It’s a long way, to Hudson’s Bay
July 24, 2015 update. I never did make it there. In 2014, I tried but cancelled the flight before the weekend. Hudson’s bay will have to wait. In 2015, I decided to go to Germany to Oktoberfest in Berlin. Maybe in 2016 I will find a way to get there. I truly want to see Hudson’s bay, (and bears).
Oct 24, 2013 update. Due to bad weather in Manitoba, we went to BC instead. Will try Manitoba in November.
Sept 25, 2013. I’m starting to plan my October 12-14, 2013 trip to Churchill, Manitoba, on the shore of Hudsons Bay, to see polar bears. This post will accumulate my notes on the upcoming trip.
The total distance (720 Nautical miles) is slightly too far for my fuel capacity, and I can’t refuel in Churchill anyway. So I plan to make 1 or 2 stops. One stop at La Ronge (to stretch legs, use bathroom and look around) and on stop at Lynn Lake (definitely need to refuel here).
So far, I have 2 empty seats, and I’m hoping for some company for the trip.
La Ronge notes: refueling is a truck, must call in advance, 75$ charge evenings and weekends. No restaurant at terminal.
Lynn Lake notes: refueling must call Tom in advance, either 204-356-2900, or 204-356-2317. after 5pm is extra 100$ charge. town office 1-204-356-2418 then 204-298 2900
The Churchhill chamber of commerce website lists tour operators.
GreatWhiteBearTours 1-866-765-8344. I booked 3 seats on their tundra buggy tour, Sunday 13th, starting 7:30am. ($1200) They pick up at hotel. I must check in with them when I arrive, at 266 Kelsey Blvd, across from Gypsy’s Bakery. (email with Brenda Bowler firstname.lastname@example.org )
Note to Self: Either remember to carry my own de-icing liquid spray, for frost on my wings. No empty hangar space is available.
Churchhill taxi: (for travel from airport to hotel) is 204-675-2345
Booked Polar Inn Kitchenette Suite 2 queen beds, 2 nights. 1-877-765-2733
To compare distances, in my BC flights, I often refuel in Squamish, fly to Hudson Island, then fly the return trip to Camrose, total distance of about 550 Nautical miles on one tank of gas, and I generally have 1.5 hours of flying time in reserve when I land. The 550 miles in 4 hours with tailwind, 4.5 hours with headwind.
So if I fly from Lynn lake to Churchill and back, the total distance roundtrip is 500 nautical miles, which I can do on one tank of gas. But I also want to fly along the Hudson Bay coastline, to look for bears by myself from the plane. That’s why I’ll carry about 3 extra gas tanks, totalling extra 18 gallons of fuel to add into my airplane’s tanks in Churchill. At sea level, those 18 gallons give 1 extra hour of flying time and about 140 miles.