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Winter Walk to the Waskahegan Fire Tower

It was a beautiful, clear day on Sunday, January 5th, when I decided to take a winter walk in the Ministik Bird Sanctuary starting at the U of A access road gate with the final goal being the Waskahegan Fire Tower.…

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Monitor Cemetery

Monitor Cemetery is about 1 km north of the hamlet of Monitor, Alberta.

I visited on a beautiful July day when the surrounding fields of canola were in full bloom, exuding the feeling of new life and growth. The context of that feeling was, of course, a cemetery a place of reminders about people who have lived out their lives.…

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St. Laurence Anglican Church – Monitor, Alberta

St. Laurence Anglican Church is located in the hamlet of Monitor, Alberta. Constructed in 1915, it is registered in the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

It’s been home to the local Anglican parish for over a century, but at times was also the meeting place for Methodist and Lutheran congregations and served as the hamlet’s schoolhouse, public library and as a meeting place for the Boy Scouts and Red Cross when the need arose.…

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church and Cemetery

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church and Cemetery lies 32 kms northeast of the town of Athabasca, Alberta and serves the Spruce Valley district.

The church is painted with an unusual colour scheme compared to the many other churches I’ve visited in rural Alberta, and it seemed to match fall colours surrounding it.…

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Grizzly Ridge Tower

Quad Trek to Grizzly Ridge Tower

I’d say the four guys who made it to Grizzly Ridge Tower on Sawridge Hill southwest of Slave Lake today weren’t exactly reaching for the stars; we were all out to experience the terrain and find some geocaches as prizes along the way.…

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Hike to Oliver Lake to Find Two New Geocaches

The fork in the road

It seemed as if I was floating along the Ministik trails today.

Of course I wasn’t. Gravity was in full force.

But during a couple of snowy hikes this winter, even when walking on snowmobile tracks, it was hard going, having to push, sink and sometimes slide in the snow with every step.…

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Exaltation of the Holy Cross Ukrainian Catholic Church (Skaro)

he original church on this site, then called “Ruthenian Greek Catholic Church of Chesnoho Khresta at Skaro”, was built from 1900 to 1917 and was destroyed by fire in 1942. The present church was built in 1945. The bell tower, however, is the original built in 1920.…

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Roman Catholic Church of the Precious Blood

A small church was built on this site in 1907 and then replaced by the current building, built in 1934-35. This makes it the oldest Polish parish in Alberta.

Although the paint and the steeple need some work, it seems to me this building stands tall and proud.…

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St. Demetro Ukrainian Catholic Church

The St. Demetro Ukrainian Catholic Church you see today is the third iteration of the church. In the past, it was nicknamed “The Farm” or alternately “Seniuk” in honour of nearby early homesteaders Peter and Apolonia Seniuk. (Source)

The original church at this site, a small two-room structure, was built in 1903 for $380: $300 for the materials and $80 for the carpenter.…

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Russo-Greek Orthodox Catholic Church of St. James

The local residents of Beaver Lake originally constructed St. Jacob’s Church (now known as St. James) in 1901-02. The church was renovated and placed on a concrete foundation in 1942 and is one of the oldest churches in Lamont County. (Source


If this church is one of the oldest in the county, you certainly wouldn’t know that by looking at the church.…

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