Travel Manitoba eNews - September 2013
Wildlife on the move
Every fall, visitors from all around the world flock to Churchill, Manitoba, known as the Polar Bear Capital of the World. Churchill, 1,100 kilometres north of Winnipeg, is one of the few human settlements in the world where polar bears can be observed in the wild. And prime bear viewing season is just around the corner.
October and November are the best viewing times, as hundreds of bears move from their summer habitat on the tundra to the shores of Hudson Bay, waiting for the ice packs to form so they can begin their winter hunt. Visit EverythingChurchill.com to learn more about visiting the polar bears and for operator information. While many tours can fill up to a year in advance, there are still spaces available to see this bears this fall.
Head to Riding Mountain National Park and keep an eye – and an ear out for elk. This is rutting season for elk, so the bugle of the bull elk is a common sound during the fall. Also, the low human traffic in during this time offers some great opportunities to see other wildlife, including the resident herd of bison near Lake Audy. Check out the wildlife observation boards in the lobby of the park’s Visitor Centre or Administrative Office for the latest sightings, and then record your own. You could see black bears, eagles, foxes, lynx or cougars.