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The Most Isolated Man in Canada (the world?) Part #2 

Terry Elliott relaxing at Seal River Heritage Lodge. Christopher Scully photo.
Terry Elliott relaxing at Seal River Heritage Lodge. Christopher Scully photo.

by Terry Elliott

Two months have come and gone.  Sixty-six days of solitude, of peace and silence. The plane comes in today with my replacements. Ben Lawrence and Nicole Spinks will spend the next two months keeping Seal River Heritage Lodge safe from our inquisitive four-legged neighbors. As winter approaches (it’s already late fall here) the bears become more active

It is a bittersweet day. I am excited to be going home, but I’m leaving a place that has been my second home not just for three months but for the past 13 years, knowing this will be the first time since 2008 that I won’t watch the freeze-up of Hudson Bay.

"Of course I'm going to miss you Terry." ~ Scarbrow at Dymond Lake Ecolodge
“Of course I’m going to miss you Terry.” ~ Scarbrow at Dymond Lake Ecolodge

No sparring bears, no wolves, foxes, or northern lights, and this will be the first time in a decade that I won’t meet up with Scarbrow at Dymond Lake. My favourite bear ever, I have been interacting with Scarbrow since he was a cub.

We were there when Scarbrow received the injury that would give him his name, and we’ve watched him progress and grow into a true king of the Arctic. He was well over a thousand pounds last year and he’s in the prime of his life now at 12 years old.

I wonder if he’ll miss me as much as I’m going to miss him.

Late Fall Photos. Seal River Heritage Lodge. Dymond Lake Ecolodge.


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