Category Archives: Beluga Whales

Thousands of beluga whales return to the Churchill River each summer. It is the best place on the planet to view beluga whales in their natural habitat.

Polar Bear Blog – Saturday Morning Oil

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Well, the sun is out and coffee is on the stove, so I thought I might finally explore the topic of oil shipping from the Port of Churchill. That and I really should be cleaning the cabin… Background: This August a news article/press release came out in the Winnipeg Free Press about the Port of Churchill planning a test shipment of 330,000 barrels of oil this October. Before that happens, however, they need to upgrade … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Autumn in the North

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Animals start moving in the fall. While Churchill has already had its share of bears this summer – including another Polar Bear Alert callout last night, bears are starting to stir in the southern part of their habitat. With cooling temperatures, the bears will gradually head north, congregating in places like Thompson Point, Cape Churchill and Broad River. Usually there is a small wave early in the season and then a bit of a pause … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Bear Attacks and Sea Ice Debates

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Well, some pretty interesting news from Churchill! One of the Border Services agents was attacked by a young polar bear this weekend. Sounds like he was heading home from the bar and ran into a bear near Gypsy Bakery, the bear ran over and pinned him down only to be scared away when the agent shone his cell phone light into the bear’s face! That’s the story anyway… crazy! Now, I guess we’ll see if … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Harper’s Vacay and Beluga Hey Hey

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Prime Minister Harper is on his way from Whitehorse, Yukon (where his main announcement was that parliament’s summer vacation would be extended by six weeks for no real reason…) across the north – where I thought he was stopping in Churchill… – but now I’m not sure, ha!… maybe just Rankin and Gjoa Haven… oh well, so much for my theory about an Omnitrax announcement… maybe this oil test shipment thing really will fly under … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Business As Usual

Port of Churchill

Well, as happens every now and then, a giant passenger jet required an emergency landing in Churchill this past week. Since the early military days, Churchill has had a mile long runway, one of the few in the north capable of handling these larger jets. There’s been a few events like this over the years, Churchill responds pretty well to them… I think the last one saw every possibly french speaking person in town gathered … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Smokin’ Hot for Canada Day

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Churchill’s in a bit of a mini-heat wave right now, that combined with forest fire smoke drifting up from the south. Of course, usually a muggy day ends up with a bunch of hot air pushed out over the bay which kind of triggers a north wind and temperatures drop back down, sometimes with rain or even hail. Its Churchill. But, sounds like a pretty perfect day for Canada Day – a big event in … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – A Few Bears on Shore… Maybe Some More Soon

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Well, spring is a busy time in the north – especially when you need to hike and paddle as well…  so the blog has been a little quiet (plus I somehow decided to open an art gallery in Carcross, Yukon as if I wasn’t busy enough…)  Anyhoo, here’s what’s up these days. Open water stretches from Churchill south to York Factory with more water opening up around Seal River and Arviat. Its a bit of … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Open Water in Churchill

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Well, I am back from a quick trip to Churchill and the cabin and non-blogging – for some reason, I stopped blogging while I was actually IN Churchill… oh well. Either way, spring has arrived along Hudson Bay with swans and geese swarming Churchill last week. Pacific Loons have settled back into the lake at Camp Nanuq and even White-crowned Sparrows, Bonapartes Gulls and Long-tailed Ducks are picking their spots. Male Ptarmigan were in pitched … Continue reading

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