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Travels on the Churchill River

October 7, 2014
Below Portage Chute, the Churchill River is lined with steep cliffs for many kilometres.

Below Portage Chute, the Churchill River is lined with steep limestone cliffs for many kilometres.

In late August, I had what could be called the trip of a lifetime: I was invited by colleagues at the Manitoba Geological Survey to travel with them to examine sites up the Churchill River, far from the more accessible Hudson Bay coast.  With several days of helicopter time, we were able to visit many sites along the river and its tributary creeks. It was a tremendous experience to spend time in such a remote, stunning, and almost unspoiled landscape.

I returned with a wealth of fossil specimens for the collections of the Manitoba Museum, and also with a wealth of photographs. I have every intention of sharing a sampling of these, but circumstances have conspired against me as I have been fully occupied with other matters. Now that I have a bit of time, I am beginning the posting process.

If you are interested, the first batch of photos, providing a general overview of the Churchill River, can be found on my Museum page here.

More to come!

The riverbank near Red Head Rapids

The riverbank near Red Head Rapids

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2014 12:45 pm

    Hi. Sounds like a wonderful trip. I’m wondering if you saw any human debris at all? Jane

    • Graham permalink*
      October 7, 2014 12:59 pm

      Thanks Jane. Now that you mention it, I can’t recall any human debris. There is one cabin on that part of the Churchill, at the mouth of Surprise Creek, but other than that I can’t think of any human debris, once we got any distance upstream from the Town of Churchill.

  2. Steve Brandy permalink
    October 7, 2014 2:35 pm

    Hi Graham. I look forward with great interest to any photos of the fossils that you found.

    • Graham permalink*
      October 7, 2014 4:04 pm

      Thanks Steve. I plan to post a few in the coming weeks!

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