Hubby and I both share a love of photography, exploring, and heading off the beaten trail.  With my mother in law in town to look after our little guy, we decided to go exploring.  A neighbour had seen my photos of old buildings and barns before and recommended this very secluded place not too far from Kamloops.  I suspect there is a lot of history to these sets of dwellings- I need to look into it further before I can say much.  Although it was a dreary rainy day, I loved what we found !  We happily explored for hours, and these are some of the images I captured.  
A cold house built into the hill- still in good repair
 Love the roof !
 An apple tree in the background.  Bear poop nearby.
 Isolation.  Way back when it was occupied- peace and serenity, or boredom and depressing?
I think I squealed when we went around back of this one and found the car
Grass growing from under the motor
Love the details of old vehicles in poor repair
What a great find !  We so enjoyed the day on our own, and I loved capturing these images and exploring !!

Photographing Alberta – part four

Rowley Alberta

Just literally steps away from the main street you’ll find these beautiful grain elevators.  
I guess they were sold to the town by the Alberta Wheat Pool for $1.00.

If you know anything about grain elevators, you know they are imposing figures in the praries, are no longer used, and not often found.  These are in really good condition, and again are going to be preserved by the community for tourism.

 The elevators as seen from a disused train nearby.

Definitely a place I’d like to explore more.  We were short on time, and were given the opportunity by one of the locals to go inside buildings which I would have loved to do, but time didn’t allow.
I do have to say it’s a weird feeling to be there- we were pretty much the only ones there, and all of the locals knew it.
I totally felt like an intruder although they are a welcoming community.

Photographing Alberta – part three

Big Alberta Skies and Abandoned barns and houses were easy to find on this trip.

I’ve really become interested in old things in disrepair.  
Buildings included.
I always wonder what the story is.
Who lived there?
Where did they go?
Why did they leave?

 I thought it was pretty unique to see a house/shed painted this colour on the very green praries.

This one was really beautiful.  Awesome wood- still solid, but obviously no longer home to anyone but birds.

We took the barbed wire as a nice photo op rather than a warning to stay out

This place was literally in the middle of 
N.O.       W.H.E.R.E

 Another barbed wire fence….and yet another disused house.
Perhaps it’s my imagination, but the door hanging off it’s hinges makes me think they left in a hurry.
(probably just an over active imagination)

 Now there is a story to this place.  

Population 8.
Classified as a ghost town.
It didn’t look like a ghost town to me.
But my husband explained that the local town “folk” are trying to re-brand the town and make it a tourist spot.
So it is a ghost town.
With mowed lawns
And re-purposed buildings.

Like the funeral home that is no longer used as a funeral home.
And when you peek in the windows…
looks like it was last used as a pool hall.
It’s future?

 The lovely old fashioned train station.

Photographing Alberta part four- more about Rowley.

Photographing Alberta – part two

Not too far away from Drumheller is a little place called Dorothy. It’s one of those places, as the saying goes, if you blink you’ll miss it.

 There is a beautiful grain elevator (which was tough to photograph) and two churches near each other that are no longer used, but are being refurbished by the community.  They are still very old looking, and have tons of character.


These images were taken of Tranquille Sanitorium in Kamloops.  Long abandoned, and said to be haunted, this location is filled with history and intrigue.  The history here is rich, with tons of old dilapidated  buildings left on the site that is slated for destruction and re-development.

Back in the early 1900s many buidlings were built to house patients with tuberculosis.  Large beautiful residences for doctors, staff, housing units, diary barns, a school, laundry facilities and even their own fire hall were all on the site.  Kamloops was choosen for it’s ideal climate.  The sanatorium later became a facility to house developmentally delayed individuals, and was closed down in 1984.

It is said that there are underground tunnels from building to building. Many buildings no longer have doors, and you are able to access them.  We were there to see the history before it is torn down and not to create trouble, so we were respectful of the area.  I can not say whether or not the place is haunted- I certainly didn’t feel a presence, but it is a bit creepy.  Hope you enjoy the images rich in history and interest.