Scenes from Northern Summers (4)
Anywhere you stand in the Bird Cove area of the Hudson Bay coast, the ruins of the Churchill Research Range dominate the horizon. This relic of the great push in Canada and the United States for government-funded scientific research in the 1950s was created as an outcome of the International Geophysical Year (IGY), as scientists sought to understand the atmosphere of the Arctic region.
Largely abandoned as a research facility since the 1980s, much of the range is slowly disintegrating thanks to the brutal winds and weather. The sole exception is the operations building, which has been taken over and re-tasked by the Churchill Northern Studies Centre.
I have seen the range decay considerably through the years I have travelled to Churchill since 1996; these images are from the latest visit in 2010. It should probably be saved for historic and tourism reasons, but how could this ever be accomplished in our modern era?
Note (added 2014): Here is a link to some great historic photos provided courtesy of Steve Brandy.
© Graham Young, 2012