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Afternoon Tea Served on the Terrace

by Christine Hayes - 0 Comment(s)

PC 433

Banff Avenue in Winter

Postcards from the Past, PC 433

So now we're well into winter and it looks like maybe it won't last forever. Although the icy, rutted roads are starting to really get tiresome, there is still beauty in the white stuff. Walking along the wintry streets always reminds me of Banff and those beautiful postcards of the snow blanketing the town. And it also makes me long for summer.

I came across a delightful beverage and dessert menu from the Banff Springs Hotel from 1924. We have a number of menus in the Community Heritage and Family History collection at Central Library. Among my favourites are the menus from the dining cars on the CP trains and those from the elegant Banff Springs Hotel.

The beverage and dessert menu has a list of beers available (Chinook, Silver Spray, Alberta Pride and Old Fashioned Lager – 30 cents a pint), Cooling Drinks such as Horse’s Neck, Loganberry Lemonade and Bromo Seltzer; Mineral Waters such as Appollinaris, Vichy and Duncan Water and, what must have been very delightful, the Rose Marie Ice Nectar, which was made of “mingled strawberry ice cream and syrup with Ginger Ale and Whipped Cream Top”. For dessert you could have a Three Sisters Sundae, comprised of “Vanilla, Strawberry and Chocolate Ice Cream, Sliced Banana, Chocolate Sauce, Whipped Cream” or a Bow Valley (Orange water ice with apricot sauce, peaches, pistachio nuts and whipped cream.)

The last page of the menu reads “Afternoon tea served on the terrace”. Ahhhh.

PC 976

Banff Springs Hotel

Postcards from the Past, PC 976

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