I've been sniffing around trying to sort out a way to go to see the polar bear migration in Churchill, Manitoba.
T'ain't cheap. It's about $3,000 to go on an organized expedition. Going it without a group, you pay $1000 alone for the airfare from Winnipeg to Manitoba. The road ends about halfway between the two and then it's train or plane only. I've been scrounging around all morning trying to put together various non-flying options, but it's not looking good for $$ + carbon impact:nature/bears.
Lessee... frequent flyer ticket from NYC-Winnepeg: Check, and accepting that it's the only way so long as I have a job. Winnepeg-Thompson on the... nine-hour bus? That's $63. Then long train journey to Churchill from Thompson is $56.70 to $222.60 depending on if I wanted coach or cabin. But of course, nothing matches up, so I'd end up with a night in Winnepeg or Toronto, then a night in Thompson. Gah. That's not good. It eliminates any savings on transportation, plus I have a job, which given that I also have vacation time, isn't quite as important as the fact that I have to be in Manhattan every Tuesday night in the autumn to teach coloring class, which ends at 5:50 pm.
Guess I could end class early on a Tuesday, fly halfway, then finish the trip to Winnepeg in the a.m., catch the bus, then the train, or train then the bus.
Oh, and of course the train doesn't run every day. Swell.
Maybe I'll just need to fork over the big bucks or forget about it. Again. For now.
And I might indeed do that... but while searching for answers, I stumbled over the most amazing site.
Brilliant. I don't have a Canadian address but that won't stop me from admiring this person's resourcefulness.