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Journey continues through harsh winter

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Steph Crosier

Rick Chopp, director of major operations at the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, gives the media the latest tour after a harsh winter.

Media was invited to tour the future Journey to Churchill exhibit on Fri., April 11.

Rick Chopp, director of major operations for the Assiniboine Park Conservatory, began the tour with a overview of the entire exhibit.

He then showed off the seven-inch thick Plexiglas that will hold back thousands of gallons of salt water, as well as some seals and polar bears, while visitors walk underneath.

Chopp then displayed the salt water filtration tanks that will hold half water and half salt to filter the animals’ swimming water.

Artists are also on site to paint the exterior rocks to replicate those in Churchill, Man. Chopp said more than 100 workers are on site every day hoping to open the exhibit in early July — a month later than originally planned.

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