Palliser Hotel (March 18, 1937): One of Canada’s Finest Establishments

By: Chioma Nwagbara

The paper will examine the history of the Palliser Hotel, special occasions, types of food, social activities, economic status, political viewpoints, and classism. The Palliser Hotel is one of Calgary’s oldest and most luxurious hotels in Alberta, Canada. Its chateau-style architecture, known as Châteauxesque, fascinated the upper-class guests and influx of tourists during the Victorian era. The explanation of Palliser’s menu will enhance the readers’ thought of the prices per dish, the availability of dishes in the hotel for the customers, promote certain dishes in high visibility positions, and its relationship with the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Therefore, this subject intends to show supporting documentation, a local address, and the exquisite lifestyles of the people. My preliminary idea is to imagine myself and my family at the hotel, and ordering one of the items on the menu as well as describing the taste and atmosphere.


Palliser Hotel, one of the leading hotels for the Canadian Pacific Railway, is located at 133 9th Avenue Southwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and it was opened on June 1, 1914. Due to the construction of the building, the Canadian Pacific Railway was growing in western Canada. William Van Horne, former president of Canadian Pacific Railway, depended on the rapid development of revenue-producing services and it was at the height of the Victorian Era.

The Palliser Hotel was under construction in 1912

The hotel was named after Captain John Palliser because he was a 19th-century explorer and the leader of the British expedition that explored Western Canada between 1857 and 1860. The hotel’s first guest was Charles Walsh Rowley, a banker from the Canadian Bank of Commerce. As the Palliser hotel continued to progress, the 20th century became the prime time across the world. Famous guests like Edward VIII, Queen Elizabeth II, and King George VI–the British Royal Family–enjoyed the stay and honored the presents of the hotel. Due to the event, Palliser Hotel became one of the best hotels in Canada and it offered distinctive accommodation in elegant surroundings. However, one of the most important trademarks was the Canadian Pacific Railroad.

The dining room where all the upper class and military guests will be located

Canadian Pacific Railroad, known as the CPR, was formed to physically unite Eastern Canada to British Columbia and played an important role in the development of the nation. The track gauge is 1,435 mm (4 ft 8.5 in) and the headquarters is located at 7550 Ogden Dale Road SE, Calgary, Alberta. Taking the train is a relaxing experience for the passengers because travellers such as military troops and upper-class tourists demanded comfort and custom-built service. On the train, the luxurious accommodations were elegant because it was designed for the upper-class.

These are the train routes

In modern times, all the guest rooms are equipped with private suites and luxury amenities. Between stunning views and savory meals from the dining, the landscapes are spectacular because of the beautiful rocky mountains, lakes, and their key attractions such as ski jumping and skiing. Taking the train is a wonderful experience because you want to ensure the hospitality for the guests is unforgettable before arriving at the hotel.

The interior design of the train
Viewing the landscapes on the train

The Menu

Palliser Hotel’s Menu

The range of the menu is very long because the dining room offers a comfortable setting and the menu gives a long list of options suited to the travellers’ liking. For example, Hors d’Oeuvres Varies is one of the most popular dishes on the menu because it is a small savory dish, and the proper way to enjoy it is to be eaten by hand; sometimes it is served as cold. One of the refreshing drinks for cold days is the pot of tea because the British Royal Family will have their cup of tea and have a wonderful time at the hotel. Additionally, tea is a more British cultural phenomenon that affected Canada. The prices on the menu were expensive and cater to wealthier travelers. For instance, a $1.25 a la carte T-Bone Steak would be $22.02 in today’s Canadian dollars and a modest 20 cent Rice Pudding would be $3.52.

My Presentation

On one Sunday morning, my family and I are eating Brunch in this fine architectural setting. On the Luncheon menu, I selected Orange Pekoe with Baked Apple, Scrambled Eggs with no creamed Ham. My brother will have Fried Eastern Oysters with Potatoes Scalloped in Cream and Sanka Coffee. My mother and my father will get an Apricot Pie with Oolong Tea. Looking at the amazing dining room makes me feel at home because the luxury hotel is very relaxing and the atmosphere is fantastic. I will love to take my friends to this hotel because it is surrounded by Resorts and it is one of the best vacation spots in Alberta, Canada.

Before we arrive at the hotel, we were sitting on one of the most famous railways in history and it is called the Canadian Pacific Railroad train. The first-class experience was outstanding and magnificent because of the interior, dining services, and unique landscapes. My family and I took the Dominion and left Montreal at 8:15 pm on the No. 7 train to Sudbury where the arrival time is at 6:15 am. The next train will be leaving at 6:55 am which will take no more than 3 days; The next morning my brother was woken up by the smell of nice brew instant coffee while me, my mother, and my father are still asleep. Even though it took 3 ½ days to get from Montreal, it was a very scenic route because I loved the long trip with my family and the culture of Canada made me think about all the fun amusement parks.

The Canadian Pacific Railway Timesheet. In the 1930s, guests will use it the determine the time when they will arrive


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