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Whale-watching in Hudson Bay [kayaking]

  • Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

  • Bucket List Experience

Last updated: 21 March, 2024

During the summer, more than 60,000 beluga whales inhabit the Western Hudson Bay region – 3,000 of which can be found in the Churchill River estuary.

These unusual, striking all-white whales, growing up to 6.5m, are also known as ‘sea canaries’ for their prolific underwater singing in high-pitched squeaks and whistles. They’re curious creatures – and often come right up to boats.

It’s therefore an excellent spot for summer whale watching – on a 2-hour tour on either an inflatable zodiac or sea kayaks. Tours sometimes spot polar bears here too.

Logistics

Price from: £75
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 4+
When: All year around
Duration: 3-4 hours

Getting there & doing it

Knowledgeable guides escort groups of up to 5 people on approximately 2-hour tours to seek out the pods.

There’s no minimum age for boat tours, but children must be 8 or over for sea kayaking.

When to do it

Tours run daily in July and August, but the times of the tour vary daily, are they always depart at low tide.

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