Stewardship and management

Wapusk National Park

On the western shore of Hudson Bay, Wapusk is 11,475 square kilometres (4,430 square miles) of remote tundra wilderness near the northern Manitoba community of Churchill. Wildlife thrives throughout, from coastal beach ridges and tundra to boreal forest. Herds of caribou migrate through the park which is also home to a diverse variety of birds and arctic creatures from tiny lemmings to polar bears.

Park management

Discover Parks Canada’s approach to stewardship of Wapusk National Park, including research and monitoring and the management board.

Commercial Film and Photography

Want to film or photograph in Wapusk National Park? Learn about Parks Canada’s fees and procedures.


Learn about Parks Canada research and education partners in Wapusk National Park.


Learn how to contact Wapusk and the Parks Canada Visitor Centre by phone, email, letter and in case of emergency.

Polar bears come ashore when the ice on Hudson Bay melts, waiting on the tundra until the waters freeze again. Pregnant females remain on land, sheltered in maternity dens within the peatlands in Wapusk, giving birth over the winter.

Access to the park is via licensed tour operator from Churchill, the site of Parks Canada’s Visitor Centre. As fall progresses, large numbers of polar bears can often be seen at Cape Churchill, within Wapusk. Mothers with new cubs emerge from their earth dens in early spring.

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