There was sure a lot of oil near Shaunavon.
The first town I visited on the second day (Sunday) was called Dollard and was not far from Shaunavon. I first visited its cemetery which was unlike other cemeteries I’ve seen. There were some religious statues and a couple of graves in the middle but the rest of the graves were along the edge of the fence and there was a lot of empty space in the middle. The town had a number of inhabited houses but it also had some abandoned ones and it was clear that this town had once been much larger.
I stopped briefly in Eastend which is like a mini-Drumheller. This place has lots of dinosaur signs and such. My GPS took me on a really hilly, winding road leaving Eastend which led right back to the highway. It provided really nice views but staying on the highway would probably have been more sensible!
Some of Eastend’s dinosaurs.
Ravenscrag was the next town. It was a bit off the highway and the roads there didn’t seem that well-travelled. I didn’t have any problems but I did get a bit worried a couple of times. This town, in what turned out to be a bit of a trend, was now surrounded by a farm. I think there was a number of buildings left but with one exception I really couldn’t get all that close.
I then headed to Robsart. I’ve read a lot about Robsart as it seems to be the undisputed best ghost town in Saskatchewan. I’ll admit I went there with very high expectations. I’ve really wanted to go there since I first took interest in ghost towns. I was somewhat disappointed with Robsart. It was uninteresting but it just wasn’t as fantastic as I had expected. I’ve come to the conclusion that I most enjoy places that are unexpectedly interesting. That being said, Robsart does looking amazingly abandoned when you approach it from the highway. There actually are a couple of inhabited houses but with so many empty buildings you hardly notice them.
Vidora was another town that has been surrounded by a farm. It doesn’t look like much is left here though there are a couple of small buildings blown over in a very interesting way.
I stopped and took of the sign where a school had once sat in Senate. That is all there is to tell you that a town named Senate once existed. I always amazed when towns manage to leave pretty much no trace.
I then went to Govenlock. This town has just one standing building, the community hall. However it was actually a quite interesting town as there were also foundations of other buildings.
Foundation of a building in Govenlock.
Divide was yet another town with buildings left but surrounded by a farm.
A bit past Divide, I saw what looked from afar to be an old abandoned schoolhouse. As I got nearer, I saw a cemetery and knew it was actually a church. As I was leaving, I also noticed a small cross on the building.
Claydon was a bit weird. They have a post office located in a building that could totally pass for being abandoned! The front of the building was clearly once a grocery store and still has some remnants left like an cigarette advertisement; it also has a broken window on its door. There are other buildings that look less than great but still seem to be inhabited.
Claydon’s post office
Loomis also seems to be within a farm now but with a road right beside it. So, I could get a good look.
Orkney was definitely my favourite town of the day! It was quite interesting and almost abandoned. The grain elevator appears to be for sale (though the sign is rather faded) if anyone wants to buy one! The old school had a curling rink attached to the back of it but the whole thing is now very much abandoned. I almost left the town and then realized there was quite a bit more I hadn’t seen!
Curling rink/school in Orkney
Masefield was yet another town hidden within a farm.
Cadillac is far from an abandoned town but had an interesting abandoned school which was quite large. This town also had signs with old pictures of various buildings outside of the buildings.
School in Cadillac
Admiral is clearly not a ghost town but had a fair number of abandoned buildings. It also had a couple of buildings that now appear to be homes (a church and a credit union).
Scotsguard was definitely unique! Someone has clearly put a lot of work into restoring many of the buildings. Maybe this will be become a museum soon? They seem to have restored the buildings other than houses. They have small informational signs on them. There are some empty spaces in this town but this really does give an idea of what these types of towns must have once looked like. I enjoyed visiting Scotsguard because it was different and informative but I wouldn’t want this to happen to every town as I really do like the seeing the abandonment.
Some of Scotsguard’s buildings.