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The Natural Wonders of Churchill

Mar 5, 2024

Nestled on the northern Hudson Bay coastline, Churchill, Manitoba beckons students with the promise of discovering unique wildlife experiences and uncovering the study of northern lights.

This hidden gem offers an array of educational experiences, making it an ideal destination for students seeking both thrills and educational enrichment.

The Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) provides unparalleled opportunities for student groups to explore three distinct biomes of the subarctic: arctic tundra, boreal forest, and arctic marine. Offering dormitory-style accommodations, students can immerse themselves in the world of arctic researchers, creating memories that last a lifetime.

Known as the ‘polar bear capital of the world,’ Churchill offers the most accessible encounters with these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Depending on the season, students can witness swimming bears from boats (July-August) or observe them from the safety of massive tundra vehicles (October-November).



July and August bring another spectacle to Churchill—the migration of beluga whales. Thousands of these gentle giants make their way to the Churchill and Seal river estuaries from the Hudson Bay, providing students with a chance to experience close encounters through boat tours, kayaking, or stand-up paddleboarding.

For those fascinated by the cosmic wonders, Churchill boasts over 300 nights of aurora borealis activity annually. The peak months for this breathtaking natural phenomenon are February and March. Students can enjoy the northern lights comfortably through various viewing experiences, such as the Aurora Dome, Aurora Pod, or from Thanadelthur Lounge, a Tundra Buggy™ turned viewing lounge part of the northern lights experience with Frontiers North Adventures.

While Churchill offers a unique blend of adventure and wildlife encounters, Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba, serves as a cultural hub with diverse attractions catering to students’ interests.

Assiniboine Park, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and FortWhyte Alive are just a few of the captivating locations that Winnipeg has to offer. The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, with its extensive collection of aircraft and aviation artifacts, provides a fascinating journey through the history of flight.

The Leaf – Canada’s Diversity Gardens, a recent addition to Manitoba’s attractions, offers indoor and outdoor spaces that explore the connections between people and plants. Qaumajuq, at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, boasts the world’s largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art, showcasing over 14,000 pieces, each telling a unique story of Canada’s North.

The Manitoba Museum’s updated Prairies Gallery narrates the story of Indigenous Peoples in Manitoba through artifacts like a beautiful plains tipi, a Red River cabin, and carts. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights stands as a testament to global human rights issues, allowing students to reflect on the triumphs and failures of the human spirit.

FortWhyte Alive, spanning 660 acres of forests, lakes, and trails, offers a haven for nature enthusiasts. Students can explore the diverse wildlife, partake in activities like biking, snowshoeing, and canoeing, and experience the changing seasons in this natural wonderland.

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Photos courtesy of Travel Manitoba and Martin Gregus.