Faune observable Manitoba

Churchill Wildlife Management Area


Polar Bear mother with cubs

Polar Bear Family
Photo by Robert R. Taylor
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Services

Availability

Drinking Water
Yes
Restrooms
Yes
Marked Trails
Yes
Boardwalk
Yes
Viewing Tower
Yes
Picnic Shelter
No
Camping
No
Concession
Yes
Visitor Centre
Yes
Interpretive signs/Brochures
Yes
Primitive Site
No

Map



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Description

A trip to Churchill is an opportunity of a lifetime and you will be richly rewarded with the unique wildlife you will see. In spring and summer go for the birds, Churchill is known globally as a birders’ paradise. In June, as the ice breaks up on the bay, watch for sea birds. Akudlik Marsh is another good place for birds. In July and August, thousands of beluga whales move into the Churchill River to feed and give birth. In summer, look for caribou along the coastal flats and seals lounging along the shores. Fall is polar bear season.

The great white bears gather on the coast waiting to return to the ice to hunt seals. While bear watching, scan the tundra for other wildlife—Arctic hare, Arctic fox, Willow Ptarmigan, Snowy Owl and thousands of Snow Geese. Something else you will want to watch for on your trip—northern lights!

The Parks Canada Centre in the train station gives you a chance to see wildlife you might not see otherwise, such as a polar bear and cubs in a den.

Don’t Miss

  • Akudlik Marsh
  • Parks Canada Visitor Centre
  • Cape Merry
  • Prince of Wales Fort

Habitats

  • Subarctic transition zone – coniferous forest (boreal/alpine)
  • tundra
  • fen
  • tidal rivers/estuaries
  • mud flats (saline)
  • lakes and marsh
  • coastal sand dunes and beaches
  • open sea
  • rocky flats and barrens

Site Specialties

Directions

Churchill is accessible by air or rail. You can take the train from Winnipeg or drive to Thompson or Gillam and board there.

Cautionary Notes

Travel with a qualified guide for safety. A simple walk along the coast can turn deadly if you come across a bear lounging in the rocks.

Admission

No entrance fee

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