Notre Dame Fire Interview

Notre Dame Fire Interview

I did an interview with Paul Lasley of On Travel, on the American Forces Radio Network this afternoon to talk about the Cathedral of Notre Dame fire and a wider discussion of cathedrals and cultural preservation.

Wapusk National Park, Manitoba

Wapusk National Park, Manitoba

Wapusk National Park Overview

Wapusk National Park is a Canadian National Park located outside of Churchill, Manitoba.

It is a sub-arctic park which is located along the shore of Hudson Bay and it is home to one of the largest polar bear denning areas in the world.

The word “wapusk” comes from the Cree word for polar bear.

The park is located in the Hudson Plains ecozone and it comprises most of the Cape Churchill, which juts out into Hudson Bay. The reason why this area is so important to polar bears is that this is the first place in the area where sea ice freezes. The counterclockwise direction of the currents in Hudson Bay means that colder water from the north will collide into Cape Churchill and freshwater from the Churchill River causes the freezing point of the sea water to rise. Hence, this is usually the first place where polar bears can go out to feed on the sea ice every winter.

There are no roads into the national park and there are no roads connecting the town of Churchill to the rest of Canada.

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Gateway Arch National Park, Missouri

Gateway Arch National Park, Missouri


Gateway Arch National Park, formerly the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, is a United States National Park in St. Louis, Missouri. The primary attraction is the Gateway Arch which commemorates the westward expansion of the United States. St. Louis used to be known as the “Gateway to the West”, which is why it was selected as the location for this monument.

In addition to the arch, the park also includes the Old Courthouse building nearby.

The park was given national park status in 2018 at the end of a long renovation of the visitor center and the arch. It is by far the smallest site with a national park designation in the US.

Despite the controversy surrounding giving the site national park status, it is still an incredible structure and one of the most impressive monuments in the world.

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