Category Archives: Parks and Places

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Sentinel Trees provide a glimpse into the past

Last summer, while researching the history of the village of Bow City, I came across an article referencing something called the “Sentinel Trees”. In a July 1984 Lethbridge Herald piece entitled “Cottonwoods among most favorite of trees”, the “Sentinel Trees” were described as a group of plains cottonwoods situated in the former Kinnondale district, north of […]

“More Than Just the Mail” by Norma Aldred now available

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Ted Barris speaks at RCAF Vulcan

Ted Barris is an accomplished author and journalist often specializing in the military history of Canada.  He was invited to speak by the Bomber Command Museum of Canada at their August 2010 “Salute to the Flight Instructors” weekend event held at the RCAF Vulcan Aerodome and at their location in Nanton, Alberta.  This video features […]

Saluting the men who trained air crews during the Second World War- by Simon Ducatel- Vulcan Advocate

During some of the darkest and most desperate days of the German occupation of Europe, England and her Western Allies’ only means for counter attack was by air. So began in 1939 the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) that led to the massive and unmatched undertaking of training and preparing air crews for missions […]

Sights and Sounds from the Salute to Flight Instructors at RCAF Vulcan

This footage was taken at the Salute to the Flight Instructors weekend Aug 20, 2010 put on by the Bomber Command Museum of Canada in Nanton, Alberta.  This portion of the event took place at RCAF Vulcan. For more information and coverage of this event, click here for the Vulcan Advocate Online article. Also visit […]

Bow City – May 1914

A map of the community of Bow City as it existed in May 1914. Click on image to view larger map. ———– Above is a map of Bow City in May 1914 that I have pieced together from documents included within the archives of Alberta’s Department of Municipal Affairs. Some points of clarification about the map: […]

‘Carmangay is turning 100’ Facebook Group

The year 2010 marks Carmangay’s 100th year as a community.  This summer, from July 30th to August 1st will be a celebtration and a ‘birthday party’ for Carmangay.  All current and past residents are encouraged to take part in the event.  As a precursor, a Facebook group has been set up with over 100 current […]

The Story of the Vulcan Hotel

The Vulcan Hotel has a unique place in the history of Southern Alberta.  One of the most notable geological events of the recent history of the area, the collapse of Turtle Mountain in the Crowsnest Pass and the resulting formation of Frank Slide, played a large role in the dynamic history of this building.  Following […]

Bow City – the Metropolis of Southern Alberta

Save for the odd foundation or slag heap amidst the short native grasses, as you head west on Hwy. 539 past the Bow City Bridge, little evidence remains to be seen of the village that many predicted would give Calgary a run for the title of biggest city on the Bow. However, in the years […]

Travers Reservoir before Little Bow Provincial Park

This photograph is from the Krystalowich family archives in Vulcan, but the exact date is unknown.  This is the site that would later become Little Bow Provincial Park.  Though a lot has changed, it is still a beautiful and unique place on the prairie. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via […]