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Meeting Creek station and elevators

Meeting Creek station and elevators

The tiny community of Meeting Creek Alberta is home to a pair of very photogenic vintage wooden grain elevators, plus one gorgeous century old train station. These holdovers from another era together make for timeless scene. They remind us that at one time railways were the cornerstone of the community, and everything that came and [...]

Fort MacLeod AB then and now - post office

Fort MacLeod AB then and now – post office

The two pictures we’ll be looking at in this report show the Fort MacLeod Alberta post office at two completely different times in the building’s history. The first image, scanned from an old postcard, was shot sometime in 1950s and we return some sixty years later to see how it all looks today. Interestingly, outside [...]

Saskatchewan: old vehicles and equipment part 2

Saskatchewan: old vehicles and equipment part 2

In May 2014 we toured the southwest corner of Saskatchewan on a quest to find grain elevators, ghost towns and abandoned farms. We also came in search of vintage cars, trucks (especially), strange and odd motorhomes, locomotives – anything old and interesting that has wheels and an engine. And guess what, we found a lot, [...]

Prairie Sentinels – Picture Butte Alberta

Prairie Sentinels – Picture Butte Alberta

Picture Butte, a small town located just north of Lethbridge, is home to one traditional wooden grain elevator, which is today’s subject. This massive structure, long since closed down by it’s original owner, but today being used by a local farmer to store grain, sits alongside an abandoned rail line. Thankfully many old elevators that [...]

Powderface Ridge

Powderface Ridge

This was not our first trip up Powderface Ridge this year, Earlier in the spring we hiked it, but a thick fog prevented us from seeing anything once at the summit. What a bummer, as we heard the views were stupendous. Even before we finished that first trip, we vowed to return. With blue skies [...]

Elbow Valley - Sulphur Springs loop

Elbow Valley – Sulphur Springs loop

For this delightful foothills hike we follow the Elbow Valley trail east from the Ing’s Mine day use area, then loop back to where we started using the Sulphur Springs trail on the return leg. While much of the trip is in the trees, every now and then things open up nicely and we catch [...]

South Calgary Boler

South Calgary Boler

Boler spotting can be thought of as a big game of hide and seek. These trailers are often secreted away on someone’s property, in a backyard, in alleys or parked on tree lined driveways, and as such are often difficult to catch. A passionate player of the Boler spotting game however, those who have the [...]

Crowsnest railyards then and now

Crowsnest railyards then and now

Some forty years separate the two images seen here in this report. In them we look at the CPR’s Crowsnest Line, in the town of Crowsnest, straddling the BC/Alberta border. The first photograph was submitted to us by a reader of the BIGDoer.com website, and was taken way back in 1973. Our now picture shows [...]

South End of Lawson

South End of Lawson

A short and steep trail heads up to the South End of Lawson, aka Little Lawson or simply South Lawson, a rocky summit with stupendous views of Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Kananaskis Lakes and the Opal Ranges (among others). This destination is a highpoint on a long undulating ridge that extends north for many, many [...]

Prairie Sentinels – Milk River Alberta

Prairie Sentinels – Milk River Alberta

The small southern Alberta community of Milk River is home to three very photogenic traditional-style wood cribbed grain elevators. It’s almost a “row”, which I know is technically four or more, but does it really matter here? Trivialities aside, finding this many elevators in one spot in 2014 is pretty darn rare. Even more unusual, [...]

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