Bluesky Bed & Sled

Bluesky Bed & Sled

100 Button Street, Churchill, Manitoba Canada
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World renowned Musher Gerald Azure owns and operates this coveniently located B&B on the edge of the Tundra within the Town of Churchill. Breakfast include fresh ground Manitoba wheat and tundra berries.
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100 Button Street, Churchill, Manitoba Canada
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Patti H wrote a review Mar 2020
Terrace, Canada10 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Blue Sky Bed and Sled is unique. If you are looking for an authentic dog sledding experience, this is it. Warm parkas and boots are provided to ensure a comfortable sledding experience. They are certified by the Canadian Coalition for Sled Dogs and regularly inspected. This ensures the dogs receive good food, regular vet checks and humane treatment. There are large cabins for the dogs during cold weather and sofas and cuddles are provided. A chart is kept to ensure each dog gets a turn to pull the sled and also which dogs spend time in a cabin or their home. Not just sled dogs, these are loved and very friendly pets. When these dogs retire, loving homes are found for them. At home, the dogs are on the sofa, but not allowed in your room. The rooms are spacious, clean and decorated in a uniquely Canadian style. The interior of their home is decorated in a truly Northern Canadian fashion with many interesting artifacts and books to read. Though dogs may be in the house, the standards of cleanliness are high. The kitchen is off limits to guests, as Jenafor strives to keep everything organized and sanitary. Every morning I was presented with a different breakfast, again with a Northern flair. Wild berries, home made jam, fresh baked bread also pancakes, oatmeal and bread made with many different ingredients. Definitely I learned some new ways to prepare traditional favorites. If you would like an authentic Northern Canadian experience and care about the ethical treatment of working dogs, this is the place to choose.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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ElizabethJK wrote a review Aug 2020
Australia2,360 contributions238 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I would give Bluesky six stars if I could! I was travelling with two others. The owners, Jenafor and Gerald, were super friendly, welcoming us into their home like family and giving us lots of help and information. I learned a lot about Churchill from them, including seeing photos of Churchill at other times of year, which has made me keen to return for a summer trip.

I had a room to myself, which was furnished with, among other things, a large bed and a sofa. There are four guest rooms, all upstairs, and a shared guest bathroom. The shared bathroom was not a problem. It was clean and everyone showered at night, so there was no pileup in the morning when people were getting ready to leave early for tours. While there was heating in the room, I think I messed up when switching it on, as I checked one morning and the heater wasn’t warm. But it didn’t matter, as I wasn’t cold up there, even in later October with a blizzard outside.

The food at breakfast and some incidental food we were given was really good. (I now know what bannock is!) We ate at local restaurants for lunch and dinner.

We had a problem at the end of our trip, as our flight out at night was cancelled due to bad weather. Not a problem: we stayed an extra night (at a reduced, ‘’emergency’’ rate) and Jenafor let us borrow her phone to call airlines to sort things out. It was looking like we would be stuck for an extra couple of days, but we ended up getting out the next morning. Jenafor was taking everything in her stride and I’m sure we would have been well looked after had we been stranded longer.

Another reason to stay at Bluesky is to get more contact with sled dogs than you otherwise would. We went dog sledding with Bluesky Expeditions (Gerald and Jenafor’s dog sledding business), which I have reviewed separately. As well as the time we spent out there sledding, there were at times a dog (or two or three) in the house. We also went back out to the ‘’tent’’ (really a structure with a kitchen and living room area) near the dog kennels one evening, so got more dog time (some dogs were inside), as well as seeing a really interesting slideshow about the sled dogs.

If you go to Churchill, I highly recommend Bluesky. Why stay in a hotel when you can instead stay with locals and have a wonderful time learning more about life in Churchill and spending time with those fabulous dogs? (PS: I’m a cat person, so this is high praise indeed for the dogs!)
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Date of stay: October 2019
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TomandDale P wrote a review Oct 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The trip to Churchill was an excellent experience that can be attributed to the wonderful hosts we had. Upon our arrival Gerald picked us up from the train station and gave us a tour of the town with a bit of history. The accommodations were very good and Jenafor out did herself with breakfasts, while using northern traditional foods. Jenafor took our group ( three of us) out to see their sled dogs and did a presentation of the sled dog team. We were very impressed by the love and care of the dogs and Gerald let some of dogs out so that we could pet and play with the dogs. My son-in-law went for a sled ride and it was a great experience for him, one that I'm sure he will remember for a long time. Our train was late to leave (4 hours) and Gerald and Jenafor were more than happy to have us stay until the train left and drove us to the train station when we could board the train. Gerald and Jenafor, even offered to have us stay over for another night if the train wasn't going to leave that night, at a considerable (emergenty) reduced rate. I would highly recommend staying at the Bluesky Bed & Sled. We would not have had a greater experience staying anywhere else.
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Date of stay: October 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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KAF22202 wrote a review Oct 2022
Washington DC, District of Columbia5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We didn't stay at the B&B, but we had a wonderful experience doing the dog sled and aurora tour with Bluesky. Even though we didn't stay with them, Jenafor and Gerald instantly made us feel like close friends. They went way beyond what I would expect of a tour operator. The dogs are well cared for and loved, as are their guests. Jenafor also cooks delicious food and baked goods, which she generously shared with us. The "tent" for waiting for the aurora was toasty warm and comfortable. If she hadn't called it a tent, I would have thought it was a full building! Getting to know the 2 of them was one of the highlights of our stay in Churchill. They are wonderful!!!
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Date of stay: October 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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anjele77 wrote a review Apr 2011
melbourne2 contributions21 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The hosts were fantastic. The B&B itself was gorgeous. Learning about mushing and huskies was the icing on the cake. Meeting Isobel was an emotional experience. I cannot 'sing the praises' enough of the hosts, who have a 'no cull' policy for thier huskies. The rooms were amazing with private ensuites and luxurious furnishings and queen beds. Pity we didn't get to use them.

When we arrived, we were informed that another hotel in the town had overbooked, and had to find other accommodation for thier excess guests. In the community spirit that is Churchill, the guests were taken in at BlueSky. And we were put in what was obviously a storage room. Instead of the luxurious room and private ensuite that we had booked, we were stuck in a single bed in a room with boxes and a treadmill. We had to share the main bathroom with the hosts (6 poeple in total). And because the room was in the main part of the house, we had the noise of the other guests climbing up and down the stairs which were right next to the bedroom wall.

We would not have minded at all, except that we were not even offerred any kind of compensation or discount.

I was glad that we only booked to stay there one night.
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Date of stay: May 2010
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Ralph B wrote a review Jan 2012
Chicago, IL10 contributions20 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Gerald and Jenafor's hospitality was just incredible! We stayed 3 nights and felt like we were the house guests of friends, not customers at a B&B. Gerald met our flight at the airport – he arrived before I even had time to find a phone and call. The evening we arrived, they invited us to join them for dinner at the only open restaurant (it's January, their slow season). On our way to dinner, we saw the northern lights shimmering in the sky, so after dinner they took us out of town to their dog yard with a heated tent to watch “the lights”. (Don't let the word “tent” fool you. Yes, the roof is fabric, but it's a comfortably furnished 20 x 30 room, complete with hot beverages and snacks.) We spent 2 1/2 hours watching the lights and running inside to get warm. Jenafor is quite the photographer – she took many time exposures of the display, including a few of us watching the sky, and gave us copies of everything.

We also enjoyed a 15 mile dogsled ride with Gerald driving and Jenafor running ahead on a snowmobile to take even more pictures. A word of advice – even though you brought your warmest winter clothing, accept the offer to use theirs! We were comfortable throughout our ride in 10 below (Fahrenheit) weather – a heat wave according to Gerald.

Other reviewers have raved about the house and the hosts. Suffice it to say, it's all true. Our room was comfortable and the two full shared baths were enough for the 5 guests and the hosts. The schedule was very relaxed (unlike during bear season). We spent our evenings sharing conversation and pictures with Gerald, Jenafor, and the other guests. We even shared a potluck dinner with them one evening. Jenafor is an excellent cook. Breakfasts were plentiful and delicious. She also grinds her own flour and bakes her own bread. There were always cookies or other snacks available. On the last day of our stay, Gerald drove us and two other guests to the railroad station.

Others have said this and we completely agree – having been their guests we will never stay anywhere else in Churchill.
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Date of stay: January 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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David B wrote a review Dec 2015
Melbourne, Australia43 contributions62 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for a week with a couple of friends at this B&B during the polar bear season.
From the time we arrived and were collected from the station Jen and Gerald did everything possible to make our stay a memorable one. The food both at breakfast where Jen cooked to order and the delightful treats available for consumption during the day with the cookies, cinnamon buns and the local specialty " Bluesky Musher's
Bannock" enough to satisfy even the hungriest of guests. One night they knocked on our door at 10.00pm at night to say the Northern Lights were on display. They took us out to where they conduct their dog sled rides and under these amazing coloured skies we had a dog sled ride. This was certainly a highlight of our trip. The very next night we were again taken out to the dog yard as the lights were again on display, different but still superb with all the amazing colours. Jen said we were very lucky to see such amazing lights on two consecutive nights. We were also quite close to some very cheeky foxes at the yard.
During our stay we were also fortunate to be taken out by Gerald to look for bears and with his fantastic local knowledge managed to see a number of bears and an artic owl which was fantastic..
The accommodation was good except for the fact that all the four guest rooms are on the first floor and there is only one bathroom which just happened to adjoin our room.
Being a light sleeper every time someone used the bathroom during the night our sleep was interrupted .
One other point to mention was the free drinks prior to going out for the evening meal.
Thank you Jen and Gerald and we could certainly highly recommend this B&B as the place to stay in Churchill.
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Date of stay: November 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Rooms facing west are best
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rdgagnon wrote a review Aug 2013
Winnipeg, Canada25 contributions10 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived in Churchill on Aug 6, 2013 to see the belugas and the sled dogs. What did we see and do ... saw 6 polar bears, kayaked with the belugas, went for a sled ride with huskies, saw the northern lights and brought home a big bag of wild berries which we picked from the tundra. This is THE place to stay and you can walk anywhere in town within 10 minutes. Jen and Gerald are great hosts, made the most delicious breakfasts ever. With the northern lights, Jen took a group out, she is so passionate and patient, helping people figure out their cameras and how to take pictures of the lights, she even took pics of us and gave us copies of everything. What a memorable mother daughter experience, we will never forget it!
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Date of stay: August 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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k8peartree wrote a review Nov 2011
Ottawa, Canada62 contributions77 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Truly a wonderful experience in Churchill - from the warm welcome by Jenafor and Gerald, the B&B owners and "hosts with the most", to breakfasts to write home about - our stay at BlueSky was the highlight of our trip. Honestly. We were a mixed-group of adults (including two sets of couples); all aged 28 to 63. Here is a bit of a run-down of our stay at the B&B, as well as info on the dogsled ride at the end of this review.

Rooms/home: comfortable, cozy, and warm. The house feels very safe, there is a small lounge area with couches and many books to look at. A little coffee/tea station in the kitchen with hot coffee is always available for guests, includes a selection of teas. Jenafor also has delicious baked treats for guests from time to time. The home is well heated, as are the washrooms - two full bathrooms for the four rooms. We rarely had to wait for the shower, despite the full house. There is a narrow stairway to get to the bedrooms, so people with difficulty on stairs should take note.

Location: within walking distrance of the train station, as well as anything else in Churchill... but if the weather is cold and blowy, and you have luggage, best take a cab from the Via station. The town is very small and BlueSky is near the edge, but it's only a 10-15 minute walk or less to get to the shops, restaurants, the Eskimo museum, Hudson Bay, and the train station.

Animals: as a dogsled operator, BlueSky has 24 sled dogs, but these are kept at their "dogyard" off-site (not within walking distance - details on our awesome ride below). While we stayed at BlueSky, they brought one of the dogs to the B&B for an evening, but it was only allowed in the common area, not upstairs near the bedrooms -- so if you do not like dogs, you may be wise to advise the owners. I'm not sure if they bring dogs to the B&B regularly, or if they just did this because there were two young boys staying as guests.

Service: last, but certainly not least - the client service at BlueSky is unmatched. From the wonderful woman who takes the reservations - known as "Gramma" - to the owners, attention to detail, warm smiles, and helpful tips are abundant. These fine folks truly love what they do, and it shows. You will feel instantly at home in their B&B, and they will do everything they can to make your stay enjoyable and memorable. Truly going above and beyond, you will have more than just "hosts" -- this wonderful couple is rich in stories and anecdotes that you will never forget. Jenafor was also very informative and took time to speak to each of the guests about polar bear safety in Churchill. This was much appreciated.

Dogsled ride: truly the highlight of the trip for me - I loved this more that seeing the polar bears. My mom and I went out in the sled and we were hysterical, it was so much fun. A real Canadian experience. At first, I thought that the price seemed like a lot for a brief dog-sled ride, but it was totally worth it, as we learned about the dogs, got a warm drink and a snack -- it's really a whole afternoon affair. It was also pleasing to see the care and attention that Gerald brings to his dogs. They have a strict "no-cull" policy at BlueSky and they treat their dogs with love and respect, evidenced in the way that the dogs interact with humans. The dogs don't cower in fear when Gerald approaches - that says a lot about the way they are trained. A great experience, very worthwhile... not to miss.

HIGHLY recommended place to stay and sled in Churchill... we wouldn't stay anyplace else.

A big thank you to Jenafor and Gerald for a fabulous stay and for the wonderful memories that we all took away.
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Date of stay: October 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Laura085 wrote a review Nov 2016
Toronto, Canada35 contributions41 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
From arrival, we were greeted with warmth, helpful guidance and some amazing bites to eat. Jenafor, Jolene (Gramma) and Gerald worked so hard, never seeming to stop. Despite all of that, they seemed to have all the time in the world for us. They were wonderful hosts, very attentive and kind to our kids. The highlight, without doubt was our last day where after making us a delicious breakfast, they took us to see some bears (mother with cubs out on the ice), followed by a dog sled at sunset. We felt privileged, being the last people to get taken out by them in Churchill for the year. Then, to top it off as the northern lights came out, they took us back to the airport, pulling our kids on a toy sled into the terminal before saying farewell. Not wishing to put the Azures in a position here; I'm sure they can't do that for every guest, but I do want to illustrate just how far they go out of their way for their guests. They love their dogs, all 32 of them, something that was apparent in their every word and gesture during our stay. Sincere thanks for making us feel so special. Of the many trips we've ever been on, this, without doubt, ranks as one of our most memorable.
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Date of stay: November 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Which popular attractions are close to Bluesky Bed & Sled?
Nearby attractions include Itsanitaq Museum (0.5 km), Prince of Wales Fort (4.5 km), and Miss Piggy Plane Wreck (4.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Bluesky Bed & Sled?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Bluesky Bed & Sled?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Bluesky Bed & Sled?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bluesky Bed & Sled?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tundra Pub, Lazy Bear Cafe, and Seaport Hotel.
Is Bluesky Bed & Sled located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Churchill.
Are pets allowed at Bluesky Bed & Sled?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Bluesky Bed & Sled?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Prince of Wales Fort (4.5 km).
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