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    Meti Story Teller

    by grets Written Jul 29, 2004

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    It is only in the last few years that the Meti people have been recognised as an ethnic minority in Canada. Meti is a half caste Indian and White and Myrtle’s granddad was Scottish while her grandma was an Indian. Both her mum and dad are Metis, her father was a trapper, and she spends two hours telling us about her childhood. I have never known a story teller so captivating, everybody is spellbound; nobody even starts to fidget during the time she is talking to us. Myrtle tells us about the trapper’s line, the food they ate, their traditions, prejudices she experienced at school, their art and their music. She uses no notes and the stories flow from one to the next. It is extremely interesting. The hall has traditional items used by the Meti on display and Myrtle sells her home made arts and crafts. She creates beautiful pictures from animal skins, but they are dear and would look out of place back home.

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    helicopter flight

    by grets Written Jul 29, 2004

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    Only three of us take up the offer of a helicopter flight over the tundra. As pre-arranged, the helicopter comes out to meet us on the tundra. Getting from the buggy to the helicopter, we have to look out for polar bears. This whole day has been so unreal!

    We fly no higher than 100ft above the ground and from the helicopter spot another dozen or so bears. It is almost as if we are watching a film: ‘there’s one, there’s another one, look over there – a polar bear’. Please don’t ever let me get blasé about seeing wildlife of any sort! Apart from a bear skeleton, all we see is snow, ice and polar bears, but I’m not complaining. The flight is great and gives a totally different perspective on the tundra – you realise just how big and desolate it is out here – but I don’t know if it is worth the money. Never mind, we’ve done it now!

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    Nosy things these bears

    by grets Written Jul 29, 2004

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    One of the young males walks up to the buggy next to us and stands on his hind legs peering into it. Wow. I feel incredibly privileged and honoured to be here, this really is incredible. Bears sniff around the lodge after food smells, trying to look into the kitchen, checking out their mates and taking part in a little play-fighting. Then cool off by spreading themselves out flat on their stomachs. Another little walk, then let’s check out the tourists again. This is so amazing. I can’t believe I’m sitting here in the comfort and warmth of the buggy, eating soup and sandwiches and drinking hot chocolate while it is snowing horizontally outside and within a few feet there are several large polar bears. It seems utterly unreal. We stay in the same spot for several hours and see probably about 15 bears in total.

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    Bear activity

    by grets Written Jul 29, 2004

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    Occasionally one lifts his head to look around and goes back to sleep. In the distance we can see a bear walking across the tundra. Then another bear arrives from behind the lodge. He thinks he has found a food source in the grey-water outlet from the lodge and fiercely protects is from another bear approaching. Two more bears wake up and the young males start sparring. Cameras clicking, we are so excited about the spectacle that unfolds before us. Steve tells us that until yesterday the bears did nothing all day except sleep. We are so lucky to be seeing so much activity today.

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    Be patient

    by grets Written Jul 29, 2004

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    After an hour of driving we still haven’t seen any bears, just some tracks across the ice. Disappointing. Steve turns off the main track to go towards the shore line where there are two other trucks. Way in the distance we can see a sleeping bear, just a yellow blob through the binoculars. We would all like to drive a little nearer, but Steve has other ideas. He seems to think he knows of a place where we can see bears a little closer. We have to trust him. The tracks are interesting, lots of frozen potholes, puddles and mounds of ice. It makes for an exciting drive. You couldn’t get across the tundra in any other sort of vehicle. In the distance we spot lots of other buggies and when we get nearer we realise that it is the Tundra Buggy Lodge. There are several bears hanging around, mostly sleeping.

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    First Date in Churchill

    by grets Written Jul 29, 2004

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    There is a joke going around that the best place to take anyone for a first date in Churchill is the Rubbish Dump to see the polar bears that congregate there. If that goes well, the second date is at the observation tower.

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    Make sure you have a good guide

    by grets Written Jul 29, 2004

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    The banter between Jennifer, our hostess and the driver Steve makes for a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. They both live in Banff and are good friends. Steve is a French Canadian and has some lovely expressions he uses. They are both very knowledgeable and take the Mickey out of each other all the time – Jennifer even manages to make Steve blush, much to everyone’s amusement.

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    Eskimo Museum

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    Specializes in Inuit sculpture plus a number of interesting archaeological prehistoric artifacts

    Free entrance but donation appreciated

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    Main Street, Churchill

    by grets Written Jul 29, 2004

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    There is snow on the ground and the roads are very icy. The local traffic consists of 4WDs, quadbikes and skidoos.

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    Polar Bears and polar bears and polar bears

    by maryellen50 Updated Nov 2, 2003

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    Polar Bear on the Hudson Bay Tundra

    The main (and only) reason most go to the Churchill area in the winter is to see these magnificent animals. Check the Polar Bear International site for more information on polar bears.

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    other wildlife

    by margaretvn Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The polar bears are the main attraction in the fall months but there are other animals about. We saw fox and caribou on the tundra.

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    museum visit

    by margaretvn Written Feb 25, 2003

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    A visit to the eskimo museum is well worthwhile. it is not very big but it does have an impressive collection which includes some sculptures made from the sculptors own teeth!!!

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