Welcome to Churchill, Canada! Where you can experience polar bears, belugas and northern lights. Get ready for Churchill to steal your heart.

Welcome to Churchill, Canada

Called the polar bear capital of the world, Churchill is also known as a beluga whale watching hotspot, a birder’s paradise, and one of the best places to experience the northern lights.

While in Churchill, take in some of its extensive fur trade history, adventure kayaking, hiking and outstanding cuisine (Arctic Char is a must!). So get set for your once in a lifetime tundra experience in Churchill.

 
The northern lights glow in the skies around the Churchill Northern Studies Centre in Manitoba, Canada.

Northern lights

The aurora borealis (or northern lights) is a natural phenomenon caused by the interaction of charged particles from the sun with atoms in the upper atmosphere. Scientists from around the world have come to Churchill to study the northern lights in the active night sky – Churchill is one of the top three places on the planet to see the northern lights.

These otherworldly dancing curtains of light glow in a rainbow of colours, and are at their most resplendent in January through March. Under clear winter skies, visitors can watch the colourful artistry of the Aurora borealis light up the pitch-black nights. Grab a front row seat in the comfort of the plexiglass-covered Aurora Domes to watch this spectacular natural lightshow.

Shape out your sky gazing getaway straightaway!

Polar bear watching from a tundra vehicle in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.

Polar bears

Churchill is one of the few human settlements where you can come face to face with the mighty polar bear from unique tundra vehicles that let you travel in comfort and safety over the snowy terrain.

Follow the bears as they gather along the shores of Hudson Bay, waiting for the ice to freeze. Wilderness hikes offer a bears’ eye view of the stunning coastal landscape.

Plan your polar bear experience of a lifetime now!

Kayaking with beluga whales

Beluga whales

Nicknamed “sea canaries” for their strange high-pitched whistles, clicking, chirping and other underwater vocalizations, thousands of beluga whales inhabit the warmer waters of the Churchill River after the ice breaks up.

Zodiacs and larger passenger boats will take you out among these intelligent and curious creatures. Listen in on the whales’ conversation using hydrophones and try to figure out what they are saying. If you’re more adventurous, venture out on (or in) the water – kayaking or snorkeling with these friendly sea mammals is an unforgettable experience.

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