Wapusk National Park

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Mark Crosgriff
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Wapusk National Park was established in 1996 and is Canada’s 37th national park located in north-east Manitoba, Canada on the shores of Hudson Bay. The park protects one of the world’s largest known polar bear maternity denning areas.

Wapusk means "White Bear" in Cree. It represents the Hudson James Lowlands natural region bordering on Hudson Bay. The park lies on the transition between boreal forest and Arctic tundra. The park’s marine coastal habitat is marked by salt marshes, beaches, and dunes.

The Park is also home to Cape Churchill, which allows visitors to view and photograph wild polar bears. The only way people can access Cape Churchill is by helicopter or Tundra Buggy. Visitors to the park will see forty-four species of mammals and large numbers of waterfowl and shorebirds in wetland and coastal areas. The Parks Canada Visitor Center in Churchill’s Heritage Railway Station, has exhibits with interactive displays, films, maps, special presentations and workshops by Parks Canada Staff and researchers.

Location (Approximate): 
Wapusk National Park
Churchill, MB
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Average: 8.5 (2 votes)

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