Kenlis, Saskatchewan

The Kenlis area was first settled in 1882. A post office was established by Mr. Ferguson around 1885. There are two stories how Kenlis received its name. The first suggests that the postmaster choose the name “Kenlis”. The other states there was a civil servant in the area whose last name was Kenlis. A map of Kenlis prior to 1905. The remaining church is on … Continue reading Kenlis, Saskatchewan


“To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and heart of the child. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. His intercourse with heaven and earth, … Continue reading Nature

Wascana Trails

Wascana Trails, formally named Wascana Valley Nature Recreation Site, has over fifteen kilometres of marked trails. Hiking, skiing, biking, and walking are permitted on the paths. They include novice, intermediate, and advanced options. Some information mistakenly refers to this area as part of the Qu’Appelle River and Valley. It is Wascana Creek that traverses this area. It connects to the Qu’Appelle several miles north, west … Continue reading Wascana Trails

Smith Tower

I love tall buildings and high viewpoints. Wherever I go I am attracted to skyscrapers and elevated vantage points. During my travel to Seattle last April I visited the iconic Smith Tower. Although the Columbia Center is far taller, the Smith Tower offers an exterior view and history. The skyscraper was designed by the Gaggin and Gaggin architectural company from New York City. Construction started … Continue reading Smith Tower

Forest Park

A year ago I was hiking through spectacular Forest Park in Portland, Oregon. I was amazed at the beautiful green scenery, tall trees, and stillness. I traveled along the Lower Macleay Trail to the Stone House. Many photos later, I followed Wildwood Trail north for about a mile. Then, retracing my steps, I headed south to Pittock Mansion. In the 1850s construction of houses was … Continue reading Forest Park


A couple years ago I ventured out towards Abernethy to visit a couple of old stone buildings. The first was the “Old Stone Church” a few kilometres southwest of the village. This Presbyterian church was built in 1892 by volunteers including the reverend, Alex Robson, and Adam Cantelon both stone masons. James Dick helped gather stones and gravel for the construction. The three acre lot … Continue reading Fieldstone