Churchill Travel Guide
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- ChurchillMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory BuffsArt & Design LoversNov 24, 2012
The permanent residents only number about 700 people. The major draw for tourists are the polar bears. The bears gather late in the fall waiting for the Hudson Bay to freeze so they can go out onto the ice to hunt seals.
- ChurchillMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6First to ReviewJul 04, 2012
Churchill (2006 Population 923) is a town on the shore of Hudson Bay in situated at the estuary of the Churchill River at Hudson Bay. The small community stands at an ecotone, on the Hudson Plains, at the juncture of three ecoregions: the boreal forest to the south, the Arctic tundra to the northwest, and the Hudson Bay to the north. Wapusk National Park lies immediately southwest of Churchill.
It is most famous for the many polar bears that move toward the shore from inland in the autumn, leading to the nickname "Polar Bear Capital of the World" that has helped its growing tourism industry. Other popular nicknames include "Beluga Capital of the World."
Canada's only significant port on the Arctic Ocean, Churchill is linked to the rest of the world only by the train (which is how I got up here) and plane (which is how I left on Calm Air).
One of the more interesting buildings in Churchill is the Town Center Complex. This huge structure contains the public schools, the health centre, a hockey rink and other indoor activities. It was built assuming a certain population growth that has not yet happened in Churchill, and as a consequence, their are budgetary issues. There is also beach access from the back of the Centre and is the site of the annual (July 1st I believe) Hudson Bay dips.