The Centre

Founded in 1976, the Churchill Northern Studies Centre is an independent, non-profit research and education facility 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. In addition to research, the Centre facilitates a wide range of educational programming ranging from general interest courses for the visiting public to university credit courses for students.

The Centre is ideally 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.

To minimize our impact on the environment, the centre is LEED Silver.  We encourage all visitors to learn more about the centre by taking a Green Building Tour.  Please ask staff for more information. 

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. 

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Interactive Map

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Virtual Tour

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Our Vision

"To Understand and Sustain the North"

Our Mission

  • 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
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Annual General Meeting

See our AGM Poster for details!

From 7-9 PM on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at the Pioneer Gallery at the Complex

Please join us in celebrating the achievements of the past year, and looking forward to the future at our annual general meeting.