The Wapusk “Trip of a Lifetime” Adventure – Sleeping with the Polar Bears
Interpretation Coordinator: Wapusk National Park
Life’s a Beach – on the coast of Hudson Bay © Parks Canada
In summer 2010, Wapusk National Park (NP) greeted the first visitors to camp within its boundaries. The four adventurers, Rodney and Pauline Steiman and their niece and nephew, were the highest bidders for the Wapusk “Trip of a Lifetime” Adventure trip package which was auctioned at the Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba Gold Heart Gala in Winnipeg in April, 2010. Proceeds from the auction of The Wapusk Adventure are in support of the
Rodney Steiman, 2010 auction winner, takes a cool polar bear dip in Wapusk © Parks Canada
development of the Variety Heritage Adventure Park, a one-of-a-kind interpretive play park for children of all abilities at The Forks National Historic Site
in Winnipeg. The grand opening for the play park is scheduled for spring, 2011.
Upon arriving in Churchill, the group was welcomed by Parks Canada staff and given an orientation to Wapusk NP and polar bear safety. Their journey began with a helicopter flight to a new fenced facility at Broad River. This camp provides visitors a safe haven from the park’s iconic species, the polar bear. The group’s four days in the park were spent discovering the tundra, coastal shores of Hudson Bay and wildlife of the region. Activities included hiking, swimming, canoeing to the Hudson Bay coast, enjoying fine cuisine and sleeping in polar bear country. And yes, there were bears in the area!
The success of the Wapusk “Trip of a Lifetime” Adventure would not have been possible without the support of the following sponsors: VIA Rail, Hudson Bay Helicopters, The North West Company, Bonne Cuisine by Michael, Seaport Hotel, and Nature 1st.
Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba is extremely proud to be partnering with Parks Canada in the development of the Variety Heritage Adventure Park at The Forks National Historic Site. Variety shares with Parks Canada the common goal of providing enriching learning experiences for all children, of all abilities. The auctioning of an overnight visitor camping experience in Wapusk NP in support of the Variety Heritage Adventure Park demonstrates Variety’s commitment to working with Parks Canada to support innovative, experiential learning opportunities for the young and the young at heart.
- Wayne Rogers, Executive Director,Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba