Today, I explored Churchill in a rented truck, and my anxiety about driving in the snow on unploughed side roads was misplaced. Note that I carry bear spray, and I do not recommend independent exploration here unless you are experienced and knowledgeable about the dangers inherent in bear viewing. If you get stuck, which is a very real possibility, you face trying to dig out your vehicle in Arctic temperatures in polar bear territory. This is why the Great Bear Foundation's tour is so much appreciated and recommended.
Yet, I really appreciated the opportunity to soak in the atmosphere of this remarkable landscape alone. The wildlife viewing was limited today, perhaps because of the relatively mild weather. I saw two polar bears from a distance, and an arctic and red fox, but I'm going to use this post to show you some of the other landmarks of Churchill. It's incredible to experience life in such a remote community, and I never tire of this trip. Alas, tomorrow evening we leave for the long train journey back to Winnipeg. I'm always heart broken to depart, but I will console myself with the thought that the draw of Churchill will surely bring me back again soon. I felt really alive, and exhilarated today in a way I rarely experience in everyday life outside bear country.
Churchill Main Street
The Boreal Garden Research Centre
Gypsy's Bakery, amazing food in a remote location
The Port of Churchill
The Canadian Shield
Polar Bear Alert Sign behind the community centre
Churchill housing (population 800)
Miss Piggy plane wreck
Polar Bear 'Jail'
Polar Bear Traps used by Manitoba Conservation
The tundra near Miss Piggy
Prince of Wales Fort from Cape Merry
Husky Sled Dog
The Northern Lights viewing platform at the Northern Studies Centre
The View from the Northern Studies Centre
Polar Bears are the reason I make the 4 day long journey to Churchill every year