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North America » Canada » Manitoba » Churchill November 2nd 2019

At last the day had come to fulfill my dream of seeing the polar bears in url=https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Churchill,+MB/@58.749511,-94.1860019,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x526fd949c8f9f537:0xd10c44d8423762dd!8m2!3d58.7684112!4d-94.164964?hl=enChurchill, Manitoba! Visiting Churchill as a tourist can be done anytime, but the polar bears are there only in the early winter and early spring. Our charter to Churchill, Manitoba left at 6:30, a little late. The shuttle from the Holiday Express was kept busy with myself and others who hadn't wanted to drive in the very early morning. The Canadian North 737 was full of excited anticipation. As we ate breakfast, a naturalist talked about the polar bears and their plight caused by climate change. Seeing the bears is never guaranteed. In November they are waiting for the ice on Hudson's Bay form and thicken enough to let them walk... read more
Mama and cubs
Deceptive cuddly look
Resembling boulders

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Churchill November 2nd 2019

Watching the mama bear and her cubs was so entrancing that even our driver/guide forgot about lunch. When no bears were any longer in sight, he drove to a place known to him. He and the naturalist served vegetable soup, our pre-ordered sandwich and a cookie with tea, coffee or water. His stern injunction was that we must each be seated before we could be served, and no one was to help. This kindergarten-level rule was to prevent undue spillage in the vehicle, which could harmfully attract bears. During the afternoon we saw individual bears minding their own business. One was stretched out on his belly in a bed of rocks. As uncomfortable as that sounds to us, the rocks do hold some heat from the thin sun and from the animal itself. Quite often he ... read more
Snowball or Ptarmigan?
Huge paws!
Footsteps

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Onanole May 25th 2019

Friday 24th May 2019 We have seen our first Canadian Black Bear and have some great video footage of him! This has made our day! No: it has made our whole trip! Fantastic! What a wonderful experience! Today started with a long drive from Winnipeg in pouring rain. At one point the rain was sweeping across the road so much that we feared we might aquaplane! Despite this, driving across the prairies is quite an experience. The wheat fields are huge! At one point we had to wait at a level crossing whilst a freight train went past. It was so long that it took half an hour! Amazing! Eventually we arrived at a small town called Onanole and here we are staying in a lovely B and B. The small restaurant up the road served ... read more

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg May 24th 2019

Thursday 23rd May 2019 Today was a full-on sightseeing walk around Winnipeg. The weather was glorious, sunshine and warmth and everyone was celebrating by wearing summer clothes after such a long winter. It isn’t going to last! Tomorrow’s forecast is for cold and rain yet again! Winnipeg is a lovely friendly little city. We strolled along by the river, visited the Legislative Centre with its lovely park, war memorial and of course, Victoria sitting regally on her throne! The war memorial had approximately 1,200 names on it from WW1. That is a huge number from a small community (and that isn’t counting the tragic number of casualties). Another 120 names, approximately, were for those men from Winnipeg who died in WW2. The Forks is a large park area at the fork of the two rivers that ... read more
War Memorial
Queen Victoria
Union Station

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg May 22nd 2019

Tuesday 21st May 2019 We left Quetico this morning in glorious sunshine, prepared for a long drive. We had no destination in mind, deciding it was best to just see where we got to. We knew that if we found somewhere nice, we would stop, otherwise carry on in hope! Well we ended up driving 545 kilometres, which was more than anticipated and ended up crossing the border to Manitoba! The drive from Quetico to Fort Francis on the US Minnesota border was one of the most picturesque so far; kilometre after kilometre of blue water, dark green spruce, maple, cedar and silver birch, rocky outcrops and a few little homesteads along the way. We saw a moose today as well as two squirrels, seven red deer, a flock of Canadian geese and quite a few ... read more
Lake of the Woods, Ontario
Lake of the Woods, Ontario
Nestor Falls, Ontario

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Churchill November 20th 2018

NOVEMBER 19, 2018 Today we spent the whole day on the polar explorer traveling over the tundra looking for wildlife. The polar explorer is s large vehicle on a fire truck chassis with 6foot diameter wheels. The front wheels are on a fixed axle and the back four wheels are each independently mounted. They were very large inside and comfortably furnished. We each had our own row of seats with a window there was s washroom in the rear. Our guide was Sam who is quite good. Our driver was Ol’ Bill. Everyone was quite congenial and they told some interesting stories. The beginning of the Hudson Bay Company From 1550-1850’s men’s beaver hats came into fashion. These were very expensive but highly sought after. The end result of this was that the European beaver was ... read more
SUNRISE ON TUNDRA
LATER SUNRISE ON TUNDRA
SAM OUR GUIDE GIVING INSTRUCTIONS

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg November 19th 2018

NOVEMBER 17, 2018 Today is our second day in Winnipeg. We arrived yesterday evening after uneventful flights via Minneapolis. It was cold when we got here. A representative from Natural Habitat was at the airport to meet us. We have met s Dutch couple from California, an English couple from Warwick England, a mother and daughter from San Diego, and a couple from Tampa. Everyone seems nice and well traveled. We are staying at the Fort Gary Hotel in Winnipeg. The was built in 1913 by the railroad as a part of their chain of hotels across Canada to stimulate travel. The Banff Hotel and Chateau Frontenac were two other hotels in this string. The Hotel is very nice and has obviously been updated. We had dinner in the hotel dining room. It was very good ... read more
MAP OF CANADA MANITOBA IS DARKNPURPLE
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DENNIS AND MARY WITH BISON DISPLAY

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg November 17th 2018

NOVEMBER 17, 2018 Today is our second day in Winnipeg. We arrived yesterday evening after uneventful flights via Minneapolis. It was cold when we got here. A representative from Natural Habitat was at the airport to meet us. We have met s Dutch couple from California, an English couple from Warwick England, a mother and daughter from San Diego, and a couple from Tampa. Everyone seems nice and well traveled. We are staying at the Fort Gary Hotel in Winnipeg. The was built in 1913 by the railroad as a part of their chain of hotels across Canada to stimulate travel. The Banff Hotel and Chateau Frontenac were two other hotels in this string. The Hotel is very nice and has obviously been updated. We had dinner in the hotel dining room. It was very good ... read more
MAP OF CANADA SHOWING THE PROVINCES
DENNIS WITH A BISON
POLAR BEAR WITH FAVORITE LUNCH

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg July 16th 2018

I had misunderstood something yesterday concerning the Red River, and had it running south into the Mississippi. Thanks to one of you keen eyed readers, we investigated more thoroughly and found that was not the case at all! Thanks Jane! Of course, we won’t take full blame for the mistake...we were told that by someone and didn’t look any further!! At any rate, the true scoop is below taken directly from Wikipedia: “The Red River (French: Rivière rouge or Rivière Rouge du Nord, American English: Red River of the North) is a North American river. Originating at the confluence of the Bois de Sioux and url=https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ott... read more
Art work
Ramps in Museum
First woman beside the Queen on Canadian money

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg July 14th 2018

It is amazing how an attitude adjustment comes with a good night’s sleep! Even though it was still light outside at 10:00 last night, we were in bed before night actually fell. LOVE the daylight so late in the day! We were up and on a roll this morning and were pulling out of camp at 9:45, heading east on Trans Canada 1.The terrain for most of our drive today was VERY flat in all directions. It felt as if you could see tomorrow in front of you and yesterday in the rear view mirror. The vast fields were covered as far as the eye could see with various crops...including the ubiquitous canola! As an aside: I think it would be wonderful if there were a world wide enforceable law that all crops have to be ... read more
Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba
Bank of Montreal
Union Station




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