Churchill Polar Bear Expedition

Frozen Tundra, Boreal Forests, and Tales of the Hudson Bay

Note: This adventure is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the operator.

Overview

Lying on the edge of Hudson Bay, Churchill, Manitoba, is one of the best places to see polar bears in the wild. Aboard a specially designed Tundra Buggy®, this hotel-based adventure allows you to experience the excitement of polar bear viewing in total safety and comfort. Expert guides and researchers from Polar Bears International (PBI)—the world’s leading polar bear conservation group—will join you on the buggies and at the lodge, and allow travelers to not just see polar bears but learn about them in a way that will leave a depth of knowledge about these majestic animals. You’ll also search for other subarctic wildlife, including arctic fox and ptarmigan, and have the opportunity to take in the eclectic charm of this remote northern town. A bonus—you’ll have a chance to race through the boreal forest with a local dog musher and a team of enthusiastic sled dogs by joining in the traditional northern sport of dog sledding. And keep your eyes to the sky after dark for the Northern Lights—visible in Churchill over 300 days a year! If you’re seeking an authentic Canadian adventure in the Far North, look no further!

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1-2
Winnipeg / Churchill

Arrive in Winnipeg and fly to the tiny town of Churchill, Manitoba. Explore the town, including the Manitoba Polar Bear Holding Facility and the Parks Canada Visitor Centre to learn about the remarkable history of Churchill, which dates back to the fur trade era.

Lakeview Signature by Wyndham
Winnipeg, Canada
Day 1 (1 night), Day 5 (1 night)
Tundra Inn, Polar Inn, or Aurora Inn
Churchill, Canada
Days 2 to 4 (3 nights)
Days 3-4
Churchill / Polar Bear Viewing / Dogsledding

Churchill is famed as one of the few human settlements in the world where polar bears can be observed in the wild. Between July and November, about a thousand polar bears migrate here, spending the summer and awaiting winter, when they can hunt for ringed seals on the ice. Head out for two full days of polar bear viewing aboard a specially built Tundra Buggy, which allows you to follow bumpy trails in search of polar bears and other subarctic wildlife with your expert guides. You’ll learn about the geology and history of the area as well as how the bear’s physique allows it to dominate the Arctic. Picnic lunches are served aboard the buggy, and evenings are back in Churchill at a comfortable hotel. One evening, enjoy an after-dinner cultural presentation by a local trapper who shares his way of life in the north through the full four seasons of Churchill.

Days 5-6
Dog Mushing / Itsanitaq Museum / Winnipeg

Visit with a professional musher to learn about this famed Arctic winter sport, then enjoy a short but exciting ride through the boreal forest—pulled by some of the best sled dogs in Manitoba! Later, visit the Itsanitaq Museum, with its collection of Inuit artifacts that honor Churchill’s indigenous culture. Fly to Winnipeg on Day 5 and depart on Day 6.

Highlights

Highlights

Experience the thrill of polar-bear-viewing on two full-day Tundra Buggy excursions
Learn about polar bears and their habitat from Polar Bear International’s expert guides
Take a dog sledding excursion through the boreal forest
Enjoy a cultural presentation by a local trapper who shares his way of life in the far north

Details

Length: 6 days
Cost From: $5770  
Arrive: Winnipeg, Canada
Depart: Winnipeg, Canada
Lodging: 5 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Wildlife and Natural History
Trip Level:

Polar bear viewing by Tundra Buggy, dog sledding, easy walks. Weather can be very cold, with icy conditions.
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