“Pic of the Week”, January 3, 2020: The Bounty of Canada’s Great Plains

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The great Canadian prairies (and their American counterparts) grow a lot of food.  More food than can be consumed in either country and which is then transported to destinations all around our hungry world.  The Canadian prairies extend from Alberta in the west, to Saskatchewan, to Manitoba in the east.

While driving across the prairies to visit my father in Winnipeg this past year, I made a point of randomly turning up a country road or two, driving a few miles to see what was there.  

One turn lead to field of corn.  Corn is not that common a crop on the prairies and this likely would end up as feed corn for livestock (less likely for consumption in nearby Winnipeg …

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“Pic of the Week”. March 21, 2014: Sunset over Courtney, British Columbia

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Situated on the “Sunshine coast” of Eastern Vancouver Island, just off Canada’s west Coast, Courtney is a small town in a lovely setting.

I was visiting my aunt and cousin, who live here.  As is my habit, I like to get out and explore, so we drove around at dusk.  I could tell we were going to have a nice sunset so we gained a vantage point and enjoyed its tranquil beauty.  It was a nice way to spend a some time with a dear relative.

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“Pic of the Week”, August 9, 2013. Prince of Wales Hotel, Waterton National Park

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Waterton is the smallest of Canada’s Rocky Mountain National Parks.  It’s tucked into the southwestern corner of Alberta, abutting British Columbia and Montana.  The park is situated where the rugged Rockies thrust up from the rolling grasslands of the prairies and is a place of awesome scenic beauty.  Together with the U.S.’s Glacier National Park, Waterton is part of an International Peace Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a World Biosphere preserve.

The most iconic landmark of Waterton National Park is The Prince of Wales Hotel.  Built by the Great Northern Railway, which constructed the many (now historic) lodges in adjoining Glacier National Park, Montana, the hotel sits on a hill overlooking the Waterton Lakes and Waterton village.  The …

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“Pic of the Week”, Bonus photos, August 6, 2013. Sunset over the Alberta Rocky Mountains

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Just wanted to share with everyone a lovely sunset I enjoyed yesterday as I was driving back to Calgary from the Crowsnest Pass. ¬†There were scattered showers most of the afternoon and early evening, but the sunset as viewed from Highway 22 was lovely! ¬†Highway 22 lies east of the Rockies and parallels them for more than 150 kms; the road takes you along the transition of the great plains with the mountains and is one of Alberta’s most scenic drives.

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