Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It can get incredibly cold here, especially if an icy wind blows. Lots of layers, hats, scarves and gloves are recommended, as is footware with a good grip. High heeled shoes are a total waste of time!
Cold Weather Clothing a MUST!
Luggage and bags: Soft sided is easier to store under your bunk bed
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Polar Tec Clothing and Good Hiking Boots. Layering is the way to go. You definitely need a parka and plenty of disposable hand and foot warmers.
Photo Equipment: Digital cameras work best on this bright white background. Bring extra rechargeable batteries as they do not last long in the cold.
film, film and more film.
Luggage and bags: you do not have a lot of room in the train going to CHurchill and even less in the plane back to Winnipeg so you cannot take big bags or cases.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: thick warm coat, hat, scarf, thermal gloves and boats. thick socks and jumper.... it gets COLD out there on the tundra.
Photo Equipment: lots of film, batteries (although you can buy them in towm) and a good zoom lens.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I would not even THINK of camping near the bears.
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Plenty of warm clothing
Luggage and bags: Nothing too large if you are travelling on the two day VIA Rail to and from Winnipeg to Churchill trip. We found that two airline hand bagage size cases each were ideal so that one can be checked in if flying, but both will fit either under or above the bunk beds on the train. Anthing larger wiould have to be checked in as they would not fit the small aircraft or cabin on the railway
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Lots of layers for very cold weather in the winter as the wind blows strongly in churchill. Full ski gear incl jacket and pants are ideal, but something like a balaclava is worth taking as face and ears become frozen very quicky in this area. I have experienced cold of Alberta when skiing many times, but the chill factor of the wind in churchill exceeded even the coldest of days I have had.
It iks well worth going to or getting someone to visit Home Depot in churchill in mid winter as you can buy spiked cleats that come in three sizes and which stretch over your normal rubber sole shoes or boots which should keep you upright in the high winds on the ice of the sidewalk (around $18.00 for a pair). The gift shop alongside the Bear Inn also offer these but are not quite as good.
Photo Equipment: Be prepared for your camera to show that it is discharged when its not. It simply cannot cope with the cold!
Travel to and in Churchill
Luggage and bags: We found an ideal for travel by train and plane from Winnipeg to Churchill and back, was two hand luggage size bags each. On the small aircraft, one of each can be checked in, and on the railroad, all four will fit either under the bunk beds or above the basin in the cabin. anything larger will have to be checked into the baggage car and may not be accessable during the trip
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The wind blowing in Churchill can create a huge wind chill factor the likes of which I havent even known skiing in the Rockies in Alberta regularly in Winter.Ski jacket and pants are ideal but maybe even a balaclava is useful to protect the ears and face from the biting wind. Even though you may have good rubber soles on your shoes or boots, it may be worth getting someone to get you a set of spiked cleats from Home Depot in Churchill which come in three foot sizes at around $18.00 per pair and which give so much more security when the wind tries to take you off your feet in the snow and ice on the sidewalk. If HD dont have them, the gift shop alongsiide of the Bear
Inn does have, but they are not as good as the Home Depot ones.
Photo Equipment: Dont be suprised if your camera shows" low battery" and stops working for a while. Its simply due to the cold weather. Keep a second battery warm in your clothing
Shoulda brought that....
Luggage and bags: backpack for day tours/trips.....
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Winter: Parka (with a large hood on it that frames your face and protects against wind and suitable for -30C) Ski Pants, -40C boots with good grip, disposable hand/foot warmers (buy before arriving as they can be pricey as with everything), warm gloves and mittens for under the gloves so you can take the big gloves off to take pics but still be protected from wind with mitts. Snowboard/Ski goggles (for dogsledding and walking in blizzards) a balaclava....And lots of layers!
Summer: Rain boots (for the mud), Hiking Boots, light jacket with a bug net that covers the face for nighttime camping (LOTS of mosquitoes), Sunglasses (midnight sun), bathing suit (yes there's places to swim)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you value a certain deodorant, face wash, shampoo, lotion, makeup, tampons etc. it's nice to have and bring up because toiletry varieties are scarce :/
Photo Equipment: A bag to haul camera and extra batteries as they don't hold up so well in the cold. A tripod is essential to take photos of northern lights.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bug Spray and/or Bear Spray!
Miscellaneous: I would bring your own pillow and eye covers and food and snacks for the train ride if that is how you're travelling because the train food is bland and pricey. Also slippers since you cannot walk around barefoot on the train and it is annoying to keep taking your boots on and off. It's a LOOOOONG 48 hour train trip!
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