Architecture & History Archive

Paddling the South Saskatchewan River: Old Bindloss Ferry to Estuary

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Disclosure: This post may contain Affiliate Links. Close encounter of the rattler kind and storm of the sesquicentennial behind us – Ma Nature went all out with a noisy and bright light show for Canada’s 150th – we launched two canoes and a single kayak at an old ferry site on

Barkerville, B.C. – A Grave History

Written by: Megan Kopp At its peak in the 1860s, the gold mining town of Barkerville, B.C. was the biggest thing west of Chicago and north of San Francisco. The ghost town today sees a mere fraction of the number of people that once clomped along the wooden sidewalks off Williams Creek in the foothills

What a Rush: Barkerville, B.C.

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Most people have heard of the California ‘49ers. Many know of the Klondike stampeders heading up to the Yukon in 1898. But what about the gold fever surrounding Barkerville, British Columbia? It lies smack dab in the middle of the western gold rush timeline. Connecting to the Past I have three

Towers and Forts: An Irish Treasure Hunt

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP We often travel a route with the map in hand and randomly choose short historic side trips to investigate while on the way to our actual destination. Sometimes, it’s a wild goose chase. Other times, it’s a treasure hunt that leads to such beauties as the Ring of Kerry’s Staigue Fort

Ireland’s Skellig Michael: A Storied Past

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Somewhere between the 6th and 8th centuries, a group of monks sought an isolated locale to practice their religion. They found Skellig Michael. Skellig come from Sceillic, which means steep rock. Over the next 500 years these Christian monks would develop a precipitous monastic complex that boggles the mind. Perched on a

Ireland’s Trim Castle

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Trim – the word sounds precise, with little excess. Trim Castle – on the River Boyne – is just the opposite. It is the largest Normandy castle in Ireland. Historic stone structures always draw my attention and Trim was no exception. We had to stop and take a look. Arriving too late in the

A Journey Close to Home: Glenbow Ranch

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP “A wise traveler never despises his own country.” Carlo Goldoni Some historical journeys are shorter than others. Just off the highway near our home town, down a winding gravel road, is a piece of the past called Glenbow Ranch. In a meadow beside a river called the Bow is a weathered grey

Falling in Love With Guanajuato, Mexico

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP It was love at first sight as the taxi emerged from the maze of underground tunnels which spilled out onto the streets of Guanajuato, Mexico. In the twilight glow, the colours softened to warm buttery yellows, burnt oranges and tranquil blues. This is what we came to see. A Gilded Beauty

First Time Visit to Guadalajara, Mexico

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Disclosure: This post contains Affiliate Links. “Are you sure it’s safe?” That’s the first question people asked us when we said we were heading through Guadalajara. We were travelling by bus from Mexico’s Pacific Coast. There are no guarantees of safety on any trip. While that may be true, we felt completely comfortable

History Behind the Rocks: Exploring Yosemite’s Pioneer Past

WRITTEN BY: MEGAN KOPP Wawona means “Big Tree.” It is also the gateway to Yosemite National Park from the south. In the late 1800s, Wawona was Yosemite’s largest stagecoach stop. Today, most people zip by on their way to see Half Dome and Yosemite Valley – but there’s plenty of history behind the rocks! Take a