By rail or air, autumn is the perfect time to visit the beautiful town of Churchill in Manitoba’s North. In addition to its one-of-a-kind polar bear viewing opportunities Parks Canada is offering diverse cultural programming, brimming with stories of the area’s Indigenous peoples and tales of Canada’s early days in the fur trade.
A first stop should be the Parks Canada Visitor Centre to take in the interactive exhibits. Here you’ll discover the important roles Prince of Wales Fort and York Factory played in Canada’s booming fur trade era. You’ll also learn about Wapusk National Park, a breath-taking expanse of sub-arctic forest and tundra located along the western shores of Hudson Bay.
Parks Canada will hold public presentations at the Visitor Centre throughout the fall to share the area’s natural and cultural history. Topics include: Wapusk’s fur-bearing animals, polar bears in ancient Palaeo-Eskimo art, and wildflowers of Wapusk.
For a more hands-on experience, have a tour provider take you to Cape Merry Battery for a free Parks Canada-guided tour. Have your camera ready – you never know when a red fox, arctic hare or other photogenic creature might show up!
Can’t get to Churchill this fall? No worries! You can still spot a few polar bears from the warmth of your own home on the Polar Bear Cam at Cape Churchill in Wapusk National Park – the ultimate polar bear hotspot this time of year!