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In Event of Nucular Attack!

In Event of Nucular Attack!

Located beneath a nondescript building in a small Central Alberta town are the remains of a forgotten military bunker, constructed during the paranoia charged days of the Cold War. Today, the silent halls are sealed up and known only to a select few, in stark contrast to the floors above, busy with the comings and goings of people, most unaware of what lies deep underfoot.

Protection Mountain Mine

Protection Mountain Mine

This is a “history hike” where we combine two of our favourite obsessions. We’ll climb to a point high up on the flanks of a peak in Banff National Park to visit the Protection Mountain Mine (official: Eldon Showing) an operation that dates back about a hundred years. It’s one of the highest in elevation we’ve ever visited and the views from it are simply amazing.

Canadian Pacific Railway #4090 and #4469

Canadian Pacific Railway #4090 and #4469

The Canadian Museum of Rail Travel in Cranbrook BC owns a huge collection of vintage train equipment. Founded in the 1970s, the organization has grown over the years and today occupies a huge tact of land on the far edge the community’s downtown core, just beside an active railway line. On display at one end of the property are two old diesel locomotives and a passenger station.

Sandy McNabb Hills

Sandy McNabb Hills

This day’s objective is a series of eastward trending low rolling bumps, treed on one side, grassed and open on the other, overlooking the Sheep River in Kananaskis. They make for a nice and easy hike when ambitions are lacking, in the colder months when trails in the west are buried or simply inaccessible, or like in our case, when time is a bit short.

Building Information Modeling For Dummies

Building Information Modeling For Dummies

An interesting way to spend an afternoon, BIGDoer.com connects up with a group of three travelling the globe on a lengthy and ambitious mission to document train stations…in a very interesting way. From the University of Rochester (New York), the trio have brought along some high-tech equipment which is used, specifically, to create a three dimensional digital model of their subject matter.

Hillcrest United Church

Hillcrest United Church

Built near a century ago, the Hillcrest United Church (formerly Hillcrest Methodist) in the Crowsnest Pass held its last services in the 1990s and is today privately owned. This fine old building, located a street west of “downtown” Hillcrest, looks fantastic for its age and with Turtle Mountain towering above it’s in a wonderfully picturesque […]

Lime City

Lime City

The lime kilns at Lime City, in the Crowsnest Pass, were in operation for about a decade around the time of World War One. Located just east of the huge Turtle Mountain Frank Slide boulder field, which they pulled the limestone from (imagine them trying that today – the slide is a protected site) which […]

Industrial Park Living

Industrial Park Living

The Calgary district of Alyth – Bonnybrook – Manchester, three formerly separate neighbourhoods now sort of seen as one, is mostly industrial, but here and there are some old houses, a couple of them even lived in. Join us a we walk about this gritty neighbourhood, located southeast of downtown, in search of these dwellings.

We STOP for Bolers

We STOP for Bolers

If we see a stationary Boler parked somewhere we rarely pass it by, usually taking the time to check it out and snap a few photos unless time is very, very pressing. We have the fever! This one we had no choice anyway, since it’s located at a controlled intersection, a three way stop in […]

Trainspotting - Field BC edition

Trainspotting – Field BC edition

If you follow our adventures, you know the BIGDoer.com crew is always go-Go-GO! We’re always doing something! Every now and then we like to drop a few gears and slow right down and unwind, taking an hour or two break where we do nothing but relax, sip wine, talk, maybe read a book or daydream, and of course train spot.

Mount Lipsett

Mount Lipsett

Reaching the top of Mount Lipsett is incredibly simple and easy. One need only follow an old road that meanders up to within sight of the summit. From there is a quick push and you’re done. Even though it’s not a terribly high elevation “peak” (okay, calling it that is stretch, it’s more a big hill), especially when compared to Mist Mountain directly east, the views from it are pretty darn good over all.

Canadian Pacific Railway then and now – Banff Park

Canadian Pacific Railway then and now – Banff Park

We’re deep inside gorgeous Banff National Park armed with an old photo showing a train. Our goal, find the spot where that image was captured – easy enough – and then shot a similar one for inclusion in this BIGDoer “then and now” post. To complete our project we’ll need a train to show, but we won’t have to wait long for that to happen.

Bents

Bents

.We’ve photographed and written about hundreds of abandoned places before, and many ghost towns too (browse BIGDoer.com and see). The report we’ll be presenting here will be a wee bit different from the norm however. We’ll not only talk about our subject and its history, Bents Saskatchewan, but we’ll touch on the struggles the land owner is experiencing due to the rise in “Ghost Town Tourism”; specifically the ugly side of that activity.

Netherhill Saskatchewan school

Netherhill Saskatchewan school

This article we’ll be looking at a small brick school house, a very photogenic one in fact, located in the tiny village of Netherhill Saskatchewan. Constructed just over a century ago, it’s been many, many decades since classes were last held here. More recently it was used as a fraternal organization hall, but for the […]

St Henry's Catholic Church Twin Butte

St Henry’s Catholic Church Twin Butte

Perched atop a small knoll in view of the towering Rockies, St Henry’s Catholic Church at Twin Butte Alberta is well over a century old. No longer used for regular services, but still well maintained, the fine looking building is opened up from time to time for special occasions and the like. Also located on […]

Brock Saskatchewan: what a difference a century makes

Brock Saskatchewan: what a difference a century makes

We’ve been given an old photo, one from the late 1910s or perhaps the early 1920s, or thereabouts (does it really matter), showing a street scene Brock Saskatchewan. We return to the same spot where it was captured oh so long ago, to see what we can see and we’re blown away by just how […]

Whitepool

Whitepool

This old grain elevator stands alone in a field, battered and beaten, having been abandoned for many decades. We’ve seen a lot of these structures in our travels and this is perhaps the most sorry example yet. But it has this amazing dignity and elegance, even in spite of its decrepit state. It’s sad and […]

Coleville Saskatchewan Pool "A"

Coleville Saskatchewan Pool “A”

Today we look at the former Pool grain elevator in Coleville Saskatchewan, not a really old building compared to some we’ve documented, but still one of interest. Problem, though, it was raining, very hard at times, and we had the choice to wait it out (but we were short on time), risk getting the camera […]

Suite 16

Suite 16

When on the road we like accommodations with personality. No five star lodging for us, that’s so terribly boring, not to mention expensive. We’re cheap-ass buggers at heart. Give us a dive motel, hotel, hostel, cabin…whatever…and as long as it’s reasonably clean we’re a happy bunch. We love them and not just for budgetary reasons, […]

Fullerton Loop

Fullerton Loop

Fullerton Loop is an easy hike. Its close proximity to Calgary, in the rolling foothills west of town, also means it’s well patronized and while not the most scenic outing, much of the time you’re in the trees, it has its moments. The high point of the trip, is well, the high point, where the […]

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