Manitoba Wildlife Safari

Beluga Whales, Polar Bears, and Boreal Forests

Trip Level

This trip is rated Level 2, Easy to Moderate, and is appropriate for anyone in good health who is physically active. The main activities include wildlife viewing in Riding Mountain National Park, a Tundra Buggy adventure into the Churchill Wildlife Management Area, a dog carting excursion and interpretive program, boat excursions to view beluga whales, and visits/tours of historical sites and museums. Animal viewing will be primarily seated in the Zodiac, Tundra Buggy, or bus with opportunities to stop for photos and viewing. Walking tours are included. There is a hike in Riding Mountain National Park but no notable ascent/descent. The hike through Ominik Marsh is easy and relatively flat.

Terrain

• The water may be choppy during beluga viewing activities aboard the Zodiacs
• Walks and hikes are on maintained pathways of dirt or loose rock. Some sections will have uneven ground, stairs or slopes. Paths along the waterfront may be slippery when wet.
• Expect some movement when the Tundra Buggy is stationary, particularly on windy days. Tundra buggy rides and driving through Riding Mountain National Park will be on rugged but maintained paths (no “off-roading”).

Weather

The weather in Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP) is characteristic of the continental climate of the Canadian prairies. Mean daily maximum and minimum temperatures for August are 8.3°C and 23.9°C (47°F and 75°F). Summer in Churchill is often warm but temperatures can vary as strong winds off the Hudson Bay may push the temperature down several degrees. It also feels much cooler on boat excursions. Temperatures range anywhere from 5°C to 20°C (41°F to 68°F). As with any excursion, dressing in layers is the best way to stay comfortable.

Accommodations

The small, locally-owned hotels in Churchill are very basic but they are clean, comfortable, and centrally located to all amenities. The bed and breakfast in Riding Mountain National Park is family owned and located just outside of town. All hotels have Internet access.

Cuisine

Meals will be in local restaurants or picnic style (for lunch).

Transporation

In Riding Mountain National Park, wildlife viewing is primarily from a bus. A charter flight brings you to Churchill, which allows maximum time for wildlife viewing, and minimal time for traveling between Winnipeg and Churchill.

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 afternoon, 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 18, 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.

References

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.