Come Eye to Eye with Amiable Belugas on Our Northern Canada Summer Adventure
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 Northland 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 beluga whales back for their summer feasting. More than 3,000 of these friendly white whales congregate at the mouth of the Churchill River, and our motorized rafts and kayaks put us at eye-level with them. With the remote yet accessible outpost town 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 hundreds of gentle beluga whales from our Zodiac rafts on the Churchill River—it's a northern nature adventure like none other!
Join our Expedition Leaders in search of Arctic fox, Arctic hare, snowy owls, caribou and roving polar bears near the shores of Hudson Bay
For the ultimate encounter with friendly belugas, get even closer: kayak alongside them, or choose our optional snorkeling opportunity, and swim with them!
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 you won't find elsewhere. Here’s what you can expect when you discover a Churchill summer with Nat Hab:
Small Groups for Better Wildlife Viewing With no more than 14 guests, you're assured intimate wildlife encounters and plenty of personal interaction with our Expedition Leader. 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 seven 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 thrilling 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!
Kayak with the Pod
When the tides are right, we offer the chance to kayak among the belugas—an up-close encounter in a solitude that's broken only by the splash of your paddle and the whales' inquisitive interactions as they approach your boat.
Exclusive Summer Access to Churchill Wildlife Management Area
We're one of just two tour operators in Churchill with an exclusive permit to access the full range of the Churchill Wildlife Management Area (CWMA) via Polar Rover tundra vehicle during the summer. This is where we may see polar bears, Arctic fox and other northern wildlife. Other operators use school-bus 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 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, Inuit and Metis groups 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 travelers.
Travel North by Rail!
Journey north from Winnipeg via a 2-day train trip through the southern prairies and boreal forest.
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. 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-Value 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 you can travel with us knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100-percent 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 and other northern wildlife 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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