This article originally appeared on the Manitoba Hot blog.
Not only is RAW:churchill the most exclusive dining event in the country, it’s one of those authentic journeys that give travellers huge insight into the Canadian identity. Trust us, you’ll feel more Canadian after the transformative experience of RAW:churchill.
By now you’ve likely heard of RAW:almond, a widely-lauded winter pop-up restaurant on the frozen river in downtown Winnipeg. Now, RAW:almond creators expanded their pop-up restaurant project to northern Manitoba and partnered with seasoned tour operators Frontiers North Adventures and a Parks Canada’s Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site for a bucket-list worthy culinary escape. Allow us to theorize why RAW:churchill is the most Canadian thing you will ever do:
Canada is a proud northern nation. The North is such an integral part of our heritage, yet majority of travelers to Canada only explore within a few degrees of the 49° north parallel (which hugs the US border). RAW:churchill brings you North, specifically to 58° parallel along the western shore of the Hudson Bay, to a town so remote that no roads lead there. You must travel nearly 620 miles by plane or train to get to Churchill, a town famous for a polar bear population that outnumbers its residents. The feeling of isolation is palpable in Churchill, and we guarantee that you will have an epiphany about how isolation shapes the Canadian spirit.
Heading north during summer is one thing, but heading north during winter is what true (or wannabe) Canadians are made of. RAW:churchill happens in March, when daytime temperatures average -20°C. There is a mystical quality about the North in winter, and you’ll stand in awe of the strength of Old Man Winter and the determination of hardy residents who live in Churchill. Thankfully, the RAW:churchill dining structure is nestled within Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site, protected from weather (and wildlife!) by 21 feet tall and 11 meter thick stone walls. But to access the fort in winter is the first challenge: guests at RAW:churchill arrive to dinner aboard a Tundra Buggy, a customized vehicle adept at traversing the tundra’s rough terrain. Read how organizers battled the elements during their 2016 RAW:churchill trial run.