Trailhead

Grey Owl's Cabin 20km

The trailhead to Grey Owl’s Cabin in Prince Albert National Park.  We will be taking the hike in a couple of months.

The Avalokitesvara Buddhist Temple

Avalokitesvara Buddhist Temple

The Avalokitesvara Buddhist Temple Society Inc. was incorporated in July 1997 in Saskatoon. It came about as a result of a long-time desire within Saskatoon’s Asian community to have a Buddhist monk living and teaching in the city. In May 1997, several hundred people attended a celebration of the Buddha’s birth, which was organized by the society and held in the Union Centre. A commercial building owned by a member had been rented to the society under a legal lease with an annual rent of $1 for a ten-year period. In October 1998 the Avalokitesvara Buddhist Temple relocated to a larger facility in order to accommodate the rising number of members.

Smuts, Saskatchewan

St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Smuts, Saskatchewan

Smuts Hotel

Smuts General Store

We went out to explore Smuts, Saskatchewan, a ghost down about half and hour north east of Saskatoon.  It’s almost gone as the only cared for building is the St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and the church hall.

All of the buildings are suffering structural damage.  I can’t see them surviving more than a few winters.

Howard Coad School

Howard Coad School

Howard Coad School skating rink

Royal West Campus

Royal West Campus

Formerly Estey School, Royal West Campus is a program for individuals who are 18 years of age or older seeking to complete Grade 12 or upgrade marks for post-secondary goals. 
It began programming in the fall of 2002.

Mount Royal Collegiate

Mount Royal Collegiate

Queen Elizabeth Power Station

Queen Elizabeth Power Station

Queen Elizabeth Power Station is a natural gas-fired station owned by SaskPower, located just inside Saskatoon. The station was called the South Saskatchewan River Generating Station until it was commissioned in 1959 by Queen Elizabeth II when the name was changed.

Construction of a $514 million expansion is underway at the power station that will add enough capacity to power an additional 205,000 homes.

The project will see the “D” Plant at the natural gas facility converted from simple cycle to combined cycle. Combined cycle facilities are 10-15 per cent more efficient than simple cycle gas turbines.

The station has a net capacity of 430 megawatts (MW). After the expansion, an additional 205 MW will be added.

Mayfair United Church

Mayfair United Church

Mayfair United Church, founded in 1926.  It has burnt to the ground twice.  This is the third version of the church, designed by Friggstad Downing Henry Architects.  As far as I can tell, the church does not have a website although it is the home to the Saskatoon Camera Club.

Tommy Douglas Collegiate

Tommy Douglas Collegiate

Opened in 2007, Tommy Douglas Collegiate is connected to the Shaw Centre is part of the same building as Bethlehem Catholic High School.  Designed by Henry Downing Architects.

One of the first shots taken with my new smc Pentax DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited lens.  You know, it bridges the game between my Pentax 35mm f/2.4 and 50mm f/1.8 lens.

Shaw Centre

Shaw Centre in Saskatoon

The Shaw Centre, which is located between Tommy Douglas Collegiate and Bethlehem Catholic High School on Saskatoon’s west side, features a 10-lane pool used for competitive events, a platform dive tower, a six-lane warm-up pool, a family pool and a water slide. The facility also includes a fitness centre, a walking track, two gyms and a cafeteria. 

Designed by Henry Downing Architects (which is being sued by the City of Saskatoon over the facility’s problems).

The City of Saskatoon is suing the engineers and architects who designed the Shaw Centre’s heating and ventilation system.

A statement of claim filed Aug. 28 at Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench in Saskatoon says the city is seeking at least $1.845 million, the estimated cost of repairing the five-year-old aquatic facility’s heating and ventilation systems.

The statement, which names Henry Downing Architects and Daniels Wingerak Engineering Ltd. as defendants, alleges that soon after the $47.2-million Shaw Centre opened in September of 2009, problems emerged controlling temperature and humidity.

The city hired a consultant and spent $695,000 on repairs, the statement says.

“In the fall of 2013, when the bulk of repairs were thought to be completed, the City found that the spectator area of the competition pool at the Shaw Centre continued to be excessively warm when the stands were full,” it alleges.

Further study revealed the air exchange was inadequate and $1.15 million was spent on more repairs, according to the statement.

Statements of claim contain allegations which have not been proven in court.