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There is whale watching and then there is beluga whale watching.
A visit to Churchill offers an unparalleled ability to get close to the docile species during the summer months of July and August. A natural phenomenon to witness, each year thousands of whales make their way to the chilly waters of the Churchill River to birth their calves.
Calm natured and interactive, the white wonders are not only easy to spot but often will come to you, revealing reciprocal curiosity. They will be close enough for you to see their famous one-eyed, sideways stare – thanks to bendable necks, unique to the species.
Get ready to sputter out a blitz of oohs and ahhs. And like a good tennis match, your head will bob from side-to-side as you follow directional shouts like “one ‘o’clock,” “straight ahead,” and “under the boat!” Here are the three top ways to spot the canaries of the sea: