"The Canadian "CN" hotels" Canada Local Custom Tip by Carmanah

Canada Local Customs: 138 reviews and 102 photos

  Hotel Vancouver on the first day of winter, 2002.
by Carmanah

Back in the 1880's until the early 1900's when the CN (Canadian National) and CP (Canadian Pacific) railroads played an intricate part in linking Canada's provinces together, CN and CP would create a giant hotels in each major Canadian city along the train routes to attract potential visitors. These hotels are the "grand dame" hotels... styled after chateaus. You'll find them in each city. Fort Garry in Winnipeg, the Chateau Frontenac in Québec, The Empress in Victoria, etc. Vancouver's historic railroad hotel is the Hotel Vancouver (now owned by Fairmont, hence the name to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, although you'll never find a local calling it "Fairmont"!)

When strolling along Vancouver's Georgia, Howe or Hornby Streets, visit the lobby of the hotel for a piece of Vancouver history. This was one of the first buildings built in Vancouver and still looks majestic until this day. If you're visiting Vancouver around Christmas, you're in for a treat. The green copper roof of the hotel is lit up in Christmas lights (as you can see if you click on the picture). There's more information on these hotels here: http://canada.worldweb.com/FeaturesReviews/AccommodationGuide/8-267.html

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  • Updated Dec 22, 2002
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