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Archive for July, 2012

Churchill Wild 2011 Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to our 2011 Churchill Wild Photo Contest Winners!

Curious Arctic Fox at Seal River - Joel Davidson Photo

For a smile I will :) Joel Davidson Photo

Every year we solicit entries from our guests for a Churchill Wild Photo Contest. Some of the most stunning images on our website have come from these contests. We break it into categories and hand out big discounts towards future safaris as grand prizes. This year we added an Amateur category, as we get a wide range of experience levels.

The entries were judged by Dennis Fast. There were a very high number of entrants and Dennis had an incredibly tough batch of photos to choose from. Thank you to everyone who submitted photos, we really appreciate it!

Below are the winners followed by a mini photo gallery.

Amateur: 1. Rod Hallet 2.  Marieke Briggen

Landscape: 1. Bob Leaper 2. Steve McDonough

Other Wildlife: 1. Daniel D’Auria 2. Bob Smith

People: 1. Terry Allen 2. Joel Davidson

Polar bears: 1. Louise Atkinson 2. Joel Davidson

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Seal River Heritage Lodge Receives TripAdvisor.com 5-Star Award!

Churchill Wild Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2012

Churchill Wild TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2012

We regularly monitor our pages at TripAdvisor, as many of our guests post glowing reviews of their experience. When we checked the mail last week we found this “Certificate of Excellence” from TripAdvisor.

A sincere thank you to all of our guests who posted reviews and made us #1 for Speciality Lodging in Churchill!

Here is an excerpt from one of our reviews at TripAdvisor:

The word  “unique” is often used to describe travel experiences and all too often you are left disappointed as the reality often fails to live up to your expectations. Mike and Jeanne Reimer and the whole team at Seal River deliver an exceptional experience that allows you to observe Polar Bears up close and at eye level whilst staying in a lodge so comfortable that it is easy to forget just how remote this part of the world is… Words or pictures cannot really describe the thrill of being just feet away from a Polar Bear in its natural surroundings looking into its eyes…

Read more about Churchill Wild and Seal River Heritage Lodge at TripAdvisor.com

Opening Week at North Knife Lake Fishing Lodge

by Kent Michie

All smiles! Dr. Andrew Stoeckl (right) and Kent Michie with Master Angler Northern Pike caught at North Knife Lake Lodge

All smiles! Dr. Andrew Stoeckl (right) and Kent Michie with Master Angler Northern Pike

The first guests at North Knife Lake Fishing Lodge scored big during our opening week of fishing. We hosted long-time friends and clients the Vukelic family and also repeat clients Mark Grube and his three sons.

The Master Angler awards struck quickly when first-time North Knife Lake visitor, Dr. Andrew Stoeckl (part of the Vukelic group) landed a 41-inch Northern Pike. The week continued on a high note, with 14 Master Anglers caught by our enthusiastic fishermen. Mark Grube and his sons Nick, Kevin and Joey, all caught Master Angler Lake Trout, with Nick landing the big winner, a whopping 40-inch laker!

The weather cooperated for the most part, and although we did get one day of heavy rain, the guests departed with big smiles and dreams of coming back next year for another fantastic fishing adventure. We should mention that Gene Vukelic, his family and business associates have been welcome guests at North Knife Lake Lodge eight times over the past 12 years. Thank you Gene!

We will always have a cozy fire burning for you and yours here at North Knife Lake Lodge.

Sour Cream Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce

Sour Cream Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce

Sour Cream Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce. Delicious!

Note from the Chef: This recipe has evolved at our house over the years and has spread far and wide. We have served these pancakes to people from all around the world and they always have seconds. They are great served with maple syrup or heaped with sweetened strawberries and piled high with whipped cream. Add fresh blueberries to the batter or serve them with Blueberry Sauce (below).

Sour Cream Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 cups milk

 

Directions

  1.  In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, sour cream and milk. Beat well with a wire whisk.
  3. Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and beat with the wire whisk until the batter is fairly smooth. A few small lumps won’t hurt the pancakes.
  4. Heat a greased griddle or heavy frying pan over medium-high heat. Pour batter onto the hot griddle and cook until the top is bubbly and the pancake is slightly dry around the edges. Turn and cook on the other side until just golden brown.

 

Blueberry Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice

 

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, mix blueberries, sugar, butter and nutmeg. Bring to a boil and simmer for five minutes. Add lemon juice and serve. Extra sauce can be stored in the refrigerator. Also good with waffles, or cold, over ice cream!

Northern Lights: Sky Pirouettes of the Aurora Borealis

Northern Lights at Churchill Wild's Polar Bear Lodge

Northern Lights at Churchill Wild's Polar Bear Lodge

Guest Post by Tess Pajaron

You may have heard the phenomenon referred to as the Northern Lights, but whatever you want to call it, the Aurora Borealis is an amazing sight that every traveler should experience.

This natural light show will take your breath away, putting to shame any laser show you might see at a rock concert. The most common color you will see is a yellow-green glow, but reds and blues may also be scattered about the night sky in all different shapes and forms that you will never forget.

What causes Aurora Borealis to occur? A constant stream of electrically charged particles called the “solar wind” that travel to the earth from the sun. When these particles reach the earth’s atmosphere, they smash into atoms and release energy. This energy is what causes the brilliant light show known as Aurora Borealis.

Where Should You Go to Get the Best View of the Aurora Borealis?

The Aurora Borealis is called the Northern Lights because it happens near the North Pole. It’s is a good idea to try and get as far north as possible. In North America, Canada is a perfect place to get a great view of this amazing event. Plan a trip for between September and November, the best months to view the Aurora Borealis in all its natural beauty.

Once in Canada, the key to seeing this stunning phenomenon is to get yourself as far away from any urban areas as possible. The man-made lights of the city block your ability to see the full display of natural light that the Aurora Borealis gives off. Getting away from this urban “light pollution” can be the difference between seeing just a glimpse of the Northern Lights, and getting the full experience of this one-of-a-kind natural light show.

Where Should You Stay When You Travel to See the Aurora Borealis?

As you now know, staying in the city is not a great idea if you want to experience the Northern Lights. However, there are some amazing lodges in the Canadian wilderness that are perfect for viewing the Aurora Borealis.

You might want to check out Churchill Wild, a company that offers an incredible wilderness experience complete with your choice of a few different lodges. Fly in to one of their remote locations for their trademark polar bear safaris and stay right in the middle of the wild. Their Seal River Heritage Lodge, Dymond Lake Eco-Lodge, and Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge are all perfect viewing spots along the Hudson Bay.

While at the lodges, there are many other things to see and do in addition to viewing the Aurora Borealis. And you don’t even have to rough it. Their lodges are full of creature comforts, offering gourmet meals and comfortable private rooms.

Your safari with Churchill Wild starts with a commercial flight from Winnipeg to Churchill. The breathtaking charter journey to the lodges will give you a bird’s eye view of the vast land you are about to explore. But don’t worry, the flight is low enough that you can see all of the amazing animals you will be flying over.

Once at the lodge, there will be many daytime activities to choose from. Churchill Wild specializes in polar bear viewing, which is definitely something that anyone who takes a trip to the Canadian wilderness should check out.

Tess Pajaron

Tess Pajaron

Walking and hiking tours through the surrounding areas are also provided. Then at night, you will have a front row seat to the awe-inspiring natural spectacle of the Aurora Borealis!

Tess Pajaron is part of the team behind OpenColleges. She has traveled to many different countries and loves to discover new and exciting places.