The Canadian Pacific Railway - 1920s Across Canada by Train, All ABOARD!

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Historical archival footage of the places and highlights of one of the greatest train journeys in the world, a trip across Canada from sea to sea on the Trans-Canada Limited, Canada's fastest transcontinental train.

The Trans-Canada Limited was considered as one of the world's finest trains in its time. The concept of this train was that of a de luxe ‘Hotel-on-Wheels.' It was the world's longest-distance all-first-class sleeper train, with the fastest time across the North American continent from one ocean to the other.

The Trans-Canada Limited was operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway. It was inaugurated in 1919, just after World War I, and lasted until 1930.

As a result of the economic depression following the great Stock Market Crash of October 1929, it was cancelled in 1931. As with any other CPR passenger train, the equipment was the very best available, yet in June of 1929 the whole train was completely re-outfitted with 10 brand new sets of cars - each set costing in excess of one million dollars.

This early travelogue documents travel across Canada by rail, introducing major cities and places of interest. Traveling over 3,600 miles from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific takes five days to by the Canadian Pacific Railway.

The journey starts in Saint John, New Brunswick on the Bay of Fundy. Highlights of the trip are: Algonquin Hotel; salmon fishing. Quebec City is the oldest city in the North America; The Chateau Frontenac Hotel towering over the St Lawrence.

Montreal is Canadian Pacific headquarters and Trans-Canada Limited. Ottawa is the capital of the nation. Toronto is the Queen City. Niagara Falls is connected to the French River and Georgian Bay. Canadian Pacific steamer carries its passengers across the Great Lakes.

Winnipeg to the prairies and across the prairies through Regina and Saskatoon. Arrival at Calgary and Edmonton. Banff and Lake Louise are located in the Canadian Rockies. Through the Rockies, the train ends in Vancouver where English Bay and Stanley Park are located. The city of Victoria gives an image of England on the Pacific.

sound edit: Stephen Smith
reporter: Ilona Kauremszky
mycompasstv ~ travel + arts + lifestyle

💬 Comments

Terrific reminder of an important part of this country's past! Well done!

Author — Ian Stalker


Ahhh... the Dominion in the old wonderful footage! thanks for posting

Author — ncpiedmontone


Thanks for presenting this archival film. Also appreciate all the work you've done adding audio and titles. Important to preserve Canadian history for future generations to enjoy.

Author — sterlingstreamliner


The Trans-Canada Limited was a Montreal/Vancouver train. The early shots clearly are of eastern connections. Also, I suspect some of the western shots were of CPR's other transcontinental trains of the time.

It is interesting CPR included shots of Niagara Falls -- which was NEVER served by CPR -- and Edmonton, which was not served by the transcontinental trains.

By the way, Niagara Falls is NOT connected either to Georgian Bay or French River. The Niagara River runs between Lakes Erie and Ontario.

Author — jpp452


Of course it cuts off just as it gets to Vancouver Island.

None shall know of our Island!

Author — The Arctic Gamer


So - wait, let me get this straight. It took 5 days to get from NB to Vancouver and now it takes minimum 6 to get to Vancouver; From Toronto ?

Author — Daveyboy _


One hundred years ago ! A great Land !

Author — David Post


Our grand father lived there in the twenties and my grandmother too

Author — Caroline Gray


There is a lot of really interesting stuff in that film Street cars in many cities

Author — James Mittlefehldt


Some, if not all of this footage is earlier than the 1920s. The original parliament buildings in Ottawa are show at 2:20. They burned in 1916.

Author — fabio40


To bad the camera man didn't know where Canada's Parliament was located. He took a picture of the east block. The Senate and House of Commons are in the centre block.

Author — Chris Warfe



Author — / • S P I R I S • \


No one wants to listen to the click track dude. Either add something constructive or leave it silent imho

Author — Pat Meyer