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Welcome to Churchill, Canada

When To Go

Polar Bears: July - November
Beluga Whales: June - September
Northern Lights: February - March

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. This remote Canadian town on the shores of Hudson Bay is 1,000 km north of Winnipeg, Manitoba's capital city. There are no roads that lead to Churchill, you can only get here by train or plane.

In addition to seeing polar bears, beluga whales and northern lights, Churchill has an impressive history and culture. Tour a fur trade fort, go on a dogsled adventure and admire the works of local artists and artisans.

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What To See & Do In Churchill

When To Go To Churchill & What You'll See

Calendar of when to see polar bears, belugas and the northern lights in Churchill

The Churchill Experience

The town of Churchill (population 1,000) is a northern Manitoba community accessible only by air and rail. A true bucket-list vacation destination, this rugged outpost on the edge of the Hudson Bay offers experiences you won't find anywhere else in the world.

Polar bears and beluga whales are just two of the main attractions that bring hundreds of international visitors to Churchill every year. The town is also famous for its nightlife, as one of the world's premiere viewing destinations for the aurora borealis (northern lights) that dance in the sky some 300 nights each year.

From the shipwreck of the Ithaca, to the enormous Sea Walls murals, to helicopter tours over the remote northern wilderness, there's no end to the surprises you'll find on the edge of the Arctic.