Wapusk National Park

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Introduction

Wapusk National Park is Canada's 37th national park, established in 1996. The park is located in the Hudson Plains ecozone, 45 kilometres south of Churchill in northeast Manitoba, Canada, on the shores of Hudson Bay. Access to the park is limited due to its remote location and an effort to preserve the park. The name comes from the Cree word for polar bear (w√Ępask). The Park is also home to Cape Churchill, which is renowned as the best location in the world to view and photograph wild polar bears. The only way people can access Cape Churchill is by helicopter or Tundra Buggy.

The national park is home to animals such as Great grey owls, polar bears, wolves, lemmings, ivory gulls, Arctic foxes, peregrine falcons, snowshoe hares, caribou, red foxes, and Caspian terns.

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Geography

The 11,475-square-kilometre park protects one of the world's largest known polar bear maternity denning areas. It includes a large part of the Hudson Bay Lowlands, a subarctic region bordering Hudson Bay that is mostly muskeg and wet peatlands. It is one of the wildest and most remote of Canadian landscapes. Numerous birds are found in the Wapusk National Park and it is a likely breeding area of the short-billed dowitcher. The Wapusk National Park is a significant maternity denning area for the polar bear, Ursus maritimus.

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