Jun 302015
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 […]

Jun 292015
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 […]

Jun 252015
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 […]

Jun 242015
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. […]

Jun 232015
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 […]

Jun 172015
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 […]

Jun 162015
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 […]

Jun 162015
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 […]

Jun 102015
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 […]

Jun 082015
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 […]

Jun 052015
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 […]

Jun 042015
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 […]

Jun 022015
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 […]