The Chateau Laurier hotel has for years hosted a Christmas tree event. Local companies make a donation to the Children's Hospital Of Eastern Ontario, and trees get decorated with their names in the lobby and corridors of the ground floor of the luxury hotel. You can imagine it's a popular event locally, and ideal for the photographer.
Monday, December 26, 2022
Along with the Christmas trees, these halls include a wealth of photographs of the hotel's history. The Chateau opened in 1912. Its official opening date in April of that year was postponed for a few weeks. Charles Melville Hays, the railroad baron who had been behind its creation, had been coming back from Europe with his family and a substantial amount of furnishings bought on the continent.
They were sailing on the Titanic.
Hays of course died in that calamity; it's been suggested that his ghost haunts the hotel. There are other ghost stories connected to the Chateau.
Many others have been here over the years. This photograph of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip dates to when she was still the Crown Princess, and the Royals were paying a visit. Here they are accompanied by Vincent Massey, the Governor-General at the time.
More of those Christmas trees. I'll carry on here tomorrow.