Churchill lures people to the shores of Hudson Bay for polar bears, beluga whales, a huge old stone fort and endless subarctic majesty. But while these are reason enough for Churchill to be on any itinerary, there's something less tangible that makes people stay longer and keeps them coming back: a hearty seductive spirit that makes the rest of the world seem – thankfully – even further away than it really is.
Prime times to visit are July and August and then again during the peak polar bear viewing period of mid-October to November. At other times Churchill is often frozen and desolate, which has its own appeal.
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