natural wonders: high tides and polar bears

In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous ~ Aristotle

It always amazes me how often we take natural beauty and natural wonders for granted. I grew up in Nova Scotia along the Bay of Fundy, one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world. I never fully understood the magnitude of the Bay of Fundy - its beauty and its simply amazing properties - until I moved to Manitoba. The Bay of Fundy was just always there, part of the backdrop of my Nova Scotia life. It was part of who I was, my childhood, something that I completely took for granted until it was no longer within a few minutes drive. I can remember watching the highest tides in the world, playing in the water, going dulsing, tidal bore rafting, walking along the mud and rocks, seeing whales and seals, hiking along its cliffs. So many of my memories have taken place along the shore of the Bay of Fundy that I cannot even begin to recollect them all. It truly is a magnificent natural wonder, and something that is dear to my heart.

It now appears that the Bay of Fundy is receiving some much deserved press in a recent campaign to find the new seven wonders of nature. The Bay of Fundy is one of 28 finalists worldwide and is currently in a voting competition, eyeing to receive one of the seven available spots. This video provides more information about The Bay of Fundy and why it deserves to be named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

I invite you to vote for the Bay of Fundy at http://www.new7wonders.com/. Voting closes on November 11, 2011. For more information on the Bay of Fundy please visit the website http://www.bayoffundytourism.com/.

This campaign started me thinking about natural beauty and wonders in my new home province, Manitoba. I began thinking about which location in Manitoba could be a contender and would be worthy of a natural wonder of the world title as well.

Since arriving in Manitoba almost five years ago, I have continually day dreamed about visiting Churchill, the polar bear capital of the world. It is on my must see list of Manitoba, and I hope to visit Churchill in the near future. Everyone I know that has been to Churchill raves about how majestic the beauty is, the polar bears, how nature is intertwined with the community, and how thrilling it is to see such wildlife in their natural setting. I hope to experience this firsthand. I do wonder though, do Manitobans take Churchill for granted, similar to how I took the Bay of Fundy for granted? Do they not appreciate its beauty and wonder as much as they should simply because it has always been there in their life? Do they realize they have a fantastic natural wonder within their boundaries? I am interested in hearing from Manitobans about Churchill - have you been there and why or why not?

For more information about Churchill please visit the website http://everythingchurchill.com/.