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Calgary then and now - Sunalta School

Calgary then and now – Sunalta School

Sunalta School is located in the Calgary community of Scarboro, just west of downtown. This fine structure was made from locally quarried sandstone, one of many old schools in the city built from this material and is just over a century old. We’ve been given an old photo from the 1960s showing it and we […]

Maple Creek Saskatchewan grain terminal

Maple Creek Saskatchewan grain terminal

We’ve spent so much time focusing on all those old wooden grain elevators that we’ve completely missed something – the huge inland terminals that reflect the current state of the Canadian grain industry and perhaps a new subject matter for this website. Maybe, just maybe, these modern hunks of concrete and steel are worth documenting […]

The old refinery site in Inglewood

The old refinery site in Inglewood

The Inglewood Wildlands Park, from the 1930s-1980s was the site of an oil refinery, the only remains of which include a small brick shed and some power line supports. The rest of the land is reclaimed and has been allowed to revert to a natural state. It’s hard to image such a quiet serene place […]

CPR local Alix Alberta

CPR local Alix Alberta

While out exploring we take a quick break to document a slow moving local freight traveling along the CPR’s backwater Stettler to Lacombe branch. Three locomotives make short work of their small train, about ten cars long, which was spotted in the central Alberta community of Alix. Heading eastbound it’s just crossed the CNR’s north/south […]

Lethbridge Boler

Lethbridge Boler

This 13 foot Boler was found in an RV/motorhome storage lot in Lethbridge Alberta and appears so awfully tiny and insignificant when compared to all those huge camping trailers that surround it. In our experience it’s relatively rare to find Bolers in these lots as given their small size, and the often frugal nature of […]

Spruce Meadows Fishbowls and Classics

Spruce Meadows Fishbowls and Classics

The world renowned Spruce Meadows equestrian venue operates, via a private contractor, a fleet of guest shuttles, comprised of vintage buses from the 1960s-1990s. These green and white beasts earn their keep taking people to and from parking lots and transit stations to the huge event facility located at the south end of Calgary, for […]

Barth and Studebaker

Barth and Studebaker

The fascinating things we find while out exploring the Alberta plains. Of course there are the ghost towns and abandoned farms, but we also stumble across lots of old, classic and interesting vehicles. Seen here is an odd-couple sharing the same patch of grass between two old wood buildings a Barth tag-axle motorhome, a very […]

Journey of Natty Gann – mountains and old houses

Journey of Natty Gann – mountains and old houses

We’ve taken two fairly random screen captures from the 1985 movie Journey of Natty Gann, ones we know were shot in an area we’re very familiar with and frequent, and then track down the locations seen to record how they look today. You might say this is a tall order (or maybe even a pointless […]

Prairie Sentinels - Woodhouse Alberta - Vandervalk Farm

Prairie Sentinels – Woodhouse Alberta – Vandervalk Farm

The subject of this article is a fine old grain elevator found on farm north of Fort MacLeod Alberta. Formerly located in the small community of Woodhouse, not terribly far away, this tall and imposing structure was moved to this current location in the 1970s. We’ve been invited by the owners, the Vandervalk family, to […]

Shaunavon Saskatchewan then and now

Shaunavon Saskatchewan then and now

The century old community of Shaunavon is located in the southwest corner of Saskatchewan. Home to perhaps eighteen hundred people, give or take, it has a quaint downtown full of lots of nice old buildings, some of which will be the focus of this then and now report. Our then photo, which is from a […]

Seebe Dam and the spindly bridge

Seebe Dam and the spindly bridge

The Seebe Dam, called the Kananaskis Plant by its owner, is just over a century old and is located along the scenic Bow River west of Calgary, where the mountains meet the plains. We’re in the area for a hike and take some time to study this interesting old structure before heading down the trail. […]

Crowsnest Pass then and now - Back to God Chapel

Crowsnest Pass then and now – Back to God Chapel

If you’ve driven the Crowsnest Highway, also known as Highway #3, through the Crowsnest Pass, you’ve perhaps noticed the “Little Church” in Bellevue on the north side of the road. Or maybe you missed it, it is after all quite small. This is the Back to God Chapel, aka Wayside Chapel, a roadside attraction that […]

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