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Traveler Story: Beluga Whales in Churchill, Canada

By Nat Hab Traveler Kay Ellen Gilmour, MD | Beluga Whales & Arctic Wildlife of Churchill 

Lois and I had a marvelous time on this trip. And as is our usual practice, Lois wrote a journal of our experiences and I made a series of videos and published my photos on the Internet so we could share memories of the trip with our friends, family and fellow participants.

Beluga whale, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

Here are my videos of our Natural Habitat Adventures 12-day trip to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada to see the white beluga whales gather at the mouth of the Churchill River for calving. Here on the edge of Hudson Bay is a wildlife sanctuary for bird life, beluga whales and the great polar bear.



We spent two days in Winnipeg playing tourists in what turned out to be a vibrant, beautiful, cultural, photographically intriguing city. The city sits at the confluence of the Red River and the Assiniboine River at a point called The Forks. Well worth a visit.



We boarded a train for Churchill but had to disembark at Thompson, as the rail line between Thompson and Churchill had been washed away by record flooding just weeks before. Had time for a visit at Pisew Falls.



Baby beluga whale calf

The last leg of our Natural Habitat Adventures’ 12- day trip to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada to see the white beluga whales gather a the mouth of the Churchill River for calving. Here on the edge of Hudson Bay is a wildlife sanctuary for bird life, beluga whales, and the great Polar Bear.



Beluga whale tail.

All videos and photos © Kay Ellen Gilmour, MD.
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Belugas, Bears & Summer Wildlife of Churchill

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Meet hundreds of friendly beluga whales up close via Zodiac and kayak, and look for caribou, polar bears, Arctic fox and more on this Canadian subarctic adventure.

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Churchill, Manitoba is one of the best places on the planet to view and photograph the aurora borealis—see it in comfort from our exclusive Aurora Pod featuring a 360-degree view of the night sky.

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