Though we often think of the tundra and Arctic as rather empty places, especially in the winter, but nothing could be further from the truth. The animals and marine life that live in northern Manitoba are diverse and incredible, and the best (and sometimes only) way to see them is on an Arctic safari.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the wildlife you can meet on an Arctic safari in northern Manitoba.
The jewel of the northern animals, the polar bear is a truly majestic and powerful creature. Seeing a polar bear in the wild is one life experience you will never forget.
Northern Manitoba is home to one of the few towns in the world where polar bears can be observed in the wild: Churchill. Polar bears can be observed any time of year, but are particularly prominent in October and November when they begin their move from their summer habitat on the tundra back to where pack ice forms over the Hudson Bay. Churchill lies on this migratory path, which is why it provides endless opportunities for polar bear viewing, and why thousands of visitors from across the globe visit each year.
Few things in life can compare to seeing a pod of sparkling white beluga whales as they dive and circle around you. With Hudson Bay home to over 57,000 belugas at certain points during the year, the sheer number of whales will leave you mesmerized.
Watching a herd of caribou thunder across the tundra is an unforgettable experience, and one you can enjoy in northern Manitoba. The Schmok Lake region, near the Nunavut border, is home to the largest caribou migration in North America. This area is the best place to see the impressive caribou in vast numbers as they move across the plains, trying to steer clear of predatory wolves along the way.
One of the most beautiful animals in the north, the arctic fox has developed a thick white coat that blends with its environment to aid in hunting and in evading its predators like the polar bear. The arctic fox is so well adapted to its environment, that it won’t start shivering until temperatures reach -94° F. It doesn’t have to be that cold for you to see one of these amazing animals in the wild, but you will have to venture into the wild Tundra. There, in Manitoba’s north, Arctic foxes are abundant. Even with their superior camouflage, there is a very good chance you will have a chance to snap a picture of these furry white locals.
Pack your camera and head out on your own Arctic safari with the help of Travel Manitoba.