Polar bears, beluga whales, northern lights - stay and help in the Polar Bear Capital of the World, Churchill, Canada



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 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

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    **Covid 19
    Due to Covid 19 we have not been accepting any workawayers for the past 15+ months. Churchill is a very small community and we have been lucky enough to keep it out. As vaccinations continue and things open back up we will start looking at applicants for volunteer positions again. **

    I own and operate a polar bear, wildlife and northern lights guiding company in Churchill, Manitoba - The Polar Bear Capital of the World. We cater mainly to photographers and film crews but also tourists. I am in the process of expanding and building yurt camps for northern lights viewing. Outside of work we are a family of 4, with two children under 4.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Churchill is the polar bear capital of the world. During certain times of the year we have polar bears migrating through our town. It is also one of the worlds best spots to view northern lights, and in the summer is a migration point for thousands of Beluga whales. We are a northern Canadian remote, beautiful and unique town surrounded by nature and wildlife. Coming to see us will give anyone a once in a lifetime view into a different way of life.

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    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    I am looking for people who can help with the day to day activities of our life in the north, which may be chopping fire wood, helping with renovations, picking berries, mushroom, hunting, keeping the fire going, cooking etc. Our family of four (sometimes 6, including 4 children under 7) may also be in need of someone who can provide childcare during the day while we are at work, and also other general house chores such as cleaning and cooking family meals. I want our children to be exposed to other cultures and languages and would love travellers who will not only care for our children but engage them with their own culture.

    There is also the chance for paid work to help out with my tour business, including tasks such as cleaning the cabins/yurts, taking care of guests, driving, cooking and if you stay long enough and are willing to learn perhaps overnighting at camp and being a polar bear guard. Tasks vary throughout the year as Churchill is a very seasonal town; -50c winters for Aurora, polar bear season in the fall, +30c summers with beluga whales and migratory bird life etc. The tour business jobs relate to the season and activities those seasons allow.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Depending on what you are coming for you may be staying with us in our house, at my cabin, or in the future one of my yurt camps. The cabins and yurts will be more rustic but a much more unique experience. The house will be in the Town of Churchill and provide all amenities.

    The cabin is remote from town. It does have electricity but I prefer to heat with the wood stove. It sits on a lake in a small cottage area and is often frequented by wildlife and foxes of all colours including arctic foxes, loons, ducks, geese, ptarmigan and the occasional polar bear. There is no running water at the cabin, meaning honey bucket style toilet and showers will be taken in town.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I run small group polar bear, wildlife and northern lights tours. Anyone coming to stay with us will have the chance to come out with me to experience those things. During the summer you can go kayaking, paddle boarding or swimming with beluga whales. Fall is polar bear season and winter is Aurora season. If nothing else, just enjoy spending some time in a remote town in Northern Canada and see what small town life is really like.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5hrs/day, 5 days/week

Host ref number: 385887224587