Category Archives: Photos of Built Stuff

A favourite photo of infrastructure (buildings, bridges, roads) and of anything manufactured; from my collection.

National Treasure #156: Dempster Highway

Sign marking southern start of Dempster Highway.

All photos courtesy of John L. Whitman

I’ve never driven the 736-km Dempster Highway, but I know someone who has.

The Dempster Highway, also referred to as Yukon Highway 5 and Northwest Territories Highway 8, is a highway in Canada that connects the Klondike Highway in Yukon to Inuvik, Northwest Territories on the Mackenzie River delta. – Wikipedia

Much of the highway follows an old dog sled trail and the highway gets its name from Royal Canadian Mounted Police Inspector William John Duncan Dempster, who, as a young constable, frequently ran this dog sled trail from Dawson City to Fort McPherson NT. – Wikipedia

I’m familiar with highways built on top of logging roads, but a dog sled trail?  All right, then.  The Dempster goes back a ways, but the highway as we know it today officially opened on 18 August 1979, making it 38 years old today. Officially.  It’s Canada’s only all-weather road that crosses the Arctic Circle and it’s gravel.  On gravel.   Continue reading

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Thousand Islands Bridge, Hill Island ON

In April, I tried and failed to do a photo shoot of this 80-year-old bridge.  The weather wasn’t great, but the real problem was that neither the walkway nor the observation tower were open yet for the season.

In July, I tried and succeeded, challenged only by the spider webs that threatened to choke off the walkway.   Continue reading

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Condominium, Edmonton

After chasing views of Walterdale Bridge from Saskatchewan Drive, which overlooks the river valley, I saw this condo tower and was inspired by the Friendly Giant.

Shot of condo tower taken right at base of building, looking up

Look up; look waaay up

 

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Walterdale Bridge #2, Edmonton

In September 2016 I was astounded to see the almost-complete new Walterdale Bridge.  I had some fun getting photos of it from different vantage points, angles, and distances.

In Edmonton again a few weeks ago, I tromped around the edges of the still-under-construction site.  This bridge was originally scheduled to open in fall 2015, then pushed back to September 2016, and is now scheduled – if we can use such a definite word in this case – for September 2017.

We’ll see.

But even under construction, it’s magnificent.  And as the work progresses, it’s possible to get at new places to stand.

 

Angled view of new Walterdale Bridge and surrounding construction zone

Side view showing adjacent pedestrian bridge

 

Straight-on shot of arches of new Walterdale Bridge still under construction

Still under construction – but Wow!

 


 

And for those with a head for heights,
here’s a look at what might be the longest, pedestrian, suspension bridge,
built in Switzerland.

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Horse-Dragon, Ottawa

A week ago, I would have laid good money that I’d never have a blog titled “horse-dragon.”  I mean, what the heck is that, anyway?

It turns out it was one-half of a street spectacle put on in Ottawa as part of Canada’s 150th: La Machine.   Continue reading

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