Frontiers North, in partnership with Conscious Connection Magazine, invites you to explore the subarctic sustainably. Based in Churchill, Canada—the gateway to the Northern Lights and arctic wildlife—this tour operator transports guests to the otherworldly landscapes of Northern Canada, while prioritizing care for the environment and community.
As a Certified B Corporation™, Frontiers North partners with organizations like Polar Bears International and Raincoast Conservation Foundation to offer unique and intimate tours that focus on education, conservation, and immersion.
Here’s a glimpse at what they offer.
Encounter Gentle Giants With A Beluga Whales Adventure
In Summer, beluga whales begin their migration south from the Arctic Circle toward the subarctic coast of the Hudson Bay to birth and raise their young. As they populate the warm, shallow waters of the Churchill River estuary, the region becomes home to the largest population of belugas in the world.
Travelers can get unparalleled access to the whales as they make their journey on Frontiers North’s Conservation Journey®: Beluga Whales tour. Led by an expert beluga whale researcher, guests will learn about the whales’ biology, habits and ongoing scientific research that are informing conservation decisions. Frontiers North also provides opportunities to see the whales from the water. On a zodiac boat tour, guests embark on an inflatable boat that brings them up close to watch belugas swim and play—an experience that truly can’t be replicated anywhere else in the world.
By the end of the day, guests leave having had awesome encounters as well as an appreciation for the subarctic ecosystem.
Immerse Yourself in an Intimate Northern Lights Experience Under Ethereal Skies
Frozen conditions and long dark nights make Winter prime time for viewing the Northern Lights. Frontiers North’s Northern Lights tours transports small, intimate groups across the frozen landscape in EV Tundra Buggies®—providing an intimate experience that minimizes environmental impact.
Outings include dinner at Dan’s Diner, a windowed pop-up eatery set in the remote wilderness across the frozen Churchill River, far from light pollution. Guests enjoy a seven-course meal beneath aurora borealis and, afterward, are free to enjoy the surrounding area under the celestial skies.
Multi-day tours allow visitors the opportunity to embark on dog sledding excursions led by Indigenous dog mushers and to engage with the local arts scene. Visitors leave with a bucket-list experience, as well as a sense of the broader cultural landscape and community that makes it all possible.
Lock Eyes With Wild Polar Bears
If you’ve dreamed of seeing the largest bears on earth in their natural habitat, join one of Frontiers North’s conservation-focused Polar Bear Safaris. Every Autumn, as temperatures drop, polar bears migrate towards this region of the Hudson Bay—the first body of water to freeze over due to the mixing of fresh water from the river and salt water from the bay. As polar bears patiently wait for the sea ice to form, they roam the coastline of the Churchill Wildlife Management Area (CWMA).
To see them, Frontiers North employs a fleet of Tundra Buggies to traverse a pre-established network of trails in the CWMA (which do not infringe on the animals’ movements or habitat) to view the largest concentration of polar bears in the wild.
As a long-standing partner of Polar Bears International, the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to polar bear research and conservation, each tour invites a polar bear researcher to provide insight and education on these magnificent mammals and their important role within the subarctic ecosystem.
Sleep in the Heart of the Tundra
Situated far from the lights of town, Frontiers North’s Tundra Buggy Lodge allows guests to sleep surrounded by the subarctic wilderness.
Designed to leave minimal footprint on the environment, the Tundra Buggy Lodge is akin to luxury train cabin: upper and lower berths are appointed with modern amenities, where guests may wake to find wild polar bears roaming freely outside their windows. The lodge’s lounge offers guests wi-fi, food, and drinks while taking in panoramic views through wall-to-ceiling windows
Outdoor viewing platforms connect the cabins for photography buffs, and a rooftop observation deck offers an unobstructed 360° view of the wildlife by day or the northern lights by night.
Book Your Sustainable Subarctic Adventure
Through their partnerships with renowned organizations, sustainable practices, and dedication to shared stewardship of their communities and land, Frontiers North is a smart choice for discerning, eco-conscious travelers. As you plan your next adventure, consider Frontiers North for an immersive subarctic experience that contributes to the preservation of our planet for future generations.