Province/Territory: Manitoba

Explore urban Winnipeg to the wild tundra of Canada's North

  • 1,710 km from Winnipeg to Churchill
  • 09 days of travelling Manitoba south to north
  • 03 big Manitoba creatures – polar bears, beluga whales and bison.

From cactus-studded dune-scapes in the south to the sub-Arctic tundra of Hudson Bay, Churchill Nature Tours takes you on a jaunt clear across Canada’s prairie province of Manitoba. Experience Winnipeg’s colourful multi-culture. Explore big sky country where forests and plains are alive with elk, bears and coyotes. Chat with Hutterite people, appreciating their simple way of life. Watch bison graze and relax on a horse drawn wagon ride across grasslands. Immerse in Ukrainian culture at a festival and feast. Smell wildflowers while savouring a lakeside gourmet picnic. Fly north to Churchill at the edge of the accessible Arctic and ride a tundra bus safely into the heart of a polar bear summer playground. Hop a helicopter and gaze down at waters littered with beluga whales. Walk through fields of purple fireweed to a stone fort from the Hudson’s Bay Company’s heyday. Dine on fresh Arctic char in your lodge at day’s end, getting to know friendly Manitobans over evening entertainment. Then find yourself too excited to sleep at the chance of spotting shimmering Northern Lights.

Why you should visit
  • Visit the historic star-shaped Prince of Wales Fort in Churchill.
  • Sand dunes and pincushion cactus in Spruce Woods Provincial Park.
  • Culture and history at the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg.
  • Bump along in search of Churchill’s polar bears in a big-wheeled tundra buggy.
  • Baby belugas within arm’s reach.
  • A foot-stomping Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin.
  • Relive the past on a horse-drawn wagon ride in Spruce Woods Provincial Park.
  • See Churchill’s Eskimo Museum with over 850 high quality Inuit carvings on display.
  • A helicopter tour over the tundra and bay shore looking for moose, polar bears and beluga whales.
  • See a herd of bison in Riding Mountain National Park.
  • Legendary Cinnamon Buns at Gypsy’s Bakery in Churchill.

Weather

  • The weather varies greatly between sub-Arctic northern Manitoba and the south of the province.
  • Churchill, on Hudson Bay, has short, cool to mild summers with July average temperatures of 12°C.
  • Winnipeg, set in the Prairies in the south, has 60 out of 62 days of sunshine in July and August. Summer temperatures are warm, in the mid to high 20°C's.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
When to go
  • The 9-day/8 night tour takes place every year in mid-August.
Need to know
  • The trip is open to every level of fitness.Weather can change abruptly in the north of the province, even in summer, and temperatures are cooler and windier on the water so be sure to pack layers of clothing, including a windproof jacket.
  • Take sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Included in the trip are transportation from Winnipeg, lodgings, meals at restaurants or gourmet picnics, helicopter, tundra and boat tours, and experienced naturalist guides.
  • There are galleries and shops in Winnipeg and Churchill featuring local arts and crafts.
Getting Here

• The tour begins and ends in Winnipeg. Flights arrive at the Winnipeg International Airport (YWG).