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    beebs got a reaction from bobolee for a City Journal entry, Pine Valley, British Columbia   

    Welcome back! Onwards now, into the British Columbian interior, where we visit the town of Pine Valley. Lets have a look!


    Nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains, Pine Valley is a small town along the Yellowhead Highway (16), deep in the interior of British Columbia. Close to the center of the large Pine Valley, the town (who shares the name of the valley) certainly does not appear to be a "mountain town" from the angles we see, but make no mistake.. it's right in the center of the action.


    Largely fueled by the trains that rumble through, the town is a stop on the way of hunters, campers and some adventurous skiers looking for more adventure than you find the more popular areas of the Rockies. This has in turn allowed the town to gain a niche of its own, building a resort near Pine Lake, further up the slopes of Mount Shunda. In recent years, development has picked up as the town gains recognition as a quiet, relatively undisturbed summer vacation locale.


    With the increase in vacationers, Via Rail has expanded its train services to reach into the town, branching off a line west of Jasper. Although the line is currently operating with a deficit, Via Rail executives have confidence that it will be pulling in a profit by the end of the next decade.






    Much of the development away from the main road has been completed within the past 10 years, during which time the town exploded from a population of 450 to over 1200. Most of the homes are used as summer cabins, but it is estimated that there is a year round population of somewhere around 670, with that number growing each year.
    The town is also on the front lines in the war with the pine beetle, as you may have noticed the number of dead trees around the town. The destructive beetle has been working its way across the province, leaving a huge swath of dead trees in its wake. It is expected to jump the border into Alberta within the next year or two.

    And that's all for now, folks! Be sure to check back next time, when we'll explore Canada's north!
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    beebs got a reaction from bobolee for a City Journal entry, Benalto, Alberta II   

    Welcome back! I know I promised a BC village today, but unfortunately I wasn't able to get it ready in time. I figured we could make a pitsop back in Benalto before we move onwards to BC. So, here we are!




    The David Thompson Highway (Alberta Highway 11) is the road snaking through the mosaic.. Highway 11A, originally Highway 11 comes to an end near the center of the mosaic. You can see where 11A used to run straight through and onwards to the Rocky Mountains, the path now deeply overgrown by vegetation. The province opted to build a new route so travellers to the Rocky Mountains could bypass the hopping summer vacation town of Sylvan Lake. Plans are now in the works to twin Highway 11 from Red Deer, all the way to Rocky Mountain House. These are long term plans however, and will likely not be completed until near the beginning of the 2020's. The railway is still heavily used and connects with a rare grain elevator just east of this shot.


    And that's all I've got today, folks.. just a quick mosaic. Check back later in the week when I should have our BC town up and running! Until then...
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    beebs got a reaction from bobolee for a City Journal entry, Braiwood, Nova Scotia   


    Hello again! As promised, here is our fishing village of Braiwood.


    Welcome to Braiwood! Located on the Eastern shores of Nova Scotia, this newly bustling town has been recently revived from near death. A few entrepreneurial types saw the location on the Trans Canada as ideal to a bustling harbor village, and have turned the main industry from fishing, to tourism.

    With the waters in the Atlantic being greatly overfished and boats returning with less each year, the towns economy was collapsing. After the refurbishing of the old docks, the town began to rebuild its image as a resort town.

    Although many still lay vacant, the shops along the main avenue are slowly filling up again, providing much needed life to the town. The concrete you see to the right of the pier area have been left empty for a potential expansion to the docks. Plans were in the works a few years ago, but the recent downturn in the economy has former investors worried about the future life of this tourist town.
    And that's all for Braiwood, folks! Hope you enjoyed the stop! Check back next time when we'll have a look at a Rocky Mountain village.. possibly with an attached snow resort. Until then...

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    beebs got a reaction from bobolee for a City Journal entry, Benalto, Alberta   


    Welcome to my latest! I've decided to create a spinoff from Sights Across Canada... Hamlets Across Canada! Rather than focusing on four small cities across the nation, this CJ will have a much more broad approach.. focusing on small towns that litter the country, never staying in a place more than once or twice. I think it should be interesting to hop around Canada more than we would in SAC, don't you? Anyways, lets get started...


    Welcome to the village of Benalto! Located in Central Alberta, nearly smack dab between Calgary and Edmonton. Only about half an hour west of Red Deer, it's still on a fairly main route in Alberta, the David Thompson Highway (Highway 11).

    Founded in 1914, the village has stayed very stable in size, never growing much. The railway once served as a link for the community, but since the grain elevator was torn down, trains simply pass through on their journey to or from the Rockies.

    The town hasn't grown much in its life, but recent developments may see that change. Plans are underway for a new subdivision and many in Alberta see the appeal of living in a secluded area, only an hour and a half drive from two cities of 1 000 000+ people and minutes from one of the provinces most popular lakes.


    Deer and moose frequently visit the acreages just outside of the village itself. Sometimes, only the hum of the powerlines and the rumble of trucks as they pass by on the road can remind you that you're in civilization.

    Hope you enjoyed the look at Benalto, Alberta! Be sure to check in next time, when we take in an east coast fishing village!
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    beebs got a reaction from juliok92012 for a City Journal entry, Capilano Valley   

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    beebs reacted to Benedict for a City Journal entry, Periodic Table of 2012 Trixies   
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    beebs got a reaction from hulkster44 for a City Journal entry, Beverly   




    Hey, folks! Today we're going to take a look at the neighborhood of Beverly, and continue our westward trek through Red River.



    This is the heart of Beverly.. as you may have noticed, it is not quite the most luxurious part of town. The residential streets have undergone extensive rebuilding and attempted revitalization in recent years as a part of city councils' program to rejuvinate areas across the city. Included in this program are the elegant light posts you can see on the streets. A quick look at the commercial enterprises that call Beverly Avenue home, however, tells the true story.





    At one point in the history of the region, Beverly was an independant town. This was the heart of the town, with Beverly Avenue being the "main street". There are still a number of "mom and pop" shops that locate themselves in this area, and it can be a unique shopping experience. Many in Red River hope that this area will become something of a second Short Avenue, a destination for people from all corners of the city, but there is still a long way to go before that can happen.





    Aside from the street revitalization, the city has also recently reconstructed the Beverly library branch. New, modern, spacious, and hosting all sorts of day programs for children, it has been a popular (re)addition to the community.





    Just a general overview of the heart of Beverly. You can see some green space in the center-left of the image.. developers have planned for a modern new apartment complex for that location. Pre-sales are starting next week, but it is expected to be slow. Although a good step to taking back the community from undesirable residents, it is only the first step - and the first step is always the hardest.





    Not all things are bad in Beverly, however. On the southern end of the neighborhood is the Princess Anne Hospital. Featuring state of the art equipment for multiple testing and diagnostic fields, and some excellent doctors of their respective fields it is one of the premiere hospitals in Canada.





    142st is the road seen here (it is also seen in the earlier shots, intersecting with Beverly Avenue). Due to congestion, the city has plans to remove the center median and add a third lane to each side of the road. Community consultation is ongoing on this project.





    And really, if it weren't for the seedy Beverly Avenue, the neighborhood would arguably be one of the more desireable ones to live in. With elementary, junior high and high schools all in close proximity, as well as ample shopping surrounding the neighborhood and convenient access to the Whitemud Drive, and to downtown, it is perfectly located. The mature, tree-lined streets add character to the area, and there is more than enough park space to make any family happy.





    And, at the far-west end of Beverly is the Beverly Mall, one of the first malls in Western Canada. Unfortunately, this mall has seen better days.. despite recent renovations, major tenants are all seeking greener pastures. Rumor has it that the mall is aggressively seeking a new anchor tenant in Target, as they expand north of the 49th parallel.. but if Target, or another equally substantial tenant cannot be secured, it may be the end of the oldest mall in Red River.

    And, that's all folks! Hope you enjoyed the look at Beverly!


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    beebs got a reaction from hulkster44 for a City Journal entry, Beverly   




    Hey, folks! Today we're going to take a look at the neighborhood of Beverly, and continue our westward trek through Red River.



    This is the heart of Beverly.. as you may have noticed, it is not quite the most luxurious part of town. The residential streets have undergone extensive rebuilding and attempted revitalization in recent years as a part of city councils' program to rejuvinate areas across the city. Included in this program are the elegant light posts you can see on the streets. A quick look at the commercial enterprises that call Beverly Avenue home, however, tells the true story.





    At one point in the history of the region, Beverly was an independant town. This was the heart of the town, with Beverly Avenue being the "main street". There are still a number of "mom and pop" shops that locate themselves in this area, and it can be a unique shopping experience. Many in Red River hope that this area will become something of a second Short Avenue, a destination for people from all corners of the city, but there is still a long way to go before that can happen.





    Aside from the street revitalization, the city has also recently reconstructed the Beverly library branch. New, modern, spacious, and hosting all sorts of day programs for children, it has been a popular (re)addition to the community.





    Just a general overview of the heart of Beverly. You can see some green space in the center-left of the image.. developers have planned for a modern new apartment complex for that location. Pre-sales are starting next week, but it is expected to be slow. Although a good step to taking back the community from undesirable residents, it is only the first step - and the first step is always the hardest.





    Not all things are bad in Beverly, however. On the southern end of the neighborhood is the Princess Anne Hospital. Featuring state of the art equipment for multiple testing and diagnostic fields, and some excellent doctors of their respective fields it is one of the premiere hospitals in Canada.





    142st is the road seen here (it is also seen in the earlier shots, intersecting with Beverly Avenue). Due to congestion, the city has plans to remove the center median and add a third lane to each side of the road. Community consultation is ongoing on this project.





    And really, if it weren't for the seedy Beverly Avenue, the neighborhood would arguably be one of the more desireable ones to live in. With elementary, junior high and high schools all in close proximity, as well as ample shopping surrounding the neighborhood and convenient access to the Whitemud Drive, and to downtown, it is perfectly located. The mature, tree-lined streets add character to the area, and there is more than enough park space to make any family happy.





    And, at the far-west end of Beverly is the Beverly Mall, one of the first malls in Western Canada. Unfortunately, this mall has seen better days.. despite recent renovations, major tenants are all seeking greener pastures. Rumor has it that the mall is aggressively seeking a new anchor tenant in Target, as they expand north of the 49th parallel.. but if Target, or another equally substantial tenant cannot be secured, it may be the end of the oldest mall in Red River.

    And, that's all folks! Hope you enjoyed the look at Beverly!


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    beebs got a reaction from hulkster44 for a City Journal entry, Downtown West II   





    Welcome back, folks! Its been a while since we checked out downtown, so I thought we'd take another look at downtown west! Off we go...!




    Okay, well this is technically north-west. But same difference. This is the neighborhood of Queen Elizabeth Park, named after Her Majesty's mother - also named Elizabeth. The entire west side of downtown is bustling with new development opportunities. The green space at the top right is planned to be a new condo development.




    This statue was commissioned by a local artist in 1966, in celebration of Canada's 100th birthday. It does have some significant meaning, paving the way to Canada's future or some-such, but it escapes my mind at the moment.




    And, a closer shot of the statue.




    And, as we head further west, density reduces into low-rises, walkups, Denny's, and Target's. Joy!




    Moving back downtown because that stuff is boring, you can see a number of new, sizeable residential towers popping up. Nothing beats shiny glass and fresh stucco in Red River.




    And finally, a shot of the great big development going up in Red River: Stationlands! A set of four towers, these will be among the highest towers in Red River - and it has been nearly twenty years since a substantial new office tower has gone up. Red River is just a-twitter over this, and anticipation is building!

    And as anticipation builds, I'm afraid we must depart for today. Check back next time, when I should be able to update our region shot!
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    beebs got a reaction from КaZZ for a City Journal entry, Highway 35 / Deerfoot Trail   


    Welcome back, folks! Just a quick preview today of what we'll be looking at the next few updates... Highway 35, or as it's known within the city, the Deerfoot Trail!


    The Meadows at Deerfoot - one of the most successful shopping districts in Western Canada, falling only behind South Edmonton Common, in Edmonton. Still under construction, as you can see, with an entire phase at the bottom (the grassland) to be constructed, many locations see disgusting revenue numbers. You can see the beginnings of the southern end of the new 23rd Avenue/Deerfoot Trail interchange. The city ensured that access to the Meadows was a key part.


    Just north of the 23rd Avenue interchange is some old highway-side development that is slowly being rebuilt into more profitable businesses. The Super 8 Hotel is one of the last "old" motels along this strip. At the top is the neighborhood of Deer Meadow. I think you can see source of the names for this area.

    And that's all folks! I'll have some more for you in the coming days! 

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