In the summer of 2018, our Blue Water Ventures scouting team traveled to the sub arctic zone of Canada, destination Churchill. We slowly meandered towards the sleepy little town of Churchill as our driver had seen a polar bear enroute to the airport.
Churchill is known as the “Polar Bear Capital of the World” however in July, encounters are less frequent than in the fall. During our July 2022 tour, polar bears were seen daily lumbering along the edges of the Hudson Bay. Polar bears, the largest carnivore on earth that traverses land is classified as a marine mammal. The local community reveres the white bear and a unique culture around the presence of this apex predator of the arctic has evolved.
We will have the opportunity to meet different indigenous groups learning about their cultural traditions and customs as we explore this remote region of the world. Living on the edge of the arctic inaccessible by road, the Inuit, Dene, Metis and Cree follow the pulse of tides, dramatic weather patterns and seasonal migrations.
What brought us to Churchill was the hope to “experience” the beluga whales and we certainly did! During the mid summer months, over 3000 belugas find refuge in the Churchill Estuary where they feed, molt and give birth. While their primary predator, orcas are occasionally seen, the belugas seek refuge in the shallow water that is rich in capelin, a type of smelt that provides much of their diet.
As you glance towards the estuary, what you think are whitecaps are actually “whale caps”, surfacing belugas. Known as the “canaries of the sea” for their elaborate vocalization, beluga whales are seen daily and may be heard singing when a hydrophone is dropped into the chilly sub arctic water.
We can guarantee that you will see beluga whales while in Churchill but we can not guarantee the sighting of polar bears in the wild although chances are good! Our exciting and varied itinerary can be reviewed here: Detailed Itinerary
July 13th: Arrange your flight to Winnipeg and overnight on your own, we will provide hotel recommendations
July 14th: Arrange your Calm Air flight to Churchill where our trip officially begins at the Churchill Airport (Timing will be updated here)
July 19th: Arrange your Calm Air Flight from Churchill to Winnipeg, accommodations included in Winnipeg (Timing will be updated here)
July 20th: Optional visit to the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre, afternoon flights back home that you arrange
Please do not arrange your flight to Winnipeg or Churchill until we suggest to do so.
2 Zodiac tours to View Belugas, 1 narrated Polar Rover Tour as we search for arctic wildlife, 2 Kayaking tours among the Belugas, 1 Paddle board (SUP) tour among the belugas or you may opt to kayak again, 1 Beluga Boarding session with Zodiac support, 1 Dog karting tour with local musher, Naturalist-led hikes into the Tundra, Tour of town and surrounding historical sites, Entrance fees into museums and lectures as described in itinerary. If you choose not to kayak or Sup you may view the Belugas from the Zodiac support boat.
5 Nights accommodations in Churchill, 1 Night accommodation in Winnipeg on July 19th, all breakfasts and lunches in Churchill, All tips for our Canadian Guides, Ground Transportation services while in Churchill.
Airfare to Winnipeg then onward to Churchill & Trip Insurance
Overnight accommodations in Winnipeg on July 13th
Airport transfers while in Winnipeg
Dinners In Churchill, Dinner or lunch in Winnipeg, Pre or Post Covid-19 testing (if required)
Optional shuttle then tour of the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre in Winnipeg (we highly recommend this!)
We feel that the price of our 2023 program is extremely competitive. We worked hard to keep the costs down. To review the cost of other outfitters offering similar itineraries with the same overnight accommodations in Churchill please visit More Options Our program is $3000 less and a day longer in Churchill. You may also take a look at a high end lodge in the area at: Another Option
A complete package of information, all of which can be found on the website, will be sent to you before our trip departure.
Thank you for joining us on our exciting new trip destination to the Sub Arctic!
Until the Canaries of the Sea Sing!
Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
127 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 459-8548
Santa Cruz, California
Monday – Saturday:
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday CLOSED