The Basement Project
The basement renovation project started in 2014 with the need to stabilize the hotel. With the age of the hotel, it didn't have much basement, just a small dirt area. The process of lifting the building and digging the basement out underneath it was work intensive, but the payoff has been very rewarding. The basement now represents a a large area of expanded seating which can be easily used for events. Featuring some amazing artwork, an antique and historic pool table, and washroom facilities, it's the perfect place for whatever you're looking for.
From the Historical prospective, the antique pool table once belong to CP Railway President Sir William Cornelius Van Horne. The basement has been turned into a bit of tribute to everything railway related, with historical photos of the railway's construction and Van Horne himself. You can take advantage of that history and shoot a game of pool on a massive slate pool table while looking at a picture of the very same table in Van Horne's Montreal estate. Play a game of pool on the same table that Sir John A. Macdonald and many other notable persons of that time in history would have played on. For the full tour and history lesson, ask for Robert, the owner.
Chimney and Bar Area
Tables and Seating
The bar tables were made from some of the original beams that were holding the hotel up.
Fireplace and Couch
A cozy corner of the basement well suited to a drink on a cold night.
Seating and Bar Area
Original Owner Sir William Cornelius Van Horne
This photo depicts the pool table, with original cover, in the Van Horne Estate in Montreal.
Other Canadian Pacific Railway Historical Photos
Seating in Pool Table area
Pool Table with Cover
The cover is also from Van Horne's Estate and has been with the pool table since the beginning.
Sir William Cornelius Van Horne
The President of CP Railway and original owner of the pool table.