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Canadian Pacific

Canadian Pacific

The story of Canadian Pacific is one of the greatest stories in the world. Straddling the continent for more than a century and globe for more than fifty years, Canadian Pacific is inextricably linked with the history of Canada itself.

In 1885, the company completed the construction of two thousand miles of railway system and linking the Atlantic to the Pacific. It then established fleets of vessels on both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, laying the foundation for a transportation route that allowed members of the British Empire to travel around the world. To enhance the travel experience, the company also constructed great castle-like hotels, including the Algonquin in St. Andrews, the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, and the Banff Springs Hotel in the Rockies, which themselves became landmarks.

In this sumptuously illustrated history of a company whose story is integral to the Golden Age of Travel, Barry Lane recounts the history of Canadian Pacific, from the construction of the transcontinental railway to the development of the hotels and the building of the shipping line that linked Canada to the rest of the world.


Barry Lane has lectured extensively on Canadian Pacific on rail tours and on cruise ships. Born in Regina, he studied history at the Royal Military College of Canada, served as a staff officer with the United Nations in the Middle East, and later co-founded Mendel Tours, a company in Quebec City that teaches Canadian history and culture. In the last decade, Lane has scoured archives in Canada, the US, and the UK to bring together an unprecedented collection of photographs for this book.

"Canadian Pacific provides a rich visual history that draws heavily on well-known secondary sources... Lane and his publisher have produced a volume that will delight and entertain." — Literary Review of Canada

"A beautiful and highly readable work that will entertain any reader and a significant analysis that will satisfy those with deeper interests in history." — Publishers Weekly

"A sumptuously illustrated history." — Prairie Books Now

"Barry Lane has colourfully captured the fascinating history of the Canadian Pacific." — The Chronicle-Telegraph

200 pages
Pub date: October 20, 2015