In 2017, spring flooding damaged the Hudson Bay Rail Line, Churchill, Manitoba’s only land link to the rest of Canada. Since then, Churchill has only been accessible via air and sea. Prices on everything from fuel to groceries skyrocketed. Tourism declined. Local families, students, and business owners were left stranded.
In September, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $117 million to support the acquisition and repair of Churchill rail line by the Arctic Gateway Group, and earlier this month the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that by the end of November, the rail line will resume its operations, servicing both passengers and freight.