Five splendid examples of Canadian architecture - CPR hotels of grand scale - are depicted in a new commemorative stamp booklet to be issued June 14, 1993. Richly ornate, these hotels were built originally as stop-overs for travellers - catering to nobility and head of state - or as resorts for the privileged. The stamp issue also marks the centenary of the opening of the Château Frontenac in Quebec. The other hotels include: the Algonquin, St. Andrews; the Royal York in Toronto; Banff Springs; and the Empress Hotel in Victoria. Reported to have a view of 75 miles of shore line from its verandah and promoted as being in a location "free from hay fever", the Algonquin Hotel built in 1889 is from an era when the wealthy went to the seaside to escape the city's summer heat. St. Andrews offered a healthy climate, magnificent scenery, famous golf links, bathing and yachting. Built by a group of American businessmen, financial difficulties led to its purchase by the CPR in 1903. In 1970, the hotel was sold to local interests, and in 1973 the Province of New Brunswick leased the Algonquin and contracted its management to Canadian Pacific Hotels.
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