Join the HSD Team!

Career opportunities in the Hanover School Division.  View Current

Job Openings...

An Iles Des Chenes based northern tourism company has won a prestigious award in Ottawa.

This year Churchill Wild has received the Canadian Sustainable Tourism Award. The award recognizes a high-end tourism product in Canada that operates in a sustainable manner. Mike and Jeanne Reimer were presented with the award at the Canadian Tourism Awards banquet in Ottawa this past week by MP Ted Falk. 

Reimer says it's a good feeling being recognized for their hard work especially after a challenging year like this one with the railway being shut down from Thompson to Churchill. He talks about the season.

"It was a very good season and typically we start in early July when the polar bears come off the ice, the beluga whales show up, guests show up and we get going. It was a very busy year, our busiest ever with clients from around the globe and we shut down just a week and a half ago. It was a very good season, the weather was decent, as decent as the Hudson Bay coast can be and lots of whales, lots of bears. It was really good."

Reimer says logistically this was a very stressful year with the railway closure. He notes they spent a lot of time on the computer and on the satellite phone trying to figure out how to get goods up to the lodges in time. Reimer adds expenses were also way up this year due to the fact that everything had to be flown into Churchill as opposed to coming by train which is far more cost-effective but he says, in the end, they just had to make it work.

In years past, Reimer notes most of their guests were hunters and fisherman from the U.S. He says now a lot of that is changing, Reimer adds most of their guests consist of scientists and photographers from all over the world. 

"It has changed quite a bit. Americans are still our leaders in that sense but our top five would be; America, China, Australia has gotten real big for us, Singapore's a good one and of course the European countries. Great Britain, Germany and some of those places contribute a lot and starting to see a lot more Canadians which is really cool so that's been a surge in the last few years."

Reimer adds It was a good year for the Polar bears noting there seemed to be a lot of them along the coast and in very good shape as well. He says it's great to be a part of a product that encourages people to experience arctic wildlife and become more educated on what we can do as a planet to preserve our iconic species. 





More Local News

Contaminated Recycling An Ongoing Problem In Steinbach

The Sanitation Supervisor for Steinbach calls it unfortunate and frustrating when commenting on the recycling habits of people in Steinbach and area. Eldon Wallman is reacting to the story we told…

Falk Unhappy That CBSA Is Not Listening

Provencher Member of Parliament Ted Falk is disappointed that the Canada Border Services Agency won't reconsider its decision to cut hours at the South Junction, Piney and Tolstoi border crossings.…
2013 10 flu3

Flu Shot Clinics Wrap In Southeast

Southern Health has wrapped its flu shot clinics for 2018. Bev Unger is Regional Manager for Public Health/ Healthy Living. She says this year they held 73 advertised clinics in 59 communities. They…

Shoebox Season Ends In The Southeast

4,400 Christmas Shoeboxes were collected by the Blumenort EMC and Grunthal Bergthaler church shoebox stores this year. Debbie de Klein, who coordinates the Operation Christmas Child shoebox…

Utility Trailer And Contents Stolen In Steinbach

Steinbach RCMP continue to search for those responsible for stealing a utility trailer filled with contents. The trailer was taken from a residential property in Steinbach, sometime between October…

A Year Of Cooking Classes Capped Off With Korean Luncheon

A Korean Christmas Luncheon was held at the Mitchell and Area Seniors Recreation Centre on Saturday to celebrate a year of cultural cooking classes. Local Organizer Jane Penner says back in March…

Man Charged After Vehicle Hits Ditch Saturday

A single vehicle mishap Saturday has resulted in a charge of impaired driving. Steinbach RCMP were notified Saturday, shortly before 3:00 p.m., that a vehicle had hit the ditch along Highway #12…

Goertzens Welcome A Newborn

Former Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen and wife Annalee have welcomed their third child into the world. Frank David Schellenberg Goertzen was born last Wednesday, November 14. Dad says the names come…
2018 11 tracy whitby

Local Women's Shelter Says Education Key To Ending Abuse

The executive director of the women's shelter in Steinbach says despite years of public education, domestic violence continues to be a serious problem here in Southeastern Manitoba. This is Domestic…

Blumenort Fire Hall Nears Completion

The Fire Chief for Hanover says by the end of December, the new fire hall should be complete at Blumenort. Paul Wiebe says right now it is about 85 per cent finished. He says they were hoping to take…
2016 08 kelvin goertzen3 (1)

Goertzen Excited About New Session To Start Tuesday

A new session of the Manitoba Legislature will begin Tuesday with the reading of the Speech from the Throne. Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen, who is the minister of Education, Immigration and Training,…

La Broquerie/Steinbach Covering More Ground This Year

It's another sign the holiday season is approaching. The team at Operation Red Nose La Broquerie/Steinbach held its launch on Friday and Coordinator Francois Grenier says with a team in St. Malo now… is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide