“ 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. ”
Classic Churchill Polar Bears
starting fromUS $4,934per person
5 of 5 stars (3 reviews)
- Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours
- Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget
What we love about this trip
Close-up polar bear encounters
A 22–30 person maximum on the Tundra Buggy
Exciting day activities
Fantastic wildlife photography opportunities
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.
Arrive Winnipeg → Churchill → Tundra Buggy Tours & activities → Depart Winnipeg
Sample ItineraryThink 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.
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.
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 & Dates2018 Trip Start Dates
October 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29
November 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 14
2019 Trip Start Dates
Oct 1, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29, 30
Nov 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 14
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 nightfrom 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.
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 fabulousNovember 25, 2016
Emily, FL, USA
In a word brilliantNovember 19, 2016
Dave & Jill, Hertford, UK
“ 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!November 1, 2016
Charlie & Carol Ann, MD, USA
“ Everything was handled very well and trip was terrific! W saw polar bears , had a great adventure. ”
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- Choose your activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
- Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.