Category Archives: Canadian Arctic

Waiting for the Ice

Polar Bear Blog – The Northwest Passage Lost

In the race of northern shipping routes, its becoming pretty clear that the Northwest Passage has lost.  Still clogged with ice, we are entering yet another year of poor navigation across the Canadian Arctic.  Hudson Strait has had heavier ice than normal, Iqaluit's breakup was weeks later than normal and, well, its just not a great season for commercial shipping in northern Canada. The Northeast Passage, on the other hand, has been open for some time and traffic just seems to be gathering steam over there.  This is a bit of a mixed bag in terms … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – Oh No There Goes Tokyo

Well, this could be an interesting year...  Bears are spread out along the coast with good sightings at Arviat, Seal River and Churchill.  For some bears, its been a banner year especially if they rode the sea ice far south into Ontario.  From all reports, its looking like a good year and hopefully this means a good cub production year as well, looks like our bears may need it. I've written about the Pacific Blob and a potential El Nino (The Little Boy) for a while now but now it looks like … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – West Baffin

Well, its been three years since my last visit but I'm back up in Pond Inlet, Nunavut; this time for a full floe edge season running a tourist camp on the sea ice. We've spent a couple days loading up qamutiks, arctic sleds towed by snowmobiles, and sending equipment out to the cache.  Tomorrow, we'll probably head out and start erecting tents and hooking things up. Pond Inlet is a community of about two thousand people set in one of the nicest locations in the arctic.  The Inlet itself separates the community from Bylot Island to … Continue Reading ››