Aug 312012
 
Honey Bee Boler

Bolers are in such demand that when put up for sale like this one, they usually sell quickly and sometimes for much above what the trailer was when new. In spite of its somewhat rough shape, (note the Bondo patches on the lower corners) and its remote location, I doubt they’ll have much trouble unloading […]

Aug 312012
 
Late night Boler

For every Boler you see on this site, there are countless others that missed getting in the picture. Most of the time they’re on the road and moving and we’re on the road and moving, often in opposite directions, which makes capturing them near impossible. But even so, we still manage to bag our share, […]

Aug 302012
 
Upper Kananaskis Lake in the glorious summer

This trail in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park has much to offer, with cool and moist forests, towering peaks, an expansive rock garden and rewarding views into deep blue (or green) bays. And all these are yours for the taking simply by following a long but non-challenging trail around Upper Kananaskis Lake. Connie and I have […]

Aug 302012
 
Yahk tourist cabins

To keep our sanity on long road trips we often make it a plan to do a little history exploring along the way…plus we play the “Boler Spotting Game” where we keep a look out for those little cute namesake camping trailers…but that’s another story. These stops do many things: it breaks the monotony and […]

Aug 292012
 
Arrow Lakes marine railway - interesting engineering

The government of British Columbia oversees the operation of a number of ferries across the province. When large bodies of water block progress, these become essential links in the highway system and all the inland fresh water routes are free. The one seen in this report in on the Upper Arrow Lakes and connects Shelter […]

Aug 282012
 
Nelson then and now

It’s wonderful that the Nelson train station is being saved. Finally! After sitting boarded up, empty, and vandalized for what seems like many years, actual work is being done in 2012 to stabilize and renovate the structure. Thank goodness! A large divisional point station, it was built around the turn of the twentieth century. Serving […]

Aug 282012
 
Old buildings Ymir BC

Ymir (pronounced Why-mur not Ya-mere), both a Norse God and a shadow-of-itself former mining camp in BC. This 1890s boom town, which had hotels by the score, most of them running hard all night long, is now a backwater off the highway between Nelson and Salmo. Sneeze and you’ll pass right by. But that’s fine […]

Aug 282012
 
Bigfoot Boler

This one has us a bit confused. Bold lettering on the front proclaims it to be a Bigfoot but it’s actually one of the larger 17′ Boler models. I can only guess why they painted over the manufacture’s lettering (barely visible if you look close). Interestingly Bigfoot, an actual camping trailer manufacturer, used to make […]

Aug 282012
 
Not a Boler - a Trillium

Seen here, barely, is a lookalike often mistaken for a Boler. This one is a Trillium which seems to be the most popular of the Boler-like trailers. It shares similar features, including the egg-like shape. We’ll be including these look-a-likes in our posts, for informational purposes. This one was seen in Nelson BC, in August […]

Aug 272012
 
Pigeon Mountain

Perhaps one of the easiest summits in the area Pigeon Mountain is still not an overly busy place – nearby Mt Yamnuska and Heart Mountains see much more traffic. That’s good for us though since we never really care for crowds anyway. The trail up, except for the first bit, is a real delight. The […]

Aug 272012
 
Chester Lake

Chester Lake is amazing and an easy hike takes you to this wonderful destination. Surrounded on three sides by mighty peaks the lake is small but gorgeous with crystal clear waters tinged a deep green. A must do destination in Kananaskis, you should make sure this trip is on your bucket list. The trail is […]

Aug 272012
 
Nelson then and now

Here’s another Nelson BC then and now series. In this set, we are at a spot just off of downtown near the location of the CPR’s rail yard and former Nelson shops – just behind me and only recently demolished. The position of this short train has been matched and much of what is seen […]

Aug 242012
 
Fernie then and now

Here are three sets of then and now pictures taken along the CPR tracks in Fernie BC. Each original is from the early 70s, with my corresponding same-spot, or almost same-spot equivalents taken in August 2012. Unfortunately, it was hard to duplicate the first two “then” images since trees were planted along the tracks here, […]

Aug 242012
 
Calgary Boler

This Boler trailer, found in Calgary Alberta in September 2011, is one of the longer 17′ models. Of the countless ones we’ve seen since starting the Boler spotting game, less than a third (give or take) have been this size. This leads us to believe that far less of them were made. In my opinion, […]

Aug 242012
 
Abandoned Murray Mine

The Murray Coal mine was located in the Red Deer River valley near Drumheller Alberta, on the opposite of the river from the small town of East Coulee. Its origins go back almost a hundred years now, but the operation explored in this report spans the period of 1936-1959 (earlier, the mine was across the […]