Churchill is a town on the shore of Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada. No, this is not the hometown of Winston Churchill. Instead, Churchill is known as the Polar Bear Capital in the World due to many polar bears move toward the shore from inland during the months of October and November. The polar bears are waiting for the water to freeze on Hudson Bay so that they can hunt for ringed seals, their primary food source.
Visitors can watch polar bears safely from a modified vehicle called the Tundra Buggy. Tundra Buggy is widely used for photographing and observing polar bears at Wapusk National Park in northern Canada. Wapusk National Park is approximately 45 kilometers south of Churchill, on the shores of Hudson Bay. Within the park is Cape Churchill, renowned as the best location in the world to see polar bears.
Churchill, polar bear capital of the world
Besides polar bears, thousands of beluga whales which move into the warmer waters of the Churchill River in the summer is also a major attraction in Churchill. Due to its proximity to Artic, the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) can be seen in the night skies over Churchill in certain months of the year. Want to have close encounter with polar bears? Plan your trip here.