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Edelweiss village

This eerie abandoned village in Canada has just hit the market – here’s what you said it should become

The good people of the internet have come up with a lot of ingenious redevelopment ideas

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

At the end of last week, we covered the news that an entire town in Canada is going up for sale. The hamlet of Edelweiss in British Columbia was originally built for Swiss guides and mountaineers who had relocated to the region in the early 1900s, but these days it’s totally deserted. Now, the whole thing is going up for sale.

As always, the internet had plenty to say about Edelweiss and its six pretty charming chalets. Time Out’s social channels were full of people chiming in with their thoughts, ranging from the sensible and thoughtful to the, erm, not so sensible. Here are a few things you suggested turning it into:

A squat

A writers’ retreat

A queer commune

Government housing

Repatriated land for indigenous people

A racoon settlement


A homeless refuge

A strip-club-slash-ski-resort

An evil lair

The setting for a horror movie

A retreat for gardening enthusiasts

An animal sanctuary

Homes for Ukrainian refugees

A lesbian farmer commune 

Wondering what all the fuss is about? Find out more about this eerie and beautiful abandoned village in Canada that has just gone up for sale.

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