The Royal Alexandra Hall
The opulent experience of Canadian rail travel was not limited to the passenger cars represented in our collection; as luxurious as this journey may have been, the grand hotels built by the CPR across Canada between 1888 and 1930 were equally impressive and remain some of the greatest architecture ever built in this country.
With the notable exception of the Royal Alexandra Hotel, built in Winnipeg in 1906, these hotels remain in operation today. The Royal Alexandra, a rare example of Edwardian architecture amongst the CP hotels, was considered the social centerpiece of Winnipeg for nearly sixty years before its closure in 1967. Four years later it was demolished with only the Grand Cafe of the hotel, carefully disassembled into hundreds of pieces and stored in a semi-trailer, surviving.
For the next 25 years, these pieces remained in storage until acquired by the Cranbrook History Centre (known then as the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel) in 1999. After being moved to the current site in Cranbrook, restoration and construction of a new exterior shell began. By 2004, with the support of millennium grants and public contributions, the rebuilding of the Royal Alexandra Hall was complete and the facility was opened to the public for both public viewing and special events. Widely considered the most elegant public venue in southeastern British Columbia, the Royal Alexandra Hall seats over 200 people and features an adjacent catering kitchen.
Services & Amenities
Reception Hall: The adjacent large Reception Hall can accommodate large buffets, and plated service.
Palm Court: The adjacent Palm Court is usable for bar service. The renter is required to take out a Special Occasion Liquor license as well as bring in their bartender’s Serving it Right certificate.
Catering: Our catering kitchen is for plating service only. Therefore, whomever the renter chooses to cater must be able to cook the food elsewhere and just plate at our facilities. We can recommend several caterers with experience in the hall.
Entrance Hall: The Entrance Hall can also be used for registration and reception of visitors.
Washrooms: The spacious and well-appointed washrooms are located just off the main entrance.
Accessibility: The facility is wheelchair accessible with an elevator centrally located for your convenience.
Rental Does NOT Include:
- Catering (renter must hire caterer)
- Tableware (plates, cups, silverware, etc.)
- Chair Covers
Capacity & Floor Plans
- Maximum seating for, meetings, concerts, wedding ceremonies, or other assembly events is 280
- Maximum seating for events with food services, such as dinners, is 184 at 23 round tables of 8 each
- Seating for events including dances would be less, suggested between 128 with larger dance area and 152 with smaller dance area.
There are several floor plans and options available when planning your function that are dependant on the number of people that will be attending.
You can either make up a floor plan on your own using the PDF below, or you can collaborate on a floor plan with our museum staff. The only rule of any floor plan is that the set up does not block any of the emergency exits or catering kitchen doors. If you have any questions, please call 250-489-3918 and talk to the hall coordinator for assistance.