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Churchill Holidays

Located in the rugged wilderness of Manitoba on the edge of the Arctic, the atmosphere of Churchill is unique. This may be a small frontier town – the population is less than 1,000 people – but it enchants and entertains thousands of international visitors all-year-round.

One of the most accessible parts of the Arctic Circle, Churchill Manitoba welcomes tourists by train or plane; after all, no roads lead to Churchill. The journey is gobsmacking. You will either travel via rail through the remote, unspoiled wilderness that is seldom seen by humans, or in a short flight from Winnipeg that will only heighten your sense of adventure.

Wildlife lovers rejoice, for Churchill has been nicknamed the polar bear capital of the world. Your Polar Bear tour will be full of one unforgettable moment after another, observing nature’s most elusive hunter in its natural habitat – in October and November, sightings are practically guaranteed. Churchill is also a hive of activity for beluga whales and birdwatching, so make sure you pack your camera.

If Churchill isn’t already on your travel bucket list, it is about to soar to the top; this is one of the top three places on the planet to see the Northern Lights. At their most visible from January until March, book a trip on a tundra buggy or in a wilderness lodge for your best opportunity to watch the Aurora Borealis dance across the perfect dark skies.

It's time for you to take a walk on the wild side and experience everything Churchill has to offer. Our Canada Travel Specialists can tailor-make your trip down to the finest of details, from your accommodation to flight upgrades. Your own personal advisor will be delighted to create an itinerary to best suit your requirements, and our low deposits and holiday payment plans mean that your dream holiday can be just around the corner.

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Things to do in Churchill

1. Eskimo Museum

Tucked away along one of Churchill’s side streets, the Eskimo Museum provides a great way to learn about Inuit art and culture. The museum is packed full of exceptional carvings and displays of ivory and soap stone. Although only one room, the museum has a way of entrancing you for hours – don’t forget to visit the gift shop. Admission is free, but donations are accepted and greatly appreciated.

2. Parks Canada Visitor Centre

One of Churchill’s cornerstone attractions, the Parks Canada Visitor Centre was once a train station and offers a variety of interactive exhibits that will teach you about the history of the city. If you would like to learn more about the area, the people, the food and culture that you are visiting, then this is the stop for you.

3. Tundra Buggy Tour

A trip in one of these all-terrain vehicles are the reason you chose to visit Churchill. Specifically designed for the Arctic terrain, the tundra buggy will ignite your sense of adventure and get you up close to the wildlife and scenery of Churchill – including the elusive polar bear. We suggest you visit in the winter months for the chance to travel across the frozen Churchill River into the wilderness and witness the breath-taking Northern Lights.

4. Arctic Trading Company

If you are dreaming of taking some Arctic memorabilia home from your unforgettable trip, a stop at the Arctic Trading Company is a must. Visit the rustic, cosy store and you will be greeted by a plethora of original native paintings, sculptures and carvings, plus traditional jewellery and high-quality, customisable leather items. This is the perfect place to spend your souvenir money!

5. The Prince of Wales Fort

Travel across the Churchill River by boat or helicopter and arrive at the Prince of Wales Fort, a National Historic Site of Canada. Built over 40 years in the 1700s to protect Hudson Bay’s fur trade, this is a location steeped in fascinating history. Learn the significance of the site with a tour from a local guide. You can also experience some unforgettable whale-watching if you visit during the summer months.

Places to eat in Churchill

1. Gypsy’s Bakery

Providing service with a smile for over 25 years, Gypsy’s bakery is run by a welcoming Portuguese family and is open 10 months of the year. Make a stop here and try the delicious homemade soups and sandwiches for a comforting and cost-friendly lunch. Don’t forget to leave some room for their famous freshly baked pastries!

2. Tundra Inn Dining Room and Pub

A favourite among locals, head to the Tundra Inn for a warm welcome and delicious home-cooked meals. We suggest you enjoy diner in the dining room – there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options on the menu - then pop in to the pub, grab a pint and watch some live music with friends both old and new.

3. Lazy Bear Café

Dining in the Lazy Bear Café is your best chance to sample the best of Manitoba’s local produce. You will immediately feel at home in the cosy surroundings – grab a table by the fireplace and sample the eclectic menu, from elk to Arctic char. There are also a variety of vegetarian options available.

4. Seaport Hotel Restaurant

As Churchill’s only hotel with full amenities, the Seaport Hotel’s restaurant is an ideal stop whether you want a formal dinner or a more relaxed meal. There is also a coffee shop on-site if you need a hot drink to warm you up after exploring this Arctic town. We recommend you try the house special of Jack Daniel ribs – they are absolutely delicious!

5. Wat’chee Lodge

If you want to experience some adventure during your holiday, a stay in Wat’chee lodge will make your time in Churchill unforgettable. While staying you will have the chance to sample some traditional Aboriginal food, from caribou to ptarmigan (a game bird in the grouse family). We recommend you sample everything on offer – these are delicious delicacies that may not be found elsewhere.

Top tips when visiting Churchill

1. Visit in any Season

Churchill holds the same appeal for visitors no matter what the time of year. For those who want to spot polar bears, it is best to visit in the colder months. However, if you want to get up close to some majestic orca whales, a trip in the summer is perfect for you. We recommend you try out dog sledding during your visit – this can be done all year round and is an exhilarating experience.

2. See the Northern Lights in Winter

Seeing the Northern Lights is without a doubt a bucket list item for many people, and Churchill is one of the most accessible Aurora viewing areas in the world. Visit in the winter for your best chance to watch the lights dance across the sky – the Churchill Northern Studies Centre offers viewing experiences you will never forget.

3. Stop at Here Be Bears

Located at the airport, Here Be Bears is the perfect final stop on your trip to Churchill. The shop features the work of local artist Mark Reynolds, who specialises in ornate carvings, stunning jewellery and intricate glasswork that will take your breath away. Buy a final keepsake here to remind you of your holiday for years to come.

4. Drive out Bay Shore Road

This scenic drive is one of the most picturesque in Churchill and will also give you the opportunity to see the inukshuk - a stone landmark of Canada’s native people – along the picturesque Hudson Bay. If you’re lucky and visit at the right time of year, you may even see a polar bear wandering alongside you.

5. Visit Hudson’s Bay

Hudson Bay is also a popular site for eagle-eyed wildlife watchers to spot beluga whales! Witness the whales by land or on the water – if you are feeling brave, you can even dive in and snorkel with them!