East of the Kicking Horse Pass the Canadian Pacific Railway’s Laggan Subdivision
more or less follows the Bow River to Calgary. The name “Bow” refers to the
reeds that grew along its banks, which were used by the local First
Nations peoples to make bows. ThePeigan name for the river is “Makhabn”,
meaning “river where bow weeds grow”.
One particular location on the mainline has become known as “Morant’s Curve”
a favorite spot of photographer Nicholas Morant. Located at mile 113 on the
Laggan Sub it is about 7 miles (12 km) east of the kicking Horse Pass on the Bow
From 1929 to 1981, through the age of steam and into the age of diesel electric
locomotives, Nicholas Morant photographed the Canadian Pacific Railway
eventually becoming the official photographer for the Canadian Pacific Railway.
He photographed all aspects of the Canadian Pacific’s many companies; hotels,
steamships, trucks, airlines, oil wells, mines, logging, etc., but is probably best
know for his photography of the railway. Many of his railway photographs were
published in “Nicholas Morant’s Canadian Pacific” by J. F. Garden, Footprint
Publishing, Revelstoke, British Columbia 1991.
Today, Morant’s Curve remains a favorite spot for rail fans and tourists alike to
photograph consists that regularly ply the Laggan and Mountain Subdivisions.
The following is a collection of links on the Internet to photos and videos taken
at Morant’s Curve.
Click on images to enlarge.
Morant's Curve is one of the most famous and most popular photo and video
sites along the Canadian Pacific Railway. In the first video below, the train
appears around a curve from the East (Banff), swing through the picture
on a wide curve and exit around another curve heading for Lake Louise.