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Upper Kananaskis Lake loop

Upper Kananaskis Lake loop

This adventures finds us in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, deep in the heart of Kananaskis. Our objective is the Upper Kananaskis Lake loop trail, a wonderfully scenic hike that we’ve done before but never tire of. It’s a stunning place, of azure waters, deep green forests and majestic peaks. When the light is right, and […]

Prairie Sentinels - Harris Saskatchewan

Prairie Sentinels – Harris Saskatchewan

We’re at the corner of Main and Railway in the tiny village of Harris Saskatchewan documenting a wonderful old grain elevator. The heavens above are a gorgeous blue (Saskatchewan is the “Land of Living Skies”) and are near perfect. Losing ourselves in the moment we wander about the structure for am hour or so, snapping […]

Class of '63

Class of ’63

The tiny locomotive documented here was constructed in 1963 by the Canadian Locomotive Company of Kingston Ontario. It was one of the last made by this long established firm, at that time in business for well over a century, and was the very final example produced for a Canadian customer. This makes it a very […]

Dodsland SK ex-Sask Pool

Dodsland SK ex-Sask Pool

The last grain elevator in Dodsland Saskatchewan is a massive wood structure that dates from the late 1950s. This one is rather interesting in a way, at least in today’s world, as it still stands alongside an active rail line and it’s still used to load grain cars. These factors, together, tells us we’re looking […]

Diamond T

Diamond T

If time is short or you’re not feeling terribly ambitious, the Diamond T loop hiking trail is a good choice. It’s reasonably close to Calgary, one of the first trails encountered when heading west out of town into the Elbow River area of Kananaskis – it’s almost at the park boundary, where the foothills start. […]

The Silver Bullet

The Silver Bullet

We’ve been so busy lately that we’ve neglected the Boler category for a while. Let’s get back in the swing of things… Seen here is a seventeen foot model, the “Silver Bullet”, all done up in a gray-ish metallic looking paint job, and spotted in the Calgary community of Lynnwood in March 2015. This location […]

Alsask Saskatchewan then and now

Alsask Saskatchewan then and now

The Alsask Saskatchewan School, a charming and nicely photogenic two-story brick and concrete structure, is one hundred and one years old. The last classes let out decades ago and while it’s all boarded up now and unused, it remains in decent shape. The most prominent and majestic building in the entire town, we’ve come to […]

East Coulee's historic wood bridge

East Coulee’s historic wood bridge

Abandoned, and looking every bit the part, pressure is growing to save the historic wooden road/rail bridge that spans the Red Deer River at East Coulee Alberta. Dating from the 1930s and last used just over three decades ago, it was built by the railway to access nearby coal mines, and later also carried vehicular […]

Innisfail AB then and now - elevator row

Innisfail AB then and now – elevator row

We’ve obtained two late 1970s era photos showing the impressive grain elevator row in Innisfail Alberta, perfect fodder for a BIGDoer.com then and now post. My how things have changed and on visiting the same location in 2015 we see that almost everything single thing in the old images is now gone. It’s startling! Even […]

Marengo's crazy Frankenvator

Marengo’s crazy Frankenvator

The grain elevator we’ll be documenting in this article is located in the small Saskatchewan community of Marengo and is a crazy jumble of old and new, of wood and metal. It’s a giant Rube Goldberg-esque affair, a sprawling Frankenvator, comprised of so many different parts of so many different configurations and sizes, from so […]

Alsask Saskatchewan then and now

Alsask Saskatchewan then and now

Legendary photographer Harry Palmer sent us an image showing “downtown” Alsask Saskatchewan in 1985 to use in one of our trademark then and now series. Thirty years after he captured his wonderful photo, we venture back to the exact spot where he stood to record how the scene looks today. Some of what was is […]

Laing House: friends and film

Laing House: friends and film

The long abandoned Laing Farm House, located on the vast and endless Alberta Plains northeast of Calgary in Kneehill County, was constructed just over a century ago, A wonderfully picturesque building, even in its current state of advanced decay, it stands alone far from any road or access on the edge of a very scenic […]

C-Level Cirque

C-Level Cirque

The trail to C-Level Cirque is fairly short and not terribly difficult and takes hikers up the lower flanks of Cascade Mountain in Banff National Park, to a large amphitheatre-like bowl. The views don’t happen to the end, but they’re well worth it. This destination is simply wonderful, and one can look out over the […]

Soul Work

Soul Work

Today’s subject matter is a rather interesting one and perhaps a little different from what we normally do. We’ll be visiting the Shaw Cable studios in Calgary to document, behind the scenes, the TV program Soul Work. Hosted by life coaches and spiritual guides Jeni Cousins and Kimberley Buckler, we’ll be a fly on the […]

Badland's Collection II

Badland’s Collection II

Here’s another fantastic collection of vintage vehicles, comprised mostly of 1950s era cars of many makes and models, found deep in the beautiful Alberta Badlands. Shot full of holes, stripped of parts, twisted and crushed, rusted and rotting, these old Fords, Chevrolets, Pontiacs and Plymouths sit beside a crumbling old home and an abandoned railway […]

Junction Hill

Junction Hill

Located in the Highwood River area of Kananaskis, Junction Hill is our first summit of note in 2015. Our route to the top takes in two connecting ridges, making a loop of them in a counter clockwise fashion. You can do as we did, or can mix it up, going opposite us, or picking one […]

Shasta Astro

Shasta Astro

Today’s subject is a wonderful Shasta brand camping trailer found in a Calgary back alley. This retro gem dates from the early half of the 1960s and looks like it came straight out of the Mad Men TV series. Its shape and form, the paint, love that “speed” zig-zag, and those wonderful trailing edge wing […]

Out of retirement

Out of retirement

Hanging with film photographer Robert Pohl (yes I said film), means breaking out the old Minolta. We’ll be forgoing all the conveniences of digital, wonderful technology that works so well in fact that it kind of makes us lazy and sloppy, to shoot a roll or two old school style. We’ll have to slow down, […]

Rosebud Alberta then and now

Rosebud Alberta then and now

The then and now photos used in this posting date from 1982 and 2015 and shows the small community of Rosebud Alberta. The location in both is a hill overlooking the village, which allows us a good view of pretty much the entire place. In spite of the thirty plus year that have passed, not […]

Wet Dreams

Wet Dreams

Constructed just over a century ago, the irrigation canal infrastructure seen here, located in the dry belt region of Alberta northwest-ish of Medicine Hat, near the former town of Ronalane, was never used for the purpose it was designed. This region is incredibly dry, but the soil good, and this canal was to be a […]

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