Normally we gather every July to spend two days traveling around a section of Alberta as part of the “Ghost Town Convention”. The name is a bit of a misnomer as there are no real convention elements to it, it is just a group of like-minded individuals touring various places,
“Ghost town” is also a bit misleading. Many of these places are not ghost towns in the classic sense. However, if you expand your definition to think of a ghost town as any settlement that is now a shadow of its former glory, then many of these places are ghost towns. The prairies are awash in small towns that had big dreams but are now just hanging on by the thinnest of threads.
Make no mistake, it’s not just towns either. We also visit cemeteries, historical sites, abandoned locations and — in normal non-Covid years — museums. This is the seventh straight year that our good friend Jason Sailer has organized this event for us.