VIEW-2101 | Glacier Hotel, on the C.P.R., BC, 1889
Glacier Hotel, on the C.P.R., BC, 1889
William McFarlane Notman
1889, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Architecture (8646) , commercial (1771) , Photograph (77678)
Keys to History
The Glacier Hotel was built at the foot of the Illecillewaet Glacier near the Rogers Pass in 1886. It was at first only a restaurant. The grades were so steep on that stretch of the line that the CPR built a dining room to feed passengers, making it unnecessary to haul a heavy dining and cooking car over the pass. Several engines had to be used just to get the passenger cars over. Later it was expanded into a href=http://old-postcards.com/ target="_blank">hoteland became the centre for mountaineering in Canada. The Connaught Tunnel, built in 1916 to bypass it, was closed in 1926.
This is the Glacier Hotel, a resort lodge on the CPR.
It is at the foot of the Illecillewaet Glacier, near Rogers Pass, in the BC Rockies.
The hotel opened soon after the railway was completed in 1885.
The railway made money by bringing people to its hotel to enjoy the scenery and the bracing mountain air. Some employees are posing for the photographer.