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7 Things to Do in Churchill, Manitoba

There’s nothing to do in Manitoba? Hardly! The marquee summer activity in Churchill is getting in the water alongside beluga whales, but this small town is a great place to check out some other wildlife, too. Here are seven suggestions of what you can do to get your fill of an exciting, outdoor adventure on your travels.

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Things To Do in Churchill: Beluga Whale Tour

On a Canadian adventure like no other, somthing to do in Churchill you’ll never forget: Taking a boat ride to see the breathtaking beluga whales!

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Things To Do in Churchill: Snorkel with Beluga Whales

Over 20,000 whales call the Western portion of Hudson Bay home, and up to 3,000 spend summer in the estuary where the Churchill River meets Hudson Bay, making whaling adventures the thing to do in Churchill. Upshot: brave the 4C water and yes, you will definitely make some new 15-foot-long, 1500KG pals. Sea North Tours is the tour operator of choice for this activity.

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Must-Do Adventures in Churchill: Sea Kayak Alongside Beluga Whales

Something not to miss out on in Churchill: Round out your beluga whale experience by heading onto the Churchill River/Hudson bay estuary in a one- or two-person sea kayak. Paddle your way to the beluga whales – you can’t miss them, as vast pods breach the surface to breathe while feeding on capelin. Sit back on the calm waters and enjoy the show. Tap your kayak or sing up a storm, and the whales will come check you out. Sea North Tours provides a Zodiac escort in case you get tired and need a tow.

 

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What’s Next in Churchill? Take a Beluga-Whale Boat Tour

If you’re not inclined to get into the water with the belugas, something you can still do in Churchill is spend plenty of quality time observing the magnificent white whales from the comfort of a boat. Guides will also keep an eye open for polar bears and seals. Sea North Tours includes a guided interpretive tour of the Fort Prince of Whales National Historic Site in its whale boat excursions.

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A Churchill To-Do List: View the Summer Population of Polar Bears

Although October-November is prime bear season here in The Polar Bear Capital of the World, the 600 KG Lords of the Arctic have been known to bum around Churchill in summer, too. Your Churchill to-do list must include bear watching! This mom and her two cubs were photographed right after a beluga whale snorkeling expedition in July 2010. Another mom and cubs, and a lone male were all within spitting distance.

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A Not-to-Be Missed Churchill Adventure: Sled Dogging

This is not-to-be-missed on your Churchill visit! Dave Daley of Wapusk Adventures runs his eager sled dogs summer and winter. In summer the dog teams pull wheeled carts, in winter, dog sleds. Daley founded the Hudson Bay Quest, a 400KM dog sled race running Churchill to Arviat, Nunavut in 2004, and can tell you all about it during your visit to his dog camp/replica trappers’ cabin in the bush. This adrenaline-ride is a definite don’t-miss and is capped with locally made bannock and preserves.

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What To Do in Churchill: Explore Fort Prince of Wales National Historic Site

The next adventure to cross of your lsit of what to do in Churchill is a visit to this amazing fort. Built by the Hudson’s Bay Company in the 1700s to protect its fur-trade interests, the stone fortress is currently undergoing preservation work. Masons are busy repairing the stone while archeologists conduct research alongside, giving history buffs a unique opportunity to learn more about the architecture and history of the site. Tours are guided due to the ongoing year-round presence of polar bears. Book through Sea North Tours.

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Last Stop in Churchill: Tour the Tundra

Your last task when visiting Churchill is to climb into a 9-tonne Tundra Buggy and you’ve got a bird’s eye view – and polar-bear safe – way to explore the vast, sub-Arctic tundra. Over 250 bird species nest in or migrate through this region, making it a birders’ paradise. Native species include peregrine falcons, gyrfalcons, snowy owls, tundra swans, Arctic terns and gulls. In summer, over 400 plant species, including showy wildflowers, burst to life on the tundra. Your guide will let you out for a close-up view after ascertaining no polar bears are nearby.

 

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