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.”