Churchill

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It's not difficult to figure out why the tiny town of Churchill is known as the "polar bear capital of the world". It is estimated that there are about 15,000 polar bears in northern Canada, and about 300 of them pass by or through this town every year from September to November.

Churchill is located 1700kms north east of Canada's most central province of Manitoba. Every year, residents greet some very special visitors; polar bears. Polar Bear watching tours catch a glimpse of the bears as they move between the ice and the land at this time of year.

Unique local tundra vehicles, designed to move smoothly over snow and ice, protect passengers from curious or hungry bears. Visitors can also stay at a wilderness lodge (complete with protective fence) built on the bears' migration route, canoe Seal River, or take guided walks to areas the bears frequent.

If you aren't lucky enough to make it to Churchill in September, try passing by from late June until late August. Churchill is also known as the "beluga whale capital of the world" during these months. Stay and enjoy the Northern Lights, one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in Canada.

Getting there:

Routing How long by train?
Toronto - Winnipeg 1 day 11hrs
Saskatoon - Winnipeg 11hrs 20mins
Winnipeg - Churchill 1 day 19hrs