Our Holiday researcher Karen visited Churchill in 2010 and wrote about her experiences with the Polar Bears in her BLOG.
Churchill is a town on the shore of Hudson Bay situated at the estuary of the Churchill River. The small community, with a population of less than 1,000, stands at an ecotone – a transition area between adjacent eco-systems: the boreal forest to the south, the Arctic tundra to the northwest and the Hudson Bay to the north. Wapusk National Park lies immediately southwest of Churchill.
Two species of wildlife have given Churchill 2 nicknames - "Polar Bear Capital of the World” and "Beluga Capital of the World."
Tourists can safely view polar bears from specially modified buses known as tundra buggies. October and early November are the most feasible times to see the polar bears, hundreds of which wait on the vast peninsula until the water freezes on Hudson Bay so that they can return to hunt their primary food source, ringed seals.
During July and August, thousands of beluga whales move into the warmer waters of the Churchill River estuary to calf providing visitors with spectacular whale spotting opportunities.
Canada's only significant port on the Arctic Ocean, Churchill is linked to the rest of the world only by the Hudson Bay Railway and by airplane.