Category Archives: Cape Churchill

Polar Bear Blog – The Polar Bear Attack

Sparring polar bears along Hudson Bay

This post is actually about the polar bear incident out at Cape Churchill… back in 1983 – an attack that accidentally launched the polar bear industry… The Treul Story ”Here, take my camera, I have to get a bear off my arm.” Well, that’s what they say he said anyway and Fred Treul did have a pretty big camera, a clunky Hasselblad. And there was a bear on his arm, latched on to his tricep. … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Moose Bits and Wolverines

Lots of folks are out moose hunting now, either north of Churchill around North River delta, south near Twin Lakes or up the hydro line. Hunting season, of course, means gut pile season too and that’s pretty good or wildlife watchers (in a way, ha). Today, we watched a couple arctic foxes and a red fox hanging around a carcass just inland from the cabin. All three had totally different levels of tolerance to our … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – An Open Letter to Manitoba

At the end of this season, I found myself on a full-on out-of-my-mind rant to two people that should and, essentially, are on the same side of the environmental spectrum as I am. While I would never take it back, I did start wondering why I feel such a sense of rage and despair when it comes to the current state of Churchill’s polar bears. So, I have penned an open letter hopefully stating Churchill’s … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Gettin’ Busy

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Gettin’ busy might be the wrong words, September sounds like it was already pretty eventful in terms of bears. Sounds like there have already been 17 bears handled and placed in jail this year. One bear was flown out just this week but soon replaced by another ‘break-in bear’ from Goose Creek. A bunch of cabins have been hit this year over in the other cabin subdivision, most recently my buddy Greg’s place. The bear … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Camp Nanuq Morning

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It seems like I haven’t blogged from Camp Nanuq forever (actually just last bear season, I guess…). Camp Nanuq is a little cabin area, twenty kilometres east of Churchill. There are three lakes out here (ponds anywhere else) and a mottled mix of colourful cabins and krummholz trees. Skeletons of fireweed and three-toothed saxifrage flutter in the north wind this morning. The willows sway and weave. After a four year truce, have reached eight to … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Bear Season History Part 2

Polar Bear

Well, there is a bit of a winter storm in Churchill right now with flurries expected for much of the week – then again, no one really listens to the forecast up there anyway. Temperatures are right around 0C (32F) so it going to get a bit sloppy if this keeps up. What Churchill and its bears need are 0C (at most) in the day and around -5C at night, that should freeze up the … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Bear Season History – Part 1

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As with most of North America, 1969 was a year of change for Churchill. This change would not begin anywhere near the community, however. That year, the SS Manhattan made the first crossing of the Northwest Passsage, investigating its potential as an oil shipping route. Canadian photographer, Dan Guravich, was aboard the Manhattan as the official photographer. It was during this trip that he first saw a wild polar bear and, as happens to many … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Last Minute Polar Bears

Sparring bears - Kaktovik Alaska

Early season tourists and bears have started trickling into Churchill. Summer is officially done and morning frost has settled across the north. We’re still due for some high winds and freezing rain by mid- month but winter’s slow and steady march south has begun. And, I know I have said this before, but if ANYONE is thinking about a last minute polar bear trip, do it! Churchill still has this reputation where you have to … Continue reading

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