In 2001 last week of October and first of November I enjoyed the complete vacation package. I travelled by train (return) from Wlinnipeg to Churchill. This was a satisfying adventure in itself. We saw fox, caribou and a variety of birds. I plan on returning to Thompson and Las Pas. The taxi tour guide was well acquainted with the area and the two young people from Japan and I shared an experience with the guide that was a first for her, and she had been guiding for 15 years. Driving past a bear trap, round roof, extending to ground. The guide stopped, saying,, "What is that bear doing," A large bear was pounding the sides, trying to shake the structure. We could see that the door was closed. The guide explained that a bear must be inside. When they enter to get the bait the door closes when they pull on the bait. The guide radioed the Ministry of Natural Resources, which also was received by all touring buses. They arrived in three vehicles and 6-8 men. They pursued the large bear (mother) when she ran from the bear trap, they had shot her with a stun gun and carried her on a stretcher to be placed on the back of a truck. The bear trap was placed on a second truck. The third truck were Japanese tourists. The guide said that they pay big bucks to be able to be involvled. lOur guide followed the trucks to the Bear Jail where the bears would be housed for a few weeks and then airlifted out of the area. It is great to be able to say "I got to see it first." The complete outing - two days on the tundra buggy with 20 other viewers, dog sledding (11 dogs pulling a sleigh on wheels on the road. Transportation is not on the tundra. The museum and the research centre were remarkable. I have two other tales I could share about viewing polar bears, for another time. In Churchill downtown their civic centre housisng a pool, bowling alley, school, library and administration offices. A wonderful complex. On day two we enjoyed travelling about in the tundra buggy while a small blizzard was blowing. The guide advised us that we probably wouldn't see anything, but we said we should go out anyway. Well, we saw a sample of a wide variety of local birds and animals. On one of the other tundra buggy a young woman's hat blew off her head while on the outside platform to take picture of a young subadult bear. The hat became an item of interes to the bear. He would throw it up into the air, catch it, then put it under his bottom. He would peek at it a few times and then flip it up, grab it with his mouth and shake it. This last for 20 minutes then he left. The guide retrieved the hat with a long pole. What a suvenir she has!! I could go on and on..... The final evening meal was caribou. I can still remember how I sav ourerd that meal. One last thing....the shopping was extraordinar at the general store. High quality clothing, towels and suvenirs. At the museum they also had a worthwhile selection of books, etc. for sale. Well I have to go now. This year in September I am going to Peru. Take care.
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August 6, 2013
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Thank you for your review! It certainly sounds like you had quite an adventure! And the chance to see a bear caught for a stay in Polar Bear Jail is a very rare occurrence!
We're glad you had such an exciting time in Churchill and hope that you have the chance to come back one day. In the meantime, enjoy your trip to Peru!
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