Polar Bear Expedition by Train

Polar Bear Expedition by Train



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See Polar Bear By Train In Canada

Travel one way by overnight train and one way by air for a visit with Churchill’s famous polar bears known to many locals as the lords of the arctic. With a friendly expert guide, you spend two days on a specifically designed Tundra Buggy watching polar bears in their natural habitat. Time off the tundra is spent exploring the town, the Itsanitaq Museum and the Parks Canada Interpretation Centre. Experience the best of everything Churchill has to offer.

Trip at a glance

8 Days / 7 Nights

Arrive Winnipeg 1 night Winnipeg 2 nights VIA Rail 3 nights Churchill 1 night Winnipeg Depart Winnipeg

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    Detailed Sample Itinerary

    Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized trip plan for you that matches your travel style, schedule 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.

    Overnight in Winnipeg.

    Day 2 – Board VIA Rail
    Today you board VIA Rail’s train from Winnipeg to Churchill. Watch the scenery change from wooded forests to plains to tundra as you leave the city and make your way North. The diverse scenery is breathtaking.

    Overnight onboard the train.

    Day 3 – Train Journey North Continues
    Spend a quiet day riding the rails across Manitoba. This is a full day onboard the train and is a great opportunity to meet your fellow travelers. The scenery becomes more arctic and barren, and the feeling of crossing such a vast landscape is quite incredible.

    Overnight onboard the train.

    Day 4 – Explore Churchill
    Your train arrives in Churchill this morning. You’re sure to get a good introduction to this community with a town and area tour. A visit to the Itsanitaq Museum will offer insight into the lives of the first settlers of the region. In the evening, a local will talk about the culture, history, and wildlife of the Churchill area.

    Once you learn more about these fascinating and lovable creatures who inhabit the north, you’ll be anxious to get out and see them!

    Overnight in Churchill.

    Day 5 – Polar Bear Viewing by Tundra Buggy
    Spend the full day in a Tundra Buggy with a knowledgeable guide, viewing polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. The Tundra Buggy guides know just where to go, and with hundreds of bears congregating in anticipation of the ice forming on the Hudson Bay, there are plenty of bears at rest and at play to spot.

    Overnight in Churchill.

    Day 6 – Dog Sledding Experience
    Before heading out on your dog sledding excursion, you will enjoy a visit to the Parks Canada Interpretive Center, where you’ll learn more about the history, wildlife, and culture of the Churchill area. Then meet your dog team. Learn about their lives and histories, and then take on the wild tundra mushing your very own team! A real highlight on Canada vacation packages in the north.

    Overnight in Churchill.

    Day 7 – Return to Winnipeg
    Spend the day onboard a Tundra Buggy and enjoy your last sight of the polar bears and Arctic wildlife. This evening fly back to Winnipeg and check-in to your hotel for a one-night stay.

    Overnight in Winnipeg.

    Day 8 – Depart from Winnipeg
    Much too soon, your Canada vacation ends as you check-out from your hotel this morning and depart Winnipeg.

    Note: Please note that the order of activities in Churchill may vary.

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Your Train Experience

VIA RailSleeper Train

Activity Level


What you'll love about this trip

  • Close-up polar bear encounters

  • Overnight journey through the arctic tundra by train

  • Watching polar bears from the comfort of a Tundra Buggy

  • Exciting activities to enjoy in the Canadian Arctic

Common Questions

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    This trip features a sleeper train journey, and you'll get a comfortable private cabin on the train for the duration of your train ride. The trains feature common lounge areas and dining cars where you can socialize with fellow travelers.

    When not on the train, you'll be staying at various local three to five star hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

  • What is included in the price?

    Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive your detailed digital travel documents, and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal throughout your trip to answer any questions.

  • Can I customize this trip?

    Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can request your personalized trip plan to decide what you'd like to see and do.

    If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

  • What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

    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.

  • What is the train experience like?

    Because most Canadians typically do not use the train for commuting (as in the US or Europe), the two main rail providers here are driven by tourism. You'll experience the romance of true trans-continental rail travel, with a wide selection of services, accommodation types, and great food.

    Featured train experiences:

    • VIA Rail is Canada's national train provider, with routes running Coast to Coast and through remote parts of northern Canada. The type of train depends on your journey, and can vary from the classic trans-continental sleeper trains to daylight trains with overnight stops.
    • Sleeper Trains feature a once in a lifetime adventure of sleeping on the train in comfortable cabins. You can relax in your private onboard accommodations, or enjoy local wines and chef-prepared meals in the dining car during this unforgettable 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.

  • Is this an escorted tour?

    With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

  • 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).

  • How much does my trip cost?

    All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your personalized trip plan and quote which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

  • What's Included

    What's Included in the Price

    These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

    • 2 nights in Winnipeg hotel
    • 3 nights in a Churchill hotel
    • 2 nights onboard the VIA Rail Canadian Train, in a private cabin

    Train Experiences:
    • Sleeper Plus Class, onboard VIA Rail between Winnipeg and Churchill

    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
    • Meals on board the train

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

    Other Inclusions:

    • Digital Travel Documents
    • 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.

    Not Included

    • Meals, other than those mentioned
    • Gratuities
    • 8.5% Taxes (5% GST and 3.5% 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)

    Ideas to customize this trip

    Think of this trip as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

    • Enjoy extra nights in Winnipeg before or after your polar bear tour
    • Make this a truly epic bear tour, and combine your polar bear trip with a grizzly viewing tour
    • Take the train from Toronto or Vancouver to Winnipeg

  • Prices & Dates

    Start Dates

    2020 Trip Start Dates
    October 12, 21, 28
    November 2, 9


    Prices of this trip vary by departure date, hotel class and the choice of activities. Request your quote to check availability or to book this trip.

    Polar Bear Expedition By Train
    from US $8,149 to US $8,801 per 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.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodation Options

    These are 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

    Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg

    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

    Tundra Inn

    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.

  • Customer Reviews  (2)

    The arrangements were seamless

    Star Rating 5
    November 16, 2016

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    The arrangements were seamless; reservations, luggage transfers, dining, transportation - all taken care of. We just followed our expect guide! I was impressed with the helpful information that we received prior to the trip from Fresh Tracks.

    What a special vacation with a unique adventure

    Star Rating 5
    October 28, 2014

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    We had a terrific time on our trip to Churchill to see the polar bears. All was so well arranged and easy for us. The accommodations were good, food was fine and the sites were amazing. What a special vacation with a unique adventure, I will be talking about this for years to come! 

This Trip in Pictures

This is a journey like no other, crossing the Arctic tundra on a train to Hudson Bay to see polar bears.
This is a journey like no other, crossing the Arctic tundra on a train to Hudson Bay to see polar bears.
Stay in the town of Churchill and visit polar bears daily on a Tundra Buggy.
Stay in the town of Churchill and visit polar bears daily on a Tundra Buggy.
The bears gather in this area every year, waiting for the bay to freeze.
The bears gather in this area every year, waiting for the bay to freeze.
Before their hunting season starts, they take time to relax or spar, putting on a great show.
Before their hunting season starts, they take time to relax or spar, putting on a great show.
You'll also get a chance to see other wildlife like Snowy Owl, Snow Goose or Arctic Fox.
You'll also get a chance to see other wildlife like Snowy Owl, Snow Goose or Arctic Fox.
And learn about life in the far north or try dogsledding.
And learn about life in the far north or try dogsledding.
Before you get too cold, enjoy a brisk flight back to Winnipeg to end your Canadian polar journey.
Before you get too cold, enjoy a brisk flight back to Winnipeg to end your Canadian polar journey.

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