Churchill MB by 'Road'?

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  1. fredgreen

    fredgreen let's take it apart....

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  2. Mr. Canoehead

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    If he's that concerned about the dogs, why doesn't he just load up a pickup truck with 2000# of kibble and drive it up there on the winter roads? :hmmmmm
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    Are you are not aware of Brokentooth's adventure "pedigree"? The man is a legend. Anyone can drive a pickup.
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    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    Including, presumably, the guys whose dogs are starving.

    Reminds me of that stupid "Jesse James is a Deadman" show where he delivered badly needed medicine riding a GSA across a frozen lake to a remote village. Of course, he trucked the bikes to the lake and everyone in the village he rode to had pickups...
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  5. GP640

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    There isn't a winter road to Churchill.
    There was a cat trail constructed this year but it's far from a road. The rail line
    was the only real route by land and it was left to fail by it's foreign owners.
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    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    According to the CBC, there is an ice road this year. http://www.cbc.ca/1.4421736

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  7. GP640

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    So why did they use snowcats pulling big toboggans to move freight?
    There was a cbc item about it before Christmas.
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    2018-04-14_11-16-54.jpg 2018-04-14_11-21-42.jpg 2018-04-14_11-20-09.jpg 2018-04-14_11-19-28.jpg According to nearly everyone I met in Churchill, it turns out the "winter road" cut by a certain ice road trucking company turned out to be something of a publicity stunt. There was no road beyond the 2/3rd mark and south of that there wasn't much more than a section of packed trail from the Snocats and rubber tracked Challengers used to stage a load of concrete bags. I'm not going to wax too much detail but the whole town is rather pissed at the promise of a supply lifeline being used as a video trailer for yet another reality show pitch. After the initial load of "supplies" (which consisted mostly of Christmas gifts) not much if anything came up the trail until some dumbass on a snowbike showed up with 10 bales of hay and a skid of dog food. The egos, vanity and politics really made a mess of things. There's still tens of thousands of pounds of donated food and fully paid for supplies rotting in the Thompson depot and no one can explain why.

    But enough of the negative narrative. It was still the most incredible trip I've ever done.
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  9. bwokentoof

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    Bear Creek West Been here awhile

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    EPIC! Can't wait to see / hear more about this!


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    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    That really sucks for the people of Churchill.

    I still think that the government needs to get serious about a proper road to Churchill.

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    Esteban ( Steve Green ) has always been a hoot, he can and just may show up with a shovel.
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    upgrading grain terminals while abandoning the rail system - federal brainiacs - at work.
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    Sounds like they are relegating it to a fly in/ fly out outpost community. Lots of deep pocket tourists congregate there to watch the polar bears. There are very limited resources there to accommodate the tourists so making it harder and more expensive keeps the impact of tourism down. They make up for it in the prices they charge per person.
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    I heard a few stories that suggests there is suitable route for a road to Churchill to the west of the existing rail line. Apparently there are a series of eskers that could be linked together by bridges or fills.
    In any event it’s doubtful if there will be a road anytime soon and the repair of the existing line will only be a bandage made of $$$$$. When the $$$$ run out from another transfusion, the same situation will return.
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    I have recently noticed that there are "feelers" out there to see if there would be enough interest to build a pipeline to Churchill in order to get Oil Resources to world markets. Apparently the Manitoba Government is in favor as are the Residents of Churchill. Seems like a win win for all parties involved, local jobs, local prosperity and big money for Churchill and Manitoba.
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    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    And where there is a pipeline, there is an all weather road...
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