Bessborough The Bessborough Hotel was built by the CN Railways in 1931, but was not opened until 1935. It is named after the Canadian Governor-General at the time, Sir Vere Brabazon Ponsonby, Earl of Bessborough. The facade is comprised of bricks from Claybank, SK and Fossil-rich Tyndall stone from Manitoba. The impressive exterior was modelled after a Bavarian castle and features creatures carved into the stone. Visit the Bessborough and see if you can find them!