Contrary to popular opinion, Churchill Manitoba is a four-season tourist destination. Historically, the north is known for the fur trade, military posts, and fishing. There are many polar bears as well as a large population of beluga whales. 57,000 of them to be exact. Churchill tourism is often overshadowed by the polar bear, but this is the best place to see beluga whales in the world.
Churchill was one of the first northern fortresses. In 1731-1741, the Prince of Wales Fort was erected. In 1782 the fort was captured by the French. The Europeans and all the trade goods were taken to France and an unsuccessful attempt was made to demolish the fort. Today the fort still stands and is a popular tourist destination.
Here are some tour companies that offer Beluga and polar bear viewing:
Sea North Tours – In operation since 1977, this family run business offers a variety of tours and packages. See Beluga whales, the Prince of Wales Fort, Polar bears, Sea diving, Charters, Snorkeling and Kayak Tours. Also offered are Floe Ice tours, Zodiac charters, the Churchill River Estuary Tours and Kayaking tours.
Churchill Wild – Churchill Wild is two wilderness eco-lodges on the Hudson Bay Coast. Each lodge is perfectly situated near a wide variety of wildlife. A unique polar bear, beluga whale and northern lights viewing luxury destination!
Lazy Bear Lodge – The Lazy Bear Lodge offers the accommodations in log buildings and excellent service of a family-owned lodge. Kayak tours, polar bear viewing tours, and more. Located on Churchill’s main street. Offers: Dog sled tours, beluga whale tours, wilderness expeditions, kayaking snorkeling, and helicopter tours.