Polar Bear Blog

The most isolated man in Canada?  

Churchill Wild Guide Terry Elliot. Chris Murphy photo.
Churchill Wild Guide Terry Elliot. Chris Murphy photo.

by Terry Elliott

Terry's talkative friend. Arctic hare.
My talkative friend.

Going into my ninth week (55 days and counting!) of caretaking at Seal River Heritage Lodge (visit on Google Maps) and the only talking I do is with the Arctic hare that hangs out in the yard!

There have been a lot of bears, especially moms and cubs. The ice on Hudson Bay stayed very late this year (late August!), so that is where all the big males were hanging out.

I was left with a long “todo” list that I have nearly finished. New vanity cabinets for the guest bathrooms, new paint, new shelving units in the shop and a raised bed for growing fresh greens next summer. I also learned how to operate an excavator, a bulldozer and a dump truck while working on the runway extension.

The geese are moving south, the colours are changing and although I’m looking forward to going home in two weeks, I can’t think of a better place to have spent my summer.

Also Read: The Most Isolated Man in Canada – Part #2

Terry’s Summer at Seal River Photo Gallery


  1. Looking forward to seeing you and Kirsten, when you get south again. Strange, tryin to adjust to a life without my Tom in it.

  2. P.S. Would you at some point do an article and photo session that focuses on Fort Prince of Wales? What is the real story behind that monstrousity? 30 ft thick stone walls seem a bit excessive considering…. 🙂

  3. I have the fondest memories of my stay at Seal River Lodge some years ago, seeing the polar bears, wolves and beluga whales. It is a fantastic, magical place. Plus the wonderful food and gathering berries on the tundra and mussels in the bay. I can’t think of a better place to stay.

  4. Way to go Terry! Glad to hear that you are surviving the isolation while looking after Seal River Lodge for the rest of us to enjoy in a future without virus restrictions on travel. Probably the only consolation for being alone at the lodge is that you have all the high speed internet service to yourself! Kathy and I have great memories of the adventures we had at Seal River and Nanuk. Hope to return again!

    1. Hi Andy and Kathy! High speed Internet all to himself. Hehe 🙂 And we’re going to guess that he hardly even used it. Yes, definitely looking forward to having the travel restrictions lifted. We’re so glad you were able to create some fond memories at Seal River and Nanuk. We look forward to seeing you again when everything returns to (a new) normal! Thank you!

  5. Knowing what we know of Terry, he would be loving the isolation! It’s great to learn new skills too.
    The improvements sound fantastic. Perhaps we will return to ChurchillWild for a 3rd visit one day.

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