Chapter 11 - Drop Me a Line - 01 02 07

01 02 07
DVD capture
Contributed photo
DVD Time Code = 01 02 07
Location: Fort Macleod, AB, 3rd Avenue near 25th Street
GPS:   49d 43m 33.24s    -113d 24m 20.82s
Map / Satellite Image: Google Link
Site Name: Apartment View

Travel Directions:
Navigation in Fort Macleod is made interesting by the fact that most streets have at least two names. Nonetheless, the town is small enough so that you are never lost. The Laundry Apartment, which is also the site of The Source (Photo Plus), is on the SE corner of Archie Maclean (3rd) Avenue and Jerry Potts Boulevard (25th Street). If you find the Elks Lodge first, face it and turn right. See map of Fort Macleod.

See also:

The empty lot in front of the Laundry Apartment looks even emptier without Jack’s red truck. Residents of the building begrudgingly tolerate the hoards that march up their steps to see what Alma saw. Please be respectful of their privacy. A poster in the parking area incorporates some photos of the 2004 filming activity. A complete set of these great pictures can be found in Albums; look for Harley Brown Laundry Apartment Pre-Production Photos.

To the right is a reconstruction of the 1874 North-West Mounted Police fort that is the town’s namesake. To the left is a well-maintained historic downtown, its crown jewel being one of western Canada’s oldest vaudeville houses, The Empress Theatre. For more information, see:

Still operational and lovingly restored, The Empress has recently hosted the likes of Buffy Sainte Marie and Judy Collins. In January 2006 it screened Brokeback Mountain in a premiere gala that had townspeople lined up around the block to get in (even with tickets a whopping $15). The enthusiastic turnout was all the more interesting considering that the area’s provincial and federal politicians have consistently voted against all forms of gay and lesbian equality. See:

Finally, approximately 18 km northwest from Fort Macleod is the UN Heritage Site “Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump.” See:

This is the remarkable location where, for more than 5,000 years (!), aboriginal peoples chased buffalo off of a cliff and developed sophisticated systems of harvesting their meat, hides, and bones.

Always obtain appropriate permission before entering private property.

Pictures of surrounding area:












  Revised 29 March 2015