gypsy travels to calgary Vintage painted television cabinet at Crossroads Farmers Market in Calgary Alberta Canada

Gypsy Travels to Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Spring is here, and what a marvelous time to get outside and do some exploring in our own neighborhoods, cities and towns! Today, our Gypsy Travels to Calgary.

Join Karla Yungwirth in her city – Calgary, Alberta Canada as she visits a local Farmers Market and tours a bit of her city!


I grew up on the East Coast of Nova Scotia, Canada and moved west across the country to Calgary, Alberta in 2004. There are still so many things I have yet to explore here, and I love the history of this province – so it was great to get out with the kids on a sunny Spring Saturday and browse a local farmers’ market called the Crossroads Market and then see some of the older buildings in the city on our drive home!
There are lots of different areas and vendors at this market, and the first place we stopped was beside a little bakery. Amie, my 10 year old daughter, posed beside a friendly chef holding a hand lettered sign. Everything looked very yummy!
Bakery figure at Crossroads Farmers Market, Calgary Alberta Canada
Meanwhile, Erica, who is 5, checked out the gelato store with the cool baby sitting on top of the ice cream scoops!
Vintage Baby Ice Cream Statue at Crossroads Farmers Market, Calgary Alberta Canada

We headed around the market to see what treasures we could find.

This neat wooden cabinet, painted to look like an old television caught our eye! How neat is that?!Vintage painted television cabinet at Crossroads Farmers Market in Calgary Alberta Canada Next, we wandered past the old book store. Can you just imagine all the stories in here waiting to be read?!!

Vintage book store booth at Crossroads Farmers Market, Calgary Alberta Canada

After that, we rounded the corner to the antique store with awesome shelves filled with treasures waiting to be discovered!

Antique china dishes at Crossroads Farmers Market, Calgary Alberta Canada
Seeing this pretty china makes me think about grabbing one of those books and relaxing with a cup of tea.
Antique China at Crossroads Farmers Market, Calgary Alberta Canada
 I love these old cameras! I had a small 110 camera growing up that I took lots of photos with – and I remember sending the film away in the mail and then anxiously awaiting getting the printed photos back.

Vintage Camera at Crossroads Farmers Market, Calgary Alberta Canada

The Polaroid company was founded in 1937 and an Automatic Instant camera similar to this one below was made from 1969 to 1971, as described in an article on Wikipedia. I can imagine families carrying cameras like this one to their family picnics and special outings! So exciting!

Vintage Polaroid Land Camera at Crossroads Farmers Market, Calgary Alberta Canada
 This edition of Morals, Manners and Men was written by Havelock Ellis (1939) and includes a collection of essays. It is part of the Thinker’s Library, which, according to Wikipedia, was a series of 140 small hardcover books. Many titles were reprints of classics and were aimed at a mass audience.
Morals, Manners and Men by Havelock Ellis
 This vintage Hot Dog sign reminds me of a 50s diner! I did have to chuckle that they crossed off the 15¢… Can you imagine now being able to purchase a hot dog and a soda for that price?!
 Vintage hot dog and Coca-Cola sign at Crossroads Farmers Market, Calgary Alberta Canada

 Even though we only live about 20 minutes away from this area, it’s not a drive we regularly take. So, it was neat to see the older buildings in this part of the city. Here’s a little history of my city for you: In 1883, the Canadian Pacific Railway reached this area and in 1884 Calgary was incorporated as a town. There was a large fire in 1886 that began at the local flour and feed store and spread through the community’s wooden structures, destroying 14 buildings. After this, a law was drafted that all large downtown buildings were to be built of sandstone. In 1894, the City of Calgary was incorporated with a population of 3900, and in 1902 oil was discovered in Alberta. Today, our population is 1.3 million!

Here’s a little glimpse of our views on the drive home:

The Snowdon building was built in 1911 by Campbell Camillus Snowdon, who started one of the first oil and refining companies in Western Canada. The building had been painted white and a fire damaged a large portion of it in 1988. During recent reconstruction blasting exposed the original red brick!

C.C. Snowdon Building in Calgary Alberta Canada

This is the side view of the Snowdon building, which had included an oil warehouse, garage and office.

C.C. Snowdon building in downtown Calgary, Alberta Canada

I thought this building looked so neat with the large red font on the side of the building!
Co-op Superblend and Feed building downtown Calgary Alberta Canada

This building, the Blow Block was built in 1911 by a building contractor, David Blow, who moved to Calgary from Ontario, which is in the East of Canada, in 1903.

The Blow Block building in Calgary Alberta Canada

This photo from the Inglewood Historical Walking Tours booklet shows a photo of what the building originally looked like.

Blow Block building historical photo in Calgary Alberta Canada from Inglewood Walking Tours brochure
The three story Burn Block was built in 1912 as retail and office space, and during the 1930’s the upper stories were converted to residential space. Two colours of brick were used for decorative effect and to create the look of columns on the exterior.
Burn Block heritage building in Calgary Alberta Canada
 Even though there was a fire in the building in 1973, and the interior has been renovated, the exterior stayed the same as you can see in the photo below from the Inglewood Historical Walking Tours booklet.
Burn Block building photo in Calgary Alberta Canada from Inglewood Walking Tours brochure
 On the side of this old brick building you can see a ghost sign advertising Rudge Bicycles.

Rudge Bicycle Ghost Sign on brick building in Calgary Alberta Canada

This Coca-cola ghost sign is on the side of the Hillier Block building – one of seven pre-World War 1 commercial structures that survived in this area. It was built in 1910 and the ground floor contained a billiards hall and barber shop, while upstairs was residential suites.

Coca-Cola Ghost Sign on Hillier Block building in Calgary Alberta Canda

Calgary Firehall No. 1 was built in 1911 and was in use as a fire hall until 1973.  This fire hall was associated with “Cappy” James Smart, Calgary’s fire chief for many years, who was instrumental in upgrading this city’s firefighting equipment and practices.

Fire Station No. 1 Downtown Calgary Alberta Canada
 The photo below from the Calgary Public Library from 1960 looks almost the same!
Fire Headquarters Station No. 1 historical photo from Calgary Public Library
 I love the architecture of this old building in downtown Calgary!
Heritage brick building in downtown Calgary Alberta Canada
 This little adventure makes me excited to get out and explore more history in my city.  Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing in my gypsy travels today. I hope you’ve found some inspiration and come back soon to see where our travels take us next!
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Karla Yungwirth


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'Gypsy Travels to Calgary, Alberta, Canada' have 6 comments

  1. April 24, 2017 @ 4:00 pm Johanne Lacombe

    I enjoyed discovering your town. Thanks for sharing.


  2. April 24, 2017 @ 8:04 pm Liz O

    What a wonderful virtual trip Karla! I am adding Calgary to my “places I want to visit” list, thanks for sharing and BTW I had to look twice at the TV cabinet, it is neat!


    • April 24, 2017 @ 9:15 pm Karla Yungwirth

      Thanks so much for stopping by Liz!! That tv cabinet is cool 😉 If you do ever come this way we’ll definitely get together!


  3. May 2, 2017 @ 5:45 am Claudia Neubacher

    What a lovely tour! Thanks so much for sharing and taking me along! Claudia x


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