Churchill Journals

Exploring Churchill With Churchill Nature Tours

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A November 2008 trip to Churchill by MilwVon

Great White Bear Tours Photo, Churchill, Manitoba More Photos
Quote: For a small frontier town, there is a lot of opportunity to learn about the history, people and wildlife of Churchill. This journal contains reviews of many of the activities I enjoyed during my four day adventure with Churchill Nature Tours.

Great White Bear Tours

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Attraction | "Tundra Buggy Adventure with Great White Bear Tours"

Great White Bear Tours Photo, Churchill, Manitoba
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The best way to see the polar bears of Churchill is by tundra buggy. Churchill Nature Tours (CNT) uses the services of Great White Bear Tours for tundra buggy tours that seek polar bears in their natural habitat along the Hudson Bay and the surrounding conservation lands of Cape Churchill Wildlife Management Area. Our six day/five night polar bear adventure included four days in Churchill two of which were out seeking polar bears via a tundra buggy vehicle.We left our hotel at approximately 8:00am for a 9:00am launch from the tundra buggy launch area some 25 miles outside of town. While the first day was relatively uneventful, driving the 25 miles in a wind driven snow blizzard was a bi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 8, 2008

Great White Bear Tours

Churchill, Manitoba R0B 0E0
(204) 675-2781

Hudson Bay Helicopters

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Attraction | "Flightseeing for Polar Bears"

Hudson Bay Helicopters Photo, Churchill, Manitoba
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One of the activities included in our Churchill Nature Tours (CNT) polar bear adventure package was a one hour aerial tour of Churchill, the Hudson Bay and Cape Churchill Wildlife Management Area where polar bears roam waiting for the bay to freeze. Hudson Bay Helicopters is the only helitour operation in town, providing visitors an opportunity to see the bears from an entirely different vantage point. Our pilot and guide was a friendly young man named Daryl. If I had to guess, I’d say he was probably little more than 30 years old.For our tour, there were six from our CNT group onboard with two up front with the pilot and four of us in the back. For me, the seat and safety belts (lap ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 8, 2008

Hudson Bay Helicopters
Kelsey Road
Churchill, Manitoba
(204) 675-2576

Polar Bear Compound

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Attraction | "AKA The Polar Bear Jail"

Polar Bear Compound Photo, Churchill, Manitoba
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Because of Churchill’s location on a narrow strip of land between the Churchill River and the Hudson Bay, bears can be expected to wander into town as winter approaches and hungry bears await the freezing over of Hudson Bay. Visitors to Churchill are given an orientation along with a stern talk about bear safety and where people should not venture and in some cases, regardless of the time of day. Our safety message was given by our Churchill Nature Tours guide Steve here at the Polar Bear Compound; actually this was what would turn out to be the first of several warnings regarding Churchill’s favorite attraction and the risk to people if they happen unexpectedly upon a polar bear.The com...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2008

Churchill Eskimo Museum

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Attraction | "Churchill's Eskimo Museum Preserving Inuit History and Culture"

Churchill Eskimo Museum Photo, Churchill, Manitoba
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The Eskimo Museum is located approximately two blocks from "downtown" Churchill on LaVerendrye Street and across the street from the post office. It is a small modest building but inside it is rich with carvings and other artifacts from Northern Manitoba’s native inhabitants, primarily the Inuit.As you enter the single room museum you will see a couple of animals indigenous to the area including a wolf and polar bear cub. The outer perimeter of the room is lined with glass exhibit cases to protect the pieces, some of which are thousands of years old. Like the art of other societies, the carvings depict all aspects of Inuit culture and day to day living. Hunting and fishing are frequen...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2008

Churchill Eskimo Museum
Box 10
Churchill
(204) 675-2030

Parks Canada Visitors Center

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Attraction | "Nature and Historical Exhibits Educate Visitors"

Parks Canada Visitors Centre Photo, Churchill, Manitoba
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Located in the Churchill Heritage Railroad Station, the visitors centre really isn't a museum, per se, but there wasn't a category that it neatly fits into.As you walk through the two room exhibit area, there are opportunities to actually touch (pet?) a polar bear or perhaps look deep into his mouth; watch videos explaining about the Inuit people and early life in Churchill; or reading about the military importance of Ft. Churchill many years ago. The artifacts on display are in very good condition, including a cannon from the 18th century.One of the more interesting exhibits for me was the life-size replication of a polar bear's maternal den. It was amazing how small the den ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 9, 2008