Churchill Travel Guide

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Churchill Things to Do

  • Start of a hotel?

    Word on the street is that a local is single handed trying to built this somewhat delapidated pile of rocks into a five star hotel. It would certainly have a magnificent view over Hudsons Bay being right on the shoreline within the town boundry, but suspect the main visitors would be polar bears as this is in an area where the bears hang around...

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  • Northern Lights in Churchill

    The Northern Lights in Churchill we are told, are best seen from around September right through to March, the first date incidentally being around the same time time as the Polar Bears prepare to migrate out onto the Ice of the then frozen Hudson Bay to spend the next six months in a feeding frenzy to maintain themselves for the summer months when...

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  • Eskimo Museum

    Specializes in Inuit sculpture plus a number of interesting archaeological prehistoric artifactsFree entrance but donation appreciated

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  • Finding Polar bears

    If you want an organization who will arrange transport to and from Churchill for you and include one or more days out on the Tundra looking for, or hopefully finding polar bears then I would suggest you consider The Great Canadian Travel Co of Winnipeg.There is never a guarantee of seeing a bear especially when going up north as late as...

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  • Dog Sled

    Just on the edge of Churchill, is the home of Blue Sky Expeditions which is run by Gerald Azure and family. During the winter they offer 6km moderately high speed dog sled rides on their trails through the forest, which is a great experience and is not to be missed when in the area.Allow some 2 hours minimum, as not only before the ride, but also...

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  • Passport Stamp!

    When you're in Churchill, make sure you stop by the post office to have your passport stamped. It's the most beautiful polar bear stamp - my favorite page in my passport (and it only takes a few seconds). I'd recommend going there first so you can check hours and go back later in the day if necessary - it's a small town, so I don't think it's too...

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Churchill Hotels

  • Tundra Inn

    The room is big and basic, with two double beds, a massive fridge and a writing desk. Perfectly...

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  • Bear Country Inn

    a small simple hotel - no meals but sometimes a warm drink when we got back from the days bear...

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  • Churchill Motel

    cnr Kelsey Blvd & Franklin St, Churchill, R0B 0E0, Canada

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Churchill Restaurants

  • Fish & Chips

    We heard a number of people who felt they did not get their moneys worth from food taken at the Seaport hotel, but I do believe they stopped at the Reef Coffee shop rather than continuing through into the dinning room where there is a very good range of food at reasonable prices both at lunch time and dinner. Being an expat Brit, I noticed Cod and...

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  • Basic Diner with Good Selection

    The restaurant is diner style, so not anything special for ambiance, but the food is decent and they have a good selection at reasonable prices. It was busy in there when we went and I believe it's quite popular with the locals. They have local specialties like Arctic char and caribou on the menu.

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  • Most Expensive Unimpressive Food We've...

    We were told the restaurant serves up local fare, but the menu was really small. Arctic char, Churchill-style bannock, and sauce made from locally-picked mushrooms were the local items. I was disappointed that caribou wasn't on the menu (though it was available at the local diner!). I ordered the char, which I did not like at all. My friend who...

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  • Great sandwiches

    Most people just opt for a cake or pastry, while we go for Reuben’s Sandwich with fries and a couple of Blues. We are the only people who order alcohol. Oh well, we might as well show our true colours. The sandwiches are good and very filling.

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  • And a good time was had by all

    For starter we have a salad, main course is steak and mash and dessert apple pie. It is rather good, even better the fact that Jennifer is paying as we will be missing the included group dinner tomorrow night. One of the waiters plays his guitar and we all join in with ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’. Jennifer is particularly good at singing as it turns...

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  • Said to be the best in Churchill

    The restaurant is like a log cabin with a lovely rustic feel. The menu is basic, as we find it to be everywhere in Churchill. David has steak while I try the local char. From the salmon family, it is enjoyable but nothing special. We contemplate the wine list, but settle for a couple of beers each, and two hot chocolates to finish off.

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Churchill Nightlife

  • TUNDRA INN PUB

    A place where people meet to eat - and drink.A moderate amount of pub grub available but if you require a more substantial meal then the restaurant is through the doorRemember, like a number of places in Churchill, the pub only takes cash - no credit cards and as I discovered, it is a lonely walk in minus 30C the half mile to the only cash machine...

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  • Some bar in Churchill

    We walked around the corner to a small bar and had ourselves a good time. My girlfriend Barbara was accused of being a NEWFIE. (Newfoundlander) For some unknown reason this nearly started a brawl. Something warm.

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  • Night Life on the Tundra

    Night life on the tundra involves sitting in the lounge and watching polar bears and signs of the aurora borealis.

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Churchill Transportation

  • Train to Winnipeg from Churchill

    We left Churchill on the VIA rail train at 20.00 hrs on a Saturday in November,and had already booked a sleeper cabin for the two day,two night journey. The cold conditions requires the locomotives to run all day at Churchills station, simply to keep the cars warm and the locomotives mechanics from freezing up.The railway station is virtually in...

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  • VIA Rail Hudson Bay line

    The train ride up to Churchill from Winnipeg is LONG (almost two days) and SLOW (because the tracks are infrequently maintenanced, so they are crooked, and the train could derail at high speeds); however, it is also potentially much cheaper if you are not staying in a sleeper. We paid just over $300 CAN round-trip. You have a good chance of getting...

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  • way up north

    Churchill is isolated. I think the nearest road is in Thompson, 150 miles or so to the south. A railroad goes all the way to Churchill. So the only way to get to Churchill is to fly there or take a train. Three friends and I flew in a small private airplane, from North Dakota, but I think the airline prices are in the neighborhood of 500 - 750 $CAN...

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Churchill Shopping

  • Gift Shops

    The half dozen or so gift shops along Kelsey Blvd are all similar to one another and basically for the tourist have the normal "made in china" Chuchill transfer T shirts etc.Clearly being so far North and with a limited amount of tourists, it is understandable that the ranges of items are not that great

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  • Polar Bear Hats & Mittens @ The Trading...

    There is a "trading post" at the far end of town that has some cute touristy type things. It's really one of the only gift shops and worth a trip. This is also one of the places you can book helicopter rides and they have a public bath room. There are a few funny t-shirts, etc. I ended up buying a polar bear hat and mitten set before we set off...

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  • Churchill Hotels

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Churchill Warnings and Dangers

  • ATM

    The only ATM we found in Churchill was that in the Royal Bank of Canada.In view of the fact that AmEx cards are hardly ever accepted in Churchill and most bars only accept cash, make sure that you have enough folding money for the day and evening, as walking in the deserted streets at night as a touriist, in a town that has its fair share of bears...

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  • Polar Bears!

    Polar bears do make their way into town (though mostly the outskirts, so don't panic!). There were 12 individuals in the polar bear jail when we were visiting. They keep them there until the bay freezes so that they don't return once released. The garbage dump is an attractant for these hungry bears that haven't eaten in months. There was also a...

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  • Polar Bear Siren

    You may hear an air-raid sounding siren at night in Churchill. I was told that this is a Polar Bear alert, however according to a fellow VTer, this is simply to let you know that a curfew is in effect.

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Churchill Tourist Traps

  • Polar bears and huskies

    There's a guy who keeps huskies chained up on some land outside of town that does not technically belong to him. It is well known around town that he baits the bears with the dogs' food and then charges tourists to see them up close and even interacting with the dogs (you may have seen cutesy photos of polar bears and huskies playing together on...

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  • Dog-sledding

    We were planning to partake in a dog-sledding trip until we were told that you pay $90 for about a 15 minute ride followed by a cup of hot chocolate with the owners. Of course, if you are really dying to try this mode of transportation, then maybe it's worth it for you, but just a heads up!Also, despite its tundra location, Churchill often does not...

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  • tourist bears get trapped!

    If the Polar Bears become tourists and venture into the town, then they end up "trapped" in the Polar Bear prison and later moved on up (by helicopter) and out (of town). We were taken to see the prison during a trip around towm. visiting the "trap" is fun for us but the bears should give it a miss!

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Churchill What to Pack

  • Shoulda brought that....

    backpack for day tours/trips..... Winter: Parka (with a large hood on it that frames your face and protects against wind and suitable for -30C) Ski Pants, -40C boots with good grip, disposable hand/foot warmers (buy before arriving as they can be pricey as with everything), warm gloves and mittens for under the gloves so you can take the big...

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  • Travel to and in Churchill

    We found an ideal for travel by train and plane from Winnipeg to Churchill and back, was two hand luggage size bags each. On the small aircraft, one of each can be checked in, and on the railroad, all four will fit either under the bunk beds or above the basin in the cabin. anything larger will have to be checked into the baggage car and may not be...

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  • Plenty of warm clothing

    Nothing too large if you are travelling on the two day VIA Rail to and from Winnipeg to Churchill trip. We found that two airline hand bagage size cases each were ideal so that one can be checked in if flying, but both will fit either under or above the bunk beds on the train. Anthing larger wiould have to be checked in as they would not fit the...

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Churchill Off The Beaten Path

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    by grets Written Jul 29, 2004

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    You do need to get out on to the tundra if you would like to get a good look at the polar bears in their natural habitat. Many outfites arrange half day and all day tours to spot these delightful creatures.

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Churchill Favorites

  • Pick up the Local Newspaper

    Churchill has a wonderful little paper called the Hudson Bay Post - enjoyable stories about life in Churchill as well as articles about wildlife and local history. The people really go out of their way to help you out and are very friendly!

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  • Next Stop: North Pole!

    On the shore of the Hudson Bay in winter, everything one sees is snow and ice.A visit in February is certainly worth it, even if you'll miss the ice bears.

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