About old barns

Last summer I went to take photos at this lovely place and went back this winter, and these are the images. Montane, is located five minutes away from downtown Fernie in the Beautiful British Columbia, it has amazing views of snowcapped peaks around, but its principal attraction is this stunning old barn.

Old barns were first build in Europe around 12th century, but this building tradition changed throughout time. Different necessities came up, old techniques were improved, and with lots of effort these solid constructions are still stand up in all North America, Montane’s barn with more than 100 years is one of those.

There are different kinds of barns, the type depends primarily on the function and area of the building. They can be square, rectangular, polygonal, house look like,etc. The Canadian Encyclopedia indicates that “In form and function Canadian barns are classified as Pennsylvania, Dutch and English. In all eastern regions, barns that are circular or polygonal are infrequent except in Québec…Of the types mentioned, the Pennsylvania is most common except for the little English barn.” Other classifications include: Dutch Barns, Bank Barns, Crib Barns, Round Barns, and Prairie Barns.

The features of this barn belong to the Western barn, the ‘Prairie Barns’ type. The larger herds associated with agriculture in the West and Southwest required great storage space for hay and feed.

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Nowadays, people are restoring and rebuilding old barns, some of them as spectacular new homes, and others just reusing its original function. This barn is now the home for 3 miniature ponies, which look more than happy to be there. People can visit the barn to see the ponies, but it is not allowed to feed them.

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Summer is not the only time of the year to visit the barn, the barn has incredible views in winter season too, anytime is a good opportunity to visit this lovelies.

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I have to thank Sandra for being with me in all the visits to this incredible beautiful place, her company and support was very important for this publication. I will keep visiting, learning and enjoying these old  barns around, as much as I can.