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Churchill – Classic Polar Bear Expedition

Churchill Polar Bear Tour

  • Small Group
  • Land Based Adventures
  • 15 Capacity
  • 6 Days
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Summary : Looking out onto the vast ice floe, you spy them, white on white. Alternately regal and whimsical and always awe inspiring, polar bears in the wild offer a natural encounter charged with drama and magic. There's no better time than now to see polar bears in their natural habitat. This polar bear adventure offers just the right amount of time with bears – two day-long outings and one evening journey! During the daytime, young males play fight, mother bears explore with their cubs at their sides, and solitary adults lumber across the tundra. And, at night, the tundra provides an eerie and remote escapade, and a possible chance to witness the remarkable aurora borealis – the northern lights.

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Itinerary
Day 1
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Your Churchill polar bear tour begins in Winnipeg, once a fur-trading post and boomtown for the Canadian Pacific Railway, today Manitoba’s cultural and commercial capital at the eastern edge of Canada’s vast prairies. Transfer to the historic Fort Garry Hotel, grande dame of Winnipeg hospitality and one of the city’s most prestigious landmarks. Meet your Expedition Leader at an orientation dinner this evening.

Day 2
Winnipeg / Churchill

Fly to Churchill this morning. This hospitable outpost town, originally a fur-trading post, is your base for adventure. Head to the tundra this evening for your first glimpse of the bears, though you often see them from the bus leaving the airport, even before boarding the polar rover.

Day 3 – 4
Polar Bear Viewing

Unique tundra vehicles are your mobile means for spending time among the polar bears. Although they accommodate an average of 35 passengers, there will be a maximum of 16, ensuring everyone a window seat. Your Expedition Leaders know the best places to view bears, which are waiting for the ice to solidify on Hudson Bay so they may begin the winter seal-hunting season. Spend hours watching them interact, delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. From the warmth of your vehicle, you may see mothers with cubs and young adult males play-fighting. Your knowledgeable Expedition Leader offers interpretation along the way, explaining the bears' behavior and how they thrive in such a harsh environment. In the evenings, meet for dinner, followed by presentations on wildlife or local cultures.

Day 5
Churchill / Winnipeg

Your return flights are scheduled to depart in the mid - late afternoon, to offer as much time as possible to explore Churchill. Pick up last-minute native handcrafts and souvenirs or, if time permits, take an optional helicopter journey over the tundra before your flight back to Winnipeg.

Day 6
Return Home

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.

Notes

Departure dates and itinerary subject to change. Please contact ExpeditionTrips to confirm departure schedule before purchasing air tickets. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Note: Historically, there is a 60% chance of seeing the Northern Lights on the nighttime trip to the tundra. On some occasions they are more brilliant than others, but they are always quite a thrill!

Included:
R/T flight from Winnipeg to Churchill; accommodations; all meals; complimentary boots and parkas for use during trip; services of professional Expedition Leaders and assistants; some gratuities; all activities/entrance fees; evening wildlife and cultural presentations; all taxes and service charges.

Not Included:
Travel to and from Winnipeg; alcoholic beverages; some gratuities, travel insurance; items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, etc.).

Available Extensions:
Please contact ExpeditionTrips for rates and details on extending your trip.
Extra Day in Winnipeg (pre-trip):
Includes: Airport transfers; hotel accommodations; breakfast and lunch; guided tour of Winnipeg; guided tour of the Manitoba Museum; entrance fees.
Northern Helicopter Option:
View the Northís wildlife, scenery, and pre-Dorset tent rings and archaeological sites from a unique aerial perspective.
Dog Sledding Option:
Experience the thrill of gliding through the boreal wilderness behind a team of sled dogs!

PHOTOS: © Colin McNulty, NHA; © Patrick Endres, NHA; © Eric Rock, NHA