While I was down around the Waskesiu River, this crow started to check me out in a very weird Edgar Alan Poe type fashion. If anything happens to me in the next little while, blame the crow.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation, FMG’s 2014 Saskatoon Dragon Boat Festival took place on July 25th and 26th 2014. More than 45 corporate and community teams anticipated to challenge one another throughout the festival day.
As we pulled into the village of Waskesiu, I noticed this family of elk roaming the alley behind the Hawood Inn. I expected them to run off as I grabbed my camera and got out of the car but they took their time and I was able to get some great shots.
Swank Shoe Lounge is located in the old King George Hotel
Known locally as the KG, the King George Hotel was designed by architect Frederick L. O’Leary, built between 1910 and 1911 and was an elegant property in its early years.
The original stone and terra cotta exterior was destroyed by a “modernization” in 1964, which saw the exterior covered in tile. Over the years it declined and became a rental property for the city’s poorer residents. There was also a bowling alley located beneath the parkade for many years.
The KG was vacated and boarded up in 2003 after the fire department declared it a fire hazard. It was purchased by a Vancouver developer who intended to redevelop the property, but failed to pay its back-taxes and was again seized by the city.
Meridian Developments purchased the King George in 2007, and the building underwent extensive restoration and redevelopment work of the historic building. The award-winning redevelopment consisted of retail on the main floor, office tenants on the second, and luxury residential condominiums above. The commercial parts of the building were occupied by the summer of 2009. Tenants include Swank Shoe Lounge and Cupcake Conspiracy.
The brewery’s history extends back to 1927, when it was established as the Hub City Brewing Company. In 1930 the plant was renamed the Western Canada Brewing Company, and in 1932 it was changed again to Drewery’s Limited. In 1956, the brewery was acquired by O’Keefe Brewing (which would later become Carling O’Keefe) and was operated under that name until 1989, when Carling O’Keefe was itself acquired by Molson. Bought out by workers that same year and has become the Great Western Brewing Company.