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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 […]

Razor's Edge

Razor’s Edge

This hike we wanted to see if it was possible to summit modest sized McConnell Point (front ranges, Bow Valley, Kananaskis) starting at Barrier Lake, using a series of connecting trails. To mix it up it bit. And indeed it can be done, except we failed to account for a two things, time and energy. […]

Last shoot with Sharpe

Last shoot with Sharpe

Nothing terribly new here, just some photos of Rowley Alberta’s grain elevators and train station, photographed a million times before, plus the interior of an old farm house. Okay photos I guess they mean something more to the BIGDoer crew and are some of the last captured on the last shoot we ever did with […]

Calgary then and now - Miles for Millions

Calgary then and now – Miles for Millions

The then image in this post shows a Calgary street scene where we’re witness to some sort of organized walk or march taking place, and appears to be from sometime in the latter part of the 60s given the style of dress seen. Come with us as we revisit that location, it’s 14th Street Southwest […]

Back lot Pete

Back lot Pete

The back lot documented here is home to a small handful of old vehicles, but two are real gems and include a vintage International heavy duty hauler and the star of the show, a classic Peterbilt. Located in a small town in central Alberta, these forgotten relics languish away in the grass in behind a […]

Calgary then and now - Hillhurst Baptist Church

Calgary then and now – Hillhurst Baptist Church

This then and now uses a pair of old images supplied by two different sources and shows the Hillhurst Baptist Church, today a bike/cross country ski shop, in 1965 and earlier in the late 1950s. One shows an overall view of the building, the second, a group of people comprised mostly of children, seen standing […]

Aspen Crossing's new locomotive gets delivered

Aspen Crossing’s new locomotive gets delivered

Aspen Crossing, near the village of Mossleigh and not terribly far from Calgary, is a family friendly fun and entertainment venue, with a campground, a fine restaurant and numerous railway themed attractions (and much more). This group has recently acquired a stretch of track which to run tour trains, a former CPR branch line disused […]

Powderface Creek

Powderface Creek

Our planned destination this fine blue sky day (ha! that’d change) was the summit of a ridge that sits to the north of the Powderface Creek Trail in the Elbow River area of Kananaskis, where it tops out at a low pass. From there it appears a short bushwhack will take us to open slopes […]

Corral 4

Corral 4

Built in 1980 and closed in the late 1990s, the Corral 4 was the very last Drive In Theatre in the Calgary area. Instead of one screen, they had four (hence their name). It was located at the far eastern edge of the city, an area today that is now mostly developed. In total, there […]

Bridge Hunting - Rosebud River Valley

Bridge Hunting – Rosebud River Valley

Canadian National Railway’s recently abandoned route in the Drumheller area of Alberta is home to around sixty bridges. Yes, that many, amazingly all along a stretch of line perhaps thirty or forty kilometres long (roughly). The track shares the narrow valley with the meandering Rosebud River and is forced to cross it and recross it […]

At the Trillium factory

At the Trillium factory

The company that makes Trilliums today (officially Outback Trailers by Team Trillium of Calgary), also repairs, renovates and fixes up older fiberglass trailers. And it’s not limited to examples bearing the Trillium name, other makes are done as well, including, of course Bolers. Seen here, waiting for some work are two 17 foot Bolers and […]

Calgary then and now - Fire Hall #1

Calgary then and now – Fire Hall #1

Built just over a hundred years ago, the old Number One Fire Hall, located in Calgary’s downtown core, was last used by the fire department in the 1970s. Now surrounded by looming office towers, it almost gets lost in the clutter. Today it’s a car rental outlet and appears in fine shape. The then photo […]

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