For a truly incredible adventure that will give you unforgettable experiences in the Canadian wilderness, keep reading because we're going to tell you all about Wapusk National Park!
Here's a quick quiz for you kids. What majestic creatures calls this iconic national park home? Here's a hint. Wapusk means "White Bear" in Cree.
You got it right! The park earns its name because it protects one of the world's largest known polar bear maternity denning areas.
The park covers around 11,400 sq km, and the geology, biodiversity, and cultural history of the area all contribute to the unique wilderness character of Wapusk National Park of Canada.
And YOU can visit!
Located around 1,400km NE of Winnipeg, Wapusk National Park, and is only accessible by plane or VIA rail. The main entry point is Churchill, which is also where you can find the Parks Canada's Visitor Center.
It's at this incredible national park that you can see those beautiful creatures - the polar bear!
In fall, from late September to November, many of the bears migrate along the coast to catch the first pack of ice for the winter. It's during this time that the number of bears peaks in the area around Wapusk National Park.
Although it’s possible to take a short helicopter tour over the park from Churchill, most visits are multi-day in the company of licensed operators.
So check out the area, head to the Churchill Visitor Centre and plan your experience, then get out to say hi to the polar bears!
Check out the Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site! Stone remains of the star-shaped, 18th century Prince of Wales Fort stand on Hudson Bay’s tundra shore, offering a glimpse into a remote Hudson’s Bay outpost amid a wild subarctic landscape alive with polar bears, birds and beluga whales.
Once you arrive in Churchill, you could have an unexpected encounter with polar bears at any time, anywhere, so make sure you read the polar bear safety guide!
Churchill is the “gateway” community to Wapusk National Park. The Visitor Centre is at Train Station, Churchill R0B 0E0 Travel to the park from either Churchill or Gillam can be arranged with local licensed commercial operators. Depending on the season, tour operators can take you to and from the park by boat, snowmobile, aircraft or dog team as there are no roads to the park. Weather conditions, ice, tides and seasonal conditions may affect your access plans.
There are picks you can buy from the Churchill Visitor Centre
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The park visitor centre in Churchill is open year round. Limited park access year round
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