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The Canadian province of Saskatchewan and its city of Moose Jaw are hardly on most tourist maps (though I recall as a kid I thought it very cool that a city was named after an animal’s mandible). As with many things in life, when you scratch the surface you’ll find something interesting underneath.
So it was this past summer when I was driving between Calgary and Winnipeg. Having passed through Moose Jaw many times through the years, without stopping for more than gas, I though I’d head into the city and look around for a few hours. It was an enjoyable break from the day’s driving.
The city has an interesting array of large outdoor murals depicting its history and development …
One of the more unusual vehicles I’ve seen in years was this Mazda SUV, spotted in the parking lot of a hotel I was staying at in Saskatchewan, while traveling between Winnipeg and Calgary this summer.
The vehicle itself is a generic SUV, but the paint job captivated me. The vehicle belonged to an Army Medic and pays tribute to some of those in the Canadian military who have lost their lives in Afghanistan. A rather nice touch and moving tribute to these fallen comrades, and something unusual for Canada.
I think the photographs are self-explanatory.
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Grain elevators, prairie sentinels, prairie cathedrals — all synonyms for the large structures that have dotted the Canadian prairies for more than a century. I recall when traveling across the plains as a boy, you could spot these wooden towers at great distances — often 20 or more miles away — providing welcome relief to the otherwise flat landscape. Each elevator was a storage facility that marked the location of a prairie town; the larger and more plentiful elevators were in a given location, the larger and more prosperous the town.
The business of the prairies is agriculture and mechanisms needed to be developed to get the bountiful grain crops to world markets. After some experimentation with bagging the grain, it …
I had a pleasant drive across the Canadian prairies this summer with my father. While the landscape is flat and lacks relief, it was a great time to do the trip because the canola and flax were blooming, adding a lot of color to the landscape. And the first cutting of hay was being bailed, putting a fresh pleasant scent in the wind.
Canola has become a popular crop in Canada these past few decades and canola fields are everywhere. The plants are about a meter high and produce beautiful small yellow flowers that ripen into bean-like pods. Black seeds from the pods are harvested and crushed to create canola oil and meal. Canola seeds contain about 45 percent oil …