Churchill, Canada is a magical destination for a family holiday.
Between animal watching, beluga boating and dog carting, Churchill has something exciting for every member of your family! Located on the west shore of Hudson Bay, this northern Manitoba town exists peacefully with its abundance of wildlife, scenic views and adventure. It's a small town community that is safe for families with young children and offers a variety of intimate experiences that will satisfy everyone’s needs.
We understand planning a family-friendly trip can be challenging, so we have curated the perfect list of Churchill adventures for young families to enjoy.
1. Explore the town and get to know the locals
The community of Churchill provides multiple resources for families of all ages to learn and have fun doing it. The locals are welcoming and have an abundance of knowledge, fun facts and stories to share about the town and surrounding areas. You can visit the Itsanitaq Museum to see Inuit artifacts and or browse the collection of books in their gift shop, or search the SeaWalls murals painted across the town that provide a colourful experience for everyone. For the more active bunch, there are a few playgrounds to jump around and play on. The Fifty Eight North Gift Shop – Home of the Tundra Buggy® is a great place to shop for that perfect keepsake treasure to take home as a souvenir from your trip.
2.Polar Bears International House
As the polar bear capital of the world, Churchill serves as a great launching pad for families across the globe to visit and learn about polar bears and the latest research surrounding them. PBI House is a multi-purpose, energy-efficient hub which inspires folks to care about the circumpolar North and its wildlife. PBI House is an asset to the Churchill community and takes only an hour or so to visit.
3.Boat Across the Churchill River
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Take a refreshing journey across the Churchill River to visit the Prince of Wales Fort. The historic landmark built over 300 years ago offers a hands-on, outdoors learning experience and a boat trip across the river is sure to keep everyone engaged. By joining a guided tour you can see Hudson Bay Company's historically carved signatures, remains of the powder magazine and canon – all while learning about the fascinating geography of the area.
4.Dog Carting or Sledding
Is there a dog lover in your family? Dog carting or sledding (depending on the season) is a popular activity in Canada's North! Snow or sun, an enthusiastic team of sled dogs will take you and your family on a quick trip through the boreal forest, creating memories to last a lifetime. You can sit back, relax and enjoy the wildlife views while being pulled by some of the happiest dogs you have ever met.
5. Bird Watching
With over 250 species of birds traveling through Churchill each year, you will have plenty of opportunities to spot some of beautiful and rare breeds. Bird watching provides an excellent learning opportunity for families and could leave you with an exciting new interest in our feathered friends. You could have the chance to spot some spectacular birds like a bald eagle, willow ptarmigan or a tundra swan with help from one of our favourite birding apps.
This simple guide is only a glimpse of all the incredible opportunities and landmarks. Whether you’re craving adventure or a peaceful promenade outdoors, a family vacation in Churchill is waiting for you.
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