Geocaching Adventure on Bateman Creek

This week we get out into Kananaskis and explore some trails around Sibbald Lake.

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The Abandoned Cemetery of Wayne, Alberta

Once again we found ourselves creeping up on the last Saturday of the month and that means it was time to get ourselves back out to Rowley for the monthly pizza night.

Before Saturday evening rolled around we had some time to kill. We decided to head off to the ghost town of Wayne, once a thriving coal-mining community of nearly 2500 souls, today it’s population is less than 50.

Our primary objective was to locate and visit the abandoned cemetery that belonged to the town. Our secondary objective was to stop in at the Last Chance Saloon at the Rosedeer Hotel, now in its 106th year of operation.

After all that adventuring, it’s back to Rowley for some pizza and beer and then it was time to put the drone up in the air and capture some aerial shots of the three elevators in town. That’s one busy day you are invited to come along with us.

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Crowsnest Pass History Tour

There are some places you can visit over and over again and still never have enough time to see it all. That’s how I feel about the Crowsnest Pass region in southern Alberta.

I have been visiting this region since I was a child and it continues to fascinate me. And, even to this day, we continue to discover new places that I didn’t know about or uncover new stories I haven’t heard. There is so much to see and do in “The Pass”.

This is a two-part video series from our weekend in the Crowsnest.

Part One:

  • Bellevue Mine underground tour
  • Crowsnest Museum
  • Alberta Provincial Police Barracks
  • Leitch Collieries

Part Two:

  • Passburg Cemetery
  • Hillcrest Cemetery / Hillcrest Mine Disaster Memorial
  • Following the rum runners along old alignments of Highway 3
  • Frank Slide
  • Lundbreck Falls
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Big Hill Springs Provincial Park

Heading out to check out the foundation of a creamery which existed on the site back in the 1890s.

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An Abandoned Picnic Shelter in the Woods

Exploring history doesn’t always mean seeking out the biggest sites or the most famous objects. In this video, we go out seeking an abandoned picnic shelter hidden in the woods of Kananaskis. Steps from the highway but hidden from view and sitting alone for decades, a true relic from the early days of automobile travel in the area.

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Sunshine Auto Camp

This weekend I learned about a place from Calgary’s past I had never heard of before — the Sunshine Auto Camp. Let’s dig a little into its history and see what we can learn about it.

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Grain Elevators of Milk River

With all three grain elevators in Milk River, Alberta currently undergoing demolition, it was time to get on the road and document these soon-to-be-gone giants of the skyline.

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