Bird watching

The Churchill area is a world-renowned hotspot for birding opportunities. In spring and fall, birders flock here to see the 250+ species of birds that nest or pass through Churchill on their annual migrations.

Bird watching on the tundra in northern Manitoba, Canada.

Tundra and taiga provide habitat for native birds, including a large variety of hawks and falcons like the Gyrfalcon and Peregrine Falcon. Snowy Owls are common, as are Tundra Swans, terns and gulls. Avid birders search for Harlequin Ducks and the rare Ross’s Gull for the potential sighting of a lifetime.

The Ptarmigan is barely visible against the snow covered landscape near Hudson Bay in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.

Bird Cove, located on the coast about 16 km east of Churchill, provides an excellent location for bird watching. Another popular spot is Akudlik Marsh, located 4 km south of Churchill. The marsh is a nesting area of Ross’s Gull, Little Gull and Rock Wren, among many others. A RBA (Rare Bird Alert) board at Akudlik is updated daily throughout the season.

The Ross’s Gull is a bird of the Arctic pack-ice and tundra. The discovery of it nesting in Churchill brings birders from around the world.

Check out Granary Ponds for another excellent bird-watching site easily reachable by vehicle or on foot. Located near the grain elevators, this shallow series of ponds is a favourite feeding place for gulls, terns, shorebirds and waterfowl.

Of special note – it was at this spot on June 10, 1979, that the Ross’s Gull, perhaps the most sought after species on birders’ lists in Churchill, was first sighted.

Find a tour guide

Churchill Nature Tours

churchNatToursNature study tours in Churchill region. Bird watching, beluga whales, wildflowers, polar bear safaris.All inclusive packages from Winnipeg. Service en français.

Box 429, Erickson, MB R0J 0P0

Call: 204-636-2968 or 1-877-636-2968
Fax: 204-636-2557

Churchill Northern Studies Centre

Churchill Northern Studies CentreHigh quality learning adventure study tours to Churchill led by scientists and researchers on birding, arctic wildlife, winter survival, northern lights, astronomy, beluga whales and polar bears. Other tours also offered through Road Scholar.

Box 610, Churchill, MB R0B 0E0

Call: 204-675-2307
Fax: 204-675-2139

Churchill Wild

CW-LogoAll-inclusive adventures from Churchill. Polar bears, igloo building, northern lights, beluga whales, birds. Inclusive and authentic sub-arctic excursions.

Box 79, Kleefeld, MB R0A 0V0

Call: 204-377-5090 or 1-866-846-9453

Churchill Wilderness Encounter

Birding, history and natural history tours. Individual package and group tours from June until November. Charter bus and step-on guide.

Box 1356, Gimli, MB R0C 1B0

Call: 204-642-8148 (summer) or 204-642-9777 (winter)
Fax: 204-642-7366

Nature 1st Tours and Transportation

Nature 1st (Adventure Walking Tours)Bus and walking tours guided by a professional local naturalist. Visit boreal forest, taiga, tundra and marine ecosystems. Wildlife, birding, flowers, natural history, local sites, and polar bear security.

Box 1136, Churchill, MB R0B 0E0

Call: 204-675-2147
Fax: 204-675-2103

Sea North Tours Ltd.

Sea North Tours LtdTransport Canada-certified tour boat. Daily tours for beluga whales, Prince of Wales Fort, birds, polar bears, seals, and floe ice tours. Hydrophone-equipped to listen in on the most vocal whales in the world. Various size of charter boats available, tour with transport kayaks, snorkelling.

Box 222, Churchill, MB R0B 0E0

Call: 204-675-2195 or 1-888-348-7591
Fax: 204-675-2198

The Tundra Buggy® Adventure

The Tundra Buggy AdventureBoard an original Tundra Buggy® for an unparalleled polar bear viewing experience or sleep among the bears at our unique Tundra Buggy Lodge. Summer half-day tour of birds, flowers and wildlife.

Box 40063 RPO Lagimodière, Winnipeg MB R2C 4P3

Call: 204-949-2050 or 1-800-663-9832
Fax: 204-667-1051

Wapusk Adventures

Wapusk AdventuresDog sled rides and adventures at replica trapper’s camp. Northern lights, bird and seal boat tours on Churchill River.

Box 728, Churchill, MB R0B 0E0

Call: 204-675-2887
Fax: 204-675-8042


Feeding a Gray Jay (or Canada Jay or Whiskey Jack) in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.

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