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2016 Tours
Caribou
Walking is the best way to become part of the ecosystem, and wildlife is where we find it. On our ecotours, there is a possibility to observe:
  • Arctic Hare
  • Arctic Fox, Red Fox and other color phases
  • Cape Churchill Caribou
  • Up to 200 different bird species, including the elusive Ross's Gull (late May to mid July)
  • Polar Bear
  • Beluga Whale (July & August)
Day Tours:
Half Day and Full Day Roads and Trails
Half Day and Full Day Hikes
Specialized Tours

2016 Rates

Package Tours:
"Off The Beaten Path" Birding (June 2016)

 

What to bring
Our Environmental policy

Roads and Trails
(drive a little, walk a little - 30 minute to 1 hour walks)

  • Half-Day Tour - designed to give a general overview of the Churchill area. Topics range from the 4 distinctive ecosystems that produce the great diversity in flora and fauna, to the rich historical legacy of the area. This short tour will give you a good introduction to the town of Churchill and its surrounding environments.

  • Full Day Tour - Combines scenic transportation routes with established trails and factual information on the wildlife, ecology and cultures of the region. Visit and explore the Boreal Forest, Taiga, Tundra and Marine ecosystems.

Half Day and Full Day Hikes
Beyond the trails...
Customize a tour to suit your interests. Go many places or explore one area in detail:
  • Boreal Forest and the tree line
  • Taiga/Tundra
  • Hudson Bay Coast (tidal and marine areas)
  • Wildflowers
  • Birding
  • History - The search for the Northwest Passage bringing early explorers and the Hudson Bay Company; Town history beginning with the old fort, through the military presence to present day.
  • Denning areas of Arctic & Red Fox
  • Fossils (the largest Trilobite in the world was found in Churchill and now resides in the Winnipeg Museum of Man & Nature)
  • Fall Colors (September)

Low Tide Hiking

Explore tidal flats and see unique rock formations from a different perspective. Discover life in the tidal pools. Walk out to Churchill's very own ghost ship - The Ithaca. Tour times coincide with low tide.

Be part of the migration as we follow the birds off the beaten path. We go to where the birds are, away from the road system. Leisurely walking in the pristine wilderness of Boreal Forest, Taiga, Tundra and Marine ecosystems surrounding Churchill. Our motto is "take only pictures, leave only footprints" and we get only as close as the birds allow. Short drives to the different areas and the walking is a low level of difficulty on mostly flat ground (bring your rubber boots for the marshy areas). This tour includes full interpretation of Churchill sights, wildlife, plant life, history, culture and geology/fossils. Possible sightings of other wildlife include Polar Bear, caribou, Ring & Bearded Seal, Red & Arctic Fox and Arctic Hare.

Beluga Whale

Local Naturalist Paul Ratson has lived and worked in Churchill for 40 years. He has extensive experience in arctic environments and working with wildlife. Nature 1st guides are fully trained for working safely in Polar Bear country.

We will only be offering 1 tour this year and hope you can join us and share our love for this land. We invite you to choose your own method of transportation to Churchill - the tour is set up to arrive by train but can also accommodate the Calm Air Schedule.

Tour dates: (click for itinerary)

  • June 21-24, 2016

* Visit our links to Calm Air and VIA Rail under the Where are We? on the Contact Us page.


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