The lovely town of Minden is just a couple of hours north and a bit east of where Frank lives, and another hour or so from my place. It's one of the towns where we've been looking to find a home on one of its surrounding lakes.
During the summer and into this autumn, there was a lot of construction going on along the main street, so I stuck to walking routes which kept me away from town.
This is the Gull River. It was about a ten minute stroll from our motel, and while we stayed there, I walked along its shores and beyond for about an hour, twice a day.
There's a walking path alongside each bank, and a couple of bridges along the way allow us the opportunity to cross over to the other side.
Along the walkway, various wood sculptures turn dead trees into art. It's a great way to keep their beautiful spirit alive.
This whimsical design made me smile.
Speaking of whimsy, I found this cool bicycle rack sculpture made of recycled springs, pipes and other metal parts.
Once I was over the bridge, and walking away from town, I discovered this small but charming pioneer village. It seemed to be unattended and yet, most of the buildings were open for exploration.
There was a blacksmith shop, a post office (which was closed) and this quaint little schoolhouse - The S. S. Stanhope No. 9.
I loved all of the beautiful old wood in the little church.
The Peace Garden Labyrinth beckoned me. I walked it a few times (on various strolls) and sat on that tree stump in the middle. You can read about its significance here.
The labyrinth might be a calming place for folks who live on this street.
This was the view from one of the Gull River bridges at the end of one of my evening walks.
And the next night, with a classic Canadian coffee and donut shop in the forefront, this was what we saw while sitting in front of our motel room.
I hope you enjoyed exploring Minden with me. More photos coming up in a few days.