Frequently Asked Questions
When is the best time of year to visit Churchill?
Polar Bears – During the fall, typically October/November. This is when the bears are making their trek across the tundra and through the town of Churchill to go spend winter hunting on the frozen Hudson’s Bay.
Beluga Whales – Summertime is the best time of year, around June – September. During this period, nearly 60,000 whales have made their way into the Hudson’s Bay and Churchill River.
Northern Lights – January through March is the best time of year to view the Northern Lights.
Where can I see the Northern Lights?
Churchill, Manitoba is one of the best places in the world to view the Northern Lights. Riding Mountain National Park is also a fantastic spot to view this natural phenomenon due to the minimal amount of light pollution in the area.
When is the best time of year to come to Manitoba?
Anytime! Not only is summer packed-full of fun and festivals, but winter is as well. There is no shortage of winter activities - skating, skiing, dogsledding, tobogganing and more.
I don’t have a car – how can I get around?
There are a number of different options. Winnipeg Transit is Winnipeg’s public transportation system; with many different bus routes that service all areas of the city. In the summer, Splash Dash Boat Tours also operates the water taxi along the Assiniboine and Red Rivers, which services the docks at The Forks Historic Site, the Manitoba Legislative Building, Hugo and Wellington Cres., the Norwood Bridge, and in the Exchange District at the end of McDermot Avenue. There are also a multitude of different Taxi services and ridesharing apps. Outside of Winnipeg, there are bus lines that operate throughout Northern and Eastern Manitoba.
Where can I go camping in Manitoba?
There are plenty of spots to go camping throughout the province. Across Manitoba, there are a number of provincial parks to suit one’s needs. The Eastern region of Manitoba has many lakes and rivers, beautiful boreal forestry, and plenty of wildlife. Going north, there are even more lakes where Manitoba is largest freshwater fish species’ swim about. Western Manitoba is home to Riding Mountain National Park, where three ecosystems exist within 2,969 km². Depending on your needs, there are a variety of campground and accommodations.
Where can I buy a park pass?
Many times, you are able to purchase your park pass at the park entrance, though it is recommended that you purchase your pass ahead of time, as the park office may not always be open when you arrive. Explorer passes can be purchased at your local MLCC, Manitoba Parks’ office at 200 Saulteaux Crescent, or at Travel Manitoba’s Visitor Information Centre located at 21 Forks Market Road.
Where can I go fishing?
Manitoba is home to thousands of lakes and different waterways. The Red River is home to monstrous Channel Catfish, Lockport is popular spot amongst anglers to hook these fish. Whiteshell Provincial Park is home to hundreds of lakes where Cisco, Black Crappie, Smallmouth Bass, and many other species can be found. Lake Winnipeg – Manitoba’s largest lake has many different species and is a popular lake for catching Walleye.