A Satisfying Hike Over Lake Ice to the Domino “Puzzle” Cache
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A Satisfying Hike Over Lake Ice to the Domino “Puzzle” Cache

The journey wasn’t a particularly difficult one. A geocaching buddy Hugh and I trudged across lake ice early in March, 2021 to get to an island on which a “puzzle” geocache was hidden. The story of that experience could be made more dramatic if two of us were hunched over walking into howling wind and…

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church and Cemetery
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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….

St. Laurence Anglican Church – Monitor, Alberta
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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…

Hike to Oliver Lake to Find Two New Geocaches
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Hike to Oliver Lake to Find Two New Geocaches

It seemed as if I was floating along the Ministik trails today. Of course I wasn’t. Gravity was actually 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. It…

Siracky Chapel
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Siracky Chapel

Before the Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church (Spas Moskalyk) church was built, Peter Siracky hosted services in his home for family members and neighbours. In 1940 he had this chapel built on his property in the style known in Europe as the “Church of the Weary Traveller” or the “Church of the Road”….

St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Jaroslaw)
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St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Jaroslaw)

A log church was first completed at this site in 1904 and named “The Congregation of the Greek Catholic Church at Beaver Lake in the District of Alberta in the North West Territories of Canada”. In 1908 the name was changed to “The Congregation of St. Dimitry Greek Catholic Church at Beaver Creek on the…

Russo Greek Orthodox Church of St. Michael the Archangel
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Russo Greek Orthodox Church of St. Michael the Archangel

Work started on this church in the Peno district in 1909. Local logs were cut and hauled to the site and the church built with volunteer labour. The interior was painted in 1918 by Peter Lipinski, from Edmonton, who worked adorned the interiors of many of the churches in Lamont county. The “Lamont County’s Self-Guided…

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church (Star-Peno)
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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church (Star-Peno)

After reading about the history of this church, the phrase that comes to mind is, “It’s never easy, is it?”. Early settlers, both Catholic and Orthodox were encouraged by their ministers to build a place of worship in the area and did so together, completely the first church in September, 1899. The church was consecrated…