Why Sea North Tours

OUR MISSION

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SEA NORTH TOURS BELIEVES THAT BELUGA WHALES DESERVE RESPECT AND PROTECTION. AND WE PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH.

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We have over 30 years of experience and a passion for sharing Churchill’s treasures with people all over the world. We invite you to come experience the friendly beluga whales up close. Churchill awaits you.

Safety First

We are fully committed to your safety both on and off the water.

World’s Best Guides

Our guides are true professionals with experience and certification.

Experience of a Lifetime

We provide an adventure like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.

It is our pleasure to bring you closer to the latitude of 58’s backyard!

We strive to offer our guests the best service and an unforgettable nature experience by:

  • Providing our guests with first-hand knowledgeable, qualified and experienced guides.
  • GUIDE : PARTICIPANT ratios on our boats are monitored daily in order to best deliver a unique and memorable experience.
  • Providing all Coast Guard required safety equipment for all our beluga whale safari tours.
  • Our custom built 32 passenger Sea North II Transport Canada Certified Tour Boat is the only tour boat in Churchill engineered for the protection of the whales because there are no exposed moving parts.
  • The Sea North II offers visitors of all ages the possibility to enjoy the beluga whales.
  • We make every reasonable effort to ensure visitors a safe tour.
  • We have a perfect safety record.

Our Story

Sea North Tours is the oldest tour company on the water in Churchill, Manitoba. Founded in 1977, by Mike and Doreen Macri, it was sold in 2011 to their close friends, Dwight Allen and Louise Foubert, who are the current operators today. It has always been a family owned company that developed because of a love of the subarctic and its wildlife. Dwight and Louise have a passion for sharing Churchill’s treasures with people from all over the world and started their tourism ventures back in 1982. Along with their son Remi, they have spearheaded many of the tourism attractions in Churchill today including: paddleboarding with the belugas, whale-friendly boats, The Sloop Cove Hike and more. With their entrepreneurial ingenuity, Sea North Tours continues to grow each year.

Experience

Sea North Tours Ltd. has been in operation for 40 years! Our mandate has always been and will always continue to be to provide our visitors with a unique opportunity to observe marine animals in their natural environment and to spread knowledge about their behaviour and biology.

Sustainability

Our aim is to operate our business in a sustainable and responsible way in order to ensure and encourage continued preservation, protection and welfare of the animals and to minimize our impact on nature. We hope that we are the ears, eyes and the voice to help uphold the protection of the region’s wildlife population.

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AWARDS +

Certificates

2016 Aspiring Youth Award

Long and Distinguished Service Award

2014 Service of Excellence Award

Manitoba Tourism Education Council certified tour guide since July 1993

MEET

our Team
  • Jocelyn McLean

    Jocelyn works on the front line entertaining beluga whales all summer. Instead of toys, she uses kayaks, zodiacs and snorkelers. It’s a hard job, but someone’s gotta do it!

  • Remi Foubert-Allen

    He is a 3rd generation Churchillian and Captain of the one and only SEA NORTH II vessel. His favourite memories to date are rare Orca sightings in 2012 and 2014.

  • Aubrie Foubert-Allen

    Born in Churchill, she’s a friendly face at our sales desk. As well as being a local tour guide, she volunteers her time as a firefighter and auxiliary coast guard. Fluent in French she can help in either of our official languages!

  • Veronika Ertulova

    Born and raised in Kazakhstan, Veronika works in sales and can help schedule your tours. She loves her small pup named Tony and enjoys paddleboarding with belugas.

  • Tiffany Spence

    Born and raised in Churchill, Tiffany loves to embrace every aspect of mother nature. Whether it’s photography, berry picking, exploring or navigating the Churchill Estuary, she likes to do it all.

  • Erin Greene

    Owner/operator of “SUP North”, she fell in love with Churchill in 2012. Combining her passion for the whales, the water and active living, she introduced paddleboarding to the Churchill River.

  • Arnar Palsson

    Your friendly transportation to see everything there is to see. “Going out of the way to make things happen is my only way. Churchill is my second home.”

  • Lindsay Hurst

    Since moving to Churchill in 2010, Lindsay has been leading whale tours on the Hudson Bay. A lover of the outdoors, she enjoys cruising on her ATV and watching belugas playing under the gorgeous Churchill sunsets.

  • Alex de Vries-Magnifico

    An avid photographer and local gallery owner, Alex has been with Sea North Tours since 2013. His love and overall knowledge of the town of Churchill and its surrounding wildlife radiate from him with every tour.

Our Commitment

Truly Whale Friendly Boats

Some belugas swim closely behind boats, enjoying bubbles from their engine propellers. But props can injure or even kill them. That doesn’t happen with Sea North boats. We either use prop-free Jet Drive engines or Prop Guards® on our boats so there are no exposed moving parts beneath the water.

We were the first whale watching company in the Churchill River and Hudson Bay to install Prop Guards®, and we’re still the only ones. But we are working to change that. In addition to educating others about Prop Guards, we’ve also become a dealer so we can provide them at cost–making guards more accessible in the North. Heck, we’ve even given them away!

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Testimonials
  • Sea North Tours have been amazing to work with. Not only are their drivers fantastic, but they really do have customer experience at the heart of their operation. They also have an incredible focus on safety, for the clients and the whales. It has been a pleasure to work with Sea North Tours and we are excited for the upcoming summer as well.

    NATURAL HABITAT
  • Sea North Tours. Simply the best! I’ve been all over the world in search of marine life encounters for photography and nothing beats the Beluga Whale action provided by Sea North Tours. I return to Churchill every summer from SE Florida because I never get tired of being bumped by belugas — the most interesting creature I’ve ever been in the water with. This is a family run business and they treat you like family, from the hotel accommodations to the breakfast every morning to the professionalism of the tours and other activities. I look forward to many more summers in Churchill with Sea North Tours and the belugas.

    MEG HAINSTOCK
    Beluga Researcher
  • Sea North Tours have been amazing to work with. Not only are their drivers fantastic, but they really do have customer experience at the heart of their operation. They also have an incredible focus on safety, for the clients and the whales. It has been a pleasure to work with Sea North Tours and we are excited for the upcoming summer as well.

    DOUGLAS KAHLE
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