For us ecotourism represents the intersection of ecology and economy. In truly unique places like Churchill our future depends on preserving natural systems so we can share them with travellers from around the world. We let this concept guide us and endeavour to have as little impact on our environment and wildlife as possible. It is our commitment to you, our community, and our environment to strive for constant improvements in this regard.
Discover Churchill operates on Treaty 5 land. These are the traditional lands of the Cree, Dene, Inuit, and the homeland of the Métis people.
Feel the rush of spotting a Polar Bear in the wild! From sunrises at shipwrecks to Auroras at abandoned airplanes, our tours are designed to help guests get the most out of their journey to Churchill. Small group sizes create a more intimate experience and allow more flexibility to customize tours based on guest’s interests. Without a rigid schedule our tours often depart town earlier and return back later based on light and wildlife viewing conditions.
“Discover Churchill is the choice for photographers, no doubt! Churchill is an incredible place, the history, the people and of course the bears. With Discover Churchill you are immersed into all of this. There is no better way to photograph polar bears in Churchill, experienced guides and their local network make all the difference in finding and putting you where you need to be. The photography experience you receive is a bucket list item for any wildlife photographer.”
Well, Alex from Discover Churchill made this dream a reality and I would without any hesitation whatsoever recommend him. In fact, I have several times and all returned as delighted as I was. You see, Alex is everything you would want in a polar bear guide and more. For starters, your safety is his prime concern. He has your back while your face is behind the camera. He understands the bear’s behavior and reads the situation around you in such a way that you always feel totally safe. Equally important, Alex gets you into position. In many instances, he anticipated the bear’s trajectory and relocated us to a prime location to get unbelievable images. His knowledge of the area really pays off. Of course, you spend a lot of time with your guide on these types of trips, so his personality should also be a key consideration. You will quickly discover Alex to be a very nice guy with an amazing sense of humor. He is definitely passionate for what he does, and has an undoubtable profound respect for these wonderful animals.
So if you are seriously considering a trip to the polar bear capital of the world, do not hesitate to reach out to Discover Churchill. I guarantee you will have a trip of a lifetime.
In Nov. 2020 I headed back to Churchill, MB. for my 5th time in search of polar bears to photograph. In preparing for this trip I did my typical research along with reaching out to a couple of fellow photographers to get some insight into guide recommendations for the area. I needed a guide to get me out on the land safely while fulfilling my need of capturing beautiful images of the polar bear.
Research led me to Alex and Discovery Churchill and he didn’t disappoint. Pick up times were prompt and the days were filled with locating the bears in a safe and respectful manner. Alex communicated with his other drivers and guides to ensure that the area had eyes on it without having to needlessly race all over the area which would cause disturbance to the otherwise peaceful tundra along the shores of Hudson’s Bay.
Alex along with the keen eyes of his other guides ensured that we were able to photograph bears everyday while maintaining safe distances and protocols for both the photographers and the bears.”
“I can’t say enough about the crew over at Discover Churchill! They were all amazing in so many ways. Their love for the Bears came through in every action and every word. You could tell this was more than just a job for them but a true calling. Norman with his hawk eyes spotting the slightest movement, Stephanie with her warmth and hilarious humour. Let’s not forget Alex with all of his knowledge, passion and dedication to his clients, team but most importantly the wildlife. Thank you for an amazing bucket list experience! Can’t wait for next year!!”
Alex de Vries
Owner / Guide