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Enjoy Beautiful Manitoba Camping at Wapusk National Park

Established in 1996, Wapusk National Park is Canada’s 37th national park. The park is also one of the most remote parks in Canada. Located in the Hudson Plains ecozone, the park is in northeast Manitoba on the shores of the Hudson Bay. The remote location of the park has left it largely untouched by man, and Wapusk National Park protects on of the largest polar bear maternity denning areas in the world. The word “wapusk” means “white bear” in the local language of Cree. Photographers and biologists find this to be one of the best places in the world to view polar bears in their natural habitat with their cubs. The vast numbers of polar bears, the wide diversity in other wildlife, the geology and rich cultural history make this an amazingly remote Manitoba camping destination!

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Weather in this northern wonderland is harsh and can change suddenly and with little warning. The summer months of June, July and August tend to be the warmest with temperatures ranging between 14 degrees Fahrenheit to 95 degrees! However, snow is always a possibility. The fall months of September and October are often stormy and temperatures range between -13 to 60 degrees. Winter spans late October to early May and temperatures fluctuate greatly. The average temperature during winter is -15 degrees, but it has dropped as low as -112 degrees with wind chill! Summer months are obviously the most hospitable months for visitors.

Currently, the only way to explore this remote park is through commercial operators who are authorized to work in the park. You can go on many tours of the park, including polar bear viewing trips and Hudson Bay helicopter aerial tours. “Our Land, Our Story” is an exhibit that displays the geological and human history of the park. Interactive displays, maps, films, special presentations, life-size dioramas and workshops offer a lot of chances to learn about the rich history of the park. Be one of the few people who have been able to hike the tundra of this remote park, meet scientific researchers working in the park, and watch out for some of the diverse wildlife that reside within the park, including caribou, arctic fox, wolves, more than 250 species of birds, and of course polar bears.

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