Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Gravelbourg, SK

Gravelbourg was established in 1906 and at one time had nine grain elevators to serve the many farmers in the area. Here's a link to the history of this very French town in south central Saskatchewan. It apparently has been dubbed "little Europe" due to the strong European influence of the original settlers.
I've included two photos I took in June (2012) when we drove to Gravelbourg to see the Cathedral and to have dessert and coffee in "Little Paris" Cafe.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Davidson, Saskatchewan

Davidson sits about half-way between Saskatoon and Regina. It used to be a fairly major trading centre before transportation improved and the four-lane highway was built, by-passing the town. The population is dropping and is below 1,000 inhabitants as of 1996. There are still some wooden grain elevators standing that are being used. I've posted photos of Davidson's elevators before on this blog, but thought I'd post the one I took this summer by "painting" it using a photoshop plug-in.

I'm also posting a photo from the restaurant at the south-end of Davidson where we usually stop for coffee. It's a great pit-stop when traveling between the two cities. I like the way they've decorated the restaurant by placing older furniture and items in various corners to give the impression of times past.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Craik: Friendliest Place by a Dam Site

My title is the title of a book written about Craik in 1985 and posted online. Click here if you'd like to have a look. Craik is a village located about an hour's drive north of Regina, the capital city of Saskatchewan. Drive another hour and a half and you're in the largest city in Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. Craik's elevator is still standing and looks to be in use by the local farmers. We drove by it on our way from Saskatoon to Regina in June and quickly grabbed this photo before this grain elevator, too, disappears.
(I need to pay more attention to my previous posts, as I see I've already included this one.)