This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Churchill. To help you make friends with Churchill before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Churchill is known as "The Polar Bear Capital of the World" and "The Beluga Whale Capital of the World." Found in Northern Manitoba, this town is extremely remote and is only accessible by the two-day train from Winnipeg or via a non-budget-friendly flight from Winnipeg. Whatever way you get here, Churchill is a place that will grow on you. The town itself is very small and only exists thanks to the Hudson Bay Trading Company, which got its start here. Now it serves as a port for all the grain coming from the prairies of Canada.
There are different amazing things to see depending on what time of year you visit. If you're brave enough to head up during February/March you will hopefully be greeted by clear skies and beautiful Aurora Borealis. If you come during summer, you will see plenty of migratory birds and wildflowers on show after the Hudson Bay and all the snow have melted. Late summer is also the time to come and see hundreds of beluga whales on their annual migration to feed in the Churchill River. And if polar bears are what you want to see, then October and November are the best times to see this beautiful but deadly bear come to shore in anticipation for the Hudson Bay to freeze so they can feed again.
As this is a town partially reliant on tourism, you will find plenty of accommodations from which to choose, although most are not particularly budget friendly (especially during polar bear season). Because the town is so small, your Churchill hostel will place you close to the train station, restaurants, and grocery stores. If you are here during bear season, make sure to pay attention to the warnings and the signs because polar bears do wander the streets of Churchill and attacks do happen.
Written by local enthusiast for Churchill hostelsKeppers