VIEW-2101 | Glacier Hotel, on the C.P.R., BC, 1889

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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)
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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= target="_blank">hoteland became the centre for mountaineering in Canada. The Connaught Tunnel, built in 1916 to bypass it, was closed in 1926.

  • What

    This is the Glacier Hotel, a resort lodge on the CPR.

  • Where

    It is at the foot of the Illecillewaet Glacier, near Rogers Pass, in the BC Rockies.

  • When

    The hotel opened soon after the railway was completed in 1885.

  • Who

    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.