If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting the polar bear capital of the world, seeing beluga whales in their natural habitat, bird-watching for hours on end, or experiencing the northern lights first-hand, there’s actually just one place you need to go - and it’s right here in Canada! This small Manitoba town is known as the “Polar Bear Capital of the World,” and here’s what you need to know about visiting.\nThe town of Churchill in Manitoba is a nature-lovers paradise, and the small northern community is recognized worldwide for its abundance of incredible wildlife.\nWith everything from polar bears, beluga whales and narwhals, to foxes, moose and wolves, it’s one of Canada’s most magical destinations for animal-lovers.\nAlso recognized as one of the world’s best places to see the northern lights, Churchill is a bucket-list destination for anyone looking to get out of their comfort zone.\nThe town is not accessible by road, and the only way to travel to Churchill is by a two-day, 1,700km train ride or a 3-hour flight.\nIf this doesn't excite the adventurers among you, the town also made National Geographic's "Places of a Lifetime" list, which celebrates some of the world's most life-changing destinations.\nView this post on Instagram @georgetheexplorer: sunrise smooches 😘 this Mum and cub stuck around Seal River Heritage Lodge for a couple days, bedding down until the strong winds passed. On this beautiful morning, they got up, foraged a little, then sauntered off into the rising sun 🥰 A post shared by Churchill Wild: Arctic Safaris (@churchillwildsafaris) on Nov 21, 2019 at 8:45am PST\n"Nowhere else in the world can you have interactions with beluga whales that you can have here in Churchill," says Michael Goodyear, former director of the Churchill Northern Studies Centre.\nA local tour guide added, "The sheer wealth of wildlife [in Churchill] is overwhelming. The term 'bucket list' is used a lot here."\nIt's not surprising that Churchill is popular with bucket list explorers. With some of the world's best opportunities to spot whales, polar bears and the northern lights, you can cross-off several of your biggest bucket-list experiences in just one trip.\nView this post on Instagram September may bring shorter days and cooler temps, but it also brings more vibrant northern lights! 📷: Jochen Curschmann . . . #churchillwild #northernlights #auroraborealis #aurora #darksky #naturephotography #nanukpolarbearlodge A post shared by Churchill Wild: Arctic Safaris (@churchillwildsafaris) on Sep 17, 2019 at 2:55pm PDT\nLuckily for Canadians, this natural paradise is pretty close to home. Located on the west shore of Hudson Bay, roughly 110 kilometres (68 miles) from the Manitoba–Nunavut border, Churchill is far above most Canadian populated areas.\nThere are no roads leading to Churchill, meaning that driving up to this part of the Great White North is not actually an option. You can drive as far north as Thompson and then catch a flight or the train to Churchill from there.\nThe most adventurous option is to take the train all the way from Winnipeg, which is a 2-day journey that can cost as little as $400-$500 roundtrip.\nView this post on Instagram "What day is it?" It's #WildlifeWednesday! Thanks to British photographer @georgetheexplorer for this cool shot from Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge! George did a great job taking over our @churchillwildsafaris Instagram account this fall while at Nanuk and was also interviewed by Jessica Stewart for a recent story in @mymodernmet entitled: Intimate Portraits of Churchill Polar Bears in Northern Canada. Link now on our Facebook and Twitter pages and on our news page at: https://www.churchillwild.com/news-reviews/churchill-wild-in-the-news/ Thank you George and Jessica! A post shared by Churchill Wild: Arctic Safaris (@churchillwildsafaris) on Dec 12, 2018 at 5:27pm PST\nWhile viewing Churchill's wildlife is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, it comes with a pretty hefty price tag.\nNorthern Lights tours can cost up to $5000; polar bear and beluga tours can even cost double that.\nThat said, there are cheaper options. If you dig around tour groups and plan your trip within the right season, there are better deals to be had for your dream-trip.\nView this post on Instagram "The earth has music for those who listen." - George Santayana 📷: Courtesy of past guest Ryohei Orihara, taken at Dymond Lake Ecolodge . . . #northernlights #auroraborealis #aurora #churchillwild #dymondlakeecolodge #greaticebearadventure #arcticsafaris #canada #hudsonbay #lightsinthewild #polarbearsafaris #wildlifesafaris #ecolodges #sustainabletravel #experientialtravel @magnificent7lodges @natgeotravel @travelmanitoba A post shared by Churchill Wild: Arctic Safaris (@churchillwildsafaris) on Feb 20, 2019 at 3:59pm PST\nEarlier this month, Kate Upton paid a visit to Churchill, to attend the opening of the new Polar Bears International House.\nTo celebrate the start of Polar Bear Month, Upton spent some time in the polar bear capital of the world, and she seems to have had a pretty incredible experience.\nView this post on Instagram HAPPY INTERNATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY! 💓 This beautiful shot was taken in the Polar Bear Capital of the World (Churchill, Manitoba) by @tomasarvid #exploremb #explorecanada A post shared by Travel Manitoba (@travelmanitoba) on Feb 27, 2019 at 7:10am PST\nWith the world's "polar bear capital" so close to home, Churchill should definitely be on every Canadian nature-lovers bucket list for 2020!\nThere are stories everywhere. 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