Somewhere in northeastern Romania. Photo taken November 30, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

Where are they going next? Not sure. We're staying in Chisinau for a week or so.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The nearest town to the park

Cabri Regional Park is named after the town of Cabri, but the town of Cabri is actually located 20 kms (13 miles) away via a fairly good (usually!) dirt road. It' the nearest town to the park and I usually go there once a week or so during the summer.

The town of Cabri has a population of around 400 people, and quite a few services for a town that size.

From a distance, here's what it looks like arriving from on the road from the park...

The town of Cabri, Saskatchewan.

The Cabri Ice Center is a popular spot during the winter.

 I wouldn't call it an "RV Park", but it's an RV parking area. 
Not the nicest, and usually occupied by people working in the area.

There is a nice little motel in town.

The little blue car at the little park near the entrance to town.
 I've never seen anybody sitting on those benches.

The Co-op grocery and hardware store. 

The Cabri Hotel. Serving beer since 1912!

There's even a Chinese food restaurant in town.

There are two banks, a library, a lunch cafe, insurance agency, a couple of restaurants, a Sears catalogue store, an auto mechanic, an auto body and paint shop, a post office, a museum, a gas station, a school, and a medical center. Not bad, for a town of 400!

Nice park for the kids.

School...kindergarten to grade 12. About 100 students.

Medical center and long term care.

Railway line and the old grain elevator.

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23 comments:

  1. Recently read an article on Chinese restaurants. There are many in small towns across Canada which started with the building of the railway.

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    1. We believe it! You should see how many small towns are on the railway line out here.

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  2. Wouldn't be a "proper" town without a Chinese Restaurant.

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    1. If it doesn't have a Chinese Restaurant then it is still just a village! ;-)

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  3. Wow, that's amazing for a town that small. We live 30 miles from the nearest town, up a valley in the mountains, and there are about 1,200 people between the town and surrounding area. Our main street is non existent now (in the logging heydays of the 80's things were bustling) and we have a hardware, bank that is at one end of the hardware, a motel, a grocery, and gas station as well as a few family owned small businesses. No stoplights. Wish we had a park play area as nice as Cabri's and a restaurant or two would be nice, too. There is a small cafe that has been here forever, but no one can keep it going more than about 6 months at a time. We do have a tiny clinic with 1 dr. The medical center in Cabri looks really nice for a town that size. Speaking of Chinese restaurants....when we lived in the small rural town of Mena, Arkansas there was the BEST Chinese restaurant we've ever eaten at. It was run by a Chinese family and was a buffet. It was amazing to find this gem in a place so rural and down south.

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    1. Yes, Cabri is a lively little town all things considered. The people in the town and the surrounding area really work to support the town and the small businesses there which is great to see. They have real community spirit.

      Afraid that we can't give you a report on the Chinese restaurant on whether it is good or not because we haven't eaten there. Usually there is too much gluten in Chinese food but because it is still there after a number of years we suspect that it must be decent enough food otherwise it would have closed up by now. I know the House of Heart Cafe serves up a nice lunch and it is all handmade food with decent pricing and a very friendly owner.

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  4. The picture of Cabri reminds me of many small towns in central Montana. As kids we'd always look for a water tower to signal the next town was coming up. I don't see a water tower in Cabri so I was wondering how they get their water?

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    1. No the town doesn't have a water tower. The water is pumped from the South Saskatchewan River into a reservoir just outside of town to the water treatment plant, where it is treated for drinking and pumped by pipes to the houses.

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  5. Love small towns, that's what we look for in our travels.

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    1. Yes, some small towns don't have very much going for themselves and other do very well and can be very interesting to visit.

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  6. Serving beer since 1912? Bet you were one of their first customers... :cD

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    1. Nope! To be honest we haven't been a customer there at all. Booze it too expensive for us here. :-(

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  7. Cute little town. Reminds me of where hubby grew up in rural Alberta. As for buying a piece of Nothing...apparently there are 170 reviews so lots of suckers out there who will buy - anything.

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    1. I remember buying a can of air at Expo 67 in Montreal (I was 7).

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    2. Ha! I remember that. Funny thing is, had you kept that empty can it would probably be worth something today.

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    3. Cheapchick, I think they are technically buying "nothing"! ;-)

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    4. If you read the reviews (the real entertainment) you'll see they are not real customers at all. That was the case on the previous silly items anyway. Hilarious to read the fabricated happy or horror stories.

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  8. Almost surreal. I wonder what it's like to live there.

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    1. It's nice living here in the summer but we don't think we would enjoy it much in the winter. I think the locals try to make the best of the winter with hockey, curling and snowmobiling.

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  9. The grain elevator is still there? Those are getting to be a rarity.

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    1. Actually many of the little communities around here still have their grain elevators. Not sure if they are still used or not though.

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