01 July 2012 @ 08:20 pm
Canadian Pacific Hotels & Canadian Pacific Rail  
CP had grand hotels in every major city in Canada. Most are still going concerns (either under Fairmont, or independent), and I've been fortunate to see five of them and stay in one (The Empress).

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pikkewyntjiepikkewyntjie on July 2nd, 2012 05:06 am (UTC)
I'd like to check out the one in Banff!
Singe Addamssingeaddams on July 2nd, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
I've driven through the area and it's even more beautiful than the ad can suggest.
pikkewyntjiepikkewyntjie on July 2nd, 2012 01:58 pm (UTC)
So jealous! I have some friends who have been there and they say it's stunning. If I can't get to Banff, I hope I can at least see the Canadian Rockies. I've heard they make the Colorado Rockies look like foothills! :)
Singe Addamssingeaddams on July 2nd, 2012 02:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, Canada's and Alaska's mountains put all the others to shame.
3cthelion3cthelion on July 2nd, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
not to call into question singeaddams verity - the saint elias mountains of the yukon/alaska, certainly put all other mountain ranges in north america in their place - but the canadian rockies are actually pretty tame compared to the colorado ranges of the rockies, at least in terms of elevation. colorado has 58 distinct peaks over 14k feet, where the tallest peak in the canadian rockies is under 13k. gotta stick up for my home state. ;-)
Ele_ele_ on July 2nd, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
Yep, absolutely stunning part of the world
Holy air cannon, Grantman!: Booksopalgirl28 on July 2nd, 2012 05:47 am (UTC)
I've seen Chateau Frontenac from the outside, and I'm fairly certain (Nova Scotian here) that The Pines is still in operation. The Cornwallis Inn is apparently now apartments and office space housed in the 1930s building, and the Lakeside Inn doesn't show up in any more recent search results.

If anybody likes old railway hotels and happens to be out east, have a look at what's now the Westin Nova Scotian (opened 1930, built by CNR instead of CPR) and The Lord Nelson Hotel (built by CPR in 1927, still independently owned).
starmalachitestarmalachite on July 2nd, 2012 07:00 am (UTC)
I've been to events at the Royal York, but I've never stayed there. I understand the rooms are quite small by modern hotel standards. But the craftmansip of the place -- handpainted coffered ceilings, for instance -- is incredible.
The Woman in Purple: rainbow worldrainbow_goddess on July 2nd, 2012 07:05 am (UTC)
I've been in the Empress Hotel several times (although these days it's called the Fairmont Empress) though I've never actually been in one of the rooms that guests stay in. I love their chocolate buffet with a passion. I was not as impressed with the high tea as I thought I would be, though.
Tazimtilvera on July 2nd, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
that is the one hotel of those that I've stayed in, too
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