Discover the magic of the north in the heart of the continent.

The award-winning Journey to Churchill exhibit is home to polar bears, muskoxen, Arctic fox and other northern species. It is the most comprehensive northern species exhibit of its kind in the world.

Visitors experience a variety of naturalistic landscapes and animal viewing areas. Interpretive signage and interactive displays invite visitors to learn about biodiversity, climate change and conservation. It is an educational classroom like no other, inviting exploration, challenging thinking and promoting personal action.

Wapusk Lowlands

A towering inuksuk welcomes visitors to Journey to Churchill. Here, visitors encounter snowy owls, Arctic fox, and reindeer. With no visible barriers between the species, visitors experience the vastness of the tundra. Interpretive content describes the age, scale, fragility, and beauty of the tundra and the many species that depend on it.

Gateway to the Arctic

This is the primary viewing point for polar bears and seals. Interpretive media helps visitors learn about physiological adaptations to life on and under the sea ice. Underwater viewing tunnels, known as Sea Ice Passage, give visitors the rare opportunity to view these amazing creatures swimming from below the surface of the water. With only a clear wall bisecting the two species habitats, the polar bears and seals see and smell each other, creating a dynamic and enriching environment. This interaction between the seals and polar bears will be part of what puts this exhibit at the forefront of Arctic zoo experiences.

Aurora Borealis Theatre

The Aurora Borealis Theatre is temporarily closed. 

Located inside the Gateway to the Arctic, the domed Aurora Borealis Theatre is a place of wonder and awe. With the play of the northern lights above and the encircling wall projecting a 360 degree horizon, visitors are immersed in a vast Arctic landscape. Watch the Arctic’s seasonal beauty unfold as you enjoy our feature film Rhythms of the North and learn about the people and animals that live in Canada’s north.

Churchill Coast

The Churchill Coast is the culmination of the Journey to Churchill. With a façade resembling the town of Churchill, visitors will feel as though they have been transported to the northern frontier. The landscape includes dens that can shelter bears from the summer sun or winter wind. Visitors can watch the bears from the Tundra Grill while they enjoy their lunch. The adjacent Polar Playground is uniquely designed to engage children in a polar-themed wonderland of active participation.

Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre

The Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre interpretive centre is temporarily closed. 

When you visit Journey to Churchill, be sure to stop by the interactive interpretive centre to learn about polar bears, the Arctic ecosystem, climate change, and what you can do to reduce your impact on our environment.

Expedition Churchill

While visiting the Gateway to the Arctic building, experience a virtual expedition to Churchill at our digital kiosk. Expedition Churchill is an interactive journey to the heart of scientific discovery. Discover the region, climate and research taking place in Churchill and Hudson Bay – our gateway to the Arctic. This interactive ebook will guide you through the search for answers to our changing world. Experience the ebook at the Zoo, or download it through the App Store, or Google Play. Click here to learn more about Expedition Churchill. 

Expedition Churchill partners: University of Manitoba, VIA Rail Canada, The Town of Churchill, Churchill Northern Studies Centre, Travel Manitoba


  • 2015 Exhibit Award Top Honours - Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
  • 2015 Thomas R. Baines Award for outstanding achievement - Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA)
  • 2015 Innovation Award - Travel Manitoba