Canadian Pacific St. Andrews Travel Poster
In 1884 the Canadian Pacific Railway Co. entered into ship owning and three steamers were built to operate Great Lakes services. These ships sailed across the Atlantic, were cut in half at Montreal, towed to Buffalo and rejoined. In 1886 regular passenger services were started between Montreal and Port Moody and in 1887 a service between Vancouver and the Orient commenced with chartered vessels, to be followed in 1891 by the company's own 'Empress' ships. The Columbia and Kootenay River Navigation Co was purchased in 1890 and this enabled CPR to enter the sternwheeler traffic of the Canadian Rockies lakes and river trade. The same year, passenger routes were established between Toronto, Montreal and Chicago.