Watchable Wildlife Manitoba

Churchill


Services

Availability

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

Description

A trip to Churchill is an opportunity of a lifetime. In spring 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 Canada and Lesser Snow Geese. Something else you will want to watch for on your trip—northern lights!

The best way to experience Churchill is with a licensed tour provider.

Don’t Miss

  • Akudlik Marsh
  • Parks Canada Visitor Centre
  • Cape Merry
  • Prince of Wales Fort
  • Churchill Wildlife Management Area

Habitats

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

Site Specialties

Directions

Churchill is accessible by air.

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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