Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Monday, October 30, 2023
August 2023 - Whitehorse Yukon
Located facing the parking lot at Triple J's Music at 308 Elliott Street, this mural by Colin Alexander shows the sternwheelers Australian and William Ogilvie at Canyon City, on the Yukon River just above Whitehorse.
Saturday, October 28, 2023
Nordstrom announced its departure from the Canadian retail scene in early 2023, cutting 2,500 jobs and leaving conspicuous voids in shopping centres across the country.
Cadillac Fairview (CF) has filled the literal void with this new experience, described by organizers as a "multi-sensorial journey celebrating Canadian culture through sights, sounds and colour."
Wednesday was supposed to be a good day for golf but it rained overnight and forecasted 100% rain which never happened. John got the balcony cleaned up. I did some decluttering after reading an article about getting rid of extra throw cushions (I did 3), about how we don't need a stationery drawer (I got rid of a gazillion hotel pens, index cards, envelopes (I kept a few) address labels etc.
Friday, October 27, 2023
Welcome to The Weekend Roundup...hosted by Tom The Back Roads Traveller
1. Starts with "Q"
2. A Favorite
3. QUARTER - chosen by Tom
Starts with Q
QUETZAL - Monteverde Costa Rica
Taken through the guide's telescope.
QUEEN'S QUAY subway station Toronto ON
LATIN QUARTER Paris France
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.
DURING THE POSTWAR BOOM, WHITEHORSE was rapidly becoming the capital of Yukon. Everything about the city struggled to keep pace. As a result, buildings of slightly more epic proportions were created, the likes of which no frontier town had seen before, or likely will again.
When a massive influx of military personnel and laborers arrived to work on three major construction projects—the Alaska Highway, the North West Staging Route airports, and the Canol Pipeline–during the post-war boom, housing was at a premium in the once sleepy town of Whitehorse.
That’s when a septuagenarian named Martin Berrigan had a magnificently outsized idea. In blending the frontier aesthetic and resourcefulness of log cabins with the urban practicalities of stacking human beings like sardines, Berrigan took a small step in solving Whitehorse’s housing crisis (while providing himself with supplemental retirement income) by constructing a pair of “log skyscrapers,” the city’s first privately-built, multiple-dwelling rental accommodation.
Using logs that weighed 300 pounds each and stacking them 58-tall to a total height of three stories, Berrigan made sure his skyscrapers could withstand the harshness of the wilderness while retaining the awe-inspiring, standalone power of buildings found in more traditional city skylines. While Berrigan’s creations surely succeeded beyond his wildest dreams, he passed away in 1950, just two years after completing the log skyscrapers. Over the years, the units were modernized and have since taken on a life as the proper apartment buildings they are today.