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 though. They weren’t quite dancing today, but there certainly seemed to be an air of anticipation as the vast Hudson Bay began freezing over last night.

Polar Bear near Churchill

A Polar Bear near Churchill

Today I headed out on a Tundra Buggy tour. The traditional polar bear tourist season might be almost over up here in Churchill; there were just six of us in the Tundra Buggy with our driver-guide when usually tours brim to capacity season-long. I quickly forget any visions of grandeur aboard the buggy. Instead we were in for a bumpy ride in a freezing cold interior despite a burning fire at the back as windows constantly rattled open. However the views across the tundra made it worthwhile. Overcast skies, stirring snow and glistening ice create an eery landscape. Seven pairs of eyes scanned the surroundings looking for bears. And we found a few… 

A Polar Bear near Churchill

A Polar Bear near Churchill

A Polar Bear near Churchill

A Polar Bear near Churchill

About Paul Chibeba

Paul Chibeba now lives in London and works for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew after having spent nine years living and working in New York City.
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