Every summer, in July and August, thousands of beluga, or white whales gather near Churchill, where the Churchill River enters Hudson Bay. On Will’s itinerary, you’ll have an opportunity to approach them in a Zodiac or even swim among them—a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. The social animals, which measure about 18 feet when fully grown, curiously approach the humans who enter the water. While most whale-watching expeditions involve sailing out to sea and hoping to spot one breaching or exhaling through its blowhole from a distance, you’ll have opportunities to truly make eye contact with the belugas.
If you want to get up close to Canada’s wildlife, a knowledgeable guide is essential. A member of AFAR’s Travel Advisory Council will steer you to the right one whether you are headed to country’s national parks or remote islands. Check out their itineraries at AFAR Journeys.