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Northern summer in Churchill

When we hear a reference to “the north” an image of windswept tundra blanketed by snow and ice immediately rises to mind.  That, or maybe Santa Claus.  Even in the high arctic though, summer does arrive; the land takes on a very different look than that which we imagine and attracts seasonal animals that travel great distances to get there.

This past August I witnessed the brief northern summer for the first time with my own eyes and, of course, my camera.  Returning…

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  • SusanNovember 12, 2016 - 11:39 am

    Beautiful series. I just got home from Churchill myself and now (in November) it’s hard to believe it’s the the same place you’ve pictured here. I want to go in the summer now too…ReplyCancel

  • Angie RickwaltJanuary 9, 2017 - 6:12 pm

    Lovely photos! I’m looking to go in August of this year. Can you suggest any guides to use?

    Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • DavidJanuary 10, 2017 - 2:57 pm

      Hello Angie! Thanks for the message.

      In summertime there are less guided options than in other seasons, but I’m happy to say that the two major expedition companies operating out of the town itself at this time of year are both very good. Check out Sea North Tours for getting out on the water or Frontiers North for accessing the tundra with a buggy. Private guided options are always available if you have the desire and means, but I would start with the group options to get a taste.

      Have a great trip!ReplyCancel

Life behind bars – Part 2: Four corners of the Haida Gwaii by bicycle.

(continued from Part 1: Solo in the Canadian Rockies)

The Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands) is remote set of islands off the northwest coast of British Columbia.  As is a region that I’d been intending to visit for ages, the difficulty in getting there made it elusive despite many years of good intentions, but as they say: good things come to those who wait.  This whole bicycle tour arose around the idea of exploring the ancient forests …

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  • Daniel C. CrumpJuly 12, 2016 - 10:15 am

    Amazing!! This causes the smouldering ember of wanderlust inside me to glow a little brighter and burn a little hotter.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew DaltonDecember 11, 2016 - 8:11 pm

    really enjoyed reading this my friend!ReplyCancel

    • DavidDecember 12, 2016 - 9:05 am

      Thanks Andrew – for the comment and help building up my bike! The last one section of the trip is on the way to being published soon, I just need to find the time. ??ReplyCancel

  • JustineJune 6, 2018 - 12:06 am

    Hi there, gorgeous photos! we’re heading to Haida Gwaii on bikes this summer and hoping to get a few more details on your routes and road conditions. If you’re willing, you can email me jeclift at gmail dot comReplyCancel