Seven Spectacular Aurora Borealis Photos

With Churchill’s prime northern lights season on the “horizon”, we want to feature seven phenomenal images from our last aurora borealis season up north. A brief description with the photo and features of the landscape. Enjoy looking back at these northern lights “highlights” and stay tuned for more fabulous ones coming in just a few weeks!

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Norhern lights in the boreal forest. Alex de Vries – Magnifico photo.

Churchill inukshuk

Lights surrounding the iconic inukshuk behind the Churchill town complex. Moira Le Patourel photo.

Port of Churchill, Churchill, Manitoba

Northern lights shimmering in the sky above the Port of Churchill. Katie de Meulles photo.

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Beautiful northern lights shot in Churchill. Alex De Vries – Magnifico photo.

Northern lights Wapusk Adventures in Churchill, Manitoba

Tee pee at Wapusk Adventures in Churchill. Alex De Vries – Magnifico photo.

Aurora pod in Churchill, Manitoba

Aurora Pod in Churchill. Alex De Vries – Magnifico photo.

Churchill River mushing hut under the aurora.

Incredible shot of musher hut with aurora above. Brad Joseph photo.

Churchill Video of the Week – Aurora Photo Tips

Jonathan Stewart gives us a succinct basic tutorial on photographing the northern lights. With the prime northern lights season arriving in a few weeks, Churchill will be the ultimate place for viewing the aurora borealis and bagging incredible photos. The more one can prepare for photographing in sub – zero temperatures the better. Arriving with knowledge about the lights and the right gear can save time and energy and simply put you in the position to capture an epic image. Hope to see you in Churchill in the future!

Churchill Port Sale Agreement Sealed

Port of Churchill Churchill, Manitoba

The Port of Churchill sale expected to go through soon. Port of Churchill photo.

Current Port of Churchill owners OmniTrax Canada and a group of northern Manitoba First Nations, known as the Missinippi Rail Consortium, have finally agreed to seal the deal that will hopefully get the facility running again.

This agreement will allow the First Nations Consortium to begin lining up customers and vendors ahead of the 2017 grain season so to insure a smooth transition in bringing the port back up to par.

In a press release statement from omnitrax the company stated, “This step was taken after a year of due diligence and the signal from the consortium that it intends to move forward,” Omnitax has owned and operated the port and rail line since 1997.

“We are grateful that OmniTrax Canada believes in our process and our people and is willing to get started now,” said Chief Arlen Dumas of the Mathias Colomb First Nation, which has led the consortium.

“Ensuring First Nations ownership in these assets is a vital part of ensuring long-term viability in the north. Now we need the government of Canada to complete their review so that this process can be concluded as soon as possible.”

“It is a pleasure working with Chief Dumas. The chief’s leadership, consideration and thoughtfulness have allowed us to ensure a great home for these assets with the Manitoba northern First Nations,” said Merv Tweed, OmniTRAX Canada president.

“He has taken bold steps to prove his commitment to the transaction and we are eager to see it come to fruition in the coming months.”


This past July OmniTrax announced that the port was closing much to the surprise of Churchill townspeople and government officials. Layoff notices followed almost immediately to the roughly one in 10 Churchill residents employed at the port and the accusations began to fly. Municipal leaders, politicians and organizations representing agricultural producers all spoke out against the shut down and called for the reopening of the port. It didn’t happen but perhaps the local ownership will prove to be the answer to the problem.

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