#WHOA Where Canada's Heart... Beats
Here in Manitoba, we do outdoor adventures incredibly well. Take a break from whatever you're doing and come with us deep into the wilderness for an experience you'll want to visit again and again.
Known as the "Polar Bear Capital of the World", Churchill, Manitoba is one of the few human settlements where polar bears can be observed in the wild. This northern town falls directly along the bears’ migration route from the tundra to the shores of Hudson Bay, where the bears spend their winter on the ice hunting seal. This migration happens every October and November as hundreds of bears move onto the pack ice as it forms.
Keep cozy aboard a massive tundra vehicle, designed to carry you safely and comfortably over the arctic terrain, as you visit prime locations to view and photograph the bears. If you're feeling more adventurous, bundle up and brave an on-the-ground walking tour—accompanied by an armed guide, of course (these are the world’s largest land carnivores). Make the town of Churchill your home base or extend your time on the tundra with a stay at one of many fly-in lodges, where you can wake up with polar bears on your doorstep.
Follow the tracks of an elk or a timber wolf, ski, snowshoe, or dogsled through the woods, learn to ice fish on a frozen lake—Manitoba's parks aren't just a summer vacation spot, they're a year-round destination. Whether you're looking for backcountry winter camping or a high-end resort complete with world-class restaurants and spas, a winter stay in Manitoba’s parks can be whatever you want it to be.
Explore new trails, enjoy the open air, then warm your fingers and toes around a bonfire. And when the sun finally sets on a day of adventure, take in the late show as northern lights ripple across the sky.
Northern Manitoba is one of the best places in the world to experience the magic of the aurora borealis—also known as the northern lights. Grab your camera and head north to Flin Flon, The Pas or Churchill to capture these shimmering skies. Peak viewing season runs from January to March every year.
Book an overnight adventure tour that offers sky-gazing access from the deck of a heated tundra vehicle, or take in the show from the comfort of a cozy aurora dome or an open-air deck. You can even enjoy dinner and a show at RAW:churchill, where fine cuisine and spirits are served as the northern lights dance through the transparent roof overhead.