Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Canadian Polar Bears in Churchill, Manitoba

The Canadian North is famous for its polar bears (Ursus maritimus),  a Canadian icon that is so important its likeness is found on the two dollar coin.  License plates in the Northwest Territories and Nanuvut are in the shape of a polar bear.  The polar bear was the official mascot of the 1988 Winter Olympics held in Calgary.  Sadly this majestic, beautiful icon of Canada is on the threatened species list as vunerable to extinction.  The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has indicated that global warming is one of the significant threats to polar bears.  There are 19 subpopulations of polar bears.  Thirteen of those subpopulations are  located in North America and the remainder are in Europe spanning five nations Denmark (Greenland), Norway (Svalbard), Russia, United States (Alaska) and Canada.

While we have been in Manitoba a few times we have not made it as far north as Churchill.  Churchill, Manitoba is a small town (population about 1,000) located on the estuary of the Churchill River on the shore of Hudson Bay in Nunavut Territory.  There are no roads leading from Churchill to other parts of Canada.  Access is gained via the railway or air.  It is the Polar Bear Capital of the World, famous for the polar bears moving from inland to the shore in the autumn.  Tours are held for tourists to visit the polar bears in their natural habitat.  Here is a video of one such tour.


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