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 members of the first nation people 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 and Cree as well as others who have settled in the region 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 late 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 TBA: Arrange your flight to Winnipeg and overnight on your own, we will provide hotel recommendations
July TBA: Arrange your 10:15am Calm Air flight to Churchill where our trip officially begins at the Churchill Airport
July TBA: Arrange your 1:45pm Calm Air Flight from Churchill to Winnipeg, accommodations included in Winnipeg
July TBA: Optional visit to the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre, afternoon flights back home that you arrange
10-12 Participants: TBA
ALL ACTIVITIES BELOW, ACCOMMODATIONS and BREAKFAST/LUNCHES
(all activities are weather dependent, but we strive to offer all activities listed)
Two Zodiac tours to View Belugas
A Historical Tour of Churchill and the surrounding area
Boat rides where we listen to the “canaries of the sea” using a hydrophone
A Polar Rover Tour as we search for arctic wildlife and wild flowers
Two Kayaking tours among the belugas
A Paddle board (SUP) tour among the belugas (or you may opt to kayak a third time or view from the safety zodiacs)
A Beluga Boarding sessions with Zodiac support
A Dog Karting tour and Historical interpretation of Dog Mushing
Entrance fees into museums and lectures as described in itinerary.
5 Nights double occupancy accommodations in Churchill
1 Night double accommodations in Winnipeg on July TBA
6 Hearty continental breakfasts and 6 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 TBA, Airport transfers while in Winnipeg
Dinners In Churchill, dinner or lunch in Winnipeg, Alcoholic beverages
Wetsuit or mask/snorkel rentals
Optional shuttle then tour of the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre in Winnipeg (we highly recommend this!)
Evening attempt to see the Northern Lights, chances are less in July but we can help arrange this outing if conditions look favorable.
We feel that the price of our 2022 program is extremely reasonable and 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 or a very 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!