Monthly Archives: November 2010

Northernmost town accessible by train and sea: Churchill, Manitoba

Alternative title: help, help; here come the bears! While the train journey from Churchill south to Winnipeg clocked in at more than 46 hours, it didn’t feel too much like an endurance test. Be sure, though, to snag a sleeper berth … Continue reading

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Day three in Churchill, Manitoba

Taking a Churchill town tour today was a smart move. Less than a third of the price of yesterday’s Tundra Buggy tour, we saw just as many polar bears and even better visibility… This evening I board VIA Rail’s long-distance … Continue reading

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Day two in Churchill, Manitoba

It’s -31°C out now with the wind chill, so I splurged on a taxi back (five blocks) after dinner. Even locals are shocked by the sudden temperature change after such a mild start to winter. The polar bears are happy … Continue reading

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Day one in Churchill, Manitoba

Flying out of Winnipeg early this morning with just three fellow passengers signaled the start of my adventure in Churchill, Manitoba. Churchill Airport is a surprisingly lavish affair, certainly considering the few people arriving and departing the terminal building. The … Continue reading

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Ten sleeps to the “Polar Bear Capital of the World”

I’ve always been fascinated by “comfortable extremes.” I’ll happily trek a challenging mountain route but, come evening, I’ll opt for a homey inn or warm bed and breakfast. I love snowboarding in the Laurentians, begrudgingly bearing the lows of -20ºC … Continue reading

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