Churchill is a small remote community in northern Manitoba, Canada roughly 110 kilometres (68 miles) from the Manitoba and Nunavut border. Churchill is along the Hudson Bay at the mouth of the Churchill River on the 58th parallel North far above most Canadian populated areas. Churchill is far from any other towns or cities, with Thompson, approximately 400 km (250 mi) to the south, being the closest larger settlement. Manitoba’s provincial capital, Winnipeg, is approximately 1000 km (620 mi) south of Churchill. The small community stands at an ecotone, on the Hudson Plains, at the juncture of three ecoregions: the boreal forest to the south, the Arctic tundra to the northwest, and the Hudson Bay to the north. Churchill lies just south of the parallel of Stockholm, Sweden, and just north of that of Inverness, Scotland.
Churchill was named after John Churchill in 1686, the 3rd governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company and the Duke of Marlborough.
All international travellers are required to have passports to enter Canada. Well before your departure, visit the Government of Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration websitefor more information.
If you are a non-U.S. citizen, check with your local authorities for documents required for entry into Canada. Please visit website for information.
All travellers to and from the United States are required to have a passport. For more info visit website for information.
Visitors are advised to exchange their funds at any financial institution and/or can use U.S. money as it is readily accepted in Manitoba and in Churchill.
NOTE: You will not be able to exchange any of your currency into Canadian currency once in Churchill unless you have a Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) account with the bank. Visa, Master Card & Interact are widely accepted but not AMEX.
The WIFI in the subarctic can be slow so patience has to be exercised. Polar Inn has free internet wifi. The Churchill Public Library has several computers available for use but limited to 30 minutes. Lodgings in Churchill have free WIFI.
There is no laundromat in Churchill so expect to pay for laundry services in Churchill at your lodgings.
June 7°C (44.7 Fahrenheit)
July 12.7°C (54.8 Fahrenheit)
August 12.3°C (54.1Fahrenheit)
June average daylight: 18.02 hours
July average daylight: 18.22 hours
August average daylight: 16.45 hours
Yes, you can see the Northern Lights if the night sky is clear.
It is possible to see polar bears but it is not guaranteed.
Biting insects are present in Churchill and may or may not be an issue during your visit. A dry summer could mean little or no bugs and windy cool temperatures will discourage biting insects. Generally, mid July to mid August can be a time of bugs. In order to be prepared please bring insect repellent with DEET. It is best to wear long pants, long sleeves and sunglasses and spray your cap with bug spray while outdoors.
Churchill has only one grocery store “Northern Store”. Some products may not be readily available as in southern stores. Hours are available once you arrive in Churchill.
Churchill has a Health Centre with a hospital and pharmacy. Hours are posted within the Churchill community.
Churchill is blessed with a wonderful Community Center. This center houses all local government district, library, movie theater, gymnasium, school, hockey rink, curling rink, bowling alley, pool, gymnasium, fitness center and much more. This “Complex” is open to the public and hours are posted within the community.
Tamarack rentals has vehicles for rent. Please visit their website at Tamarack Rentalsto contact them and for further information.
There are several restaurants each with fine menus. Some have vegetarian dishes but it is much more challenging to order a vegan meal. Sample menus can sometimes be obtained at the front desk of your hotel or inquiry once in Churchill for a list of restaurants.