This archived Web page remains online for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. This page will not be altered or updated. Web pages that are archived on the Internet are not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards. As per the Communications Policy of the Government of Canada, you can request alternate formats of this page on the Contact Us page.
With a country as large as Canada, the train was ideal for bringing the monarchy to small towns. The royal visitors were able to view Canada, while Canadians in turn viewed the Royals – either at scheduled stops or by catching a glimpse as the train rolled past.
1939 Royal Tour. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth accept flowers from a little girl in Beavermouth, British Columbia
1939 Royal Tour. King George VI shows bandaged fingers after catching his hand in a train door the night before, Regina, Saskatchewan
"At points where the train stopped and Their Majesties descended to the station platform ... careful preparations were mapped out after the study of diagrams of the station buildings and surrounding districts. Crowds were so well behaved across the country that there was little trouble in keeping them behind prearranged lines and no injuries or incidents to mar the royal visit were reported."
Canadian Railway Stories: 100 Years of History and Lore, by Adolf and Okan Hungry Wolf. Skookumchuck, B.C.: Good Medicine Books, 1985, p. 85, originally published in C.P. Staff Bulletin.
You can see the locomotive that pulled the royal train during the 1939 Royal Tour at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa.
Visit the website ARCHIVED - Canada, by Train