Churchill Polar Bear Expedition

Frozen Tundras, 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.


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 Churchill, Manitoba. Explore the town, including the Manitoba Conservation’s Polar Bear Holding Facility and Parks Canada Visitor Centre.

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 3-6
Churchill / Polar Bear Viewing / Dogsledding

Enjoy two full days of polar bear viewing aboard a specially built Tundra Buggy, which allows you to roam among the polar bears in safety and comfort. You’ll gain fascinating insights about these creatures from your interpretive naturalist guide, enjoy delicious picnic lunches aboard the buggy, and evenings back in Churchill at a comfortable hotel. On one day, head out for an exciting dogsledding excursion with a team of eager sled dogs and learn about Churchill’s fur trade history and indigenous culture on a visit to the Itsanitaq Museum. Fly to Winnipeg on Day 5 and depart on Day 6.



Enjoy the thrill of polar bear viewing on two full-day Tundra Buggy excursions in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area
Take a dog sledding excursion through the boreal forest
Explore Churchill, home to Canada’s most iconic wildlife, and experience its culture as you visit a historical museum filled with Inuit artifacts
Enjoy a cultural presentation by a local trapper who shares this way of life in the far north
Learn about polar bears and their habitat from presentations and ride-alongs with species experts from Polar Bear International—the world’s leading polar bear conservation group


Length: 6 days
Cost From: $5615  
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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