View Churchill polar bears with Google streetview

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Last fall, the Google streetview camera headed north to one of our favourite destinations: Churchill, Manitoba.

The streets, of course, are not the main attraction in Churchill, even for Google. After all, the town on the edge of Hudson Bay is known as the polar bear capital of the world. And the team arrived at the height of polar bear season, October-November.

Mounted on a tundra buggy—just like the ones our guests ride in during Adventure Canada’s Bears of Churchill trips—the streetview camera captured not only the barren wilderness of the tundra, but some of its celebrity residents as well.

Which means you, too can navigate your way around Churchill and the nearby tundra, searching for bears online. It’s the next best thing to planning your trip.

Canada Day considered

RelaxingAs Canada Day approaches, many people have plans to spend the holiday in traditional ways: camping, going to the beach or the park, vacationing with family or friends, or just taking it easy around home. Or even relaxing in the Arctic sun, like our passengers here.

These are all great ways to spend the day—and like many other activities people engage in while celebrating our nation’s founding, they have something important in common.

No, we don’t mean fireworks, barbecues, coolers of drinks or a bursting picnic basket. Or boating, which is one our favourite pursuits on a typical July 1.

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The common thing almost every ‘great Canadian Canada Day’ has in common, from coast to coast, regardless of income, culture, age or background, is the great outdoors.

That’s where we all go to relax and enjoy. Blessed as we are with an abundance of open space, and a day to celebrate that falls at the warmest time of the year, it’s only natural for Canadians to get outside on July 1st to enjoy the best of what Canada offers. Even if that’s the micro-forest of the Arctic tundra.

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These incredible blessings are not without their burden. Everywhere there are signs we cannot afford to take the environment for granted. No region of the nation is unaffected.

These challenges affect us all, regardless of belief system or political affiliation. Every sane person wishes to see nature’s grandeur undiminished, and own collective future ensured. At Adventure Canada, our own livelihood depends on the beauty of Canada’s wild spaces, and we must continually strive to respect and sustain that greatest of gifts.

So amid the celebrations on Canada Day, perhaps you’ll find time for a moment of consideration. Consider the beauty; consider the vitality, consider the threats—and consider your place in it all. We will, too. PolarBear

 

From us to you, a very happy Canada Day, considered.