Churchill
On the edge of the Arctic

Seawalls Murals | Treaty 5

Everything Churchill

Welcome to the polar bear capital of the world.

One thousand kilometres north of Winnipeg is a place that feels like another world. At first glance, Churchill is a northern town like any other. But take another look and you’ll see Churchill is a one-of-a-kind Manitoba destination. Lying along the migration path of polar bears and beluga whales, Churchill draws wildlife enthusiasts from all over the globe.

Polar bear illustration

Fall is prime time to see polar bears in Churchill.

Adventure on the edge of the Arctic

Your first clue that Churchill is a place for adventurers is the fact that there are no roads that lead here. Coming by plane or train are the only ways to get to this remote town on the shores of Hudson Bay. Churchill hotels and eco-lodges welcome those seeking once-in-a-lifetime outdoor experiences watching polar bears, beluga whales and also the northern lights, which are visible here up to 300 nights of the year.

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Frontiers North Adventures

Polar Bear Viewing

Looking a wild polar bear in the eye changes you forever. Experience polar bear season in Churchill for your chance at this once-in-a-lifetime encounter!

Churchill Northern Studies Centre

Nature, Northern Lights & Learning

Experience travel in a new northern light with a learning vacation at an active research facility and discover nature, culture and history.

Hudson Bay Helicopters

Polar Bear Helicopter Sightseeing Tours

Hudson Bay Helicopters specializes in 60-90 minute tours of polar bears and more in Churchill, Manitoba.

Churchill Northern Studies Centre

This summer, experience life at an active research facility. Learn about belugas, birds, flowers, and bears on the adventure of a lifetime!

Lazy Bear Expeditions

Polar Bears, Belugas & More

Come into the Hudson Bay on one of our unique vessels to see super pods of friendly beluga whales! Choose your life-changing adventure now.

Calm Air

Explore The North

Calm Air partners with local operators to bring visitors to Churchill for the most authentic Northern experiences available today.

Northern lights over the trees near Churchill, Manitoba

The northern lights can be experienced in Churchill 300 days a year.

Churchill is a year-round destination: fall is prime time to see polar bears, winter offers amazing northern lights viewing, spring is the top season for birdwatching and summer sees thousands of beluga whales arrive in the area.

Churchill’s culture and history are equally fascinating. See where retreating glaciers etched marks on rocks that are billions of years old. Tour a 300 year-old stone fort established by the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Go on a thrilling dogsled ride and learn about the importance of this mode of transportation to the people in the North. Admire intricate carvings and other Inuit art and artifacts at the Itsanitaq Museum. From hiking through vibrant fireweed to a shipwreck or seeing the town’s character brought to life in colourful murals, don’t be surprised if Churchill surprises you.

Churchill is located on Treaty 5 Territory, the original lands of the Ininiwak, Anish-Ininiwak and Dene and home to Inuit and Métis.
Person lying on their back in the snow, looking up at the northern lights in Churchill.

Explore Churchill

Peak viewing time to witness the flickering green hues of the northern lights are between February and March, with plenty of multi-day tour options available.

Polar bear playing its back on the green tundra

There are a variety of tours for viewing polar bears in Churchill in both the summer and fall season and deciding on which one is best for you depends on your level of adventure, your desire for exclusivity and your budget.

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Two people kayaking with a pod of beluga whales near Churchill, Manitoba.

Beautiful Belugas

Over 57,000 beluga whales make their way into Hudson Bay each year, with 4,000 of those entering the Churchill River Estuary. There are a number of multi-day, single-day and DIY style tours to choose from on your northern summer adventure.

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Discover Winnipeg's turn-of-the-last century Exchange District, friendly neighbourhoods and attractions showcasing the city’s history.

Explore Churchill

Welcome to Churchill, Canada

Known as the polar bear capital of the world, Churchill is also known as a beluga whale watching hotspot and one of the best places to see the northern lights.

Plan Your Trip

Start planning your trip to see beluga whales, polar bears or the northern lights!

About Churchill, Canada

Learn about the history of Churchill and its surroundings, from the Pre-Dorset to Modern Inuit cultures through to the european fur trade and exploration of the North.

Calm Air

Experience The North