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Heritage House Publishing Fall 2023

New World Dreams
Canadian Pacific Railway and the Golden Northwest
By (author): David Laurence Jones
David Laurence Jones


Heritage House - Victoria



Product Form:



General Trade
Oct 17, 2023
$49.95 CAD


8.5in x 11 in

Page Count:

448 pages


full colour
Heritage House
TRANSPORTATION / Railroads / History
Migration, immigration and emigration|Rural communities|Population and demography|History of specific companies / corporate history|Colonialism and imperialism|Population and migration geography|Settlement, urban and rural geography|Trains and railways: general interest
An in-depth exploration of how a transportation company created a vision for a burgeoning nation and played a leading role driving immigration to the Canadian West.

Best known for its monumental achievements in transportation technology, Canadian Pacific Railway (or “CP”) was instrumental in constructing the concept—and the reality—of the country we now call Canada. In addition to building the railroad that connected the country from coast to coast, CP was also highly effective at selling the idea of a vast and rich land of opportunity and triggering a massive wave of immigration to what was dubbed the “Golden Northwest” (later the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta). No other independent corporation in the world made such a profound contribution to the creation of a national enterprise, nor outspent a national government in populating its frontiers with settlers from specifically targeted areas, often at the expense of Indigenous populations and their traditional territories.

Tracing the history of this highly influential corporation from the initial CP contract and land grant, historian David Laurence Jones explores CP’s involvement in carving out routes to the region, building towns, promoting Western Canada’s arable land and economic potential to Europeans and Americans, operating steamships, spearheading some of the largest irrigation projects in the world, and devising unique settlement schemes such as ready-made farms. Illustrated with more than four hundred archival photos and colour advertisements, New World Dreams is the most extensive history of Canadian Pacific ever published.

  • This is one of the most comprehensive books on the Canadian Pacific and specifically its role in attracting mass immigration to Western Canada in the late 19th and early 20th century.
  • While primarily known for railways, Canadian Pacific also had a fleet of steamships, hotels, and later airplanes, all of which are discussed in the book.
  • This book contains more than 400 images, including never-before-published archival photos and full-colour advertisements.
  • The author has published several books about the CPR, most recently Railway Nation (2020). He not only worked in the company’s communications department and corporate archives for many years, but his family has a deep connection with the CPR—his paternal grandparents arrived in Canada via CPR steamship in 1912.
  • An excerpt from this book was featured in the Autumn 2022 edition of Alberta History.

David Laurence Jones is the former manager of internal communications at Canadian Pacific Railway. A history graduate from Concordia University, he worked for fourteen years in the railway’s corporate archives, researching and collecting stories and anecdotes about the CPR’s rich heritage. He is the author of Railway Nation: Tales of Canadian Pacific—The World’s Greatest Travel System, as well as The Railway Beat, Tales of the CPR, See This World Before the Next, and Famous Name Trains.


  • Targeted national print, online, and broadcast media outreach, including: CBC Radio; Canada’s History magazine; Alberta Views; Calgary Herald, Winnipeg Free Press; Vancouver Sun; Edmonton Journal; CityNews Calgary; CTV Calgary; Global News Alberta; BC History; Alberta History magazine; Prairie History magazine; Prairie Books NOW; Access Winnipeg; etc.
  • Pitches to local community outlets where CPR stations were established or had notable events.
  • Subject-specific outreach (trains, transportation, Canadian history) for print features, excerpts, interviews, and review coverage, including: Trains magazine; Railway Age; Passenger Train Journal; RailNews; Curious Canadian History podcast, HistorySlam podcast, National Railway Historical Society (USA); etc.
  • Promotion to school, library, and historical groups.
  • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with author's speaking engagements.
  • Advertising in select print publications, including Canada’s History, BC History, and BC Studies.
  • Award submission to relevant literary and historical prizes, such as Alberta Literary Awards, Governor General's Literary Awards, Canadian Historical Association awards, High Plains Book Awards, Alcuin Awards, etc.
  • Outreach to subject-specific groups (trains, transportation, history) and travel & tourism organizations.
  • Pitches sent to local book festivals (author located in Alberta).
  • Advanced interest from Alberta History and Prairie Books NOW.


  • Rick Antonson Iauthor of Train Beyond the Mountains: Journeys on the Rocky Mountaineer and co-author of Whistle Posts West: Railway Tales From British Columbia, Alberta and Yukon)
  • Terry Gainer (author of When Trains Ruled the Kootenays and When Trains Ruled the Rockies)
  • Derek Hayes (author of Iron Road West: An Illustrated History of British Columbia's Railways)
  • Adam Shoalts (bestselling author of Alone Against the North)
  • Stephen R. Bown (award-winning author of The Company: The Rise and Fall of the Hudson’s Bay Empire)
  • Barrie Sanford (author of McCulloch's Wonder: The Story of the Kettle Valley Railway and Steel Rails and Iron Men, Tales of the KVR: The Kettle Valley Railway Remembered, Train Master: The Railway Art of Max Jacquiard, and The Pictorial History of Railroading in British Columbia)
  • (USA) Brian Solomon (one of today's most accomplished railway historians, he has authored more than thirty books about railroads and locomotive power, and his writing and photography have been featured in the world's top rail publications)


  • Digital collateral (social media banners, quote nuggets)
  • Electronic blad / sampler
  • Electronic ARC
  • Video interview
  • Online banner
  • Press release
  • Book trailer

  • For more information contact
    [email protected]

    “A complete social history, beautifully illustrated with photos, posters, maps, letters, and ads, which bring the story of Canadian Pacific’s effects vividly to life.”
    —Derek Hayes, author of Iron Road West: An Illustrated History of British Columbia's Railways

    “David Laurence Jones offers thoughtful, modern insight into the CPR’s planning and construction, managing land grants, and recruiting, transporting, and settling emigrants”
    —Brian Solomon, author of more than 60 books on railways and a monthly columnist for Trains Magazine

    New World Dreams moves to the front of the line of books about how Canada became a notable country, one stitched together by ribbons of steel, sewn together by immigration, and held together by controversial visions.”
    —Rick Antonson, author of Train Beyond the Mountains: Journeys on the Rocky Mountaineer

    “Few historians are better equipped than David Laurence Jones, a former CPR archivist, to recount the stories of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s schemes to ‘open’ Western Canada to non-Indigenous settlement.”
    —Ron Brown, author of The Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore: An Illustrated History of the Railway Stations in Canada

    “Jones’s comprehensive, lavishly illustrated book reveals the CPR’s impact on Canada’s birth, growth, and its very essence. Visually stimulating and intellectually satisfying, this is a must-read.”
    —Shari Peyerl, author of Alberta’s Cornerstone: Archaeological Adventures in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

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