Churchill Polar Bear Expedition

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

Trip Level

This trip is rated Level 1+, Easy, and is appropriate for anyone in good health who is physically active. Tundra Buggy vehicles are used to explore the Churchill Wildlife Management Area in search of polar bears and there is an optional dog sled ride. Some agility is required for getting in and out of vehicles and exploring towns where walkways may be icy or snowy, so you must feel confident and stable on your feet.


The weather in Churchill varies greatly from season to season, and the wind coming off of Hudson Bay can often make temperatures feel even cooler than reported. Temperatures can vary from -20°C to 0°C (-4°F to 32°F), but strong winds can make the temperature colder (the “wind chill” factor). The Buggies are heated; however, when we see bears, windows go down and the interior quickly cools. Dressing in warm layers is the best way to stay comfortable. There is a service to rent arctic clothing ahead of time and pick it up upon arrival. Please ask our Area Specialist for details.

Daylight in Churchill During your adventure you can expect approximately 9 hours of daylight. The later in the season, the fewer hours of daylight there are.


The Tundra Buggy® is specially designed for the northern landscape, these all-terrain vehicles enable you to safely experience wildlife and the phenomenal northern lights.  Venturing on a network of established trails in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area, the Tundra Buggy takes you to the best locations in Churchill to view and photograph wildlife. You’ll be out for most of the day—6 to 8 hours—so bring everything you need to be comfortable for the day. You’ll enjoy lunch aboard the buggy—soup, sandwiches, cookies, and both hot and cold drinks. There is a single-use bathroom at the back of the buggy. The vehicles have a maximum of 40 passengers, but this trip is capped at 22 guests, allowing maximum spacing and window access for viewing and photography.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.