Restoring the bridge, the next priority, was organized by GTPR Engineer H.
Eventually, the GTPR failed to meet its financial obligations and, in 1923, it was absorbed into the Canadian National Railways.
In 1904 Hays, now the president of the GTPR, envisioned a chain of elegant hotels built along their rail line with a signature corporate look that art historians have labelled the finest example of a Canadian national style, "the Chateau Style," or the "Francois I Style," based on medieval castles in France.
While the plans were being drawn up for the Fort Garry Hotel, the GTPR announced that their next hotel in the chain was to be built for $1.
Naming the hotel "The Selkirk" rather than honouring the history of this hallowed site was just one means to pressure the HBC to allow the GTPR to have one large contiguous lot, going all the way back to Assiniboine Avenue, in case the hotel needed to be expanded.
On 9 December, a GTPR Express train with two special cars arrived at Union Station from Regina carrying dignitaries to attend the opening festivities.
The official opening of the hotel occurred the following day, 11 December 1913, with a tour of the building by numerous GTPR managers and special guests.
On 7 March, 1919, the GTPR was nationalized to be operated by a federal Board of Management.