Home to a wonderful array of wildlife, diverse landscapes and fascinating indigenous peoples, Arctic Canada presents the visitor with endless opportunities for adventure. Whether you want to see polar bears in their natural habitat, observe beluga whales, enjoy the Northern Lights, kayak, hike, skate, bike or fish, Arctic Canada is one of nature’s greatest adventure playgrounds.
For a truly memorable holiday, we think Arctic Canada makes a fabulous destination offering unique wildlife opportunities; a stunning and diverse landscape; a chance to indulge in a wide range of adventure activities and the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of this fascinating region. Our holidays are based in the Canadian province of Manitoba, where you can get up close and personal to polar bears, beluga whales, Arctic foxes, muskox and caribou in the tiny village of Churchill on Hudson Bay. In fact, Churchill is the only human settlement in the world where you can see polar bears in their natural habitat and during the summer months you can even swim alongside migrating beluga whales. The area is also rich in birdlife and is one of the world’s top spots for seeing the colourful Northern Lights.
Churchill is home to three eco-zones: Arctic marine; Arctic tundra and boreal forest. The forest is home to black and white spruce, balsam fir, red and white pine and birch aspen trees, along with thousands of small lakes created by glacial erosion during the last ice age. In the summer months the landscape comes alive with the colour and wild beauty of 400 native plant and flower species. In terms of human settlement, it’s believed that this landscape was populated by Indigenous and First Nation communities up to 25,000 years ago and a large Inuit population still lives here, making this an interesting cultural and historic area to explore.
Churchill can only be reached by air since the railway was recently closed and Manitoba’s state capital Winnipeg, is a two-hour flight away. With a thriving food scene, award-winning museums and art galleries, this once small prairie town has developed into a cosmopolitan city, rich in culture and history with ample urban attractions to amuse you. But for outdoor adventure head to FortWhyte Alive, a chance to experience 640 acres of wilderness within the actual city. This is a fabulous place throughout the year, where visitors can hike, bike, sail, kayak, fish, skate, try cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. There’s also the chance to take a bison safari and learn about life on the prairie.
We think there are few places in the world capable of delivering such an exciting and varied range of attractions as those offered by Arctic Canada. For the adventure of a lifetime including polar bears, Northern Lights, beluga whales, Inuit culture and history, we’d recommend combining a trip to Churchill with some time to enjoy the outdoor adventure activities and urban charms of Winnipeg.