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Churchill Polar Bear Express - Tundra Buggy Lodge

5

days

starting fromUS $4,799per person

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This package is perfect for those with an adventurous spirit but time constraints. Stay outside the town of Churchill at the unique Tundra Buggy Lodge, where you are around the polar bears day and night. Spend your days searching for polar bears and experiencing amazing wildlife photography opportunities, and your nights sharing stories with guests over delicious meals at the lodge.

Trip at a glance

5 Days / 4 Nights

Arrive Winnipeg 1 night Winnipeg 2 nights Tundra Buggy Lodge in Churchill 1 night Winnipeg Departs Winnipeg

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    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 – Winnipeg Arrival
    Today you will arrive independently in Winnipeg, where the day is yours to explore. Consider visiting the Manitoba Museum, which has nine galleries displaying historical artifacts, or the Royal Canadian Mint to learn about Canadian coins, or strolling down to the Forks, a funky market which is one of the city’s most popular gathering places.

    Overnight in Winnipeg.

    Day 2 – Winnipeg to Churchill
    Fly from Winnipeg to Churchill this morning. Enjoy some time at leisure in Churchill and in the afternoon, transfer to the Tundra Buggy launch and climb aboard a specially designed vehicle to head out into the tundra. Keep your eyes peeled for polar bear sightings as you cross the tundra on the way to the lodge.

    Overnight at the Tundra Buggy Lodge.

    Day 3 – Polar Bear Viewing
    Following breakfast at the lodge, board a Tundra Buggy and spend the day out searching for wildlife – polar bears gather here in the hundreds. This is why you’ve come to Churchill, so be sure to have your camera ready!

    Overnight at the Tundra Buggy Lodge.

    Day 4 – Polar Bear Viewing and Return from Churchill to Winnipeg
    After breakfast, depart the Lodge and spend the day in a Tundra Buggy. This afternoon you return to Launch and transfer to Churchill. You have some time to explore Churchill before being transferred to the airport for an evening flight to Winnipeg.

    Overnight in Winnipeg.

    Day 5 – Winnipeg Departure
    Much too soon your Polar Bear adventure comes to an end. Depart Winnipeg at your leisure.
Churchill Polar Bear Express - Tundra Buggy Lodge  – Map

Availability

Oct

Places Visited

WinnipegChurchill

Accommodation Style

Lodge

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

  • Close-up polar bear encounters day and night

  • Spectacular photo opportunities from the Tundra Buggy

  • Exciting day activities

  • This trip is popular – 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 accommodations in Winnipeg
    • Accommodation at the Tundra Buggy Lodge for 2 nights

    Churchill Experiences:
    • 2 Tundra Buggy bear viewing day tours, including lunch
    • Churchill and Area Tour
    • Services of an interpretive guide, interpretive driver and a Polar Bear International specialist

    Meal Inclusions:
    • All meals at the Tundra Buggy Lodge

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Interpretive transfer to the Tundra Buggy Launch
    • Roundtrip chartered flights 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
    • 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)

    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.
    • Add extra night on the Tundra Buggy Lodge by choosing alternative departure dates.
    • Make this a truly epic bear tour, and combine your polar bear trip with a grizzly viewing tour.
  • Prices & Dates

    Trip Start Dates

    2018 Trip Start Dates
    October 9, 13, 17, 21

    2019 Trip Start Dates
    October 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 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.

    Tundra Buggy Lodge Tour
    from US $6,199to US $6,749per person

    This once in a lifetime Polar Bear Safari takes you to the Canadian Arctic. Enjoy cozy accommodations right onboard the Tundra Buggy Lodge, watching Polar Bears at all hours. Once day breaks, you’ll head out to explore the tundra further.

  • 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 Buggy Lodge - Lodge exterior

    Tundra Buggy Lodge

    An example of our Wilderness Lodge accommodations

    The Tundra Buggy Lodge is a truly unique experience where guests can wake up to the site of polar bears wandering past their window. Climb aboard and immerse yourself in the arctic wildlife on your doorstep, all the while enjoying warm, comfortable accommodation and delicious home cooked meals.

  • Customer Reviews  (1)

    It was a success

    Star Rating 5
    September 27, 2007

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    The trip was just amazing. I travelled with the oldest and youngest participants - husband 82 and grandson 10 - and both enjoyed it and took between the two of them about 400 photographs. The guides, staff and all the people looking after us were knowledgeable, friendly and fun to be with. It was a success.

This Trip in Pictures

A Tundra Buggy has views of the bright green northern lights illuminating the night sky
A Tundra Buggy has views of the bright green northern lights illuminating the night sky
On this safari you sleep in the Tundra Buggy Lodge, surrounded by Churchill Canada polar bears.
A lone polar bear wanders past the Tundra Buggy Lodge in Churchill
A lone polar bear wanders past the Tundra Buggy Lodge in Churchill
The lodge is a specially-built huddle of Buggies, made very warm and comfortable for polar bear tours.
A polar bear mother cuddles with her two cubs
A polar bear mother cuddles with her two cubs
On the lodge you have more time to see the bears' social and family life.
A polar bear walks along the rocky shoreline of the Hudson Bay
A polar bear walks along the rocky shoreline of the Hudson Bay
But walking outside is not recommended!
A curious young polar bear climbs up on the Tundra Buggy in Churchill
A curious young polar bear climbs up on the Tundra Buggy in Churchill
Awww... So cuddly! But just look at those claws…
An Inukshuk stands by the Hudson Bay coast
An Inukshuk stands by the Hudson Bay coast
You also get more of an immersion into the fascinating human life in the Arctic.

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