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Classic Churchill Polar Bears

5

days

starting fromUS $4,114per person

Star Rating 5

5 of 5 stars (3 reviews)

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Classic Churchill Polar Bears   – Map
Sample trip map & photos – personalize your trip by adding extra nights and activities in each location
A polar bear wanders over the frozen landscape in Churchill
A polar bear wanders over the frozen landscape in Churchill
The joy of these journeys is seeing Polar Bears in their natural habitat.
Polar bear tour buses pass by two bears wrestling in the snow
Polar bear tour buses pass by two bears wrestling in the snow
You'll learn what the different interactions are about from expert naturalists on polar bear tours.
A mother polar bears watches over her two cubs
A mother polar bears watches over her two cubs
Naturalists will help you identify the different family groups…
An adult polar bear lays down in the snow
An adult polar bear lays down in the snow
You'll see the polar bears of Churchill in all their moods...
Two huskies harnessed together ready for a dogsledding tour
Two huskies harnessed together ready for a dogsledding tour
And you'll also get a chance to experience dogsledding & learn about the dogs.
  • Quick Overview

    What we love about this trip

    • Close-up polar bear encounters

    • A 22-30 person maximum on the Tundra Buggy

    • Exciting day activities

    • An optional helicopter sightseeing tour

    • This trip is popular - book early!

    Visit Churchill, Manitoba, the ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World’ in October and early November when polar bears congregate at nearby Cape Churchill in large numbers, waiting for the ice to form on Hudson Bay. Once the ice is stable enough, they disperse to spend the winter hunting seals. In these two short months you have the chance to see these magnificent creatures up close from the comfort and safety of a purpose-built vehicle called the Tundra Buggy. This trip is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a ‘must-see’ for wildlife enthusiasts.

    Trip Outline

    Arrive Winnipeg Churchill Tundra Buggy Tours & activities Depart Winnipeg

  • Sample Itinerary
    Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

    Day 1 – Arrive in Winnipeg
    After checking in to your hotel, spend the day exploring the city. Head over to the Manitoba Museum, which has nine galleries displaying historical artifacts or to the Forks, a funky market which is one of the city’s most popular gathering places.

    Day 2 – Winnipeg to Churchill – Where the Excitement Begins
    Today you board your plane for a flight from Winnipeg to Churchill; journey over the tundra and plains of the north the bird’s eye view is spectacular! Upon arrival enjoy a guided tour of the town, including a visit to the Itsanitaq Museum a memorable and informative introduction to the unique culture of the north. In the evening, a local will talk about the culture, history, and wildlife of the Churchill area.

    Days 3 & 4 – Polar Bear Viewing and arctic activities
    Why is Churchill known as the polar bear capital of the world? Well, because large numbers of the bears congregate near town each fall while they wait for the ice to form on Hudson Bay. With two full days on the Tundra Buggy, seeing the bears at close quarters is a sure thing!

    Day 5 – Churchill to Winnipeg
    Set off on an exciting dog sledding excursion today. After a thorough introduction it’s off to the tundra where you’ll get to mush you own team of dogs. This excursion is designed for all ages and abilities.

    This afternoon visit the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre, where you learn more about the history, wildlife, and culture of Churchill. Fly back to Winnipeg for a overnight stay.

    Day 6 – End of Canada Vacation Package – Depart with Fond Memories
    Your Canada vacation ends as you check-out from your hotel this morning and depart Winnipeg.
  • What's Included
    Accommodations:
    • 2 nights in Winnipeg
    • 3 nights in a Churchill hotel

    Churchill Experiences:
    • Services of an interpretive guide, interpretive driver and a Polar Bear International specialist
    • 2 Tundra Buggy bear viewing day tours, including lunch
    • Churchill Town and Area Tour
    • Itsanitaq Museum*
    • Parks Canada Interpretation Center
    • Evening Cultural Presentation*
    • Dog Sledding Excursion*

    Meal Inclusions:
    • All meals in Churchill

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Round-trip air transportation between Winnipeg and Churchill; light meal aboard
    • All transfers while in Churchill

    Other Inclusions:
    • Documentation package
    • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

    *Items included on the 6-day, 5 night itinerary only

     

    Not Included

    • Meals, other than those mentioned
    • Gratuities
    • 9% Taxes (5% GST and 4% PST)
    • Airfare to and from Winnipeg (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
    • Travel & medical insurance, trip cancellation insurance
    • Winter clothing rental (can be arranged, please don’t hesitate to ask)

    Get your personalized itinerary before availability is gone. Because we're now booking into 2019

    • Choose your activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
    • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.
  • Accommodations

    Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation choices. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

    Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg

    An example of our Comfort accommodations

    Conveniently located adjacent to the Winnipeg International Airport, Four Points by Sheraton offers a number of complimentary amenities that will make your stay as comfortable as home. Enjoy free coffee and bottled water, high speed internet and a 24 hour fitness center.

    Tundra Inn

    An example of our Comfort accommodations

    The Tundra Inn is a charming, family run hotel located in the northern town of Churchill. With comfortable, spacious accommodation and complimentary amenities, this is the perfect place to relax before or after your arctic adventure. Your stay includes continental breakfast, free tea and coffee and high-speed internet.

     

  • Prices & Dates
    2018 Trip Start Dates
    6 day, 5 night trips
    September 25
    October 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29
    November 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 14

    5 day, 4 night trips
    November 5, 7, 9

    2019 Trip Start Dates
    6 day, 5 night trips
    Oct 1, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29, 30
    Nov 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 14

    5 day, 4 night trips
    November 7, 9

     

    Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.

    Classic Churchill Polar Bear Tour
    6 day, 5 night
    from US $6,499to US $7,019per person

    This once in a lifetime Polar Bear Safari takes you to the Canadian Arctic. Accompanied by a friendly naturalist guide from Churchill, join a small group of fellow travelers to experience polar bears up close from a Tundra Buggy. Your small group size means optimal bear viewing and photography opportunities onboard the Tundra Buggy.

    Classic Churchill Polar Bear Tour
    5 day, 4 night
    from US $5,299to US $5,723per person

    This once in a lifetime Polar Bear Safari takes you to the Canadian Arctic. Accompanied by a friendly naturalist guide from Churchill, join a small group of fellow travelers to experience polar bears up close from a Tundra Buggy. Your small group size means optimal bear viewing and photography opportunities onboard the Tundra Buggy.

  • Common Questions

    Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

    The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

    What are the best ways to travel around Canada on my vacation

    Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

    Is it safe to drive in the mountains?

    New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your trip.

    When is the best time to see wildlife?

    That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

    Are your tours escorted?

    No, but you'll feel like it is with all your connections and experiences prearranged. Our clients love the freedom and flexibility it gives them. Some of our wildlife experiences are small group tours led by specialist guides.

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  • Customer Reviews (3)

    The guides were fabulous

    Star Rating 5
    November 25, 2016

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    The guides were fabulous and the tundra buggy was warm with one seat for each of us. Fabulous dog-sledding experience - I enjoyed the presentation, humor and hospitality. The wine-tasting was cozy and a lovely touch - listening to fascinating stories of life as a fur trapper. The dinners were unexpectedly gourmet.

    In a word brilliant

    Star Rating 5
    November 19, 2016

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    Our trip was, in a word brilliant. We think the organization was excellent, and everything ran very smoothly. The guide was great and looked after everyone very efficiently. Indeed, he added to the experience as not only did we see the polar bears it was actually very educational too. Dealing with Fresh Tracks was great. Being in the UK this was by e-mail. Everything was brilliant and whenever I had a query it was dealt with efficiently and most importantly, very friendly. the whole experience felt very personable, not just a client!

    The trip was terrific!

    Star Rating 5
    November 1, 2016

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    Everything was handled very well and trip was terrific! W saw polar bears , had a great adventure.

Get your personalized itinerary before availability is gone. Because we're now booking into 2019

  • Choose your activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
  • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.