The Cap de Bon-Désir Interpretation and Observation Centre includes a section within the intertidal zone (accessible depending on the tide), consisting of uneven rocky terrain. In addition to the vantage points it offers, this area is where discovery activities such as Ocean Encounters and Les hauts et les bas du bord de mer (the ups and downs of the sea shore) take place.
The water is ice-cold, even in summer (about 4°C). Currents are strong. Rocks near the water’s edge can be slippery, and a fall could lead to serious injury or death. To ensure the safety of all visitors, safe trails to the vantage points have been created. Stone markers define the safe zone, and it is prohibited to go outside this boundary (see image opposite). Please visit the centre only during the hours of operation. Detailed hours of operation
Should an accident occur, lifebuoys and reach poles are available.
Churchill is 1,400 kilometres (870 miles) northeast of Winnipeg, accessible only by plane or VIA Rail train. Prince of Wales Fort’s main entry point, Churchill, is also the site of Parks Canada’s Visitor Centre.
Several commercial companies offer boat transport to the fort, as well as bus service and vehicle rentals to Cape Merry. Parks Canada does not provide transportation to the sites.
Parks Canada’s Visitor Centre in Churchill
P.O. Box 127 (1 Mantayo Seepee Meskanow)
Churchill MB R0B 0E0
By rail: VIA Rail has regular train service to the nearest train station, Churchill Heritage Train Station, Churchill, Manitoba. Learn more about VIA Rail service
By air: Calm Air International provides scheduled direct flights daily to Churchill from Winnipeg. For more information and flight bookings, visit the Calm Air International website: http://www.calmair.com
To Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site
Prince of Wales Fort, Sloop Cove and Cape Merry are all readily accessible by local transportation from Churchill, Manitoba.
In Churchill, several commercial companies offer boat transport to Prince of Wales Fort, as well as bus transport and vehicle rentals to Cape Merry. Parks Canada does not provide transportation to the site.