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Western Canada by Canadian Pacific Canadian Pacific Railway Company 1950

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Western Canada is a broad title, but then Western Canada is a broad country.   The area
illustrated in the sketch map above represents a one way trip by modern Canadian Pacific
train of 1473.2 miles.    For the sake of argument, let's call it 1500 miles.    Fifteen
hundred miles of scenery that ranges from Prairies with the biggest skies you have ever
seen; ranchlands that climb steadily to the foothills; the scenic upthrust of the Canadian Rockies
to the alluvial valley that leads to Vancouver and the many-inletted sheltered coasts of
British Columbia on the mainland and Vancouver Island.
The Canadian Rockies, famous as one of the world's most spectacular playgrounds, is an
all-embracing term including the Rocky Mountains, the Selkirks and the Coastal Range of
British Columbia, pierced, as the map shows, by a grid of Canadian Pacific services linking the
trans-continental main line—the Banff-Lake Louise route—to the equally scenic but less
known southern Coquihalla Canyon-Crow's Nest Pass route—both diesel-operated!
Train, boat and bus services open the heart of the Canadian Rockies through the
Okanagan Valley, the Columbia River-Arrow Lakes district and the picturesque Lake
Windermere country.   Trans-continental train schedules between Vancouver and
Montreal-Toronto provide direct connections for the Southern Canadian Rockies route going
or returning so that a complete mountain holiday can be planned from start to finish
before you leave home.
A Canadian Rockies trip by Canadian Pacific is about the most flexible type of holiday you
can plan.    You may see the Rockies en route to a seaside holiday divided between
Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo and the sheltered waters of British Columbia.    You can plan to
enjoy the beauty of the mountains from the luxury of Banff Springs Hotel or Chateau Lake
Louise with all the trimmings of modern resorts.    You can "rough it in comfort" at Emerald
Lake, Lake Wapta, Lake O'Hara, Moraine Lake or Yoho Valley.    You can have a water
holiday on the Arrow Lakes or bask on the beaches of Okanagan Lake.   You can make a round
trip of the Canadian Rockies by alternate routes in as little as four days or as long as you like.
There is good accommodation throughout the Canadian Rockies area and hotels, lodges,
guest houses are available at rates to fit varying budgets.
Three transcontinental trains in each direction every day serve the Canadian Rockies area.
The Mountaineer between Minneapolis-Saint Paul and Vancouver in summer and the Soo-Dominion
off-season offer daily connections with Chicago.    Canadian Pacific offices throughout Canada
and the United States give you complete service in planning your Canadian Rockies holidays. Kipling   called   Canada   "Our   Lady   of   the   Snows".
But  that  was   before   he   sampled   a   Canadian
summer's sunburn!    Geography books emphasize the
prairies when they talk about Manitoba.   That's as right
as   Kipling  was!    And   as  wrong!    Winnipeg,  capital  of
Manitoba, has long been known as the grain capital,
the gateway to the West.   And that's right, too!   It
is the gateway to the West.   And what a west!    The
Red River Valley, the Dawson Trail, Lac du Bonnet,
Whiteshell Provincial Park, Killarney Lake, Souris, Boissevain,
Brandon—second   largest   city   in   Manitoba—Riding
Mountain National Park, with its herd of buffalo,
hotels,   lodges,   bungalow   camps,   movies,   boating,
swimming, fishing.
Winnipeg,  as  Fort  Garry,  a  century  ago  played   a
big   part   in   the   opening   up   of  western   North
America.     Winnipeg,  today   a   travel   hub  serving   areas
undreamed of by the early explorers, is a manufacturing
centre, rail, road  and  air focal point, and, almost
in its own  back yard—at  Winnipeg   Beach  and  other
resorts on nearby Lake Winnipeg—a holiday centre.
Canadian   Pacific transcontinental  lines to Vancouver
and Edmonton, link all the continent's major railways
with the beckoning west.
Saskatchewan's Lake Waskesiu
There's swimming, too, in Manitoba's Whiteshell area
Saskatchewan—field of the cloth of golden
grain— is another paradox.   Here, too, is a
prairie province that offers swimming, boating,
hunting, fishing.   In the south: wooded lakes,
provincial parks, the Qu'Appelle river valley,
level wheat-fields and the Parklands.   Lakes,
sloughs and stubble fields attract wild geese and
ducks to the natural home of prairie chicken,
pheasant and Hungarian partridge.    Regina, the
capital, is noted almost as much for its shade trees,
Wascana Lake and park as it is for the training
headquarters of the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police.    Moose Jaw and Saskatoon, busy centres,
also link the province's play areas, and Prince
Albert is the gateway to a northern wonderland,
Prince Albert National Park.   Hotels and bungalow
camps, lakes small and large, connecting rivers
that invite canoe-campers, a museum, stores, a
dance pavilion, organized water transport,
buffalo, white pelicans, cormorants,
Hudsonian spruce grouse and a host of
migratory birds fill the sanctuary with colour and
song.   Wild animals, safe in the park, include black
bear, elk, moose, white-tailed deer, woodland
caribou, beaver, mink, fox and muskrat. Banff Springs Hotel, the Bow River Valley and Banff town from Sulphur Mountain
Alberta—"cow-towns", oil derricks, the open range, coal mines, the foothills, the Canadian
Rockies, dude-ranches, cowboys, bustling cities, express trains named for popular teams,
high-heeled boots, jingling spurs, hairy "chaps", ten-gallon hats—and, high-spot of the
year, the Calgary Stampede, world's greatest rodeo.  Terminus of the northern
Canadian Pacific line from Winnipeg, linked by fast service with the main line at
Calgary, Edmonton—gateway to the Northwest—joins Canada and Alaska-Yukon by road
and air, serves the great new oil area, opens the way to Elk Island National Park—
home of the world's largest buffalo herd.   From Calgary rails and trails lead to Banff, Jasper
and Waterton Lakes National Parks, the great mountain playgrounds of Banff and
Lake Louise. Alternative Canadian Pacific routes lead—main line by the Bow
Valley and Kicking Horse Pass—southward through the Crow's Nest Pass and Kettle Valley—
to Vancouver.
The southern Canadian Pacific mountain route runs from Moose Jaw, Sask.,
Medicine Hat and Macleod, Alta., (junction for Calgary) through spectacular scenery
skirting Kootenay and Arrow Lakes. Beautifully gardened Nelson, Trail—home
of the Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company—the fabulous Sullivan Mine are
reached by this route which rejoins the main line at the junction of the Fraser and
Coquihalla Canyons.
J Cascade Mountain is a scenic backdrop to Banff golf fairways
Banff—almost a mile high—nestles in a broad valley at the confluence of the
Bow and Spray Rivers.    The town, sheltered by Tunnel and Cascade
Mountains, has a typically western broad main street, flanked by wide avenues.
Hotels, boarding houses, restaurants, wild animal corral, motion
picture theatre, garages, the museum, liveries for horses and boats, the Cave and
Basin sulphur pool, Banff School of Fine Arts and the scenic chair lift on
Mount Norquay make this mountain town a real holiday attraction.    And golf!
Golf at Banff is in a class by itself.   The club-house lies just below the hotel,
your first drive is across a tumbling river, every hole of the championship
1 8 has breath-taking mountains as a scenic background. A mile south of Banff, reached by a tree-lined avenue, is Banff Springs
Hotel, famous baronial summer resort built by Canadian Pacific from
the solid rock of Mount Rundle.    Overlooking the Bow Valley, in the lee
of towering Sulphur Mountain, Banff Springs Hotel is the last word in
mountain resorts.    It combines the luxury of a metropolitan hotel—
even to an indoor swimming pool—with the outdoor life of summer—
even to a warmed, sulphur-tinged outdoor swimming pool.     Riding,
climbing, hiking, motoring—this by plastic-topped bus if you'd
rather sit back and see the scenery—fishing, tennis, dancing, sketching,
photography—Banff Springs Hotel Is the place for these.
Mounf Eisenhower—mid-way between Banff and Lake Louise Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier
Exquisite as flawless jade, mirroring the surrounding diamond-faceted peaks, Lake Louise, site of
another Canadian Pacific hotel—Chateau Lake Louise—reigns in the western limits of Banff
National Park.    Here the Canadian Rockies reach to their greatest splendour.    Mighty Victoria
Glacier, its snow field 400 feet deep, Mount Temple, the Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake, "Lakes in
the Clouds", Plain of Six Glaciers, well-tended trails for boots or saddles, fill days with enjoyment.
Rare, invigorating mountain air sharpens appetites, deepens sleep.    Mountain highways
lead to beauty in every direction.    Daily bus services link Lake Louise with Moraine Lake, Lake Wapta,
Yoho Valley, Field, Emerald Lake, Banff, Peyto Lake, Waterfowl Lakes, Saskatchewan River
Crossing, Columbia Icefield, Jasper National Park. Quiet lakes, trails best known to the tame wildlife
preserved  in national parks, leafy woods, uplands
carpeted with wild flowers, towering waterfalls,
scenery that challenges description hide around
corners of the Canadian Rockies in the pictureland
surrounding The Great Divide.
Where Alberta and British Columbia march side by side,
and tiny rills divide east, west and north to seek
Atlantic and Pacific, Canadian Pacific mountain
lodges offer inexpensive holidays close to nature at
Emerald Lake, Lake Wapta, Lake O'Hara and,
by Takkakaw Falls in the Yoho Valley.
The Valley of the Ten Peaks and Moraine Lake near Lake Louise, Alberta Don't worry about the receding ice age.   You're
still in time for magnificent Columbia Icefield,
reached by highway from Lake Louise station
on the Canadian Pacific transcontinental line,
by car or bus from Chateau Lake Louise or Banff
Springs Hotel.   The age-old icefield, source of
three mighty rivers, climaxes a spectacular all
day drive with luncheon at the Icefield Chalet.
Bow Lake—Columbia Icefield Highway
**V Takakkaw Falls
It's yours—the whole outdoors! And what an outdoors you find in the
Canadian Rockies!    Sky-reaching mountains—cool, eternal snowy peaks—
rushing rivers—tumbling torrents—flower-garnished mountain trails—
limpid lakes—verdant valleys—broad green uplands—lodge-pole pines—
larch—cedar—mountain wild-life.    All yours to watch and enjoy as
you relax in the keen, high air.     Park wardens preserve all this beauty
for you—and they ask you to leave wildflowers for others to enjoy. You  can   enjoy  the   Canadian
Rockies from the train.   Canadian
Pacific   schedules   give   you   the
most spectacular views in daylight.
Special mountain observation cars,
high-windowed   for   comfort,
open-ended for photographers,
are  highlights of smooth  diesel
operation  along  the  waterways
that pierce the passes.
Kicking Horse River
ml' MM There's a "blue-jeans country" in Canada's
Rocky Mountain Playground.    A carefree
country where the mountains surround
chalets and lodges—cottage colonies close
to nature, where stout boots and
informal clothes make hiking, riding, fishing
and boating fun for all.
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Emerald Lake and Mount Burgess
Emerald Lake, Lake Wapta, Yoho Valley
and Moraine Lake, all in motoring distance
of the Canadian Pacific, and Lake
O'Hara—a five mile mountain pony ride from
Hector Station, B.C., are Canadian
Pacific mountain resorts. Crow's Nest, Colvalli, Kootenay Landing, Nelson, Robson West,
Grand Forks, McCulloch Canyon, five-fingers of engineering
skill, the magnificent switchback over-looking Okanagan Lake,
the benchlands and beaches of Penticton, Belfort Loop, the
spectacular Coquihalla Canyon—all these highlight the
Canadian Pacific route through the southern Canadian Rockies.
East- or West-bound, your diesel-drawn train is timed for
maximum beauty by daylight. ji??5wiaB3i
Princess Liner, Active Pass, B.C.
Vancouver, metropolis, rail terminus, air and seaport . . . gateway to the Orient
and Alaska . . . home of Stanley Park, fabulous Lion's Gate Bridge . . . starting
point for Seattle, Nanaimo, Alaska and Victoria.
Victoria, four hours by ocean-built Princesses of the Canadian Pacific B.C.C.S.
fleet, home of the ivy-clad Empress Hotel, Butchart's Gardens, year-round golf,
swimming, sailing—turning point in your journey through the Canadian Rockies
by Canadian Pacific—the diesel way to see more of the mountains. tern Canada   bq   CoMJimGkc^c
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See Canada the Canadian Pacific way—relaxed
while you travel, refreshed when you arrive. Relax
before you start—let your own agent or the nearest
Canadian Pacific office take care of every detail . . .
tickets, reservations, hotels, steamships, sightseeing . . .
extravagantly or economically as you choose—
efficiently, because that's the Canadian Pacific way
See Western Canada by Canadian Pacific


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