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Canadian Rail and Polar Bear Adventure

9

days

starting fromUS $6,056per person

  • Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours
  • Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget
Canadian Rail and Polar Bear Adventure  – Map
Sample trip map & photos – personalize your trip by adding extra nights and activities in each location
Journey across Canada by sleeper train to visit the polar bears in Churchill
Journey across Canada by sleeper train to visit the polar bears in Churchill
Embark on a two-part journey to visit the polar bears of Canada's North.
Board the VIA Rail train in Vancouver and travel to Churchill by sleeper train
Board the VIA Rail train in Vancouver and travel to Churchill by sleeper train
Your adventure begins in Vancouver where you board the iconic Canadian Train.
Travel on VIA Rail's Canadian train across Canada
Travel on VIA Rail's Canadian train across Canada
Settle into a comfortable seat on the 'Canadian' train as it carries you across the country.
Travel on VIA Rail train across Canada over the Canadian prairies
Travel on VIA Rail train across Canada over the Canadian prairies
Travel through the wide open spaces and dramatic skies of the Canadian prairie provinces.
Travel to Winnipeg by train on your journey to Churchill to see the polar bears
Travel to Winnipeg by train on your journey to Churchill to see the polar bears
Explore the city of Winnipeg, the cultural cradle of Canada.
Travel to Churchill by train to see the Canadian polar bears
Travel to Churchill by train to see the Canadian polar bears
Then as a wonderful comparison, you'll travel north into a very different world.
View polar bears from the Tundra Buggy on a train trip to Churcill
View polar bears from the Tundra Buggy on a train trip to Churcill
Here, on the edge of Hudson Bay, you'll go on safari in a 'Tundra Buggy'…
See polar bears in Churchill
See polar bears in Churchill
And learn if this is play or fighting - from an expert naturalist.
Try dogsledding on your trip to Churchill to see the polar bears
Try dogsledding on your trip to Churchill to see the polar bears
You can also try dogsledding - and learn about the life of a sled-dog.
  • Quick Overview

    What we love about this trip

    • Overnight journey from Vancouver through the Canadian Rockies to Winnipeg by train

    • Close-up polar bear viewing from the comfort of the Tundra Buggy

    • Exploring Winnipeg and Churchill with a choice of exciting day activities to enjoy

    Travel across Canada on a once in a lifetime overnight train journey across Canada, before visiting Churchill’s famous polar bears. With a friendly and knowledgeable guide, spend two days on a specially designed Tundra Buggy watching polar bears in their natural habitat. Additionally, explore the town of Churchill on a tour and discover the Eskimo Museum and Parks Canada Interpretation Centre. Experience two of Canada’s most iconic experiences in one trip!

    Trip Outline

    Arrive Vancouver 2 nights VIA Rail 2 nights Winnipeg 3 nights Churchill 1 night Winnipeg 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.

    Note: This tour is also available starting in Toronto with a 2-night train journey to Winnipeg. Please ask your Vacation Advisor for more details.

    Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver and Board VIA Rail’s Canadian Train
    One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by mountains and ocean. A private driver will be waiting for you at the airport to take you directly to the train station. Board VIA Rail’s “Canadian” train in the evening, and settle into your cozy private cabin for your overnight journey. You will be lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of the train.

    Insider tip: Add additional nights in Vancouver, the home of Fresh Tracks Canada, to enjoy one of the most exciting cities in Canada!

    Day 2 – VIA Rail’s Canadian Train Voyage Continues
    When you wake up, marvel at the snowcapped mountain peaks right outside your window. As the train weaves through the rocky peaks watch for bears, deer, elk or moose you never know when you might spot one. Stay onboard the train for another relaxing night as your train glides into the Prairie Provinces.

    Day 3 – Arrival in Winnipeg
    The scenery changes as you travel across the undulating plains of the Prairie Provinces. Settle into your seat and enjoy watching the sights from your window. Known as the “cultural cradle of Canada,” Winnipeg is home to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and so much more. Overnight at a Winnipeg airport hotel.

    Day 4 – Experience Unique Culture in Winnipeg
    The day is yours to explore at your leisure. Visit the Forks Winnipeg’s gathering place with nine acres of activity, restaurants, shopping and interactive fun. Then visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a sight to see from both the exterior and the interior.

    Day 5 – Winnipeg to Churchill – Where the Excitement Begins
    Today you board a flight from Winnipeg to Churchill and 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 Eskimo Museum – a memorable and informative introduction to the unique culture of the north.

    Days 6 & 7 – Polar Bear Viewing and Arctic Activities
    Why is Churchill known as the polar bear capital of the world? Large numbers of polar 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 up close is a sure thing! In the evening, enjoy a fascinating presentation featuring life in Churchill.

    Day 8 – 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 your 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 an overnight stay.

    Day 9 – Depart Winnipeg
    Your Canada vacation ends as you check-out from your hotel this morning and depart Winnipeg with fond memories made.
  • What's Included
    Accommodation and rail service:
    • 3 nights in Winnipeg at an airport hotel
    • 3 nights in Churchill

    Train Experience:
    • Cabin for 1 or 2 onboard the VIA Rail Canadian Train for two nights, between Vancouver and Winnipeg one-way
    • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners while onboard the train

    Sightseeing & Activities:
    • Admission to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
    • Interpretive tour of Churchill and area
    • 2 days onboard the Tundra Buggy with a naturalist guide
    • Tour of the Eskimo Museum and Parks Canada Interpretation Centre
    • Dogsledding excursion

    Transportation:
    • Private transfer from Vancouver Airport to train station
    • Private transfer from Winnipeg train station to airport hotel
    • Transfers while in Churchill
    • Return air transportation to/from Churchill to Winnipeg, light meals provided

    Additional Inclusions:
    • All meals in Churchill
    • Gratuities for most private transfers (unless otherwise noted)
    • Documentation package
    • Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

    Seasonal Restrictions:
    • Museum for Human Rights is unavailable for the October 26th departure date. (Museum is closed on Mondays)

     

    Not Included

    • Meals, other than those mentioned
    • Airfare to and from Canada (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
    • Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & some transfer staff
    • Some Canadian sales taxes
    • Hospital, medical insurance, trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
    • Winter clothing rentals - please ask us to arrange this for you if needed

    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

    • Departing from Vancouver
    October 23, 26, 30

    • Departing from Toronto
    October 11, 20, 23, 30

    * Additional departure dates are available by adding an extra night in Winnipeg prior to your polar bear adventure. Ask your Vacation Advisor for more details.

     

    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.

    Departing from Vancouver
    Train and Polar Bear Tour/ 9 days, 8 nights
    from US $8,190to US $8,845per 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.

    Departing from Toronto
    Train and Polar Bear Tour/ 9 days, 8 nights
    from US $7,800to US $8,424per 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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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.