The Churchill area is a world-renowned hotspot for birding opportunities. In spring and fall, birders flock here to see the 250+ species of birds that nest or pass through Churchill on their annual migrations.
Tundra and taiga provide habitat for native birds, including a large variety of hawks and falcons like the Gyrfalcon and Peregrine Falcon. Snowy Owls are common, as are Tundra Swans, terns and gulls. Avid birders search for Harlequin Ducks and the rare Ross’s Gull for the potential sighting of a lifetime.
Bird Cove, located on the coast about 16 km east of Churchill, provides an excellent location for bird watching. Another popular spot is Akudlik Marsh, located 4 km south of Churchill. The marsh is a nesting area of Ross’s Gull, Little Gull and Rock Wren, among many others. A RBA (Rare Bird Alert) board at Akudlik is updated daily throughout the season.
Check out Granary Ponds for another excellent bird-watching site easily reachable by vehicle or on foot. Located near the grain elevators, this shallow series of ponds is a favourite feeding place for gulls, terns, shorebirds and waterfowl.
Of special note – it was at this spot on June 10, 1979, that the Ross’s Gull, perhaps the most sought after species on birders’ lists in Churchill, was first sighted.
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
Churchill Wilderness Encounter
Birding, history and natural history tours. Individual package and group tours from June until November. Charter bus and step-on guide.
Box 1356, Gimli, MB R0C 1B0
Call: 204-642-8148 (summer) or 204-642-9777 (winter)
Nature 1st Tours and Transportation
Bus and walking tours guided by a professional local naturalist. Visit boreal forest, taiga, tundra and marine ecosystems. Wildlife, birding, flowers, natural history, local sites, and polar bear security.
Box 1136, Churchill, MB R0B 0E0
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, snorkelling.
Box 222, Churchill, MB R0B 0E0
The Tundra Buggy® Adventure
Box 40063 RPO Lagimodière, Winnipeg MB R2C 4P3
Box 728, Churchill, MB R0B 0E0