Winter Adventures Where It’s REALLY Winter

Okay, I admit it … I LOVE winter and the cold. It comes from being a captive of south Florida for the first four decades of my life. I didn’t even see snow until I was 25 and when I saw frost for the first time as a teen, I honestly thought it was mold (well … Florida, wet, ick, you get the idea).  So I have spent much of my adult life chasing winter. And arctic Canada certainly fits the bill.

Actually, Churchill, Manitoba, is not even truthfully arctic, according to UpHere Magazine, which profiles life in the far Canadian North. The magazine will hardly look at the place because it’s not above latitude 60 (missing it by only a bit more than one degree, mind you). BUT … the place in winter commonly hits 50 below (and that’s without wind chill). And I’ve been there when the windchill was pushing minus 70.

It IS possible to dress for this. It simply takes a lot of layers and good, insulated clothing. And VERY well insulated boots. And lots of hand/foot warmers. Yeah, again you get the idea.

So, a bunch of us ventured north, specifically to view northern lights but, along the way, to experience WINTER. And here are some photos of our trip. We went with Frontiers North, which has a truly tricked out tundra buggy for all of this, complete with couches, tables, heaters, booze and most important, a bathroom.  Click on the individual images to see them larger.

Meanwhile, should you wish to figure out the explorer in yourself, Canada’s tourism site has provided a quiz to determine your “Explorer Quotient.”

Inside the Tundra Buggy where it was comfy and WARM. Photo by Yvette Cardozo

Inside the Tundra Buggy where it was comfy and WARM. Photo by Yvette Cardozo

Wapusk Adventures dog sledding operation. A team of dogs howls in anticipation of a good run. Tourists can take short sled rides to feel what it is like to be behind running dogs. These are Alaskan sled dogs, bred and trained specifically to run and race while pulling sleds. Photo by Yvette Cardozo

Wapusk Adventures dog sledding operation. A team of dogs howls in anticipation of a good run. Tourists can take short sled rides to feel what it is like to be behind running dogs. These are Alaskan sled dogs, bred and trained specifically to run and race while pulling sleds. Photo by Yvette Cardozo

Off into the woods for snow fun. Photo by Frontiers North

Off into the woods for snow fun. Photo by Frontiers North

On our way to Mike Macri's cabin. Some hiked, some of us got lazy. Photo by Cindy Baldhoff.

On our way to Mike Macri’s cabin. Some hiked, some of us got lazy. Photo by Cindy Baldhoff.

Driving in a blizzard in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. The temperature was minus 30 with enough wind to make it feel like minus 50 F. Photo by Yvette Cardozo

Driving in a blizzard in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. The temperature was minus 30 with enough wind to make it feel like minus 50 F. Photo by Yvette Cardozo

One of our friends emerges from an igloo built to see the old techniques of the Inuit people. Photo by Yvette Cardozo

One of our friends emerges from an igloo built to see the old techniques of the Inuit people. Photo by Yvette Cardozo

Sign for Gypsy's Restaurant and Bakery, home of the town's famous peanut butter tarts and apple fritters. Photo by Yvette Cardozo

Sign for Gypsy’s Restaurant and Bakery, home of the town’s famous peanut butter tarts and apple fritters. Photo by Yvette Cardozo

Little Inuit (Eskimo) girl in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Her hat says 'daughter' in Inuktitut, the Inuit language. Photo by Yvette Cardozo

Little Inuit (Eskimo) girl in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Her hat says ‘daughter’ in Inuktitut, the Inuit language. Photo by Yvette Cardozo

Carving in ivory of daily winter Inuit life showing an igloo, part of a sled, the family and it's sled dogs. On display at Churchill's Eskimo Museum, Photo by Yvette Cardozo

Carving in ivory of daily winter Inuit life showing an igloo, part of a sled, the family and it’s sled dogs. On display at Churchill’s Eskimo Museum, Photo by Yvette Cardozo

Inside Wapusk General Store, one of Churchill's cute little souvenir shops. Photo by Yvette Cardozo

Inside Wapusk General Store, one of Churchill’s cute little souvenir shops. Photo by Yvette Cardozo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

    • yvette says

      Yes, it is. Which I guess is why I’ve visited the place a half dozen times (or more, I’ve lost count).

  1. says

    It is refreshing to read about someone who loves the winter, snow and cold! The crowds are filling the southern beaches while there is plenty of room for adventure seekers in Churchill, Manitoba!

  2. says

    Churchill is definitely a place that can convert someone to appreciating winter and the cold…. I don’t know if I’ll ever e a fan of -40s, or -50s, but I do have a brand new appreciation for the people who are and the people that live there.

    stay adventurous, Craig

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