Why it’s awesome:
If you’re an animal lover, Churchill, perched on Hudson Bay on the northern tip of Manitoba, is the best place to get close to some of Canada’s wildlife. Wild polar bears wander the tundra, friendly beluga whales swim alongside kayaks and hundreds of birds fly through on their annual migration.
What to do:
Dog-sledding isn't just confined to the winter months; in summer, the sled is replaced with a wheeled cart, from which you can see the tundra bursting with wildflowers. Bring your binoculars and you might catch sight of native brids, wolves, moose or even a late-season polar bear.
When to visit:
Between mid-June and mid-September, over 57,000 beluga whales gather in the warmer waters off the coast of Churchill — this is the best time to snorkel or kayak alongside them.