The best place in the world to see polar bears is very popular during summer months. The isolated community of Churchill in northern Manitoba has been a polar bear gathering place for close to 4,000 years, archaeology suggests. This rugged region is a treasure trove of natural history and wildlife wonder: See droves of beluga whales who have headed into Hudson Bay to mate, and watch polar bears play-fight or … actually fight. Summer temperatures here average a pleasant 20°C.
Must-do: Make time for a full-day jet boat tour to renowned Hubbart Point, a cape northwest of Churchill, where polar bears take their own “summer vacation” to lounge around on the rocks.
Best route: Fly from Winnipeg to Churchill via Calm Air, anchoring your trip to the schedule of one of several tour companies.