"Polar Bear Express" Charter Flight to Churchill, Canada


After an overnight stay at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, Canada, we boarded the "Polar Bear Express!" This is a charter flight to Churchill which takes just over two hours in the Convair-580 twin turboprop operated by Nolinor Aviation. It's a real treat not having the normal airport hassles and once everyone is on the plane, off you go - no waiting around!

Polar Bear Guides Jared and Rinie ready to board the charter flight to Churchill

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Jared tells the paparazzi "no picture taking from this side of the plane!" ;-)

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So I go inside the charter plane to take a quick snapshot before everyone loads up

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Boarding the Polar Bear Express - mouseover images to see closeups of Marjorie, Will, and Betsy

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"Thank you Mommy for taking me to see the Polar Bears" ;-)

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Everyone aboard the air charter flight and ready for departure to Churchill

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Polar Bear Guide Jared takes a well deserved nap during the two hour flight

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Nathab seat covers are a nice touch

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Beautiful landscape below us on the way up to Churchill

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Lots of people were taking photos out the windows - although a bit high for pictures of Polar Bears

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But they also enjoyed having their picture taken too

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Janet and Trish were always smiling and a treat to have on the trip

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Russel takes self-portrait with his wife Bonnie

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So then they posed for a picture from me

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Ellen smiles for the cameraman and is "loaded for Polar Bear" with her 100-400mm lens

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Ellen took a picture of me - mouseover images to see my resemblance to a tagged Polar Bear! ;-)

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Disembarking in Churchill from our Charter Flight

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The cameras are out and firing away even before everything is off the charter air flight

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We saw a helicopter making a run from Polar Bear Jail

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At the Churchill airport, it's a very short walk from the airplane to Ground Transportation! ;-)

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Everyone was pretty darn excited to be in Polar Bear Country!

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After a short drive, we stop at the Polar Bear Jail where the "naughty" ones are kept!
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