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Churchill Belugas and Bears Summer Adventure

6

days

starting fromUS $3,678per person

Star Rating 4.5

4.5 of 5 stars (1 review)

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Accessible only by air and rail, Churchill is located on the shores of Hudson Bay and is home to a myriad of wildlife from polar bears to the elusive arctic fox, and the playful beluga whales who return to the Churchill River following the ice breakup in spring. Grab your camera, pack your sense of adventure, and prepare for wildlife viewing heaven.

Trip at a glance

6 Days / 5 Nights

Arrive Winnipeg 2 nights Winnipeg 3 nights Churchill Depart from Winnipeg

  • View Details Of Each Day

    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 – Your Canada Vacation Package Begins – Welcome to Winnipeg
    Your vacation begins in Winnipeg, a major hub for rail transport and central Canada's largest city. Spend the day exploring its unique culture and color with a city tour.

    Overnight in Winnipeg.

    Day 2 – Your Canada Vacation Goes North
    This morning you board your flight to Churchill. Enjoy a Churchill and Area Tour that will take you to all the cultural and historic highlights of the town.

    Overnight in Churchill.

    Day 3 – Whales and Forts on your Canada Vacation
    Only on vacations in Canada can you get this up close and personal with the majestic Beluga; experience this on a three-hour Beluga whale watching tour into the mouth of the Churchill River. Here you will have the chance to encounter hundreds of beluga whales before taking the time to tour the historic Prince of Wales Fort, which is the oldest most northerly stone fort in all of Canada. Spend the afternoon with a local dogsledding expert, touring the kennels before heading out for a ride on a specialized summer sled, through the Northern Boreal forest.

    Overnight in Churchill.

    Day 4 – Getting to Know Polar Bears
    Today you will enjoy an exciting excursion in a Tundra Buggy – the best way to get out into the wild to see polar bears in their natural habitat! Safe and snug in a cozy buggy with frost-free double pane glass and propane heating resembling a real fireplace, you’ll be ready for a personal encounter with a wild polar bear.

    Overnight in Churchill.

    Day 5 – Boating with Belugas
    This morning will be especially exciting as you board a Zodiac for a surface-level encounter with the belugas. You are sure to have an incredible experience as you take these boats into the beluga estuary with the world’s largest population of the whales. Later this afternoon you will depart Churchill and fly back to Winnipeg.

    Overnight in Winnipeg.

    Day 6 – Departure
    In the morning bid farewell to Winnipeg as your Canada vacation package comes to an end.
Churchill Belugas and Bears Summer Adventure – Map

Availability

JulAug

Places Visited

WinnipegChurchill

Accommodation Style

Hotel

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

  • Unique whale watching excursion

  • Exciting activities and guided tours

  • The sub-arctic experience and scenery

  • Spectacular photo opportunities from aboard a zodiac boat

  • This trip has limited space and availability - book early!

Common Questions

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    You'll be staying at various local three to five start 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 a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your 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 free 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.

  • 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 free trip plan 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.

    Accommodations:
    • 2 nights in Winnipeg
    • 3 nights in Churchill

    Winnipeg Experiences:
    • Winnipeg City Tour

    Churchill Experiences:
    • Churchill & Area Tour, including Itsanitaq Museum and Parks Canada Centre admission
    • Beluga Whale Watching tour with visit to the Historic Prince of Wales Fort
    • Afternoon dog sled/cart adventure
    • Half day Zodiak Beluga Watching
    • Full day adventure onboard the Tundra Buggy

    Meal Inclusions:
    • All meals in Churchill

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Return airfare between Winnipeg and 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.

    Not Included
    • Meals, other than those mentioned
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Gratuities
    • 9% Taxes (5% GST and 4% PST)
    • Airfare to and from Winnipeg (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
    • Hospital, medical insurance, trip cancellation insurance

    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.

    • Spend some extra time in Winnipeg, to explore the city and stay in one of the charming downtown hotels
    • Combine this trip with one of our west coast fly-in lodge grizzly viewing adventures
    • Ask your Fresh Tracks Canada expert to combine this with a train trip across the country
  • Prices & Dates

    Trip Start Dates

    2019 Trip Start Dates
    July 18
    August 8
    August 21

    Pricing For This Trip

    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.

    Churchill Belugas and Bears Tour
    from US $4,849to US $5,237per person

    This once in a lifetime Wildlife Viewing Safari takes you to the Canadian Arctic. With an expert naturalist guide, see both polar bears and beluga whales in their natural habitat, just a short drive from the Churchill base.

  • 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 - Hotel exterior

    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 - Tundra Inn exterior in winter

    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.

  • Customer Reviews  (1)

    Churchill was superb!

    Star Rating 4.5
    September 6, 2013

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    Our trip was wonderful. The cruise was very nice, although both Nancy and I were ready for it to end. Simply the sameness began to get to us and our opinion decreased because of how much we enjoyed Churchill... Churchill was superb! The train ride from Winnipeg was a lot of fun except for the food. The food was basically vending machine food heated in a microwave - really bad. Fortunately a VIA employee warned us so we were able to get fresh fruit at a market in Winnipeg and we took that with us. The whales at Churchill were even better than what I was expecting. After 3 days of bad weather (the good side of the wind and rain was no bugs), I wasn't sure I would be able to kayak or swim with the belugas, but the weather broke and I got to do everything I wanted. Churchill markets the polar bears (we saw several even though it was summer) but they need to promote the whales more. Nowhere else in the world can you see the concentration or have the easy interaction with them. Thanks again for all of your help.

This Trip in Pictures

Two beluga whales swimming
Two beluga whales swimming
Belugas are very small, beautiful whales found only in Arctic waters.
A pod of belugas swim past fascinated whale watchers
A pod of belugas swim past fascinated whale watchers
In the brief Arctic summer in Hudson Bay they gather in their hundreds…
A woman watches passing beluga whales from onboard a Zodiac boat
A woman watches passing beluga whales from onboard a Zodiac boat
And in a Zodiac you can learn about them - and almost get close enough to touch.
A curious polar bear peeks through the window of the Tundra Buggy in Churchill
A curious polar bear peeks through the window of the Tundra Buggy in Churchill
And there is a fairly good chance that you will also get to see a few Churchill Canada Polar Bears.
A man stands on a cliff and looks out over the icebergs in Hudson Bay
A man stands on a cliff and looks out over the icebergs in Hudson Bay
But this trip is also a chance to experience the Arctic summer in all its glory…
A group of children help push a Zodiac into the water
A group of children help push a Zodiac into the water
To learn about the culture and art of this unique environment

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