Visit Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, the “Polar Bear Capital of the World.” It’s a town on the shore of the Hudson Bay and is famous for the polar bears that move toward the shore from inland in the autumn, leading to its nickname.
The first people to live in Churchill were the Thule people who arrived around 1000 AD and later evolved into the Inuits who live in and around Churchill today. The first Europeans to arrive in the area were the Danish in 1619. The first permanent settlement came with the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1717.
The town is named after John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough and an ancestor of Winston Churchill. The area was a part of the fur trade and later became a port. It’s also the site of the Churchill Rocket Research Range, part of Canadian-American Atmospheric research. Its first rocket was launched in 1956. Today Churchill is a small town that thrives from the operations of the Port of Churchill and polar bear and beluga whale tourism. It’s also a birdwatcher’s paradise and a wonderful place to take in the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis.
Churchill’s main claim to fame is its polar bears. Tourists can safely view polar bears from buses called tundra buggies. This form of ecotourism is best in October and November when hundreds of polar bears wait near Churchill while the water freezes on Hudson Bay, allowing them to return to their primary food source, seals. Churchill maintains a “polar bear jail” for bears that loiter near or in town, keeping them until Hudson freezes over.
The Classic Polar Bear Photo Adventure
The Classic Polar Bear Photo Adventure is an excellent way to visit Churchill and meet the famous polar bears up close and personal. The trip includes three full days on the tundra among the polar bears, a chance to perfect your wildlife photography skills with the help of a well-known photographer/guide, and a chance to be amazed at how close you’ll get to the bears for some incredible photographs. Each group is limited to fifteen travelers, a roundtrip flight from Winnipeg to Churchill is included, as well as accommodations, meals, and more, including the loan of boots and parkas. Little or no walking is required and the the physical requirements are easy.
To learn more or to book your Classic Polar Bear Adventure call us at 866-365-8747.