I’ve found that Manitoba, Canada is one of the best destinations for those seeking experiential travel. It’s also a place that few others have visited, so I came back with plenty of unique stories to share. Located in the centre of Canada and lapped by the waters of Hudson Bay, the province is a graceful beauty, home to an incredible array of wildlife and some astounding scenery. It's also one of the best (and lesser known) places to see the northern lights.
Upon landing in Manitoba I went straight up to Churchill, a small town in the north of the province that lies next to Hudson Bay and stretches of wild tundra that roll out before you for as far as the eye can see. The diversity of landscapes that surround Churchill will have you occupied for days. Think vast lakes, rocky outcrops, boreal forests and beautiful coastline. It’s one of the few places left on earth that truly feels ‘off the grid’ – you couldn't get more off the beaten track if you tried.
Churchill’s biggest claim to fame has to be its resident Polar Bears that wander the plains around the town. Stay at one of the many lodges out in the wilderness and you’ll come face to face with one of these majestic bears as they make their way to the shoreline. Hudson Bay is also home to the Beluga Whale throughout the summer months and jumping into the cold waters to swim with these gentle and curious creatures will be an experience you never forget.