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Toronto - Winnipeg - Churchill

This is an old journal, from our trip around the world in 2002, taken from the diary I wrote at the time. Apologies for the poor quality photographs, they are scans of prints taken with a compact camera.


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Getting up at 04:30 is no trouble - I have been awake since 02:00 this morning. We get a pleasant surprise when we check out – the hotel hasn’t charged us for the e-mails last night. Good old Angela. It appears that information available about the Airport Express is rather sketchy: First there was the confusion last night about where the bus stops, this morning we are given the wrong departure time from the hotel. The receptionist tells us 05:15, fortunately we are outside a little early – the bus leaves at 05:00 and we only just make it. After check in we have some breakfast at the airport. Canada is not a cheap place to holiday – we shall have to watch our pennies. The landscape we can see from the aircraft is flat with hundreds of small square farms. Each square has a dwelling in one corner, but they look too small to be able to make a decent living out of.

There is not much at Winnipeg Airport to occupy us during our 4 hour wait. We find the only pub in the building and order a couple of sandwiches and some beer. When we arrive we are the only people there, but it soon fills out. Great little waitress, not pretty but quite attractive in a gothic sort of way. I have a steak Philly sandwich while David’s is filled with spicy chicken. In the true North American way, we order fries on the side. The food is good and the local beer – Blue – is very acceptable. It whiles away a little time – there will be a lot of time spent at airports on this trip, we might as well start as we mean to go on – in a bar!

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Churchill is serviced by a small Saab (34-seater) aircraft. The airport is modern but very small and the transfer taxi is not there. There is no reply from the freephone at the terminal building, it’s probably just a small firm and all drivers are out. While we are contemplating what to do, a taxi van turns up and we share the ride into town with another lady from our flight. We are glad to find that the Tundra Inn is expecting us.

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In the room is a welcome letter from Jennifer Kennedy, our International Wildlife Adventures rep here in Churchill. She is apparently staying at the same hotel as us and gives advice on various aspects of the ‘town’. One thing she recommends is making a reservation for Traders Table, the best restaurant in town, which we promptly do. The room is big and basic, with two double beds, a massive fridge and a writing desk. Perfectly adequate. There are no luxury hotels in Churchill, this is as good as it gets. We go for a reconnaissance walk to the supermarket for Coke and Pringles. 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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After a quick shower and some Duty Free while we get ready, we walk (gingerly) down to Traders Table for dinner. It isn’t far, but it is cold, slippery and windy. The restaurant is like a log cabin with a lovely rustic feel. The menu is basic, as we find it to be everywhere in Churchill. David has steak while I try the local char. From the salmon family, it is enjoyable but nothing special. We contemplate the wine list, but settle for a couple of beers each, and two hot chocolates to finish off.

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Outside on the balcony of the restaurant are some husky puppies, they are absolutely gorgeous and love to be fussed over by tourists. We get quite cold while playing with the dogs and chatting to a couple from Winnipeg.

Posted by Grete Howard 04:16 Archived in Canada

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