Highlights and main attractions of Churchill
Disembarking in the small frontier town of Churchill can be a bit of a shock to the system. You struggle to take in the surrounding frozen wild west landscape, yet there is little to take in here, on the shores of Hudson Bay. This is the ‘polar bear capital of the world’ and your gateway to some of the most unforgettable and exciting moments in the natural world and combines perfectly with a trip to North America in search of bears.
Around 1000AD the Thule people arrived here, later evolving into the Inuit culture that is still present and very evident today. Situated along Manitoba’s 1,400 kilometres of coastline, you are at the junction of three biomes; marine, boreal forest and tundra and the wildlife opportunities can, at times, be absolutely breathtaking.
Staying out in the tundra in Tundra Lodge, you can live amidst the action and watch as mothers care for cubs and males forge friendships that will be forgotten as soon as it is hunting time. With ample observation decks, you will not miss the action, day or night, and bears are known to approach, intrigued by the train-like structure in their midst. Each day you will head out in tundra buggies, each person with their own window and each guide fully trained and equipped with walkie-talkies directing them to the wildlife.
At the end of the summer months, the polar bears gather on the tundra awaiting the ‘big freeze’ so that they can head out hunting on the pan ice for their favourite meal - ringed seals.