This westernmost province of Canada has some of Canada’s warmest weather and a temperate climate for exploring the outdoor scenery and wildlife of the area. The mountain ranges and thick forests of BC are rich in wildlife such as deer, wolves, cougar, and of course the black and grizzly bears. The optimum time to view the bears is during the salmon spawning season from late August to September, when they can be seen swiping salmon from the rivers and fattening up before the onset of winter.
The shorter summer period can be warm, with temperatures known to reach 30ºC, but with some rain at times. The majority of snow tends to fall when the temperature is not at its lowest during the winter season, which is generally cold and dry. It is one of the world’s best places to experience the the natural phenomenon of Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), which are at their most impressive from January through March when skies are clearer. Churchill’s setting within the transitional zone between the Arctic tundra and the Boreal Forest also makes it ideal for wildlife. Up to 60,000 beluga whales can be seen in the summer months, particularly between July and August, along the shores of the Hudson Bay. Those looking to witness polar bears in their natural habitat should aim to visit October to November, when they arrive on the tundra nearby Churchill before the ‘Big Freeze’ and winter hunting season.