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I want to ride my bicycle...

I want to ride my bicycle…

Besides hiking and climbing up ridges and mountains, and exploring old and abandoned places, Connie and I also bike. Like we don’t have enough hobbies already! This is an activity we don’t feel we do enough of, a situation that we are hoping to change in 2015. We need to hit the dirt more, and […]

Warner Elevator Row

Warner Elevator Row

The title of this this report, “Warner Elevator Row”, as of mid-November, is technically incorrect. Something bad’s happened to the buildings that make up the complex in the town of Warner Alberta, something unexpected, out of the blue and only recent. Yup, they’ve demolished two of the prairie sentinels that make up this unique group, […]

 Notre Dame de Savoie Church

Notre Dame de Savoie Church

The near century old Notre Dame de Savoie Catholic Church, weather-beaten, abandoned and forgotten, stands at a lonely prairie crossroads. Last used for services some fifty years ago, the building has seen few visitors since then – only the occasional passing coal mine or oilfield worker,, farmers or history enthusiasts such as ourselves who seek […]

Red and white Boler

Red and white Boler

It’s a summer evening and I’m exploring gritty industrial areas of Calgary in search of trains and anything else of interest. And I’m in looking for Bolers too. Interestingly, we often find them, many over the years in fact, tucked away in the back lots of factories and such. An example of this is the […]

Moose Jaw River Railway Bridge

Moose Jaw River Railway Bridge

This short subject post we check out a rather…well…wonky looking train bridge in the town of Moose Jaw Saskatchewan. Located along the Southern Rail’s Cooperative former CNR Avonlea Subdivision branch and spanning the Moose Jaw River, the bridge still sees use. Admittedly the dip in the roadbed approach and the resultant ramp once on the […]

Bassano Railway Station

Bassano Railway Station

We’ve visited the former CPR Bassano Alberta Railway Station located in the small town of Beiseker several times before. It’s recently been placed on its foundation after sitting on blocks beside it for some years and we wanted to check this out. We were curious. Why, after a long lull where nothing happened, did it […]

Glenbow Ranch - Glenbow Trail and The Narrows

Glenbow Ranch – Glenbow Trail and The Narrows

This adventure we head to Glenbow Ranch, a nice natural oasis roughly halfway between Calgary and Cochrane, to hike a number of trails within the park (there are many. We’ll trek in an eastbound direction and paralleling the Bow River for the most part, taking in the Glenbow, Yodel Loop and The Narrows trails. Along […]

The Big Pink Trailer

The Big Pink Trailer

A short couple years ago we documented the Big Pink Trailer of Barons Alberta, an amazing retro camper that I wished I owned. This RV dates from around 1960 and was made in Ontario. Built of aircraft aluminum, it’s in surprisingly good shape and looks fine even now, especially given it’s age and all. With […]

Hodgeville SK airport

Hodgeville SK airport

At one time many towns across the prairies had small community airports, most of which it seems are now closed. Included in that tally is this one in Hodgeville Saskatchewan, the remains of which include a road sign, a cement foundation and one standing structure, presumably the office and control centre (the terminal). That’s all […]

Railway graves

Railway graves

Located close to Chancellor Alberta and within sight of the town’s grain elevator, the two graves (or grave markers) seen here belong to railway workers who perished on the job. Who they are and what where the exact circumstances of their death is a bit of a mystery. I’ve heard a number of stories from […]

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