beluga whale watching

Beluga Whale Season

2000 to 3000 beluga whales visit the Churchill River Estuary every summer. These friendly, vocal and highly intelligent mammals are a joy to observe and Churchill has the best beluga whale watching in the world. A sub-arctic summer is a short intense period with a great variety of flowering vegetation and even some summer polar bears, forced ashore by the melting Hudson Bay ice. There's lots to do and see in the summer.

Boat Tours: Go whale watching by tour boat (Beluga & Fort Tour), zodiac charter or kayak tour. Snorkeling with an arctic wet suit is another option.


Town & Area Tours: Nature and history, hiking and busing combinations for your level of fitness. Local ecosystem experts will keep you interested.

North Star Tour

Nature First

Robinson Enterprises

Taxi Companies:

Churchill Taxi 675-2345

Helicopter Tours: A bird’s eye view will put our coastal community in perspective. Greatly increases your chances of viewing summer polar bears.

Hudson Bay Helicopters

Eskimo Museum: A must see, set aside a couple of hours to take in this award winning display of Inuit and Northern culture. (204-675-2030)

Vehicle rentals: An opportunity to explore on your own. Tamarack Rentals (204-675-2192) and Polar U Drive.

Tundra Vehicle Tours: a unique way to experience the tundra in summer.

Tundra Buggy Tours

Local stores and shops: Many northern items to choose from.

The Churchill Northern Studies Centre offers high-quality adventure study tours. Each five day course is a true learning experience led by professional scientists and researchers.

Parks Canada Interpretive Centre: A wealth of information in the newly refurbished train station.

Wapusk National Park is a remote and relatively inaccessible area covering over 11,000 square kilometers south and east of Churchill, Manitoba.  Visitors can also enjoy the vegetation, wildlife and unique experience of visiting these sub-arctic and coastal lowland ecosystems right around the town of Churchill, including the Churchill River estuary and Provincial Wildlife Management Area.  An experienced tour guide knows where to take you and how to keep you safe.  The Town of Churchill and its enterprising residents have earned the reputation of being the Polar Bear and Beluga Whale capital of the world.

Restaurants: Plenty of choice for a small town, including authentic northern cuisine. Gypsy Bakery, Seaport Hotel, Tundra Restaurant, Churchill Motel, Northern Nights Lodge

Churchill Town Centre: A recreational facility, from swimming to exercise equipment plus public playground and polar bear slide.

Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights): free for the viewing during the few hours of summer darkness.

Other Amenities: post office, Royal Bank, grocery store, liquor store, churches, gas station, Churchill Regional Health Authority with 30 bed hospital, pharmacy and medical clinic.

Churchill Regional Health Authority

Summer Package Tours: If you like to leave the planning to professionals:

Churchill Nature Tours

Frontiers North

Great Canadian Travel

Natural Habitat

North Star Tours

Fresh Tracks

Heartland Travel

John Steel Rail Tours

Rail Travel Tours

Tours of Exploration

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