Scenic Stop: Orion, Alberta

Orion, Alberta

This photo was taken on an adventure to the small town of Orion, outside of Medicine Hat, Alberta. There was a large amount of decaying and abandoned houses within the city limits... this one in particular was quite photogenic.

This mesmerizing photo that shows the loneliness of Orion was taken by Vaughn Royko, a web developer and photographer based in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

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Orion, Alberta is a small community in southeastern Alberta, close to Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. The grassland in this area is semi-arid with cycles of rain & drought. Antelope and deer can be seen in the fallow fields.

Orion, Alberta was a former agricultural town with general stores and a grain elevator and peaked in population at around 150. But years of drought have left this community like a ghost town, with abandoned homes and shops. Even the grain elevator was razed many years ago. The only thing that remains in Orion, Alberta are great photo opportunities. Thanks Vaughn Royko for making the trip!

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