Churchill Summer Treasures

Hudson Bay with ice floe in Churchill

Looking through melting ice out onto the Hudson Bay in Churchill. Great White Bear Tours photo.

Beluga whales are returning to the Churchill River and the birds are plentiful in the region these days. The short but rejuvenating Churchill summer season is one of the hidden treasures of the north country on the Hudson Bay. Until you’ve experienced all the wonders of this season in Churchill, you cannot appreciate the endless beauty and discoveries to be made each day..which are “literally endless” in the heart of summer.

Beluga in the churchill River

A majestic beluga signals the season is upon us. Alex De Vries – Magnifico photo.

Bird species begin arriving in spring and then continue filtering in and out throughout the summer. Over 200 species, including the ultra-rare Ross’s gull named after the British Arctic explorer James Clark Ross converge on this majestic feeding and breeding ground. This elusive gull can be sighted sometimes down by the flats on the Churchill River just south of the Port of Churchill. Famous Churchill birder, Natural Habitat Adventures guide and former Churchill Summer co-guide of mine Bonnie Chartier lead a group to a spot on the river once where we discovered the pinkish – bellied bird.

Ross’s Gull in the shallows near Churchill. Wikimedia Commons photo.

 

Ice floe in Churchill

A gorgeous ice-floe rests on the sea bed in Churchill, Manitoba. Great White Bear Tours photo.

The photo opportunities this time of year constantly unveil themselves daily. My favorite time of year is when the ice breaks up and these floes scatter the marine landscape. The colors of the water, rocks and ice all below a brilliant Arctic sky bring new hope and inspiration to Churchillians and those lucky to travel to this wondrous land.

Churchill Weekly Video – Privatization?

This short video clip outlines how privatization crippled the town of Churchill when the Hudson Bay Line was washed out and the Port was abandoned. The private U.S. company Omnitrax refused to fix the tracks and pulled out of port operation for nearly two years. The good news is that the train has returned to Churchill and the outlook for the future of the port is brighter than it has been for the last few years! This Churchill Summer season should be quite the refreshing breath of fresh air for the people of Churchill!

Polar Bear Season Excitement

We’re just starting to get the itch for Churchill’s polar bear season even though Churchill Summer season has not even started as of yet. And, although there’s a chance to see the King of the North in the summer months, once October and November roll around, polar bears rule the land in and around Churchill. With that yearning tugging at our souls, we thought it would be fun to publish some of the best images from polar bear seasons of the past. These should inspire all to venture to the Polar Bear Capital of the World, Churchill, Manitoba to see these incredible animals!

Until then, stay posted for news and updates from Churchill toward the end of the month. We cannot wait to see what this summer reveals around Churchill! It should be another wild season with unexpected happenings in the far north.

churchill polar bear

Looking ahead to the new year of 2018. Drew Hamilton photo.

polar bear in Churchill

Polar bear on the Precambrian rocks of Churchill. Alex de Vries – Magnifico photo.

Arctic hare in Churchill

Arctic Hare scavenging for a morsel of food on the Churchill tundra. Alex De Vries Magnifico photo.

Cross fox Churchill

A cross fox loping along the tundra in search of prey. Colby Brokvist photo.

polar bear in Churchill

A polar bear basks in the cold with visions of ice on the Hudson Bay. Bonnie Chartier photo.

Churchill Inukshuk

Beautiful shot of the Churchill Inukshuk. T Whipple photo.

polar bear and seal kill churchill, MB

Polar bears have seemed to adapt in recent years to less “ice time”. Alex De Vries – Magnifico photo.

polar bear family churchill

Polar bear family walking the tundra in Churchill. Katie de Meulles photo.

 

Churchill Weekly Video – Bird Season

Birders know Churchill as one of the meccas to check off their life lists for rare and hard to locate avian species. Sparky Stensaas journeyed to Churchill to film this video in 2017 in mid -June and captured 17 bird species for his short film. The species filmed were: Arctic Tern, Tundra Swan, Orange-crowned Warbler, Willow Ptarmigan, Pacific Loon, Bonaparte’s Gull, Blackpoll Warbler, Gray Jay, Nelson’s Sparrow, Parasitic Jaeger, Spruce Grouse, White-crowned Sparrow, Hudsonian Godwit, Whimbrel,  Hoary Redpoll, Long-tailed Duck, and Common Eider. A harbor seal and numerous beluga whales were also sighted and also filmed.

Churchill is the hotspot to see over 200 bird species June through August. Consider going to fill your lists and experience an incredible landscape and culture that compliment extraordinary wildlife adventures!

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