Located in the Canadian province of Manitoba on the western shore of Hudson Bay, the town is 1,000 km north of Winnipeg and 110 km south of the Manitoba-Nunavut border. Without roads, Churchill is accessible by plane or an approximately forty-hour train ride from Winnipeg. It has a permanent population of about 1,000 augmented by tourists who come in the summer to see Beluga Whales and autumn, Polar Bears. The opportunity to witness The Northern Lights-Aurora Borealis represents another draw.
Travelling and Writing
Travelling influences my writing and Churchill would serve a unique setting for a future project.
I could pen a novel about a woman who worked here when it operated as an Arctic port.
The challenges of adapting to life in an isolated community for an urban-dweller seeking a refuge after having suffered a traumatic event might prove an intriguing tale.
The aboriginal history and hunting, fishing and trapping activities in the past and present would add insight to a multi-generational family story.
Chronicling the experiences of staff from all over the world employed at the seasonal lodges housing tourists that come to explore Churchill would provide a unique framework and perspective for a book.
These photos are from my time in Churchill, Manitoba. I welcome your comments.