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Abandoned buildings and towns are equal parts beautiful and terrifying. Empty buildings always seem to be uninviting and broken, yet, there’s something timeless about being in a place where history hasn’t been touched in years. Although most of us don’t have the guts to even set foot near an abandoned building, we’re still interested in taking a closer look.

Mitchell Cook, a photographer from Saskatchewan, did what the rest of us simply wouldn’t have the guts to do. He started up “Abandoned Saskatchewan:” a photo and video project where he explores abandoned Sask. settlements. And while his work is certainly eerie (on a pants-wetting level), we just can’t bring ourselves to look away.

Cook was first inspired to start the project after becoming interested in an abandoned town close to where his mother grew up.

“I just started realizing that there are so many abandoned places on the prairies, especially in southern Saskatchewan, and I just realized that there are literally like ghost towns scattered all across,” said Cook. “Some of them aren’t even on maps anymore and yeah… a lot of people don’t realize how much stuff is out there.”

Cook photographs and films everything from abandoned homes and churches to abandoned ski hills–each one more chilling than the last.

You’re not afraid yet, are you? Take a look at the Abandoned Saskatchewan project here.


WATCH: Here are some haunting close-ups of ghost towns south of the border.