Beluga whales are majestic, sociable creatures that patrol Arctic and sub-Arctic waters above the 50th parallel. Up to 3,000 of Hudson Bay’s 25,000+ whales visit the Churchill area between mid-June to mid-August.
Nicknamed “sea canaries” for their strange high-pitched whistles, clicking, chirping and other underwater vocalizations, beluga whales inhabit the warmer waters of the Churchill River after the ice breaks up. These playful whales have few natural predators, and populations are relatively stable – only the orca and the polar bear are natural predators.
Hop aboard a zodiac or large passenger boat to watch these intelligent and curious creatures. Listen in on the whales’ conversation using hydrophones and try to figure out what they are saying. If you’re more adventurous, venture out on (or in) the water – kayaking or snorkeling with these friendly sea mammals is an unforgettable experience.
Find a tour guide
Churchill Nature Tours
Box 429, Erickson, MB R0J 0P0
Churchill Northern Studies Centre
High quality learning adventure study tours to Churchill led by scientists and researchers on birding, arctic wildlife, winter survival, northern lights, astronomy, beluga whales and polar bears. Other tours also offered through Road Scholar.
Box 610, Churchill, MB R0B 0E0
Box 79, Kleefeld, MB R0A 0V0
Fehr-Way Tours Ltd.
6-1050 Henderson Hwy, Winnipeg, MB R2K 2M5
Frontiers North Adventures
Box 40063 RPO Lagimodière, Winnipeg, MB R2C 4P3
The Great Canadian Travel Company Ltd.
Weekend to two-week packaged excursion tours by air, motorcoach, or boat to northern Manitoba. Specialists in beluga whale watching, and polar bear tours to Churchill. Dog sledding, wildlife viewing programs.
158 Fort St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 1C9
Half-day guided tours of the Churchill River by kayak for beluga whale watching and viewing of the wildlife, flora, and fauna.
Box 931, Churchill, MB R0B 0E0
Lazy Bear Lodge
Inclusive polar bear and beluga whale tours. Snorkel and kayak up close with belugas. Wilderness rafting tours from tree line to tundra. Stay at the magnificent LAZY BEAR LODGE, handcrafted locally from unique boreal forest logs.
Box 880, Churchill, MB R0B 0E0
Rail Travel Tours
Packages travelling by train round trip on VIA’s Winnipeg to Churchill train enjoying belugas (July and August) or polar bears group departure (October) where everything is prepared for you. Sleeping car accommodation on the train enjoying the scenery along the way, knowledgeable local guides, hotel stay in Churchill, detailed itinerary, info kit and more.
123 Main Street, Box 44, Winnipeg, MB R3C 1A3
Sea North Tours Ltd.
Transport Canada-certified tour boat. Daily tours for beluga whales, Prince of Wales Fort, birds, polar bears, seals, and floe ice tours. Hydrophone-equipped to listen in on the most vocal whales in the world. Various size of charter boats available, tour with transport kayaks, snorkeling.
Box 222, Churchill, MB R0B 0E0