Winnipeg: An Environmental City?
I have made it to Winnipeg. What a difference from Chicago! Chicago had no snow and Winnipeg has had snow flurries throughout the day. Once I gathered up my luggage, my plan was to take a taxi to the train station to stash my extra luggage and then go to the Manitoba Museum. Guess what, the taxis here in Winnipeg are Toyota Prius, the hybrid cars. What a great idea! My taxi driver said they have been using the Prius cars for 3 years. Even in winter, the small amount of Winnipeg that I am seeing, I am impressed with. Many of the older city buildings have huge murals painted on them. And there are polar bear statues around town with different decorations - like what Saratoga Springs does with the horse sculptures. I have taken some pictures, so I will try and post them. The other environmental thing that I am seeing here in Winnipeg is recycling containers everywhere - the kind of containers that sort out plastic, glass, paper, and aluminum.
I am back at the train station waiting for the 7:20 pm train to Churchill. The Manitoba Museum was spectacular. There were a lot of exhibits on the Arctic as well as all of the areas of Manitoba. One exhibit that I was really impressed with was the exhibit on the Hudson Bay Trading Company. There was even a replica of the boat, the Nonsuch, which was the first boat of the soon to be formed Hudson Bay Trading Company. Since I grew up in Texas, I never learned very much about the Hudson Bay Trading Company.
What do you know about the Hudson Bay Trading Company? Here's the next assignment:
1. How are the Hudson River (that flows between Hadley and Lake Luzerne) connected to the Hudson Bay that I will see when I arrive in Churchill on Satuday? Please don't tell me that one flows into the other - they are 2 separate watersheds. But what is the connection?
2. Using complete sentences (and spell check), tell me 3 facts about the Hudson Bay Trading Post. Extra credit to whomever can tell me why someone would name their boat the "Nonsuch" - such an odd name.
3. What natural resources did the Hudson Bay Trading Company utilize to grow their business?
And for extra credit.....
Pick one of the Scientists as Explorers that no one had written about and answer the 5 questions.
Have a great winter break and a lovely Valentine's Day.