At the beginning of our holiday we visited Fort Steele, an 18o0s pioneer village in southeast British Columbia. This former boomtown was born in 1864 during the Kootenay gold rush. However, the population quickly declined in the late 19th century when the BC railway bypass this burgeoning community in favour of Cranbrook, BC. Many of the buildings are original and have been carefully restored.
The Candy Store was an important stop for Lizzie. Almost two weeks later, she's still trying to get to the centre of this jawbreaker.
Lizzie also enjoyed some "ole-timey" playground equipment. She thinks that these swings "swing" much better than the ones at our local playground.
We were joined for the day by my grandma and father. We all took a ride on a vintage steam train around the property.
These two ladies caused quite the stir amongst the locals by going to the dressmakers' through the front door. I questioned the appropriateness of having what were obviously a pair of prostitutes parading around the family-friendly exhibits (???).
This poor lady was a bit more appropriate, though I'm unsure how she actually lost her skirt. Hopefully she didn't join up with those other "ladies".
After a while though, we permitted her to come out to pan for gold. We purchased a bucket of dirt, which was guaranteed to contain at least a few gold flakes.
Of course Lizzie is always an over-achiever so she found a gold nugget in her pan! It's estimated to be worth about $30. I walked away with only a handful of fool's gold.
We all sat through a horrific, 30-minute play. Lizzie said she liked it a little bit, but Javier and I sadly realized that it was 30 minutes we'd never be able to recover. The play was filled with yet more inappropriate material, including adultery & substance use! Yikes. What kind of place were we visiting?