Posts in Category: travel

The Star Mine Suspension Bridge

Star Line Suspension Bridge

I really think one of these in Saskatoon would be a lot of fun.

The Star Mine Suspension Bridge is a 117 metre long pedestrian suspension bridge which crosses the Red Deer River in Rosedale, just outside of Drumheller, Alberta.

Constructed in 1931, the bridge was built for the coal workers of Star Mine. Although once used by miners, the bridge is now a favourite among locals for fishing and to access great Badlands terrain. 

The Hoodoos

The Hoodoos near East Coulee

The Hoodoos in the badlands

Mark and Oliver at The Hoodoos

The Hoodoos

Jordon, Mark, Oliver, and I explored the badlands in and around Drumheller when we came across The Hoodoos

Hoodoos take millions of years to form and stand 5 to 7 metres tall. Each hoodoo is a sandstone pillar resting on a thick base of shale that is capped by a large stone. Hoodoos are very fragile and can erode completely if their capstone is dislodged.

The name “Hoodoo” comes from the word “voodoo” and was given to these geological formations by the Europeans. In the Blackfoot and Cree traditions, however, the Hoodoos are believed to be petrified giants who come alive at night to hurl rocks at intruders.

For the trip I borrowed Olympus’ amazing M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II lens which has a focal length of 150-600 in 35mm equivalency.  The Hoodoos were perfect to photograph with this lens as I tried to keep track of both Mark and Oliver as the explored the canyon walls and ducked in and out of crevices and behind hoodoos.  It’s a great lens and is far smaller than the Sigma 150-500mm or the new Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Taking a Selfie

Oliver Coope taking a selfie

Waskesiu Lake Breakwater

Oliver explores the Waskesiu Lake breakwater as the paddlewheel boat sails by

Oliver walking along the Waskesiu Lake breakwater as a paddle wheeler steams by in the background

Waskesiu River Riffle Weir

Waskesiu River flows over the new weir

The riffle weir on Waskesiu River.

On the beach in Waskesiu

On the beach in Waskesiu

A couple enjoying the beach in Waskesiu and Prince Albert National Park.

Checking me out

A crow checking me out near the Waskesiu River

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.

La Colle Falls Hydroelectric Dam

La Colle Falls Hydroelectric Dam

Cathédrale de Saint-Boniface

St. Boniface Cathedral in Winnipeg

In November 1, 1818, Father Joseph-Norbert Provencher built on this site a small log chapel which he dedicated to Saint Boniface, the English missionary monk and apostle, who spread the Catholic faith among the Germanic tribes in the 8th century. Saint Boniface, the first permanent mission west of the Great Lakes, became the heart of Roman Catholic missionary activity extending to the Pacific and Arctic coasts, as well as serving the growing population of the Red River Settlement.

Five cathedrals have stood on this beautiful location. In 1832, Bishop Provencher erected a cathedral surmounted by twin spires, and in 1862 a stone cathedral was built under the direction of Bishop Taché. On August 15, 1906, Archbishop Langevin blessed the cornerstone of what became one of the most imposing churches in Western Canada. It was designed by the Montreal architectural firm of Marchand and Haskell. This structure, the best example of French Romanesque architecture in Manitoba, was ravaged by fire on July 22, 1968.

The present cathedral, blessed by Archbishop Baudoux in 1972, was designed by Franco-Manitoba architect Étienne Gaboury. It incorporates the sacristy, façade and walls of the former basilica. In the façade lie the tombs of the bishops of Saint-Boniface.

Louis Riel, together with many of the West’s first Catholic settlers, key figures and missionaries, is buried here in Western Canada’s oldest Catholic cemetery.

Trump International Tower and the Wrigley Building

The Trump International Tower and the Wrigley Building