3 beluga whale trips to take to Churchill this summer

Posted July 23, 2021

Every summer the Churchill River Estuary welcomes thousands of beluga whales to its waters. Seeing these friendly whales splash and swim up close is one of the most unforgettable wildlife experiences in Manitoba.

Luckily there is still time for anyone who is fully vaccinated to book an exceptional journey to northern Manitoba to explore Churchill and see the beauty of the beluga whales.

1. Churchill summer rail and road trip

Frontiers North Adventures | 2 nights train, 3 nights Churchill | $1549 CAD

Put yourself in the driver’s seat this summer and experience Manitoba with this self-drive adventure! Journey northward from Winnipeg to Thompson and catch the overnight train to beautiful Churchill. Breathe in the coastal air, smell wildflowers in full bloom, listen to beluga whale song and try to spot a polar bear!

Package available July 30 to August 4, 2021 and August 20 to 25, 2021.

People watching beluga whales from a zodiak in the Hudson Bay.
© Zhang Yongpeng/Frontiers North Adventures
Jessica Burnick

Package includes:

  • Roundtrip train fare with VIA Rail (Thompson to Churchill)
  • Churchill hotel accommodations
  • Beluga whale viewing
  • Tundra Buggy® adventure
  • Dog carting in the boreal forest


2. Local beluga adventurer tour

Heartland International Travel & Tours | 2 nights | $860 CAD

Experience a wide range of activities unique to Churchill with this two-night Churchill tour. Kayak or paddle board with beluga whales and tour the town of Churchill and some of its surrounding historical sites, including Prince of Wales Fort.

Departures available Mondays and Saturdays through August 2021.

Close-up of a beluga surrounded by a pod of belugas.
Alex de Vries-Magnifico
A curious beluga whale crests next to a person on a stand up paddle board.
Daniel Raiti

Package includes:

  • Two nights at Polar Inn and Suites
  • Kayaking and paddle boarding with beluga whales with Sea North Tours
  • Churchill town and area tour


3. Beluga whale dream tour

Lazy Bear Expeditions | 2 nights | $675 CAD

Be in the heart of the action when 60,000 Beluga Whales (the highest concentration in the world!) descend upon the Hudson Bay. This package includes a beluga whale boat tour and the ability to add on a kayaking or AquaGliding™ experience to get up close and personal with the canaries of the sea.

Package dates available now until end of August 2021.

A beluga whale crests in front of a person in a kayak.
One adult polar bear and two cubs sit on rocks
Jason Ransom

Package includes:

  • Two nights at Lazy Bear Lodge
  • Beluga whale boat tour
  • Cultural and heritage tour of the Churchill town and area
  • Breakfast after each night stay and one dinner entrée


All travellers must be fully vaccinated to visit Churchill and participate in these tour packages. For more details on all three packages click here.