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Purchase Travel InsuranceTravel insurance is highly recommended for anytime of the year while travelling in the north as Calm Air is not responsible for expenses or delays due to weather. The Churchill and Kivalliq Region has a spring and fall storm season, and winter blizzards, but life by the sea means the weather can drop at anytime and be out for 3 or more days. According to Environment Canada, Churchill has more IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) weather days than any other community in all of the three central provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. In fact, Churchill and the Kivalliq Region experienced an 8 day blizzard in 2008 where air travel was impossible. If you are travelling to Baker Lake, you should know that it is the 'Blizzard Capital of Canada".
Contact Numbers and Connecting Flight InformationHave important contact numbers and connecting flight information handy in case your flight is delayed.
Carry Sufficient CashTravel with sufficient cash to meet your basic needs for a minimum of three days in case of being stranded due to weather. There is a lack of debit machines in the north, so be prepared.
Stay ConnectedSome communities in the north do not have cellular phone service so bring a phone card! Most airports do not have internet service. Telephone and Internet services vary at hotels and lodges. Please check with your hotel or tour operator for details.
AccommodationsAccommodations in the North can be limited depending on the season. Hotel and Lodge reservations should be made prior to arriving at your destination.
Cameras and Camera EquipmentIt is recommended that camera equipment is transported in a pelican case, not a soft sided camera bag. If your equipment exceeds the carry-on restrictions in size or weight, which is less than other airlines operating with larger aircraft, your carry-on will have to go as checked baggage. Be prepared to be separated with your carry-on if it exceeds Calm Air carry-on restrictions. For more information please see our Carry-On Baggage section.
Bring What You NeedNorthern communities can have limited amenities. Things like prescription drugs and food for special diets are often unavailable in the North, so ensure you bring sufficient supplies for the length of your trip. It is also recommended, if possible, to plan for up to an extra 3 days in case weather conditions inhibit air travel.
Follow the RulesEven though you are travelling to remote communities, these communities are governed by the same Transport Canada regulations as our neighbors to the south. Proceed directly into the terminal building after arrival, do not wander on the ramp or runway, and adhere to the no smoking regulations.
Dress for the ClimateIt's cold up here! Arctic and seaside communties experience unpredicatable weather that can change in minutes. Be prepared for a variety of possible weather conditions by checking weather forecasts and checking with your hotel or tour operator for suggestions.
Purchase Medical InsuranceCommunity based medical facilities have varying capabilities. Should you require serious medical attention that exceeds the capabilities of the local nursing station or hospital, you may have to pay costs for nursing care and to be transported to a larger medical center. Based on the distance to the upgraded facility these Medivac costs can be quite expensive. If you are a Manitoban residence, your Manitoba Health Card will not cover medical costs outside of Manitoba.
Airline Policies and ProceduresEvery airline has its own policies, procedures and travel agreements that you should familiarize yourself with prior to travelling. Please take the time to educate yourself. To help ensure your travel expectations are met, please see our Terms & Conditions section.