Province/Territory: Manitoba

Experience whales and polar bears on the ultimate Arctic Summer Adventure in Churchill, Manitoba.

  • 02 cosy fireplaces to gather around and exchange stories
  • 3500 beluga whales in the Churchill River
  • 500 miles south of the Arctic circle

Explore the wilderness of Canada’s Arctic in the polar bear capital of the world on a summertime adventure when the sea ice has melted and the wildflowers are in bloom on the tundra. Get thrillingly close to snow-white beluga whales on a kayak or snorkel excursion in the cool clear waters of Hudson Bay; watch polar bears play with their cubs or snooze on the beach, hear the cries of more than 150 species of bird including ptarmigan and Smith’s Longspur as they swoop through the air, discover the historic past of this friendly northern community and enjoy the hospitality of the Churchill’s most luxurious accommodation, the Lazy Bear Lodge’s family-built log cabin.

Why you should visit
  • When the sun comes down keep an eye out and you may be rewarded with the magic of the Northern Lights as they shimmer across clear starry skies.
  • See polar bears take a dip in cooling waters on a sunny day, or watch from a boat as a momma bear lazes on the beach with her cubs.
  • Paddle your kayak through the crystal clear waters where the world’s largest concentration of super-pods of belugas gather to feed.
  • Don a dry suit and plunge into Hudson Bay to swim with snow white beluga whales and their newly-born grey calves.
  • Experience the remote wilderness of Canada's North as you spot polar bears and beluga whales by day, and enjoy  family-style hospitality at night.
  • After a full day of adventures, take a seat at the Lazy Bear Café and feast on indigenous delights such as bison or elk steak and dill-crusted Arctic char.

Weather

Visitor information

Lazy Bear Lodge Ultimate Arctic Summer Adventure package information.
Lazy Bear Lodge offer a variety of Churchill-based adventure and cultural tours.
Reservations required. Limited departure dates offered.

When to go

The season runs from the second week of July to the third week of August.
July sees the longest days and warmest weather. Late August visits have the best chance of Aurora Borealis.

Need to know
  • No skills required, everyone is welcome.
  • Summer in Churchill is sunny, but guests should pack warmer layers and will need long pants and a fleece jacket as well as a shady hat and sunglasses.
  • Guests should bring a deet-based insect repellent and stay away from open-toed shoes on bug days.  
  • Kayak and snorkelling adventures are suitable for those 12 and over unless experienced.
Getting Here

Churchill is only accessible by plane or train. From Winnipeg, either fly to Churchill or take the ViaRail train. Lodge staff will pick guests up from the airport or train station.