Arctic Manitoba is the final frontier and the ultimate bucket-list experience for Australian travellers. The coast of Hudson Bay in Manitoba’s north is another world, abundant with incredible natural wonders and heart-stopping wildlife that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
The must-stop destination in this outdoor wonderland is the town of Churchill. Nicknamed “The Polar Bear Capital of the World,” Churchill is located where the boreal forest meets the tundra, making it one of the best places in the world to see wildlife of all kinds.
Polar bears frolic among wildflowers and berry patches. Birds flock to their nesting sites in huge numbers. Countless caribou march across the vast landscape, always wary of wolves howling in the distance.
Take a guided walking tour and watch polar bears on the open tundra, or marvel as they play on the coastal rocks. Jump on board a tundra buggy, designed to the best possible view of the impressive bears from a safe vantage point.
You can also see pods of curious beluga whales as they swim up to and circle your boat. You'll be amazed at the sheer number of them.
Beyond the incredible animal experiences, northern Manitoba boasts some of the most stunning landscapes on earth. Churchill is located right at the northern edge of the boreal forest, the gateway to the vast expanse of the wide open Arctic tundra. During the summer, meander through wildflowers that cover the ground in a beautiful kaleidoscope of colour, with more than 400 native plant species found in the area. Head to the Hudson Bay and discover rocks that have been beautifully shaped by glaciers and small pockets of forest that have pushed into the tundra.
More adventurous travelers can participate in challenging kayak excursions or try to land monstrous fish in the province’s northern waterways.
From amazing animal experiences to the land itself, travelling to northern Manitoba’s Arctic region is an unforgettable adventure you will cherish for life. Pack your hiking boots and head out where the wild things are.