We knew Churchill, Manitoba was the place to go for polar bears and beluga whale sightings, but there can be a tinge of doubt or concern when spotting wildlife is the inspiration for travel. It doesn’t matter how many months of planning you put in or the price you pay — Mother Nature offers no guarantees.
Most Churchill visitors come in hopes of seeing a polar bear. Bears were certainly on our wish list, but when it came down to it, truthfully, it was the beluga whales my teenage daughter and I came to see. In Churchill a matter of hours, we had visited the polar bear jail and walked along Polar Bear Alley, but actual bears remained elusive. It was only the first day of our adventure with Frontiers North Adventures. They’d organized almost a week’s worth of family-friendly activities, with the goal of stacking wildlife sightings in our favor, so it was too soon for concern or disappointment.
On our way to dinner we made a quick diversion from our hotel, the Tundra Inn, to the beach. As we turned the corner and Hudson Bay came into view, we both sped up, smiling ear to ear. It was a calm evening, the water wasn’t full of whitecaps and the belugas were out to play. Dinner could wait.
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Editor’s Note: Dana’s trip to Churchill was sponsored by Visit Manitoba and Frontiers North Adventures. As always, our thoughts and opinions are our own on Ciao Bambino. Photo by Dana Rebmann.