Summary : Enjoy one of the most extraordinary polar bear experiences available. Stay at the Tundra Lodge, situated outside Churchill on the vast expanse of the subarctic tundra itself. From your own private cabin window or the open-air observation platforms, you have constant proximity to polar bears in the area around the clock. As evening falls, remain in the domain of the polar bear to experience sunset across the snow and ice. Safe inside your custom lodge, enjoy surprising comfort, considering the environs. This custom “train” of connected bedrooms, dining room and lounge car is built on wheels, allowing it to be stationed for optimal bear viewing each season. There’s no more thorough immersion in the polar bear's Arctic realm than on this most unique of northern adventures!
Activities : Culture, Hiking
Arrive 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.
Fly to Churchill and transfer to the Tundra Lodge by Polar Rover, watching for Arctic wildlife against the vast white landscape along the way. A presentation on polar bears by your Expedition Leader provides an enlightening introduction toy our unique northern adventure. Enjoy dinner with your fellow traverlers prepared by your professional chef, who resides at the lodge throughout the season. Don’t be surprised, though, if your meal is interrupted by a mad dash to the windows to watch a polar bear lumbering across the snow around the lodge.
The Tundra Lodge is strategically positioned at the beginning of each season in a spot that attracts the greatest number of polar bears in the Churchill area! Inquisitive bears often approach the lodge, which features rows of windows and fenced observation decks to accommodate your own curiosity. Find Ursus maritimus even more majestic up close than you could have imagined. Yet these giant bears, the largest land carnivores in the world, are charming and whimsical, too, and you are aware of what a rare treasure it is to see them in their wild habitat. Watch them interact, delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. You might spot mothers protecting and teaching their cubs, young males play-fighting, or massive adults patrolling the shore as they wait for the bay to freeze.
The unique location of the Tundra Lodge, combined with excursions in your special all-terrain tundra vehicles, Polar Rovers, affords lodge guests the best possible wildlife encounters in the region. The small spit of land where the lodge is located often attracts the greatest number of bears in the entire area. Your guide and group may opt to take a full-day excursion together, or split time between a half-day trip and viewing bears from the lodge. In addition to polar bears, you may see caribou, Arctic fox, Arctic hare, ptarmigan and snowy owls. At the end of each exhilarating day, retire to your cozy accommodations for dinner and presentations. In the light cast by your lodge across the frozen tundra, look for the illuminated eyes of animals. And if you are fortunate to have a clear night, the Northland’s spectacular natural light show may appear as darkness descends—Churchill has some of the world’s most concentrated aurora borealis activity.
This morning, board your Polar Rover, leaving the ice-bound coastline of Hudson Bay in the distance making your way back to Churchill. Depending on flight schedules, there may be time for some last-minute exploration of this subarctic frontier community, originally a Northwest Company fur-trading post, with a chance to pick up local handicrafts and souvenirs or take part in an optional helicopter tour over the tundra. Enjoy a farewell lunch in Churchill before flying back to Winnipeg for a final reception before your adventure concludes.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.
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.
The Tundra Lodge:
This facility is a remarkable rolling hotel that is positioned at the beginning of the season in an area known for having lots of bears around. It has 32 rooms, each being a single compartment similar to a room on a train. There are 3 general toilets and 2 showers. The lounge and dining areas have sliding windows, perfect for bear viewing and photography. The Tundra Lodge provides an extremely comfortable and private northern expedition experience.
Getting There & Getting Home: In case of flight or weather delays, it is recommended that you arrive a day early and either participate in the Extra Day in Winnipeg program or stay on your own. Your expedition begins with a 7:00pm welcome dinner on Day 1. You are free to depart at any time on the final day.
R/T flight from Winnipeg to Churchill; accommodations; all meals; services of professional Expedition Leaders and assistants; some gratuities; all activities/entrance fees; evening wildlife and cultural presentations; all taxes and service charges; complimentary boots and parka for use during trip.
Travel to and from Winnipeg; alcoholic beverages; some gratuities; travel insurance; items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, etc.).
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. From $260 per person.
Northern Helicopter Option:
View the Northís wildlife, scenery, and pre-Dorset tent rings and archaeological sites from a unique aerial perspective. From $560 per person.
Dog Sledding Option:
Experience the thrill of gliding through the boreal wilderness behind a team of sled dogs! From $110 per person.
PHOTOS: © Eric Rock (NHA); © Glen Delman (NHA); ©Colin McNulty (NHA); © Mike Bruscia (NHA); © Megan Emmett (NHA)