Snorkel with Beluga Whales in the Hudson Bay
Join Lazy Bear Expeditions to snorkel with beluga whales and have an experience your family will never forget! During the summer months, the Hudson Bay coastline is visited by 60,000 of these gentle giants. Ranging from 13-20 feet (4-6 meters) in length, these whales are easily identified by their white skin and lack of dorsal fin. As you enter the water on your snorkeling tour, you’ll hear the clicks, chirps, and whistles that the belugas use to communicate with one another and find their prey. These curious creatures may even come close enough for you to feel their exhalation bubbles!
Where: Churchill, Manitoba Canada
Age: The minimum recommended age is 12.
Tour Info: Lazy Bear Expeditions will begin your tour by getting you bundled up in an arctic dry suit. Warmer than a wet suit, these dry suits will allow you to wear full clothing underneath, keeping you dry and comfortable while snorkeling. Once you’re properly dressed, their experienced tour guides will take you to snorkel with beluga whales. As you enter the beluga’s world, curious whales may swim right up to you to check you out. Be sure to bring your waterproof camera to document your adventure!
Tours run mid-June through mid-September. Lazy Bear Expeditions offers a two-day adventure for about $300 USD. This includes two nights at Lazy Bear Lodge, a three-hour boat tour to see the beluga whales, a Churchill Cultural and Heritage tour, breakfast each morning, one dinner, and an airport shuttle. A three-hour snorkeling is an additional $145. (It is possible to just book the snorkeling tour, but it is based on availability.) Dry suits and all equipment are provided
Contact Info: Inside North America: 1-866-687-2327, Outside North America: 1-204-663-9377
Bonus: Lazy Bear Expeditions also offers a tour to kayak with beluga whales. A certified river guide will make sure that you are familiar with the equipment before taking you out on the river. Curious belugas will come right up to your kayak as you paddle along. You might even be able to reach down and touch one!
*All images courtesy of Lazy Bear Expeditions