COVID-19 Updates


Book with confidence and safety at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre

During this exceptional time, we at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre are committed to providing you with the safest possible experience during your time with us. While we know it has been a trying year for those of us who seek northern and remote adventures,  we are happy to see that there is continued interest in coming to visit Churchill and experience the beautiful skies, wildlife, and plant life that surrounds us while supporting the sustainability and research initiatives happening at the CNSC. We’ve detailed some of our safety and guest experience initiatives below – take a look, and then check out our current Learning Vacations offerings.

CNSC is fully committed to following all current public health guidelines

The Churchill Northern Studies Centre has been working closely with officials at the Public Health department to develop our programs to be fully compliant with any guidelines in place at the time of tour. Guest guidelines around masking, spacing, sanitation, and any other measures will be sent out approximately 7 days prior to trip start to ensure that the information provided is current

Current Public Health Restrictions

We recognize jurisdictions around the world have varying levels of response or re-opening based on active COVID-19 cases, variants and vaccination levels. The CNSC is located in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada and currently, the Manitoba Response Level is Caution (Yellow) and the Canadian border is open only for essential travel and non-essential travel from the USA by fully vaccinated individuals and unvaccinated children under the age of 12. The border is expected to open to arrivals by other countries on September 7, 2021. 

The CNSC is open to the public for gift shop sales, research visitors, and overnight and day program participants. We will continue to monitor the situation and public health updates carefully, and modify our working guidelines as necessary. As the dates for 2021 programs approach, we are in contact with registered guests.

Enhanced sanitation and cleaning

Following the guidance for increased sanitation, the CNSC is increasing its housekeeping workforce during tours to allow for multiple cleanings of common touch points daily, as well as increased washroom cleaning. All vehicles will be cleaned and sanitized daily. Guests will be provided with easy access to hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes at all times during the trip.

A building that breathes with you

The CNSC is a LEED-silver certified facility – at 27,000 square feet, it has plenty of room for everyone to move around! Not only does the CNSC offer unparalleled spacing, but every public room is equipped with a CO2 sensor that will increase ventilation levels automatically whenever it is occupied. Breathe easy knowing that every room used by a group gets fresh air whenever it is in use!

Exploring the outdoors

While the CNSC is a spacious and well-ventilated space, you can’t beat the space and fresh air outside! All of our Learning Vacations are nature-focused, and as such, we spend a lot of our time outside. Explore the tundra and marvel at the sights – while we will still continue to deliver the in-depth educational lectures we’re known for, we’ll spend as much time as possible out doors.

Penalty-free changes

We know that this is an uncertain time for travel, and currently offer penalty-free changes on our Learning Vacations bookings. If you are unable to attend a program with us due to travel or public health restrictions – or you’d just feel more comfortable traveling at a future date  -  we’ll roll your booking over to your next trip of choice at no penalty. If you have paid for your program in full, we'll honour the original price paid if there is a price difference when rebooking for the same program. If you have paid your deposit and are unable to travel with us due to travel or public health restrictions, we’ll honour your deposit for a future booking.

Please click here for our full cancellation policy.

To download a copy of our facility opening guidelines and COVID mitigation strategies, including researcher-specific guidelines, please click here.