Willows Saskatchewan is located in southern Saskatchewan. It is a partial ghost town as a few residents remain. It has an abandoned school and an elevator (which is privately owned).
Also Known As: Horror movie film set, "the messengers house"
Type: Film set
Built: 2006 Closed: 2008
Last known status: Abandoned
The abandoned messengers movie set in Saskatchewan looks like a beautiful old large prairie mansion with a wrap around porch, but indeed is not what it seems. It is actually a movie set, built for exterior shots for the movie "the messengers". The house was built cheap and the interior was empty as they used sound stages, likely in Regina. The movie also used shots that included the original barn on site.
There was also an original farmhouse on site. It is a two story house that had been abandoned for many years. It was not used in the movie. House built specifically for the movie.
Interior is mostly empty and unfinished as they used sound stages for interior shots.
Type: Ghost Town
History: Population dwindled to nothing in 1960's
Whitkow Saskatchewan still has at least one resident, the owner of the single hotel/bar. Seems every town still has a bar and hotel and most are always for sale. The one resident is surrounded by many abandoned houses, businesses, elevator and hall (collapsed). Most buildings are very overgrown and there is clear evidence that many have been demolished over the years. There are of course still 2 churches and one is in quite good condition despite a leaking dome. (update: one church is now gone due to unrepairable dome) A once very Ukrainian community, this town has not stood the test of time.
Lawson is a small ghost town in Saskatchewan with a few houses remaining. The elevator, which you see here burned down in 2017.
Hoosier is not a true ghost town as it does have some residents. However on that note, most of the buildings have been demolished or are abandoned. I thought it was post worthy because it has a large abandoned school and church. Both of which I was able to photograph.
An abandoned house in Saskatchewan with ties to the church.
I am sure your wondering about why I called this place the sunday school house. Well, its beside an active church - in fact, it would have once been the priest's home. Once the priest moved out the church used it for sunday school. At some point the house was used for nothing and was abandoned, this is when I visited. It was clear the house was used for sunday school but it had been many years since it was last used. With the original aspects of the home unchanged and filled with items from sunday school this was a unique home. I am not sure when it was demolished but a return visit in 2020 proved that it had been gone for a while. The church remains, still very active with a strong congregation.
When nature starts to take back abandoned houses or buildings it can be quite interesting. This abandoned house in Saskatchewan was one of those cases. The porch on this house demanded attention! Although overgrown, it still had all the window details. Standing tall this house was surrounded by trees, so the best time to see it was outside of summer. With very little vandalism and lots of natural decay paired with some items left behind from the last owners, this house was worth the stop. I particularly enjoyed the crib, suitcase and old wallpaper.
This abandoned Railway Siding does not have much remaining. There is a street sign with its name but there is only one drive-able street left that has one building on it, a church (now demolished). The church is still fully intact and even has power, services may be held at the church during the summer. During the winter there is no snow being cleared out. The elevator sits along what used to be the rail line and sits abandoned. It has some original parts and still stands quite straight - I believe a nearby farmer uses it, as there are modern bins around it.
Throwback to 2008, early in my exploring journey as I drove the backroads of Saskatchewan in search of abandoned buildings. I owned a crappy little camera and was all about documenting sites vs taking good photos. Now I care about both, and I own much better gear. I have no regrets though - a good majority of the places I visited are long since gone and the only record I have is my images. Even though they may not be the best, they still do tell a story...and that's the point right?
The definition of "abandoned"
1. having been deserted or cast off.
Similar: deserted, forsaken, cast aside/off, stranded, rejected, dumped, ditched, unused, disused, neglected, idle, unoccupied, uninhabited
2. unrestrained; uninhibited.
I have been exploring abandoned buildings all over Saskatchewan and beyond since 2007.