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Floe Ice Tours

Birds, Seals, Belugas and Ice, after June breakup into early July

Churchill River breakup varies but usually occurs early to mid June. At this time we enjoy taking visitors amongst sea ice in industrial quality inflatable boats. Past tours have produced close up sightings of three species of Jaegers (Skuas), Harlequin Duck, King Eider, Black Guillemont, Great Black- Backed, Sabine's, Little and Ross's Gulls as well as many more common birds to the area.

This tour is more than birds, it's an opportunity to become part of an intimate environment which is a lively soup of birds, seals, huge turquoise core ice shapes and possibly the season's first Belugas.

Tide, current and ice conditions dictate tour times; please call. Length - 2 hours.

DRESS WARMLY!!!!


Churchill River Estuary

Beluga Whale Watching Tour

July and August

We got your message, "more beluga whale watching time!" Sea North Tours is now happy to offer a 2 hour beluga whale watching tour by zodiac. This tour will give you plenty of time to find and enjoy these curious and friendly mammals.

Belugas are beautiful, playful and intelligent. They often swim within a few feet of our boat turning on their side to check out the people on board. Over three thousand of these 3 to 5 metre long white whales summer in the Churchill River estuary, making it the world's largest readily accessible population. Belugas are the most vocal of all whales and you will hear them through hydrophones. What do they sound like? If you have listened to Orcas or Humpback whales sing, you have heard classical music. Belugas are rock and roll!

During the summer we often get lucky and spot polar bears as they swim ashore abandoning the melting sea ice, or at rest along rocky coast lines. Because our tours leave seven days a week (weather permitting) we are able to keep an eye on the movements of wildlife and take "you" to where the action is.

Sometimes weather conditions may dictate that we use the Sea North II for this tour.

Beluga and Fort Tour

July and August

This is our classic tour for passengers who want to enjoy the beluga whales and see an historic site. The tour includes a brief introduction to beluga whales, one hour for beluga whale watching and a trip to Prince of Wales Fort. Total tour time is 2.5 to 3 hours. The boat we use will be determined by group size and weather conditions.

Zodiac Inflatable Boat Charters

Our Mark IV heavy duty Zodiacs are equipped with clean quiet four stroke outboards and are operated by Churchill's most experienced river pilots. Great for beluga whale photography and videography.

MORE ABOUT THE SEA NORTH II

The Sea North II is a one of a kind custom built 32 passenger tour boat. Among its special design features are Twin Hamilton Jet Pumps turned by Volvo Penta Diesels. This method of propulsion ensures that no harm can come to the whales as there are no exposed moving parts under the water. She is also reinforced to push ice at reduced speeds. Best quality engine silencers along with heavy sound insulated engine room make the Sea North II extremely quiet above and below the water.

P.O. Box 219, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada R0B 0E0
Phone (204) 675-2195 Fax (204) 675-2647
1-888-348-7591
for tour times and reservations:
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Kayak

in the Churchill River where beluga whales will seek you out and swim by for a closer look.  This is not a long expedition and novice paddlers are welcome.  A zodiac boat with an experienced driver will accompany you.  The driver will provide initial safety instructions and the zodiac will stay close incase the weather suddenly changes or a kayaker tires before reaching shore.    Wear comfortable clothing, we can provide waterproof outerwear and the required Personal Flotation Device.

 Our kayak tours require calm water conditions so this is the most weather dependent activity for whale watching.  We also kayak during the slackest tide times when paddling is less difficult.

 Go kayaking accompanied by a zodiac for added safety. Cost: $157.50/person, includes tax, (2 1/2 hours). One and two passenger kayaks available or try our inflatable kayaks.

Snorkelling with Belugas

One of the most exhilarating things you will ever do!!!!

 Once your zodiac driver has located a friendly pod of beluga whales in the mood for some people watching, you slip over the side into the water and holding onto a rope you drift or are gently towed by the zodiac.  Curious whales follow along and may come within a few feet to look you over.  Snorkelers enter the beluga’s world where vocalizations are easy to hear and echolocation clicks and exhalation bubbles can be felt.  The Arctic wet suits insulate you from the cold water for over an hour.  Time spent with these gentle creatures passes quickly but the thrill lasts a lifetime.

 Sea North Tours provides 7 MM Arctic wet suits, double over the torso, gloves, hoods and boots plus masks and snorkels.  Sizes range from a woman’s size 6 to a man’s XXXL; sorry no children’s sizes.  Upper body strength and good mobility are required.  The cost is $189 (includes tax) per person for 2 hours of zodiac time.  Four people can be in the water at once and there is a maximum of 6 snorkelers per zodiac.








Wet suit compared to  Dry suit for snorkelling

Before buying our equipment we consulted with Guy MacMillan, professional diver, Winnipeg Fire Department Search and Rescue, retired.  It was explained to us that real dry suits are custom fitted to each individual.  It is necessary to have an exact fit at the face and wrists.  Too tight and it is difficult to get on with the possibility of ripping, too loose and of course the water will leak into your suit. 

            Arctic wet suits of the proper thickness with johns and jackets cover your body with a minimum of 7 MM of high quality insulating neoprene and double that, 14 MM, over the torso.  In addition boots, gloves, hood, mask and snorkel cover you.  These suits allow for better mobility in the water and are “warm”.  We have had snorkelers in the water for up to 3 hours without any discomfort.  Often non-scuba dry suits that are used for snorkelling are primarily designed for wind surfing or jet skiing.  These suits trap more air and restrict mobility. 




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