are organised daily
under competent direction.
Skating — Outdoor skating rinks, for general
and fancy skating, within a few feet of the
Chateau, with skating instructors in attendance.   Warm dressing rooms are provided.
Snowshoeing — The many snowshoe clubs in
Quebec City hold tramps and races every
week, at which guests of the hotel are always
made welcome.
Ski-Jumping — The services of ski instructors
of international reputation will be available
for anyone who may desire instruction. Com
petitions  will be held from time to time
throughout the season.
Ski-ing — For the beginner there is a splendid
variety of hills, ranging from even, steady
inclines to the swift steep slopes.
Curling — A curling rink in the Palm Court of
the hotel. There is usually a big Curling
Bonspiel in Quebec some time during February.
Hockey —Well contested games are played
almost every night, the Chateau Frontenac
offering a fine challenge trophy for the
amateur championship of the city.
Dog Team — A spirited team of huskies from
the North Country is available to take guests
for runs in the vicinity.
One of the features of interest in connection
with this dog team is "Mountie11, the leader.
This handsome wolflike animal was secured
from the Arctic Circle after a splendid record
of service with Royal North West Mounted
Police. Mountie has had a long and gruelling
experience on the grim and lonely patrols of
this famous force, and left it with an exceptional
record. For five years he led his team through
Wizards and the bitter frosts of the far north,
and in that time he did not miss one patrol. A Combination of Horse-Power and Hydroplane — S\i'joring
'A Picturesque Corner of Old Quebec
Tou dont have to be Scotch nowadays to enjoy Curling -    ' One Hundred per cent Thrill — Bob-sledding
For three decades the Chateau Frontenac, rock perched above the St. Lawrence,
has been a land mark for those who travel either by land or by water. During
that period, indeed, the name of this beautiful
hotel has been so linked with that of Quebec as
to have become almost interchangeable. It has
recently been enlarged by the erection of a new
central tower, several hundred additional bedrooms,
and new dining, ball and other public rooms.
The Chateau Frontenac supplements the
Winter Sport Season by providing the ideal
headquarters — a hotel of metropolitan standard
and comfort in the most picturesque city of
North America.
Reservations should be made with the Man-
ager, Chateau Frontenac, Quebec, or with any agent
or representative of the Canadian Pacific Railway. r
Above- "Mountie," famous husky team leader.


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