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Alberta Book: Photographs by George Webber

As an urban explorer who holds a love for urbex photography, I am continually on the lookout for works published by professional photographers. My wife and I often find ourselves at the nearby Indigo/Chapters store as she is an avid bookworm who easily manages to read at least 3-4 novels a month. While she browses I always end up gravitating towards the photography/fine arts section to see what’s new. I then quickly glance through the local interest section which generally has few titles that peak my interest. However, on one of our recent “book dates”, I came across a photography book by George Webber simply called Alberta Book. I must admit that I’ve never heard of Mr Webber but the cover photo certainly caught my attention.

The book contains over 200 color photographs of Webber’s work compiled over 40 years of photographing and exploring the many forgotten Alberta towns that dot the Canadian prairies. An abundance of pictures depicting deteriorating signs, abandoned buildings, an…

Cold War radar tower in Alsask purchased by Edmonton Heritage Group

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This unique cold war era radar dome has been bought by an Edmonton Heritage group. The Canadian Forces Station Alsask, which began operating in 1963 as part of the Pinetree Line, once acted as an early warning system against surprise attack by the USSR. The four storey steel structure, located near the Alberta Saskatchewan border, was once operated by nearly over 200 military and civilian personnel in nearby Alsask. Decommissioned in 1986, you can still visit the old base that is used today by residents. Still standing are remnants of the station that includes old military housing, a swimming pool and chapel.

In 2005 it was declared an historic site which saved it from demolition. The 50 member non-profit organization from Edmonton will spend the weekend reinforcing the fence line and blocking holes to keep out vandals and pigeons which have turned the dome into a giant pigeon coop. They hope to possibly provide tours by next year.

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The Alsask dome was a popular destination for urban explorers which offered a unique place to visit on the Canadian prairies. We visited the dome in 2014 which was at the top of our bucket list of places to explore on the prairies at the time. It was an unforgettable experience!

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