Polar Bear Blog – Good Ol’ Blizzard

Two full days of snow – something like 17cm in 24 hours… and still going, except that now the wind has switched to the northwest and we have a full-on blizzard – a pre-Halloween blizzard no less… There’s really only one bear season in the past ten years that I remember more snow than this one, maybe 2001 or 02 or something like that… I could be wrong…

More bears coming in, three sets of mothers with this year’s cubs added to the three or four families already around. Sounds like five big males are hanging out along the coastal trail, sparring now that the weather is colder. Add to that, red and arctic foxes, snowy owls and gyrfalcons and you could say that the wildlife has definitely stepped up to the plate this season. On the other hand, the train just came in – its around 9pm right now… Oh yeah, and if anyone was wondering, it sounds like you’re entitled to a 50% train credit from VIA because of the extended train ride but I think you have to ask for it…

Its a bit of a strange bear season though, somehow it feels like it hasn’t started. Its still fun but there just does not seem to be the crowds that I remember. It could be that group travel has really taken over and with Natural Habitat Adventures taking care of their own meals, and the two tundra lodge camps running, there just might not be as many people around town – plus with the train schedule so erratic, there’s no predictable pre-departure rush for dinner or post-train wave of tourists. Add to that the lack of independent travellers – most tourists appear in battalions of matching, decaled parkas now – I don’t know its hard to say, its different though…

 

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