The Lucky Strike Saloon is a watering hole for the working man. Much of the water here is undrinkable so whisky is the drink of choice. And this saloon has lots of it.

Cowboy boots and spurs are acceptable dress so the range worker can tie up his horse out front and “belly up” to the bar where there is always a full glass and a friendly face to shoot the breeze with. No guns are allowed at the Lucky Strike so that is the only shooting allowed.

Sometimes one full glass leads to another and another until friendly chatter turns into arguments and fist fights. A call to the RCMP quickly brings an officer to the scene to break it up and send them packing on their horses. Impaired driving is not an issue here.

The back room offers a gaming table for poker or dice. An intelligent man with a good memory and mathematical sharpness has a great advantage here. He can either go home with money in his pouch or a broken nose from a sore loser. They’re each hoping this is the day for a “lucky strike”

Art Gallery

GALLERY 150 – Anne

The story of Canada’s rich heritage is represented in its art history. Art in Canada is marked by thousands of years of habitation by First Nations Peoples followed by waves of immigration from Europe, Asia, and artists from all corners of the world. The nature of Canadian art reflects these diverse origins, as artists have taken their traditions and adapted these influences to reflect their lives in Canada.

What you will find in Gallery 150 is a miniscule slice of Canadian Art History and I hope it will encourage you to visit an Art Gallery and discover your favourite artist or work of art.

The sculpture garden (reproduced in the style of the artists) is the work of Janice VanBeek and Anne Saunders. Paintings in the Gallery are to scale as close as possible however I have taken some liberties as when donated frames just had to be used. The art in the gallery shop is not to scale as in any gallery shop. All works of art are by Canadian artists with the exception of one and the subject was too representative to not include.

Canadian Inventions


Canadian inventors have given the world some of the greatest inventions.  In fact, some of the inventions have changed the world.  Zippers, paint rollers, garbage bags are part of our daily life now.

After hearing the haggling between a farmer and a hotelier complaining of getting runny yolks, Coyle, a Canadian created, and later patented, a container that would carry a dozen eggs at once in a box that suspended and supported each one without letting it touch the other.  The demand for this box actually grew around the world and he patented it in several countries.

Look around you at the things we take for granted every day.  An Inuit in the Canadian Arctic invented sunglass for snow blindness.  Peanut butter was first patented by a Canadian.

Is there a Robertson screwdriver in your toolbox?  When a screw driver blade slipped and cut Peter Robertson’s hand he created a new type of screw, a square-headed one that stayed in place better and turned smoother.

And let’s remember -Insulin, Blackberry, Ebola Vaccine, Time zones, and new technologies in Quantum Space, some Canadian Inventions which have also changed the world.

Governor-General David Johnson says Canadian Innovators have made the world smarter, smaller, kinder, safer, healthier, wealthier and happier.  We can be proud to be Canadian.


West Coast Trapper’s Cabin


Nearly a century ago, Albert had his trap line in the Upper Copper River (near Terrace BC). He lived in his cabin all winter for it was a 30 mile hike to the nearest road.

In place of a flashlight, the “Bug” was used. The Bug was a candle pushed into the side of a jam can. You can find the Bug hanging on the rear of the Cabin.

On the side of the cabin is what is known by outdoorsmen as the “Johnson Bar”. As they didn’t have an outhouse, it was used in times of need.

The “BC Woodstove” is a replica of ones used since frontier days in camps and trappers cabins in the back country. This one is made from tar paper but the real ones were made of sheet metal. Albert kept his entire cabin warm with the stove and an interesting feature is the “oven” in the stovepipe that can be used for baking, even bread.

I wove the Hudson’s Bay blanket on my loom and the pottery is hand made by a friend of mine. I was a city girl but my husband knew Albert and told me what needed to go into the cabin.