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.
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.
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.
Parks Canada Visitor Centre, Churchill
Your Northern Adventure Starts Here
Your adventure begins at Parks Canada's Visitor Centre in Churchill—your window to the remote historic sites just beyond your reach.
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.
Explore The North
Calm Air partners with local operators to bring visitors to Churchill for the most authentic Northern experiences available today.
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.
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.
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.
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.