Churchill Polar Bears, MB, Hudson Bay, Canada

The ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World,’ Churchill lures people to the shores of Hudson Bay for its majestic predators, beluga whales, a huge old stone fort and endless subarctic majesty. But while the highly accessible wildlife is enough for Churchill to be on any itinerary, there’s something less tangible that makes people stay longer and keeps them coming back: a hearty seductive spirit that makes the rest of the world seem – thankfully – even further away than it really is.

For many wildlife enthusiasts, there is nothing quite like seeing polar bears in their natural habitat, and Churchill, Canada—known as the “polar bear capital of the world”—is an ideal location to see them. Here mothers tend to cubs and young adult males play-fight as they wait for Hudson Bay to freeze over, signaling hunting season.

Prime times to visit are July and August and then again during the peak polar bear viewing period of mid-October to November. At other times Churchill is often frozen and desolate, which has its own appeal. Visit Canada. Epic

Air

Air service to Churchill is available year-round. Here are available airlines that fly to Churchill: Calm Air International LP – (800) 839-2256 For fall trips, book your travel well in advance of departure date to ensure a space. A flight from Winnipeg is approximately two hours long.

Train

The Via Rail Canada train departs Union Station in Winnipeg for Churchill every Sunday and Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. The train arrives and departs Churchill every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The train ride is approximately 48 hours long.Visit Canada. Epic Canada Route © Monika Newbound

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