Ghost towns in Alberta.
Dorothy, East Coulee, Wayne......regular readers will remember them in my daily posts from the Canadian Badlands. Now Air Canada's Enroute has published me talking about Alberta's ghost towns. But what is it about ghost towns that we find so fascinating? I think it is the tinge of sadness about these places which makes them so irresistible.
|The only pub in Wayne.|
They are the opposite of the manufactured "tourism experience". There is a test you can take which tells you what sort of tourist you are according to the Canadian Tourism Commission. I took it and I am an authentic experiencer.
|Abandoned cars in Wayne, Alberta|
Theme parks and historical re-enactments leave me cold. I want the real story. Which is probably why I've always loved the small town rather than the big city tour. I like my towns a little rough around the edges. Towns without tourists are my idea of heaven. Of course I'm not a tourist. Heaven forbid. I'm a traveller.
|Dirt road to Finnegan Ferry|
|Abandoned car in Dorothy|
What kind of tourist are you?
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Read my original posts from the ghost towns