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Prairie Sentinels – Gull Lake Saskatchewan

Prairie Sentinels – Gull Lake Saskatchewan

Situated along the Canadian Pacific Railway’s busy east/west mainline, Gull Lake Saskatchewan is home to two old and very photogenic traditional style wood-cribbed grain elevators; and one newer high throughput concrete grain terminal. The former will be the subject of this report, the latter, being too new and not terribly interesting to us as a [...]

Manyberries Alberta railway station

Manyberries Alberta railway station

In a few short years the Manyberries Alberta railway station will be a century old. Somehow this fine old building has managed to survive when most others across the province have not and today it’s being cared for by a couple who call it their home. It sits exactly where built and has been witness [...]

Sparwood BC overlook

Sparwood BC overlook

This trail takes us to the end of a ridge overlooking the town of Sparwood BC. The route is a mix of old logging and coal mine exploration roads and oftentimes steep and rough ATV tracks, and doesn’t appear in any hiking books or guides. We’re the first, as far as we know, to document [...]

GMC motorhome

GMC motorhome

The GMC motorhome, like the example seen in this report which was found right here in Calgary, is a real interesting beast. It’s a futuristic home on wheels built in the 1970s that amazingly looks quite up to date even today. Popular with retro-RV enthusiasts there are a surprising number of them still on the [...]

Cheesy Boler

Cheesy Boler

One often finds Bolers, and trailers of other makes, motorhomes and old cars, parked in warehouse and factory back lots. Employees will often take advantage of available parking spaces at their workplace for this just this purpose. Case in point is the Mozzarella-white Boler seen here, parked in behind the Alberta Cheese Company factory in [...]

Crowsnest Pass then and now

Crowsnest Pass then and now

A good eighty or so years separate the two images seen in this report. In both we see Emerald Lake and Crowsnest Lake and Mountain in the Crowsnest Pass of Alberta. The first image is from a black and white postcard scanned and sent to us by a reader of the BIGDoer blog. He asked [...]

Fort MacLeod then and now - Fort Museum

Fort MacLeod then and now – Fort Museum

While doing research on another project, we stumbled across an interesting old postcard in a collection of papers. It shows a street scene in the small Southern Alberta town of Fort MacLeod and in that photo, which dates from the mid-1950s we see a car (with tail fins!) parked in from the Fort Museum, while [...]

Mellow yellow Boler

Mellow yellow Boler

This 13 foot Boler, the most common type seen, is painted a very pleasant mellow yellow colour. Very nice! Found completely by chance, as is almost always the the case, it was seen while we drove around Calgary on some errands. The date of this find was July 2014. Forgive the hazy appearance of the [...]

Kananaskis Fire Lookout

Kananaskis Fire Lookout

The hiking trail described here takes you up to the Kananaskis Fire Lookout and is a fairly easy affair. A wide track, it gains elevation ever so slowly. Deep in the trees most of the way, there is nary a view until the goal is reached. Admittedly it’s not the most exciting trip, but what [...]

Saskatchewan: old vehicles and equipment part 1

Saskatchewan: old vehicles and equipment part 1

If you like old cars, trucks, farm machinery and equipment, Saskatchewan is the place for you. No matter where one travels within its borders, there is always an endless parade of vintage vehicles to be seen, each begging to be photographed and documented. It’s a literal playground for those who like these sorts of things. [...]

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