August 19 to September 12 2007
This Caravan is a celebration of Manitoba's Diversity:
- From Prairie dogs on the southern plains to great polar bears in northerly Churchill.
- From the sophisticated city of Winnipeg to the little hamlet of Komarno with its giant mosquito.
- From French to First Nations to Scotch, Icelandic and Ukrainian; a variety of heritages.
- From prairie grain fields to the sparkling waters of the Interlake to the mines at Thompson and the muskeg of southern Hudson Bay, a kaleidoscope of dramatic landform transitions.
- Experience all of this and much more on the Great Manitoba Polar Bear Trek. We'll prove that there's plenty to see and do in Manitoba.
The Caravan begins in Portage La Prairie with a kick-off "prairie church-basement supper" made famous at Expo 86 in Vancouver. In Brandon we tour the city and surroundings, and understand the importance of agriculture to the area. At the Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin I'll have my fill of perogies and cabbage rolls. Heading north, we'll stop at Swan River and The Pas. Arriving at Thompson, we'll tour the Inco mine and, leaving our rigs at the campground, board the HBR (Hudson Bay Railway) for the overnight trip to Churchill. A tour to the Polar Bear grounds and a Beluga Whale Cruise on Hudson Bay will bracket our two-days hotel stay on Manitoba's north coast. A hearty breakfast and a Northern Banquet will sustain us for the return train ride to our campground in Thompson. Heading south now through Grand Rapids and Gypsumville, we'll see the giant Pintail at Ashern. After a couple of relaxing days at Gimli on Lake Winnipeg, we'll head for the city of Winnipeg where we'll tour Old Fort Gary, Riel's grave, and the city itself. We'll follow this with a dinner cruise on the Assiniboine River. An optional tour of the nearby Triple "E" RV plant in Winkler will also be available.
"Total" Service Caravans
Each of our caravans and rallies is a total service experience. They include:
- All Camping Included
- Booked Tours & Events
- Fully Arranged Trips
- Planned Itineraries
- Maps of Route
- Caravan Kits
- Transport to Venues
- Breakdown Assistance
- Driver's Briefings
- Safety First
- Free Tote Bag
- Lots of Included Meals
- Caravan Security
Rules of Caravanning
- Wagonmaster heads the Caravan, ensures correct route followed, alerts units behind of problems, construction etc.
- Caravan travels at speed limit or less depending on road conditions.
- No alcoholic beverages on driving days till arrival at that day's destination.
- A spacing of at least 3 transport truck lengths (200-250 ft.) must be maintained between units while caravanning to allow other traffic to pass & adequate space for stopping.
- A unit experiencing mechanical or other difficulties should immediately notify the wagonmaster or tailgunner on the CB, and pull off at a safe spot.
- Always alert the unit ahead of you on the CB if a vehicle is overtaking or passing them.
- Tailgunner moves caravan out each travel day, brings up the rear & aids stragglers or those with difficulties to ensure all arrive safe & and at the prescribed destination.