Have you ever wanted to see a polar bear or beluga whale? I've been fortunate enough to have been able to travel to Churchill, Manitoba, in the winter and the summer months to see both. And, oh, what a thrill.
Frontiers North Adventures offers year-round adventures in Churchill, known as the "Polar Bear Capital of the World." Since I traveled with Frontiers North Adventures, I read with interest that they, along with Red River College, recently announced an essential project to reduce environmental impact in this area through zero-emission vehicle technology.
Made possible by the Province of Manitoba's new Conservation and Climate Grant Fund and support from the Vehicle Technology Center, this project will help create a culture of sustainable tourism.
The new zero-emission vehicle technology initiative helped create The Electric Vehicle Tundra Buggy® by converting a Tundra Buggy from diesel-powered to battery electric.
The project's goal of reducing environmental impact and protecting Manitoba's subarctic landscape will help create a positive environment in one of our province's top year-round destinations.
"Our company's purpose is all about stewardship and positively contributing to our communities and environments," said John Gunter, President, and CEO of Frontiers North.
"By starting the conversion of our fleet with this first EV Tundra Buggy, Frontiers North is taking meaningful steps towards reducing our GHG emissions and creating new clean-tech jobs. We are also excited to provide our touring guests a silent EV Tundra Buggy experience amongst wild polar bears and beneath the northern lights. For their support of this project, we thank Manitoba, Vehicle Technology Centre Inc., and Red River College."
Frontiers North plans to move forward with its vision of shifting the entire Tundra Buggy fleet to electric vehicles, furthering its commitment to sustainability within the province.
This partnership will help the environment and add to the beautiful experience of Churchill visitors.
Photo: Robert R Taylor