As the sun lilted lazily towards the horizon, we made our way north from the Drumheller Valley towards a small community called Michichi. With the little hand pointing to seven, we continued easterly towards the Hand Hills, and the spectacular sunset to come. Continue reading #FABTrip15: “Starland, starbright” or “Moon’s over Michichi”
Queenstown once boasted a bustling commercial sector, including a hotel, five grain elevators, several stores, a school, and numerous private residences. Eclipsed by the nearby centre of Milo during the ‘20s and ‘30s, Queenstown slowly withered to its current size. Today a handful of homes and abandoned buildings are the last remnants of a prosperous pioneer-era community. #Alberta #Canada #abandoned
After leaving Milo, Greg and I ventured north towards Queenstown, a former shipping point along the C.P.R.’s abandoned Lomond Subdivision. Already two hours behind schedule, we made a bee-line for the Drumheller valley, pausing at a small community graveyard along the way.
On August 1, 2015, Forgotten Alberta visited the Majorville Medicine Wheel and Cairn, described by author and researcher, Gordon Freeman, as “Canada’s Stonehenge”. Freeman believes the Majorville stones are the remains of a 5000 year old open-air sun temple, used by First Nations people to observe winter and summer solstices. (Source: Atlas Obscura)
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Following our visit to the Majorville Medicine Wheel and Cairn, Greg and I trekked westward across an ocean of parched grassland, passing a wedding party, abandoned homesteads, and iconic remnants of the community’s pioneer past. We then detoured south for a delicious burger and a glimpse of a prairie rarity on the edge of Milo. Continue reading #FABTrip15: Majorville to Milo
The August long weekend has come and gone, and with it, the 2015 Forgotten Alberta Road Trip . Following much debate over appropriate hastags, Greg Farries and I started our three-day excursion in a major way, visiting the Majorville Medicine Wheel, situated in a remote area of Vulcan County.
Over the next three days, we would partake in a whirlwind tour of Alberta’s southeastern corner, logging around 1200 dry and dusty kilometres in an effort to see what there is to see. Continue reading #FABTrip15: Majorville Medicine Wheel