When to go

Churchill has distinct seasons – the first thing to do when planning your trip is to figure out what you want to see or do. Whether you’d prefer to bird watch, get up close and personal with polar bears, or swim with the belugas will help determine when to visit.*

Fall

Month Average tempurature
January -26.7
February -24.6
March -19.5
April -9.7
May -0.7
June 6.6
July 12
August 11.7
September 5.6
October -1.7
November -12.6
December -22.8
Churchill’s current conditions

October and November is prime polar bear viewing season as the bears start moving from their summer habitat on the tundra back to seal-hunting territory on Hudson Bay. Fall is also a great time to go dog sledding and see northern lights.

During this busy season, it is common for Churchill’s services to be fully booked. To be safe, book your trip six months to a year ahead.

What to pack: Be prepared for snow and cold conditions. Several layers of clothing, including an insulated parka or waterproof jacket, insulated boots, thick mitts or gloves, toque (woolen hat), and long underwear are recommended.

Summer

Swim and kayak with belugas during the summer months in the Hudson Bay and Churchill River. Summer is also a fabulous time to go bird watching, summer dog sledding, and still do some polar bear viewing out on the tundra or along coastal rocks. Keep your eye out for even more wildlife like caribou, fox (red and Arctic), wolves and moose.

What to pack: A variety of clothing is required as temperatures can soar to above 25˚ C (85 F) and drop to 6˚ C (42 F). A good quality waterproof jacket, hat, sunglasses, hiking boots, shorts, pants, sunscreen, and bug repellent are recommended.

Winter

Late November through late March is the perfect time to watch the northern lights. Winter is also a great time to go dog sledding.

In late winter/spring, you can venture into Wapusk National Park to watch female polar bears and their young cubs emerge from their dens. (Through Wat’chee Lodge only.)

What to pack: Several layers of clothing, including an insulated parka or waterproof jacket, insulated boots, thick mitts or gloves, toque (woolen hat), and long underwear are recommended. Add a balaclava, quality snow boots that are good to a temperature of -45˚ C (-25˚ F), snow/ski pants, and sunglasses to your fall weather gear.

While there is a possibility of seeing bears, belugas, birds and northern lights all in one trip, you cannot count on it.

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