The Grey Cup Tundra Buggy

Canada's infamous Grey Cup trophy travelled to Churchill this October and spent a day on the Tundra Buggy with the polar bears.

This year Manitoba is hosting The 103rd Grey Cup, the championship game of the Canadian Football League, at the Winnipeg Blue Bombers home turf, Investors Group Field on November 29th.

Although the CFL season is still in progress and the teams participating in the Grey Cup game are still to be determined, the championship trophy – also called the Grey Cup  - spent October 18th to October 26th travelling throughout Manitoba in order to give northern community residents a chance to see the infamous Grey Cup in person.

Accompanied by long-time Canadian Football Hall of Fame representative and trophy handler Dennis Dowell, who has cared for The Grey Cup for 20 years, and Winnipeg Blue Bomber Alumni Doug Brown, the Grey Cup arrived into Churchill by Via Rail on October 22nd after stops throughout northern Manitoba. Also travelling with the famous Canadian cup were contest winners Marg and Ted Avent, who won a Via Rail sponsored contest with their essay about why they are the biggest Blue Bomber fans as 51-year season ticket holders. 

Alongside a Churchill community pancake breakfast and several Grey Cup photo opportunities at restaurants in Churchill, the Grey Cup also spent a full day with polar bears on a Frontiers North Tundra Buggy Adventure in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area, and was flown by Hudson Bay Helicopter (the Cup’s first helicopter ride!) into Wapusk National Park for some photo opportunities in a real polar bear den. Joining the Tundra Buggy was Churchill local Dr. Paul Watts who won Frontiers North's own "Churchill's Biggest CFL Contest" with his entry about his own football career and how the CFL impacted him. 

Collage courtesy of Travel Manitoba. 


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