Churchill: An Arctic Summer
Discover an Abundance of Northern Canadian Wildlife on This Accessible Arctic Expedition
Few of nature’s marvels match the intense aliveness of an Arctic summer. In a region that's frozen, still and dark for much of the year, the Far North awakens with a burst of energy during these long days when the tundra turns green, animals come forth in great flocks and herds, and the sea welcomes thousands of beluga whales back for their summer feasting. With the remote outpost of Churchill as our base on the edge of Hudson Bay, we are part of the excitement, surrounded by a flurry of natural wonders that only a northern summer can provide.
- Get amazingly close to beluga whales from our Zodiac boats on the Churchill River—an Arctic adventure like no other!
- Join our Expedition Leaders in search of caribou, Arctic fox, snowy owls and polar bears near the shore of Hudson Bay
- For the ultimate encounter with friendly belugas, kayak or snorkel with them on one of our adventure options
Why Choose Us for Your Churchill Summer Adventure?
More than one operator offers summer tours in the Churchill area. We’re confident that our northern nature adventure is a cut above the rest, with elements and inclusions that our competitors don’t offer. Here’s what you can expect when you travel to Churchill with Nat Hab:
- Small Groups for Better Wildlife Viewing
We travel with no more than 14 guests, ensuring intimate wildlife encounters and plenty of personal interaction with our guide. And we split our small group in half when we travel by Zodiac to see the belugas—no crowded conditions for us!
- Private Zodiac Excursions Among the Whales
We use our own private motorized rafts, chartered from Churchill’s highest-quality and most reliable boat company, to visit the belugas in the mouth of the Churchill River—with no more than 7 passengers per boat. This ensures clear viewing, easy photography access, and a flexible timetable.
- Listen to the Belugas by Hydrophone
Belugas are delightfully vocal whales. And while it is a delight to see them up close, our experience is enhanced further by the chance to hear them as well. Most boat excursions don’t offer the opportunity to listen in with hydrophones—but we do!
- Exclusive Summer Access to Churchill Wildlife Management Area
We are the only tour operator in Churchill with an exclusive permit to access the full range of the Churchill Wildlife Management Area (WMA) via Polar Rover tundra vehicle during the summer. This is where we may see caribou, polar bears, arctic fox and other northern animals. Other operators use school-bus-style vehicles and can only drive along the road to Halfway Point, which is, as the name implies, just halfway to the best wildlife-viewing area. You’ve come all the way to Churchill to see wildlife…why not make sure you have the best opportunity to do so!
- Cultural Interactions with Local First Nations Residents
Through years of developing close relationships with local people, we are able to offer our guests the exclusive opportunity to meet revered elders of the First Nations community in Churchill. These storytellers are some of the last in their communities, passing on their knowledge of the past to the younger generations and, fortunately for us, also to our small groups of travelers.
- Choose to Travel North by Rail or Air
Multiple departure dates offer the opportunity to choose a trip that travels north from Winnipeg via a 2-day train journey through the southern prairies and boreal forest, or via a direct 2.5-hour flight—once you reach Churchill, the inclusions are the same.
- The Finest Naturalist Guides on the Planet
Natural Habitat Adventures is known worldwide for employing the highest-quality guides in the industry. Our Churchill Expedition Leaders have been guiding tours in this region for an average of more than 10 years each. And they receive additional training and resources from WWF’s top scientists, ensuring the best interpretive experience available. Expedition Leaders meet each guest in Winnipeg and travel with the group the entire way, sharing their knowledge and insight at every turn. Our philosophy is pretty simple: a nature adventure is only as good as the guide, so we simply must provide the best! See Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- Our Quality Guarantee Ensures Your Superior North Country Experience
Natural Habitat Adventures offers an exclusive guarantee, clearly stating that we will meet the lofty expectations we set in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We all care about the planet, and on this adventure you can travel knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100% carbon-offset. Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, a feature that is particularly important when considering that polar bears face a substantial threat from a warming planet.
- Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world's leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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