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North America » Canada » Manitoba » Churchill March 20th 2013

Hello to all blog followers! The weather right now is 'most unpleasant', which I think is a very slight improvement on this morning's weather - which was 'particularly unpleasant.' Yesterday's weather was 'somewhat unpleasant' and it's likely that tomorrow will be 'less than pleasant' too. However, I'm hopeful that by April it will become more pleasant, and by looking out the window, it surely must! What an awesome winter storm! The wind is howling. Outside, all you can hear is the sound of trees getting hammered and the metal panels of the building getting slammed by the nor'wester. However, the northern lights are spiraling above with vivid greens and bands of white filling the sky with mystery and wonder. It truly is a magical time of the year, with the aurora in full bloom and daylight ... read more
The Lights
On the shore of a Frozen Sea
Departing the Owl River Site

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Churchill January 23rd 2012

Omdat we nu al een tijdje in Churchill zaten kwamen we steeds meer te weten over het leven in het kleine dorpje. Het dorpje lag zo afgelegen van alles dat de dorpelingen hun verveling leken te verjagen door zichzelf elke avond te bedrinken. De kroegen zaten elke avond vol, ook die van ‘ons’ hotel. De wc’s schoonmaken, Judith’s taak, werd hier niet plezieriger op.. Mede omdat wij elke ochtend vroeg moesten beginnen met werken lieten wij het barleven meestal aan ons voorbijgaan. Een keer per week was er echter ‘open mic’, een avond waarin iedereen zijn of haar zangtalenten aan het publiek ten gehore kon brengen. Onze Ierse collega’s (Dave en Elaine) begonnen elke avond met een optreden, om de bar-gangers een beetje op te warmen. Dave was een goede gitaarspeler en als Elaine meezong kregen ... read more
Muisstil blijven zitten
De lucht vlamt
Geweldige zonsondergang

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Churchill January 7th 2012

Na een paar dagen in Winnipeg om ons voor te bereiden op het afgelegen Churchill stonden we om 5 uur in de vroege ochtend slaperig te wachten op ons vliegtuig. Er zijn geen wegen tussen Winnipeg en Churchill. Het is een enorm veengebied bezaaid met meertjes. De enige manier om 'over land' naar Churchill te reizen is met de trein. De rails 'drijft' op het veen waardoor de trein zo langzaam moet rijden dat hij er 2 hele dagen over doet om in Churchill te komen. In de winter zou de trein wat stabieler zijn omdat de grond dan bevroren is. Ons werd dit bespaard omdat er nog plekken vrij waren in het vliegtuig en wij gratis mee mochten. Omdat het een charter vliegtuig was hoefden we door geen enkele controle. De meeste mensen die mee ... read more
Het strand met The Enterprise
Het treinstation
Rots op het strand

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Churchill November 22nd 2011

Hey Folks. Just the other day, I was on the ground working out at the lodge when I had a wee visit from one of our furry friends. We get bears at the lodge all the time as they check it out and hang around for a few hours before moving on, but this time he decided to check me out instead! He appeared out of nowhere (like bears often do) and stood looking at me from about 15 - 20 ft. I pumped a slug into the chamber of the 12 gauge and had my finger on the trigger as I walked back to the vehicle whilst pointing the gun at the bear the whole time. It was an odd experience! I was thinking "are you gonna eat me or are you gonna just stand ... read more
Yawn!
Eating Lunch
Nap Time!

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Churchill September 3rd 2011

Hi Folks. This is just a wee little blurb about a rather beautiful sky - tonight the heavens gave us an extra dazzling light show... At about nine-thirty I took a look out at the sky from the front deck of our house. There was a spiraling band of green directly overhead which transformed and danced at astonishing speed! I decided it was the night to take a drive a couple of miles out of town to get away from the light pollution of Churchill's mighty sprawl of 13 streets so I could get a better view. They were truly amazing tonight (they still are), it's not too often that we get to see the reds as well as the greens, and to get them so bright at this time of the year is also quite ... read more
The aurora over the town
Over the rocks.
Bright lights

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North America » Canada » Manitoba » Churchill August 21st 2011

Hi Folks. York Factory was a trading post located on the shore of Hudson Bay at the mouth of the Hayes River, 227 km southeast of Churchill (according to Dave's GPS). It was headquarters of the Hudson's Bay Company's Northern Department through much of the 1800's and it continued as a fur trading post until 1957 when the company closed it down. York Factory is now a National Historic Site of Canada and is the oldest wooden building in Canada built on permafrost. The trip down there was great! We got to fly over the spectacular Wapusk National Park and the mighty Nelson River as well as getting to see many polar bears from the air. It had been a place on our bucket list for quite some time and the opportunity to visit was thrown ... read more
The Warehouse
The Guns
The View from the Warehouse

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Churchill July 2nd 2011

Hi to everyone! We have adjusted back to the colder climate and the high food prices of northern Canada. Instead of paying only a few cents for a bag of bananas, we are now forking out $5.99 per kilo! Incidentally, the bananas here in Churchill curve slightly clockwise, suggesting perhaps, that they've been flown here from somewhere south of the equator? Anyway, we needed furniture! Our house was an empty, echoing void of loneliness! Within a week of posting an ad on the local community board, we had filled the rooms with stuff (yes, that's correct - STUFF, which is of course unusual for us). We even managed to gain a cat (Stuart) for a bit, and a lodger (Claudia) too! The transition between winter and summer is always our favourite time of year! The melting ... read more
On the Bluffs.
The frozen river.
Frozen sea-scape.

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Churchill November 20th 2010

Hi everyone, While Dave is out on the tundra, I have had some wonderful moments of exploration here in Churchill. Here are some inspiring scenes as the Hudson Bay transforms from a liquid to a solid mass of pancake ice.... read more
Starting to freeze on land
Ice fog
fresh water freezing

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Churchill October 31st 2010

Hello to all our loyal blog readers. It's quite the spectacle to see a normally very sleepy town become a buzz of tourists and travellers from all over the world. Bear mania has sprung upon us once again! The lakes are starting to freeze over and the bears are certainly scattered all over the area now!. We saw a mother with triplets on Foxe Island, several seal kills and many more bears scattered along the coast, although, surprisingly, we did not see any bears at Cape Churchill, which normally has lots of bears? We had a nice blizzard for a couple of days too, a nice intro to the winter! The season is moving quickly, in another 4 weeks we will be a sleepy wee town again, and all the bears will be out hunting on ... read more
Red fox
Arctic Fox
Ptarmigans on the ptundra.

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Churchill October 27th 2010

I'm back in the Reef Cafe where we had breakfast (my first hot meal in seven whole days, cinnamon French toast, it was fuckin WONDERFUL!), writing to kill an hour because I can't check in to my hotel yet. That Louise chick I spoke with on the phone seems to run the joint single handedly, cleaning rooms with her trolley while taking bookings over the phone in her crazy Northern sing-song happy parody voice (parrotty voice? haha)... This place is great. Really something. I'm glad I came. I feel lost without Charmaine but we'll run into each other soon enough, I'm sure, in a town with so few streets. Our trainmates were a lot of fun; firefighters, a nurse and a mining mechanic, jobs for serious people, but they're not at all. They got us merry ... read more




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