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Churchill – Classic Polar Bear Adventure

Churchill Polar Bear Tour Information

  • Small Group
  • Land Based Adventures
  • approx. 16 Capacity
  • 7 Days
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Summary : When you're standing on the outdoor platform of the Polar Rover, the chill Arctic air feels invigorating, but not as much as the sight of the huge polar bear. Sometimes they are silhouetted against the horizon, slowly moving shadows on the vast expanse of tundra. On other occasions, one may wander right up alongside us. Safely elevated above the bear, you’re nonetheless just feet away as you peer down at its shaggy, cream-colored bulk. Noticing, it may stop, sniff and turn its face your way, curious. Surrounded by the silence of the tundra, the big bear ambles, then halts again. It may rise on its haunches to peer at you more deliberately. Minutes go by, perhaps an hour, who knows? Out here among the bears, time stands still.

Activities : Birding, Culture


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Day 1
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Your Churchill polar bear tour begins in Winnipeg. Once a center of fur trade and a Canadian Pacific Railway boomtown, today Manitoba's capital is a cultural and commercial center 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 a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 2
Winnipeg / Churchill

Fly by chartered plane to Churchill this morning. This hospitable frontier town, originally a Hudson's Bay Company fur trading post, is your base for adventure. Enjoy an evening presentation on polar bears and the northern environment by your professional naturalist staff.

Day 3 – 4
Polar Bear Viewing

Custom-built Polar Rovers are your mobile means for spending time among the bears. Though they can accommodate up to 35 passengers, you will be among approximately 16 passengers, ensuring plenty of space. Your Expedition Leaders know the best places to observe polar bears, which congregate each fall in the region as they wait for Hudson Bay to freeze, signaling the start of the winter seal-hunting season. As you watch them interact, appreciate their natural behavior and rugged beauty. From the warmth of your big vehicle, you may see mothers with cubs, young males play-fighting, or a lone bear ambling over the tundra in solitary majesty. Your Expedition Leader interprets all you observe, explaining the bears’ behavior and how they thrive in such a harsh environment. In the evenings, meet for dinner and presentations on wildlife and local cultures.

Day 5
Exploring Churchill / Evening on the Tundra

Tour historic Churchill, then head out to the tundra for evening bear viewing and dinner aboard the Rover. During the day you may explore the coast road on a drive to Cape Merry, often spying Arctic fox and Arctic hare. Keep a close eye out for them, as their winter-white coats offer excellent camouflage later in the season when the ground is white. If the skies are clear, your nighttime tundra excursion might reveal one of nature’s most exhilarating experiences—a chance to view the northern lights away from the glare of town. Though never predictable or promised, the auroral display often starts as a pale glow in the northern sky, then the lights begin to flicker and dance in shimmering curtains of color, most typically green but occasionally red or violet.

Please Note:
The nighttime tundra trip occasionally alternates between Day 4 and Day 5. Itineraries may vary slightly, but inclusions are the same.

Day 6
Churchill / Winnipeg

Your return flight to Winnipeg is scheduled to depart mid- to late afternoon, offering as much time as possible for exploring Churchill today. A highlight this morning is an authentic dog sled ride. Meet a local musher and his team, and spend time with the lively and affectionate dogs before taking turns riding behind them on an exhilarating trot through the boreal forest. If time permits, you may be able to pick up last-minute locally made handicrafts or take an optional helicopter tour (extra fee) over the tundra before you depart. Enjoy a farewell lunch together before flying back to Winnipeg, where a final reception concludes your adventure together.

Day 7
Winnipeg, Manitoba

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.


Departure dates and itinerary are subject to change without notice. Please contact ExpeditionTrips to confirm departure schedule before purchasing air tickets. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes. Some of the sightings are up close, and others are from afar, or even from a helicopter. It’s important to remember that while there is no better opportunity to see polar bears in the wild than one of these Churchill trips offer, the experience is weather-dependent.

Climate Change Focused Trip: 10/14/2020
There’s no better way to learn about climate change and its impacts on the natural environment than to immerse yourself in the vulnerable places that are witnessing effects of a warming planet. This special foray into the Canadian North coincides with the time when polar bears are converging at the edge of Hudson Bay as they wait for winter ice to form. As you search for polar bears and explore the tundra, learn how climate change is affecting wildlife, habitats and humanity. Travel with Nat Hab founder and president Ben Bressler and World Wildlife Fund Climate & Energy Manager Melanie Gade on a special expedition into this fragile Northern ecosystem that is heating up faster than any place on Earth. Along the way, you'll discover some of the Arctic's rarest treasures, and learn how you can make a lasting impact to protect them. Plus, when you join this groundbreaking trip, Nat Hab will offset the entire carbon output from your LIFE for an entire year!

Please Note:
The nighttime tundra trip occasionally alternates between Day 4 and Day 5. Itineraries may vary slightly, but inclusions are the same.

6-Day Trips:
On the 6-day trip, the sled dog excursion takes place on Day 5 with a return to Winnipeg that afternoon, and flights home scheduled for Day 6. Please inquire for dates.
Double Occupancy: From $6,995 per person (single supplement is $895)
11/9/2020: Women's only trip (6-day)

Optional Winnipeg Extensions:
Learn about the Northland's natural history, Inuit culture, Canada's fur trade and more as you explore historic Winnipeg and its world-class Manitoba Museum. 1 Day.
Double Occupancy from $275 per person.

Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 7; accommodations as per itinerary; polar rover excursions; dog sledding excursion; gear on loan (parka and boots); meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 7; some gratuities. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; extensions; optional activities; optional helicopter flightseeing; alcoholic beverages; some gratuities, travel insurance; items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, internet, etc.).

Photos ©: Patrick Endres, Henry Holdsworth, Colin McNulty, Eric Rock

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