The Centre

Understand & Sustain the North

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Founded in 1976, the Churchill Northern Studies Centre is an independent, non-profit field station focused on research and education in the sub-arctic and is located 23 km east of the town of Churchill, Manitoba. We provide accommodations, meals, equipment rentals, and logistical support to scientific researchers working on a diverse range of topics of interest to northern science. We also facilitate learning programs throughout the year for non-credit learning vacations, university credit courses, and youth programming. We also host conferences focused on Northern issues and offer day tours of our LEED Silver facility, local ecology, and the historic Rocket Range.

The Environment

The CNSC is situated along the Hudson Bay seacoast at the meeting of three major biomes: marine, northern boreal forest, and tundra. To the east lies Wapusk National Park which protects the inland denning area of the polar bear. Farther to the southeast lies the Hudson Bay Lowland, the largest peatland in North America. Because of this complex of biomes, one can see a tremendous diversity of plants, birds, mammals and human cultures.

Computers, Bombardier Tracker Vehicle and Garage Doors at the centre are sponsored by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, through the Small Capital Sponsorship Program.


The CNSC is a fragrance-free workplace. Thank you for not wearing any of the following during your visit: cologne, after shave lotion, perfume, perfumed hand lotion, fragranced hair products, and/or similar products. Our chemically-sensitive co-workers and clients thank you.



Our Vision

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to understand and sustain the north



Our Mission

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The Churchill Northern Studies Centre promotes and facilitates research and education that enhances our understanding and appreciation of natural, social, economic and cultural environments of the North.

To fulfill this mission the staff:


  • Promote and facilitate northern research, toward an understanding of the physical environment, social issues and economic development including sustainable resource development and use
  • Promote and facilitate university credit education and public interest educational opportunities
  • Promote and facilitate north/south understanding by providing a forum for dialogue on significant northern issues
  • Provide accommodation, logistical, and service support for independent researchers

Centre Panorama

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Click play on the video above to see more of the CNSC.

Virtual Tour

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Tour the CNSC in 3D with Google Interior Street View.