50 years ago already?
Let's take a look inside at some of the more unusual but usually overlooked stuff.
|Front cover of CPR's summer 1963 system time tables. Today the Canadian no longer stops in Banff. Note Canada's former flag on the pole|
|During the period of calmer seas on the North Atlantic Ocean from late spring through early fall. Canadian Pacific Steamships provided a weekly scheduled ocean-going passenger service between Montreal and England. This service lasted though 1967.|
|During the summer navigation season, a Great Lakes cruise combined with a rail journey across Canada was a standard, regularly scheduled Canadian Pacific Railway offering.|
|Another look at a CPR "Inland Sea" cruise advertisement.|
|Inside front cover: first appearance of this calendar. Introduced six months earlier for travel between Montreal and Atlantic Canada,|
|Try getting this type of fare pricing from Via Rail today: "There are further big savings if two or more occupy the same sleeping accommodation."|
|CNR's popular Red, White and Blue days fare-pricing was about to expand after getting off to a successful start. CP Rail eventually tried the same fare pricing concept almost a decade later using white, gray, black days.|
|The names may have changed and the owners may have changed but the great hotels are still great places to stay; and for most listed above, you can still get there by train fifty years later.|
|In summer 1963 no less than 15 ocean carriers continued to offer passenger services between Canada and Europe. Fifty years later a few of the lines named above continue to operate as ocean carriers today.|
|Fifty years later cruises to Alaska are more popular than ever but today neither CNR nor CPR are in the cruise business.|
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