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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 – One Man’s Polar Bear

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One Man’s Polar Bear is a blog by Dennis Compayre, one of the original Tundra Buggy Drivers, originator of the Polar Bear Cam and Dancer’s buddy. Here is an excerpt… pretty cool stuff! One Man’s Polar Bear: Len and Dan Len was built low to the ground, barrel chested with hands thick from gripping wrenches. When the work day was nearly over he liked to gulp whiskey and cola from eight ounce red plastic cups … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Marathons and Red Pixels

Churchill’s first polar bear marathon is taking place today. Organized by Albert Martens, an extreme runner from Steinbach, Manitoba, the marathon starts behind the Town Centre Complex today. Participants will run along the highway from Churchill to the Churchill Northern Studies Centre and most of the way back. I believe the total distance is 46 kilometres. Proceeds will raise funds for the Athletes in Action First Nations sports camps in Polar Hill, Paungassi, and Tadoule … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Why Churchill

No, this is not a counselling page for recent arrivals in Churchill… but a quick backgrounder on why bears gather here each fall. The main reason is, of course, ice. Churchill sits on a 50 mile long shelf that juts east into Hudson Bay. So, basically the rest of the western coast of Hudson Bay runs north-south minus the odd blip, Churchill is one of these blips. Churchill has north/northwest wind about 30-40% of the … Continue reading

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