Outside of Dauphin, Manitoba.

Outside of Dauphin, Manitoba.

Canola (Outside of Dauphin, Manitoba).

Canola (Outside of Dauphin, Manitoba).

Canola (Outside of Dauphin, Manitoba).

Canola (Outside of Dauphin, Manitoba). PURCHASE PRINT.

Dauphin Countryfest Grounds (Outside of Dauphin, Manitoba).

Dauphin Countryfest Grounds (Outside of Dauphin, Manitoba).

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MB 19 (Near Riding Mountain National Park).

MB 19 (Near Riding Mountain National Park).

Old Store (Near Riding Mountain National Park).

Old Store (Near Riding Mountain National Park).

East Gate (Riding Mountain National Park).

East Gate (Riding Mountain National Park).

Lookout (Riding Mountain National Park).

Lookout (Riding Mountain National Park).

Fountain (Wasagaming, Riding Mountain National Park).

Fountain (Wasagaming, Riding Mountain National Park).

Park Theatre (Wasagaming, Riding Mountain National Park).

Park Theatre (Wasagaming, Riding Mountain National Park).

Park Theatre (Wasagaming, Riding Mountain National Park).

Park Theatre (Wasagaming, Riding Mountain National Park).

Scrase's Mercantile (Wasagaming, Riding Mountain National Park).

Scrase’s Mercantile (Wasagaming, Riding Mountain National Park).

Leaving the Park (Riding Mountain National Park).

Leaving the Park (Riding Mountain National Park).

An all-too-quick visit to Wasagaming and Riding Mountain National Park.

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Kelwood, Manitoba.

Kelwood, Manitoba.

Kelwood, Manitoba.

Kelwood, Manitoba.

Cafe 37 (Kelwood, Manitoba).

Cafe 37 (Kelwood, Manitoba).

Kelwood Drop-In Centre (Kelwood, Manitoba).

Kelwood Drop-In Centre (Kelwood, Manitoba).

Lucky Dollar (Kelwood, Manitoba).

Lucky Dollar (Kelwood, Manitoba).

Barn (Kelwood, Manitoba).

Barn (Kelwood, Manitoba).

Royal Canadian Legion (Kelwood, Manitoba).

Royal Canadian Legion (Kelwood, Manitoba).

Kelwood Skating Rink (Kelwood, Manitoba).

Kelwood Skating Rink (Kelwood, Manitoba).

A brief look at Kelwood, Manitoba, home of the Harvest Sun Music Fest.

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Roxy Theatre (Neepawa, Manitoba).

Roxy Theatre (Neepawa, Manitoba).

Roxy Theatre (Neepawa, Manitoba).

Roxy Theatre (Neepawa, Manitoba).

Bamboo Restaurant (Neepawa, Manitoba).

Bamboo Restaurant (Neepawa, Manitoba).

Harris Drugs (Neepawa, Manitoba).

Harris Drugs (Neepawa, Manitoba).

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Happy Rock (Gladstone, Manitoba).

Happy Rock (Gladstone, Manitoba).

You can’t begin an epic Northern Manitoba road trip without saying a quick hello to the Happy Rock.

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Official Tundra Buggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Official Tundra Buggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Cape Merry (Churchill, Manitoba).

Cape Merry (Churchill, Manitoba).

Cape Merry (Churchill, Manitoba).

Cape Merry (Churchill, Manitoba).

Shack (Churchill, Manitoba).

Shack (Churchill, Manitoba).

Greenhouse (Churchill, Manitoba).

Greenhouse (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Last day in Churchill was a quiet one. Next up: The second leg of the Northern Manitoba journey—a day from Winnipeg to Thompson and back, with stops in Dauphin, Swan River, The Pas, Flin Flon and Norway House, among many others.

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Gypsy's Bakery (Churchill, Manitoba).

Gypsy’s Bakery (Churchill, Manitoba).

Caterpillar (Churchill, Manitoba).

Caterpillar (Churchill, Manitoba).

Former Dene Village (Churchill, Manitoba).

Former Dene Village (Churchill, Manitoba).

Jockville (Churchill, Manitoba).

Jockville (Churchill, Manitoba).

Jockville (Churchill, Manitoba).

Jockville (Churchill, Manitoba).

Jockville (Churchill, Manitoba).

Jockville (Churchill, Manitoba).

Jockville (Churchill, Manitoba).

Jockville (Churchill, Manitoba).

Beluga (Churchill, Manitoba).

Beluga (Churchill, Manitoba).

Inukshuk (Churchill, Manitoba).

Inukshuk (Churchill, Manitoba).

Bernier Street (Churchill, Manitoba).

Bernier Street (Churchill, Manitoba).

Town Centre (Churchill, Manitoba).

Town Centre (Churchill, Manitoba).

Simpson Avenue (Churchill, Manitoba).

Simpson Avenue (Churchill, Manitoba).

Simpson Avenue (Churchill, Manitoba).

Simpson Avenue (Churchill, Manitoba).

Simpson Avenue (Churchill, Manitoba).

Simpson Avenue (Churchill, Manitoba).

Simpson Avenue (Churchill, Manitoba).

Simpson Avenue (Churchill, Manitoba).

Artificial Turf (Churchill, Manitoba).

Artificial Turf (Churchill, Manitoba).

On the Lookout (Churchill, Manitoba).

On the Lookout (Churchill, Manitoba).

Outskirts (Churchill, Manitoba).

Outskirts (Churchill, Manitoba).

Outskirts (Churchill, Manitoba).

Outskirts (Churchill, Manitoba).

Outskirts (Churchill, Manitoba).

Outskirts (Churchill, Manitoba).

Miss Piggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Miss Piggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Miss Piggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Miss Piggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Miss Piggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Miss Piggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Miss Piggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Miss Piggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Miss Piggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Miss Piggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Polar Bear Alert Miss Piggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Polar Bear Alert Miss Piggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

More from Churchill, including another look at Miss Piggy. Also of significance here is the third photo from the top—a foundation from the former Dene Village.

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Lazy Bear Cafe (Churchill, Manitoba).

Lazy Bear Cafe (Churchill, Manitoba).

Lazy Bear Cafe (Churchill, Manitoba).

Lazy Bear Cafe (Churchill, Manitoba).

Eskimo Museum (Churchill, Manitoba).

Eskimo Museum (Churchill, Manitoba).

Eskimo Museum (Churchill, Manitoba).

Eskimo Museum (Churchill, Manitoba).

Artificial Turf (Churchill, Manitoba).

Artificial Turf (Churchill, Manitoba).

Bazlik Jewelers (Churchill, Manitoba).

Bazlik Jewelers (Churchill, Manitoba).

Train Station (Churchill, Manitoba).

Train Station (Churchill, Manitoba).

Selkirk Avenue (Churchill, Manitoba).

Selkirk Avenue (Churchill, Manitoba).

West Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

West Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

West Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

West Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

West Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

West Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

West Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

West Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

Junkyard (Churchill, Manitoba).

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The Aurora Inn (Churchill, Manitoba).

The Aurora Inn (Churchill, Manitoba).

Seal Apartments Churchill, Manitoba).

Seal Apartments Churchill, Manitoba).

Arctic Trading Company Churchill, Manitoba).

Arctic Trading Company Churchill, Manitoba).

Caribou Apartments Churchill, Manitoba).

Caribou Apartments Churchill, Manitoba).

Alley Churchill, Manitoba).

Alley Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill Churchill, Manitoba).

Churchill Motel Churchill, Manitoba).

Churchill Motel Churchill, Manitoba).

Whale Watchers Churchill, Manitoba).

Whale Watchers Churchill, Manitoba).

Whale Watchers Churchill, Manitoba).

Whale Watchers Churchill, Manitoba).

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Prince of Wales Fort Churchill, Manitoba).

Prince of Wales Fort Churchill, Manitoba).

Prince of Wales Fort Churchill, Manitoba).

Prince of Wales Fort Churchill, Manitoba).

Prince of Wales Fort Churchill, Manitoba).

Prince of Wales Fort Churchill, Manitoba).

Prince of Wales Fort Churchill, Manitoba).

Prince of Wales Fort Churchill, Manitoba).

Prince of Wales Fort Churchill, Manitoba).

Prince of Wales Fort Churchill, Manitoba).

Prince of Wales Fort Churchill, Manitoba).

Prince of Wales Fort Churchill, Manitoba).

Bear Patrol (Churchill, Manitoba).

Bear Patrol (Churchill, Manitoba).

Zodiacs (Churchill, Manitoba).

Zodiacs (Churchill, Manitoba).

Day 2 of 3 in Churchill begins. The day got off to a great start with a zodiac tour of one of Churchill’s great natural wonders—beluga whales. Although I have no good whale photos to show, the tour was exhilarating. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say I’d been waiting most of my life to do tour like this, and it most definitely did not disappoint. As an added bonus, the tour concluded with a very informative visit to the ill-fated Prince of Wales Fort across the river from Churchill.

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Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Holding Tanks at Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Holding Tanks at Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

By the Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

By the Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Dancing Bear (Churchill, Manitoba).

Dancing Bear (Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Port of Churchill (Churchill, Manitoba).

Tundra Inn (Churchill, Manitoba).

Tundra Inn (Churchill, Manitoba).

11pm (Churchill, Manitoba).

11pm (Churchill, Manitoba).

The Tundra (Churchill, Manitoba).

The Tundra (Churchill, Manitoba).

The Tundra (Churchill, Manitoba).

The Tundra (Churchill, Manitoba).

More from Churchill. The focus here—the soon-to-be decommissioned Port of Churchill. When these photos were taken (late June), it was not yet a given that the port would be closing. It was, however, apparent that it had been hit by hard times. I’d heard from locals that business had been slow, but I don’t think anyone saw the closure coming. Devastating news for the community.

On another note, all of the photos in this set were taken between 9:45pm and 11pm. Incredibly long days in Churchill, punctuated by the incredible light.

Here’s an article on the port closure by my Stuck in the Middle writing partner Bartley Kives, who, by the way, makes an appearance in one of the above photos. See if you can spot him.

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Tundra Buggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Tundra Buggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Radar Base (Churchill, Manitoba).

Radar Base (Churchill, Manitoba).

Radar Base (Churchill, Manitoba).

Radar Base (Churchill, Manitoba).

Radar Base (Churchill, Manitoba).

Radar Base (Churchill, Manitoba).

Radar Base (Churchill, Manitoba).

Radar Base (Churchill, Manitoba).

Miss Piggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Miss Piggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Miss Piggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Miss Piggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Miss Piggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Miss Piggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Miss Piggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Miss Piggy (Churchill, Manitoba).

Churchill Motel (Churchill, Manitoba).

Churchill Motel (Churchill, Manitoba).

Abandoned Living Quarters (Churchill, Manitoba).

Abandoned Living Quarters (Churchill, Manitoba).

Abandoned Living Quarters (Churchill, Manitoba).

Abandoned Living Quarters (Churchill, Manitoba).

Part two of the Churchill trip. Featured here—more abandonment (a running theme in Churchill). First, the remains of a radar base (affiliated with the rocket research range featured yesterday), and Missy Piggy, the curiously named wreckage of a 1979 airplane crash.

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Churchill, Manitoba.

Churchill, Manitoba.

Train Station (Churchill, Manitoba).

Train Station (Churchill, Manitoba).

Train Station (Churchill, Manitoba).

Train Station (Churchill, Manitoba).

Churchill Station Museum (Churchill, Manitoba).

Churchill Station Museum (Churchill, Manitoba).

Gypsy's Bakery (Churchill, Manitoba).

Gypsy’s Bakery (Churchill, Manitoba).

Cemetery (Churchill, Manitoba).

Cemetery (Churchill, Manitoba).

Wreck of the Ithaca (Churchill, Manitoba).

Wreck of the Ithaca (Churchill, Manitoba).

Wreck of the Ithaca (Churchill, Manitoba).

Wreck of the Ithaca (Churchill, Manitoba).

Wreck of the Ithaca (Churchill, Manitoba).

Wreck of the Ithaca (Churchill, Manitoba).

Wreck of the Ithaca (Churchill, Manitoba).

Wreck of the Ithaca (Churchill, Manitoba).

Wreck of the Ithaca (Churchill, Manitoba).

Wreck of the Ithaca (Churchill, Manitoba).

Wreck of the Ithaca (Churchill, Manitoba).

Wreck of the Ithaca (Churchill, Manitoba).

Rocket Research Range (Churchill, Manitoba).

Rocket Research Range (Churchill, Manitoba).

Rocket Research Range (Churchill, Manitoba).

Rocket Research Range (Churchill, Manitoba).

Rocket Research Range (Churchill, Manitoba).

Rocket Research Range (Churchill, Manitoba).

After years of tinkering with the idea, I finally made it up to northern Manitoba. Talk about a whirlwind. The trip began with a flight to Churchill and back, followed by a drive that took me through Dauphin, The Pas, Swan River, Flin Flon, Thompson, Norway House and more.

Here’s part one of the Churchill portion of the trip. Featured here are shots of the SS Ithaca, abandoned about one kilometer off shore since 1960, and Fort Churchill Rocket Research Range.

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Delta Hotel (St. Mary Avenue).

Delta Hotel (St. Mary Avenue).

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Millennium Library Park (Smith and St. Mary).

Millennium Library Park (Smith and St. Mary).

Millennium Library Park (Smith and St. Mary).

Millennium Library Park (Smith and St. Mary).

Millennium Library Park (Smith and St. Mary).

Millennium Library Park (Smith and St. Mary

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Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church (Logan Avenue).

Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church (Logan Avenue).

Cheers Restaurant (Logan Avenue).

Cheers Restaurant (Logan Avenue).

An unexpected bit of news surfaced a few months ago—Christ the King Catholic Church will soon be converted into a performing arts theatre. Fantastic news for the area.

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The Manitoba Clothing Co. (Main Street).

The Manitoba Clothing Co. (Main Street).

Helping Hand (Main Street).

Helping Hand (Main Street).

Substation Mural (Main Street).

Substation Mural (Main Street).

Mario's House of Beauty (Main Street).

Mario’s House of Beauty (Main Street).

Mario's House of Beauty (Main Street).

Mario’s House of Beauty (Main Street).

A walk down Main from Inkster to Kingsbury (or thereabouts).

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