See a polar bear

The polar bear is the world’s largest land carnivore. Known as the ‘Nanuk’ to the Inuit, they can weigh up to 800kg — as much as a small car — and an adult male can grow to more than three metres from head to rump. Essentially, you don’t want to encounter one of these beasts in the wild unless you’re separated by a bulletproof shield.

Churchill has the highest concentration of polar bears in the world, with more than 1200 living in the area. The best time to spot these playful creatures in the wild is between late September and early November.

Take a dip

In summer, Lake Winnipeg is a delight, with its sandy white beaches, log cabins and clear blue water that seems to stretch on forever.