Canada is home to some of the most incredible wildlife experiences in the world. Whether it’s on land or sea, the nation houses some of the most rare opportunities to come up close and personal with nature.
On the west coast, British Columbia affords one of the only opportunities in the world to dive cage-free with six-gill sharks off of the coast of Hornby island. And, lucky travellers can witness the epic migration of thousands of caribou through the mountains on horseback.
While these adventures are thrilling, there’s something particularly magical about the offerings in Churchill, Manitoba.
Not only do they offer an up-close-and-personal encounter with polar bears, but they also provide thrilling snorkeling and scuba diving expeditions with beluga whales.
Happy #WorldOceansDay! As the world celebrates and reflects on the beauty of our oceans and the diverse and magnificent creatures who inhabit them, let’s also remember to work together as stewards of our amazing and unique arctic waters. #upnorthandpersonal #lazybearexpeditions #explorecanada #thephotosociety #exploremb #cangeo #travelmanitoba #natgeocreative #natgeo #nature #instagood #naturelovers #wildlifephotography #enjoycanada #canadiancreatives #canadasworld
While the title of the activity says it all, the experience is hard to put into words.
Of course, they are adorable. With sweet faces that appear to consistently dawn captivating smirks, simply seeing them is delightful. Yet, the way that the move, freely twirling and tumbling in the cold waters, invokes profound wonder.
Beluga Whales in Churchill
Not only are these marine ghosts hauntingly graceful, but they travel in packs of thousands.
That’s right. These aquatic creatures travel in impressive armies, and you can catch them in the Churchill River during the summer months.
Travel tip: Don’t forget your wet suit! It may be summer, but they come prepared with ample blubber to keep out the chill. The river is still very chilly and you won’t be in it long without one.
#Repost @toqueandcanoe with @repostapp ・・・ Today we swam with baby belugas in the ocean waters of Manitoba’s Churchill River. We hummed lullabies through our snorkels and they came. They approached by the dozens, peering curiously through the foggy waters and swimming all around and beneath us. Thanks to @lazybearexpeditions for an unbelievable day. Video by Toque & Canoe’s Jen Twyman @toque0813 shot off nearby Eskimo Island in the Hudson Bay. @travelmanitoba @explorecanada #explorecanada #canada #travel #north
The water clarity has been amazing these past few days. We’ve been able to clearly see the bottom in most of the Churchill River and the whales have been awesome! #wildlifephotography #wildlife_seekers #explorecanada #explore #travel #travelgram #travelbug #tourcanada #totescanadian #imagesofcanada #ipulledoverforthis #seanorthtours #alexdevriesphotography #sharecangeo #whales #belugawhale #viewbugfeature #bestnatureshot #bestofmanitoba #natgeotravel #natgeoyourshot #beluga #churchillmb #discoverchurchill #pocket_canada_wildlife
Looking for more exciting wildlife adventures? Check out this epic hike in BC where you can walk with wolves!