Churchill - Polar Bear

Trip Start Apr 03, 2006
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Trip End Feb 01, 2007


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Flag of Canada  , Manitoba,
Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The trip up north to the arctic tundra to try and photograph polar bears along the Hudson Bay has been one of our great highlights. Every November, for a short window of 3 - 4 weeks, the bears gather around the coast of the Bay waiting for it to freeze over, so they can start to migrate north and feed on the seals. Being the stupid people we are (as ever), we travelled on a 36-hour (yes 36 - no kidding) train ride from Winnipeg to a middle-of-nowhere-town of Churchill, to catch a glimpse of the great white bears. It seems we are not the ONLY stupid people, as the locals have started a business of ferrying professional photographers and adventure seekers into the Wapusk National Park on a modified all-terrain tank affectionately known as the "tundra buggy". Turned out we were very lucky - the ice was slow to freeze this year and the bears were all in one place. We saw over 50 bears on each of the two days we were out on the snow. Photographers heaven - from cuddly polar bear cubs, to fighting/wrestling males, and even a few curious females coming to our truck, standing on her two hind feet to try and glimpse into our window!!

And to cap it off, we managed to see the northern lights the night before we were due to leave! We both agreed that this trip will be hard to beat for our 'best place visited' award.
 
 
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