During my days off at the Booster during the summer, I would travel throughout the surrounding region. I came across a few articles on a series of ghost towns located along Highway 45, a road which runs northwest of Lloydminster, paralleling the Yellowhead Highway. A number of communities lie along the route, and I wondered what they looked like. What I found made me more curious.

Upon first glance, the ruins of gas stations and crumbling facades of downtown businesses might make one think that the place was soon to be relegated to the history books. However, there are still residents in Beauvalon and Derwent, and they believe their towns are on the upswing. I met a few.