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Playground for a Polar Bear’s Picnic

January 3, 2015

playground overview

The Churchill part of the Hudson Bay Lowlands is replete with strange and obscure little corners. One of the strangest is this “playground that time forgot,” hidden away behind trees and boulders near the shore road between town and the airport. I assume that it was built back in army days and served for the entertainment of children who lived on the base. It is in the same area as the “golf course,” which always seemed a humorous name since this area of bog, boulders, and stunted black spruce is as far from a golf course as you can get, this side of the continental slope.

teeter totters

You might note that my photos of this playground are limited in their viewpoint and angles; these were constrained because I was shooting from the vehicle. When we arrived here we had just been surprised by an immense polar bear as we photographed roches moutonnées along the road, and it didn’t seem to be worth pursuing better photos if it meant that I might serve as the primary protein for a polar bear’s picnic.

Although it feels abandoned, someone seems to be maintaining this place at least in a basic way, so maybe it receives the occasional visit from children when the bears are absent. Or maybe the bears like a good seesaw.


The ancient teeter-totter and roundabout would, in all likelihood, not be considered acceptable in a city playground that adheres to modern safety standards. But given the frequent visits from Ursus maritimus, these are probably relatively minor issues if you are considering the overall safety of this particular pleasure park.

playground climbing frame

Happy New Year!

© Graham Young, 2015

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve Brandy permalink
    January 5, 2015 10:45 am

    Happy New year Graham! These play structures may have been part of what is still known as “Camp Nanuq” The “golf course” was in close proximity to it as well as the launch site (now the CNSC) When this area was abandoned for recreational use, The structures remained as they were not worth the expense of relocation.

    Much peace

    • Graham permalink*
      January 5, 2015 6:25 pm

      Steve, many thanks for your informed comments!

  2. January 8, 2015 9:50 am

    Happy New Year Graham!

    Sublime images.


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