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Ghouls Night Out

Haunted houses, zombies, tarot card readers, a ghoulish feast, medieval sword fights, witches, and so much more– it was an evening for the memory books. The zombies were especially entertaining, as they silently followed people around the park and stared… Continue Reading →

Sod Roof, Fort MacLeod

High end log cabins with sod roofs are making a comeback in Alberta. Their earthen design are environmentally friendly, attractive, and energy saving. Green roofs (living roofs) are certainly more common in Europe than in Canada, though they are slowly… Continue Reading →

Fort MacLeod

The history of Fort MacLeod is a history that intertwines the Blackfoot, the Métis, Fur Traders, Whiskey Traders, and the Northwest Mounted Police (NWMP). The cast of characters: The Blackfoot: The Blackfoot controlled lands stretching from the North Saskatchewan River… Continue Reading →

Campfire Coffee

Thick, strong, and strangely aromatic, campfire coffee was the staple of many cattle drives in the prairies and is still a long standing Canadian camping tradition. That’s why no one was surprised when we stumbled upon an open fire, circle… Continue Reading →

The Percherons of Bar U

“These horse may be from the original Bar U Percheron line. Most horses in this part of Alberta have some part of that blood line.” This from Russ who was showing us around the ranch via wagon. Previously we’d spent… Continue Reading →

Bar U Ranch

In the middle of the Cowboy Trail, about 15km outside Longview, Alberta, is the Bar U Ranch — one of the original and largest of the Alberta’s ranches (est. 1881), and one that survived the depression and stayed in production… Continue Reading →

Bathhouse, Atlas Coal Mine

La Niña’s favourite non-ghost story told at the Atlas Mine is set at the bathhouse windows (pictured above in the mirror). I’ve tried to re-create it from memory. In the early days of East Coulee, there weren’t a lot of… Continue Reading →

Lamps for Coal Miners

Going to the Altas Coal Mine brought back many stories from my childhood in Nova Scotia. The mines were damp and warm, my Grandmother would say, in the harsh of winter my father loved going into to the mine because… Continue Reading →

Pit Ponies, Atlas Coal Mine

Before electric or motorized coal cars, pit ponies were the muscle used to haul coal cars to and from the surface of the Altas mine. The relationship between pony and miner was complex — probably much like the relationship between… Continue Reading →

Atlas Coal Mine, East Coulee

WANTED: COAL MINERS Hardworking men needed to work the pits from 1911-1979. Must not require daylight. Must not panic in confined spaces. Apply within. Late in the fall, we drove to Drumheller to tour the Atlas Coal Mine. During our… Continue Reading →

Pioneer Truck Museum

» Part 1: Irricana, Pioneer Acres, Long House, and Irricana United Church » Part 2: Pioneer Acres, Pioneer Truck Museum, and Prairie Cook Car At Pioneer Acres there are six buildings filled with tractors, cars and trucks and automotive memorabilia…. Continue Reading →

Pioneer Acres, Irricana

» Part 1: Irricana, Pioneer Acres, Long House, and Irricana United Church » Part 2: Pioneer Acres, Pioneer Truck Museum, and Prairie Cook Car The Town of Irricana Combine the words “irrigation” and “canal” and you have the name of… Continue Reading →

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