Wildlife in Churchill: Summer in Canada’s Sub-Arctic

See why nature lovers, wildflowers, birds and sea mammals all congregate in the Canadian sub-arctic during the summer as you get up close to wildlife and learn about life in the North.
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Program No. 21496RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

The next time your friends ask, “What did you do last summer?” tell them you paddled out in a river kayak and got up close and personal with a beluga whale in the Arctic. Come to Churchill to experience fascinating encounters with the wildlife, wildflowers and life on the tundra in the Canadian sub-arctic. Begin in Winnipeg with a bit of history at the Manitoba Museum, then fly to Churchill on Hudson Bay to observe beluga whales in their summering grounds. Witness the explosion of summer life, including wildflowers, breeding Canada geese and polar bears lazing about. Delve into the region’s human history and rich native cultures at Prince of Wales Fort and Cape Merry National Historic Sites.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles. Paddling kayak for several hours.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience up-close encounters with beluga whales by jet boat and river kayak.
  • Board a Tundra Buggy and journey into the Churchill Wildlife Management Area in search of arctic fox, arctic hare, caribou and the first of the summer polar bears.
  • Learn about traditional life and modern challenges in the North as you enjoy cultural talks and feast on walleye, bannock and locally made products.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. This program stays in unique accommodations. Be sure to review the Lodging description for the Churchill Northern Studies Centre.
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James Kushny
James has been involved in wildlife studies since 1990 when he worked as a Field Botanist at La Pérouse Bay. He has studied snow goose colonies and caribou herds and has worked with the World Wildlife Fund as an advisor to protect isolated caribou herds across Canada's Boreal Forest. James is currently an Arctic Ecosystems Instructor for the University of Toronto and the CNSC. When he is not exploring the north, James operates an organic sustainable farm and apiary with his family in South-Eastern Ontario.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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