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by Mike Reimer with photos by Jad Davenport, Churchill Wild NatGeo Photo Leader

Once again the Churchill Wild construction team has pulled off an incredible Lodge upgrade, this one being a new lounge expansion at Seal River Heritage Lodge. The gorgeous timber frame structure, paneled in our favourite tongue and groove aspen and complemented by a huge expanse of glass looking out over the coastline, is sure to be a hit with guests.

Led by Director of Operations Nolan Booth, we had a great team made up of Real and Serge, our two trusty and vocal Frenchmen; Len Friesen, the guru of wood; miller Riley Friesen; the indomitable Josh Robson; and solid “running back” Josh Wright rounding out the group. Special ops couple Fabian and Jody was a big help for a couple of weeks, and even up and coming 2-year-old Ezra pitched in, while Karli did the cooking. Big kudos to all for an amazing project completed ahead of schedule!

After the main construction was complete, we had the Grunthal “Rock Hound” boys Dave Martens and John Reimer, along with sons Dalton and Dillon, up for a week to sling stone against the outside walls and build the fireplace. These guys put heavy equipment to shame the way they moved cement and rock. No visits to the gym needed for them!

The new fireplace is a work of art and quickly becoming a gathering point in the new lounge while radiating much welcome warmth and ambiance.

In other construction news, The Fast Brothers from Blumenort showed up to add much needed and ongoing distance to the airstrip. They did a fantastic job and moved untold tons of rock and gravel. Their efforts will be much appreciated by pilots and aircraft in the seasons to come!

Thank you everyone for jobs well done!

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