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Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions #41

Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions #41

Today we’ll be looking at a vintage steam locomotive. Located in Stettler Alberta, this near century old machine, number #41, is still hard at work and is used to pull train loads of tourists down a scenic railway line. It belongs to the Alberta Prairie Railway Excursion company and is one of two engines in [...]

Over the fence Boler

Over the fence Boler

This Boler was found parked in a fenced-in compound in a gritty industrial area of Calgary, in June 2014. We’ve been seeing a lot of these 17 foot models lately, more then we would normally expect. You’ll notice we still use the old imperial system when referring to these trailers. That form of measurement was [...]

River of No Return

River of No Return

If you’ve been following the BIGDoer blog, you have no doubt seen some of our trademark “then and now” posts. For these, we take an old photo, postcard or scene from a film and visit the location seen to document how things look today and then post it all here for you to view. Most [...]

Horseshoe Canyon

Horseshoe Canyon

This adventure we hike the lovely Bow River Valley, travelling east from the Kananaskis Dam on our way to Horseshoe Dam and Canyon and to points beyond. It’s an easy trail, but don’t think that makes it uninteresting. It offers the visitor stunning views, not only of the river itself (a lovely blue/green) but of [...]

Prairie Sentinels – Alliance Alberta

Prairie Sentinels – Alliance Alberta

There were once many grain elevators in Alliance Alberta, now there is but one, a huge structure built in the 1950s. It sits alongside an active railway line and while we believe the building was in use up until recently, its current status is to us a bit of an unknown. Join us as we [...]

St Joseph's Church Courval SK

St Joseph’s Church Courval SK

In this report we look at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in the tiny community of Courval Saskatchewan. Very photogenic, it is one of a handful of buildings still standing in what is essentially a ghost town, While needing a coat of paint and some other repairs, it’s otherwise in an overall reasonable condition. I don’t [...]

Prairie Sentinels – Eastend Saskatchewan

Prairie Sentinels – Eastend Saskatchewan

In May of this year we found ourselves in southwest Saskatchewan. We were on a grain elevator tour, travelling far and wide in search of these fascinating prairie sentinels. In the short five days we had, we explored dozens of these structures and to fanatics like us, each was as exciting and interesting as the [...]

Not a Boler – a Triple E Surfside

Not a Boler – a Triple E Surfside

Beside the Boler company there are and were many, many other makes of small fiberglass camping trailers. You might recognize the name Trillium which is the most popular brand and in fact there are more of them then any other. We’ve seen hundreds. The Triple E Surfside seen in this report is one of the [...]

Volcano Ridge

Volcano Ridge

Today we hike up Volcano Ridge, a grass-topped hill located in the foothills of Kananaskis west of Turner Valley. In spite of its modest elevation, the views from the top are something amazing! One can see for many kilometres in all directions. Barren grey limestone peaks in the west are in stark contrast with the [...]

Bigfoot and Brutus (from afar)

Bigfoot and Brutus (from afar)

In this article we’ll be looking at two monster draglines, Bigfoot and Brutus, at the Paintearth Coal Mine in central Alberta. The original plan to was to view them up close – boys, even 49 year old boys, love their big machines and I was eager to document these ones – but when the personal [...]

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