Thursday, April 22, 2010

Colourful Canada

Here is a fun little project.  Find the colours in the places near you.  Once I started looking I found oodles of colourful places and learned a few interesting things about the ones I have never been to.
1. Amber Valley, Alberta.  100 miles north of Edmonton. It was the largest community of Black people in Alberta until the 1930's.

2. Black Diamond, Alberta.  In the foothills west of Calgary.  Named after rich coal deposits found in the late 1800's, but the town really boomed when oil was discovered next door in Turner Valley.

3.  Cherryville, BC.  South-east of Vernon 15 miles.  A historic gold panning town.  Final resting place of my Uncle Elmer in the cemetery there.

4.  Emerald Junction, PEI.  A blip on the map along the Confederation Trail... a great hiking trail in Canada.  Hope to hike a part of it this summer.

5.  Greenwood, BC  Once a booming city of mining and smelting... near the border in southern central BC.  It is now the smallest city in Canada with about 600 people.

6.  Hazelton, BC.  This little town in north central BC became famous when Carol Huynh won a gold metal in freestyle wrestling in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

7.  Orangeville, Ontario.  30,000 people call this home.  Some work at Johnson Controls, or making Glad bags, or Clorox products. 

8.  Pink Mountain, BC.  Located on the Alaska Highway at Mile 143... Northwest of Fort St. John.  Over 1000 Bison roam there.  Good place for moose hunting.

9.  Silver Creek, BC.  Close to Hope BC, this little community got on the map by producing cedar shakes.  In the old days before all the BC forest fires, we used to buy cedar shakes from Silver Creek.

10.  Vermillion, Alberta.  A happening farming community 120 miles east of Edmonton. In the winter this place keeps warm dancing and curling.  (that is an Olympic sport now!)

11. Whiterock, BC, This is a retirement community on the Canada U.S. border... where Interstate 5 becomes Highway 99. On the beach is a huge... you guessed it... white rock!

12.  Whitehorse, Yukon.  This is the largest city of the three Canadian Territories... 23,000 people. Located at mile 918 on the Alaska Highway.  When we did the Alaska Cruise we came to Whitehorse to golf... pretty crazy, eh?

13.  Yellowknife, NWT.  This is the capital of the Northwest Territories, with 19,000 people.  Located on the north shore of the Great Slave Lake and 250 miles south of the Artic Circle.  This isn`t the end of the world, but you can see it from there.

Of all these colourful places, I have only personally been to 6 of the above.  What about you?

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  1. Interesting. I'd like to visit these cities.

  2. Great idea for a TT. Sounds like a lot of nice cities and areas up that way.

  3. Sadly, only Whiterock for me... Fun list, Pa.

  4. Enjoyable list. I learned something :)

    Have a great Thursday!

  5. Cool idea for TT. I should look up any 'colorful' places around here.

    Thanks for sharing.