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Swift Current then and now - Central School

Swift Current then and now – Central School

In late May 2014 we explored the southwest corner of Saskatchewan. For this report, we take a short break from hunting grain elevators and abandoned things to shoot one of our trademark then and now series (well, the now part of it). We’re in Swift Current and our subject is Central School. We have an [...]

Kart Gardens or Kart World?

Kart Gardens or Kart World?

Kart Gardens or Kart World? It seems that those who owned this Calgary business weren’t even sure themselves. A sign in front lists BOTH names. No matter I guess. What ever it was called, it’s now closed and the site is quickly falling into disrepair. You’ll hear no screaming kids nor screaming go-karts, no laughter, [...]

Locomotives of the Great Sandhills Railway

Locomotives of the Great Sandhills Railway

In this article we look at a number locomotives that work for the Great Sandhills Railway in western Saskatchewan. All these were found, completely by chance, while we explored the area in search of old grain elevators and abandoned places. Some of these engines are old, others are very old, some look beat up, all [...]

Two Bolers, one Ventura

Two Bolers, one Ventura

Keeping two 17′ Bolers company is a rather rare beast, the first we’ve ever seen of this make. Boler like in proportions, construction and cuteness but not shape – it’s too square – we are talking about a little trailer called a Ventura. Think of it as a boxy Boler. These were manufactured in Manitoba [...]

Calgary then and now - waiting for the Queen

Calgary then and now – waiting for the Queen

In the summer of 1973 the Queen visited Calgary. On a whirlwind goodwill tour of Canada, this stop was one of many on the trip. In addition to celebrating the 300th anniversary of Kingston Ontario, she presided over the the RCMP’s 100th jubilee in Saskatchewan and officially opened the Calgary Stampede. The latter is of [...]

Prairie Sentinels – Coderre Saskatchewan

Prairie Sentinels – Coderre Saskatchewan

It’s May 2014. Connie and myself are on whirlwind back road tour of southwest Saskatchewan. Our goal this trip was to capture all things old and abandoned. We visited ghost towns, forgotten farms, photographed old bridges, explored old rail lines. And then there were the grain elevators. There are still a fair number of them [...]

Calgary Transit then and now - 17th Ave SW

Calgary Transit then and now – 17th Ave SW

In this then and now we look at two photos taken in Calgary at the exact same spot some forty plus years apart. The first shows a Calgary Transit trolleybus, the second something a bit more modern. Many things have changed in the time that has past since the original was captured, and at the [...]

Prairie Sentinels – Admiral Saskatchewan

Prairie Sentinels – Admiral Saskatchewan

The grain elevator seen here is located in the tiny hamlet of Admiral Saskatchewan. It’s the biggest thing for kilometres around and stands out not only because its unique, it’s the last of it’s kind in town, but also due to its large size and bright orange colour. You can’t miss it! Happily, the building [...]

Amazing Burstall Pass

Amazing Burstall Pass

I’ve said this before: every hiker should visit Burstall Pass at least once in their lifetime. It’s such an amazing place, so beautiful that it’s almost hard to describe. We’ve visited it on multiple occasions and each and every time, it was a joy to experience. Given how stunning it is, I doubt we’ll ever [...]

Bay Island one room school

Bay Island one room school

The Bay Island school sits alone on the bare and open Saskatchewan prairie in the proverbial middle of nowhere. In operation from 1919-1950, it’s the archetypal one room schoolhouse – tiny in size and quaint in appearance, but with an important purpose. Located on a small knoll in area of rolling grasslands, fields and pastures, [...]

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