Category Archives: Photographic Tours

Hazy Dayz – Looking back to 2013 and 2014


This coming weekend is Hazy Dayz 2015. But did you know that we still have hundreds of pictures on this site from Hazy Dayz 2013 and 2014?

We invite you to take a trip down memory lane at the links below! – Remember to open the viewer at each page so you can enjoy larger pictures.

  • View the pictures from 2013 (HERE)
  • View the pictures from 2014 (HERE)

Enjoy the pictures and come out to the fun this weekend!

Mega Photo Tour – The Painted Edge


When Casa Del Sol announced they were closing last year, there was a certain sadness, at least for me. Why? Well, to be honest, I loved the atmosphere that existed in Casa Del Sol, it was so unique and peaceful. With their departure,  I wondered if the location would ever look as good again.

Well, my concerns were completely unfounded, because the Main Street property was taken over not just by any store owner, but by an interior decorator, namely Judi Kerr, who moved her business “The Painted Edge” into the space. Since then, Judi and her staff have created their own special look, and it is so good that even the product reps remark on it when they come to visit!

It’s hard to imagine that a paint shop could exude unique character, but this one does. That’s because it’s a whole lot more than just a paint store. In essence, it’s an interior decoration centre that portrays thoughtfulness of design, and displays unique products that turn an afternoon’s visit into an occasion.

But don’t just take my word for it, let the pictures tell the tale. We are so blessed with some great shops on Main Street, and it is always fun to create a Mega Photo Tour for our readers. So join us now, in this tour of “The Painted Edge.” Click on any image to open the viewer for a closer look. Better still, call in and see it for yourself.


Mega Photo-tour – Esterhazy Flower Bin / The Bin


Readers always enjoy our photo tours of local shops. It’s a great way to explore the superb range of items available in the area, and sometimes there are surprises too, as “big town” selections become available on “small town” Main Street!

Today we’re sharing a mega tour of Esterhazy Flower Bin / The Bin. I was amazed at how this store has changed over the last year or so. Once upon a time it was a flower shop with gifts, now it is a multi-product store with flowers. I asked staff to share some of the latest happenings there, and while I was taking pictures, they created the following write up!

Employees have got March Madness… Cleaning out with savings up to 60%. For some items marked down, take an additional 10% off (excluding 50% and 60% items). Selected Sanuks on sale, with new ones arriving. Runners… Wilson and Fila have arrived, and sandals.

Bench, Silver (jeans, capris, shorts and skirts), Mavi, Cabrelli, Bufffalo, Fox, Roxy, Hurley, Garcia and more being unpacked daily. Taxi sandals have made the shelves.

Women check out our Moving Comfort and Brooks line. Bras, underwear, work- out clothing designed by women for women. Purses and jewellery, bathing suits and board shorts for Summer enjoyment!

The kids section boasts new arrivals and many sale items too. The men can check out the new board shorts, dress shirts and casual shorts along with Mavi and Silver jeans.

Solar lights and fountains to inspire your gardens. The arrival of fresh flowers weekly opens the creative minds for the sensational display of arrangements to choose from. In the inspirational corner of stepping stones and various items, one can surrender to their inner peace. TeaForte is the new line that has arrived for the tea lovers. Many flavours, tea pots, cups and diffusers to choose from.

Something for everyone, so check out the March Madness until the 28th.

Well, a picture is worth a thousand words… So, here’s our mega photo gallery (taken this morning) for you to take a tour from your armchair!  Enjoy, and our thanks to the staff for their invitation to check out the latest.

Remember, the images below are thumbnails. Click on the first one to open the gallery, then you can scroll from picture to picture inside the gallery.

Incredible new Yorkton location for Maple Communications


I remember when I first met with Cam Mehling, the Operations Director for Maple Communications. We were discussing sponsorship of EsterhazyOnline and I explained we had silver or gold options. He startled me when he looked me in the eye and asked, “Do you have anything bigger?” That’s how platinum sponsorship started a year ago!

In a way, Cam’s question exemplifies the look-ahead attitude of Maple Communications. This is not a company that is satisfied to sit on its laurels, rather it is progressive and dynamic, with a determination to grow in whatever way is necessary to provide greater opportunities to serve both existing and new clients.

Recently they moved into a new and larger location in Esterhazy, part of that great wave of business relocation on Main Street. Now, they have relocated their Yorkton office, opening a new base of sales operations from which they can offer an expanded range of products and services.

The new location at 6-150 Broadway Street East, represents a fantastic opportunity for Maple Communications, you see, it happens to be right next to a Tim Hortons/Wendys combination store. This massively increases the potential exposure for the business, with impulse “walk-in” traffic suddenly being more than possible.

Imagine someone sitting at Timmies today, sipping their double-double and chatting with their buddy. “The new iPhone 6 launches today” says the friend. They look out the window, and there’s Maple Communications… It’s just so easy to nip into the new store to check it out. The location simply cannot be bettered!

The new facility has been universally-applauded by the staff of Maple Communications. it is bigger, brighter and better in every way. So take a photographic tour with of us. And by the way, today really is the launch day for the iPhone6…

Click on any image to open the viewer

Photographic Tour – 501 Audio


It’s been a wee while since we did a photographic tour of a specific business in Esterhazy. Today, we take the camera inside XPLORNET dealer 501 Audio (501 Main Street, Esterhazy).

Recently, I was reminded that it is worth checking stores in Esterhazy. I’d run out of ink for my printer and instead of nipping in to a larger town, I decided to check out this store. They had just what I was looking for, and saved me a trip!

The evening after the snow…


On Monday evening, as the snow continued to fall, blanketing the Esterhazy area with yet another covering of white, many people looked out their windows with disbelief. The question on many minds was, “Is it really almost May?”

Well folks, this is Saskatchewan, and a mere 24 hours later, the countryside looks as different as night from day.

Last night, the last thing on my mind was talking the dog for a walk. Tonight it was a pleasure. So, to capture the beauty (and even warmth) of the evening, after the walk I went out again, taking the camera with me. Enjoy the images, and let’s hope that maybe spring, or even summer, is not too far away! Click any image to pen the viewer.

Glorious Fall Colours – Part Two

Earlier this week, we published a gallery of pictures called “Glorious Fall Colours”. If you did not see those beautiful photos, please take a moment to follow the link (HERE) and open up the main gallery to see large versions of them. Most of those pictures were taken around the Esterhazy area at ground level, but we also received a few air-to-ground pictures taken by Katherine Miller.

The pictures from Katherine led to Chris Miller (Noble Construction) and I taking to the air again today. It was our second “photo sortie” together. Regular readers may recall the photo-shoot we did of Esterhazy from the air in May (That gallery can be see HERE), so we decided it was time to venture further afield and do some more exploring for you, the readers!

Today’s flight was in the late afternoon. We took off from the newly-resurfaced Runway 26 at Esterhazy airport and headed over to Stockholm. A couple of orbits round the village followed before we turned south-west and aimed for Round Lake. The lake is beautiful at ground level, and just spectacular from 3,000ft. We made some lazy circles over the water, marvelling at the colours of the trees on the south side, and the rugged topography on the north shore. Then we turned to the east, crossed Highway 9, and followed the Qu’Appelle Valley, taking pictures as we went.

We dipped lower into the valley until the southern slope was slipping by at around 200 km/hr beneath our starboard (right) wing. Hidden lakes came into view, new road construction, farming operations, and of course the mines. We climbed, and turned towards Esterhazy again, with the ever-changing headframe of K3 providing an unmistakable landmark.

Over Esterhazy, we concentrated on bringing the golf course into clear view. The green of the fairways presented a marked contrast to the fall colours of the trees that surrounded them. We flew over the middle of the town, then onward to the airport, joining a left downwind in the traffic pattern for Rwy26 before letting down on base, slipping onto finals, and kissing the tarmac again on landing. After pushing the 1967 Cessna back into the hanger, Chris and I spent a pleasant hour chatting about flying and also the amazing history of Noble Construction, but that latter subject is for another article at another time.

So now, enjoy the view as you come with us on that flight, courtesy of around 75 images below. Don’t just look at the small thumbnails, click on the first one and allow the photo gallery viewer to open, and then explore  them in detail. In some cases the colours are obvious, in others they are more subtle and subdued. Enjoy!

Note:- My thanks to Chris for his friendship and flight. Makes me want to finally finish off my own pilot license!  Also thanks to Maple Communications for sponsoring many of our photo albums since also becoming a sponsor of EsterhazyOnline.

Glorious Fall Colours – Part one

Yesterday was a fantastic day for autumn photography. With very few clouds in the sky in the early part of the day, the direct sun brought out the most glorious hues on the trees, and the azure sky behind them gave brilliant and exquisite contrast.

While I was on the ground using my photographer’s eye to find views around Esterhazy, Chris and Katherine Miller (Noble Construction) were flying in their Cessna, gaining images from a totally different vantage point. Katherine sent some of their pictures to me as the day progressed, and so a compilation has been created from both sets of photos.

If the good weather stays with us for  few days, we’ll try to get into the Qu’Appelle for a second part to this collection. In the meantime, enjoy this local glimpse of what is arguably the most beautiful season of the year.

To view the full size images, open up the gallery by clicking on any thumbnail below.

Threshermen Show – in pictures!

The annual Qu’Appelle Valley Threshermen Show was held yesterday at the Agri-Museum in the south-east corner of Esterhazy. The day began with breakfast at 7:30 am, and as the sun rose higher, the number of attendees grew larger. Although some regular visitors lamented that the show did not have the variety of exhibits that it did in past decades, there was still plenty for people to see, especially if this was their first visit to the Agri-Museum. The sight and sounds of a steam-powered tractor itself was well-worth the visit.

Here’s a bumper-collection of pictures for you to enjoy and explore. To see larger versions, simply click on any image to open up the main gallery.

Photographic tour – Potash interpretive centre

The Saskatchewan Potash Interpretive Centre is unique in Canada, there is no similar centre anywhere in the country, as truly befits Esterhazy as being the Potash Capital of the World!

Conveniently located at the Historical Park, the centre is open 8am to 5pm, and shows the history of potash in the region, and the processes involved in mining the product. Today, we share the photographic tour to encourage our readers to either re-visit the exhibit, or perhaps visit it or the first time.

As always, open the gallery by clicking on an image below.