While its a beautiful sunny day right now, probably hovering around -2 or so, there’s another blizzard headed our way, more north winds and unbelievably more snow. This is a good and a bad thing. The north winds should push the ice back onto the coast, bringing the bears a little closer but hopefully not too close to their seal hunting season. More snow means that it will take a little longer for the tundra to freeze up, meaning a tougher time for snowmobile and tundra buggy travel but probably better insulation for arctic plants. More … Continue Reading ››
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 … Continue Reading ››
Winter’s settling in, Camp Nanuq is frozen now, both my lake and my shower drain, a true sign of winter. Plus, my van is already busted, along with me, another sign that bear season is chugging along. They say we’ve got 5 or 6 inches and high winds coming tomorrow, then -10 to -14 on Friday, which means perfect polar bear conditions… just in time for Halloween of course. The snow is like a little sigh of relief, taking us from the confusingly dismal days of wind, ragged willows and sort of sleet to frozen lakes … Continue Reading ››
Another day of wind and coffee and woodstoves. Not bad, not much progress since everything including me was hunkered down but not bad. I think I’m on day four or five of ‘starting’ my documentary… But, there’s not much better than a good fire and a rattling house; not sure why windy nights make you feel more at home but they do, must be our innate quest for shelter… and fire I suppose. And maybe Johnny Cash.
Big winds are coming from the Northwest today, probably gusting to 80km an hour or so, swirling up the Hudson Bay, shaking houses, rattling buggies and bringing winter hurtling down to Churchill. After a few days of warmer weather, there’s a nice dusting of snow on the ground again and the permafrost at least feels frozen now. There’s a few more bears around, and probably more will show up after this wind; a not-so-subtle signal that the ice is on its way. Once again, the bears are well spread out, some in buggyland, some along the … Continue Reading ››
Please note, the departure time has been adjusted to leave Winnipeg at 1920 hrs, which is approximately 1 hour earlier than your ticket shows. Also we have been notified by the operating railway that they will not be able to meet the contracted times published in the timetable. We anticipate a delay into Churchill and an approximate arrival time of 1800 hrs, instead of 1130 hrs. On the return, the train will depart Churchill late, possibly as late as 0200 hrs on November **, with arrival into Winnipeg expected at 2100 hrs on November **. Please call … Continue Reading ››