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Churchill, Canada Cruise Port

In the frozen reaches of northern Manitoba lies Churchill, home to ancient Inuit culture and remarkable Arctic wildlife. See polar bears hunting on the ice, pale white beluga whales in the cold waters and take a tour of the area's native and not-so-native histories with a trip to the local museum, visitor centre and the isolated ruins of the solid old Prince of Wales Fort.

Sightseeing in Churchill

Churchill's initial stark, cold appearance belies a wealth of cultural history and visitors will find themselves surrounded by remarkable wildlife and the possibility of adventure across the frozen tundra. After a dogsled ride or a tour of the countryside in a 4x4, spend some time in the area's Inuit museum or the parkland visitor centre to find out more about Churchill's natural and cultural life.

Eskimo Museum

Find out all about the native First Nation people, the original inhabitants of the area around Churchill with a tour of this small but fascinating museum. Here you'll find arrowheads, harpoons and traditional carvings of ivory and bone – as well as prehistoric fossils, kayaks and narwhal tusks. The staff here are well known for their enthusiasm and can help you to find out all about the wildlife, culture and way of life in this unique part of the world.

Prince of Wales Fort

This distinctive star-shaped fort has stood in Hudson Bay's stark surroundings since the early 18th century, and was originally built by the Hudson's Bay Company as an outpost for the region's fur trade. Here you'll be able to wander the solid battlements and see the historic cannon which still stand watch and you may even be able to spot polar bears out in the bay. A guided tour could give you some extraordinary insights into the making of the fort, and the hardships endured by the men who built it by hand and manned the walls and buildings. Although the central complex has since fallen into disrepair, wandering around the remains of the barracks, storehouse and governor's quarters in the courtyard makes for a fascinating visit.

Wildlife tours

Churchill is renowned for its native polar bear population, which wait for the sea around Hudson Bay to freeze before they head out onto the ice to hunt seal. During your excursion you may have the option to tour the frozen tundra by 4x4, or even race through the snow of vast pine forests on a dog sled ride. Alternatively, head to the visitor centre where you can find out all about the wildlife and local history of the Hudson Bay area.

Shopping in Churchill

You're unlikely to find much in the way of designer fashion and fragrance during your time in Churchill – but what you will discover is a wide range of traditional crafts, tools and artifacts made by Inuit and northern Native American tribes. Beads, pipes, clothes and handicrafts are all available in this vein, but be on the lookout for Inuit sculptures of polar bears, narwhals and beluga whales, masterfully sculpted in native soapstone.

Eating out in Churchill

Expect friendly bars and warm stone-and-wood lodges around Churchill when it comes to getting a bite to eat. Step in from the cold and treat yourself to a hearty pub lunch in a local inn, or make for a seafood restaurant near the harbour, where you can enjoy a generous helping of the fresh local catch – like the bright red Arctic char.

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