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Churchill polar bear tours

Tundra Buggy Lodge Polar Bear Viewing

7

days

starting fromUS $5,840per person

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Hundreds of Polar Bears gather around Churchill, Manitoba in late October and November, waiting for the Hudson Bay to freeze over. For a few weeks, it’s possible to safely and comfortably observe the majestic Polar Bears in their natural habitat. Staying both in the town of Churchill and the Tundra Buggy Lodge, you will experience the best of both worlds. This tour gives you plenty of polar bear viewing time, as well as the chance to explore other activities around this sub-arctic town.

Trip at a glance

7 Days / 6 Nights

Arrive Winnipeg Churchill Tundra Buggy Lodge & Tours Return to Winnipeg Depart 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.

    Number of days and inclusions may vary according to departure date – please ask your Fresh Tracks Canada vacation advisor for details

    Day 1 – Arrive in Winnipeg
    Your trip begins in Winnipeg, central Canada's largest city. After checking in to your hotel for a one-night stay, spend the day exploring on your own. Consider visiting the Manitoba Museum, the Forks Market or strolling down to Provencher Bridge, a pedestrian walkway over the Red River where you’ll find a fun diner and great views of the city.

    Overnight in Winnipeg.

    Day 2 – Winnipeg to Churchill
    Enjoy a scenic flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, over the tundra and plains of the North, roughly a three-hour trip. Upon arrival enjoy a guided tour of the town, featuring the Itsanitaq Museum – a memorable and informative introduction to the unique culture of the north. This evening, visit the Parks Canada Interpretive Center where you’ll learn more about the history, wildlife and culture of Churchill.

    Enjoy a relaxing evening at your Churchill hotel.

    Day 3 – Journey To the Tundra Buggy Lodge
    Today you will enjoy some free time in the town of Churchill before learning how to mush your team of huskies on an exciting dog sled adventure.

    This afternoon you depart from the Buggy Launch and begin your trip to the Tundra Buggy Lodge. The journey to the lodge is just as exciting as the destination. Spend the time taking beautiful photographs, learning about the bear, other arctic wildlife and the environment.

    Arrive at the Tundra Buggy Lodge for your three night stay. This unique and casual lodge on wheels is both a comfortable place to rest and an excellent base for viewing wildlife. No other lodge-based trip provides as much time for viewing the polar bears.

    Days 4 and 5 – Polar Bear Viewing on the Tundra Buggy
    Use the Lodge as a base for your wildlife observation and take advantage of the Tundra Buggy for full day wildlife watching excursions. Your guide provides expert commentary as you travel to locations known as bear hot spots.

    Spend your evenings enjoying home cooked meals, learning more about the polar bears and socializing with new friends. Keep an eye on the dark arctic sky, Northern Lights may light up the tundra at anytime.

    Day 6 – Polar Bear Viewing and Return to Winnipeg
    After a delicious breakfast, you will depart the Tundra Buggy Lodge for your final bear viewing expedition. When you arrive back in Churchill, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Winnipeg.

    Overnight at a Winnipeg airport hotel.

    Day 7 – Depart with Fond Memories
    Much too soon you leave the fresh air and beautiful sights of Canada behind as your vacation comes to an end.
Tundra Buggy Lodge Polar Bear Viewing – Map

Availability

OctNov

Places Visited

WinnipegChurchill

Accommodation Style

Lodge

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

  • Staying out on the tundra in the Tundra Buggy Lodge

  • Close-up polar bear encounters around the clock

  • Spectacular photo opportunities

  • Possibility of seeing the Northern Lights

  • A 20 person maximum on the Tundra Buggy

  • This is a popular trip – 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:
    • Hotel accommodations in Winnipeg for 2 nights
    • Hotel accommodations in Churchill for 1 night*
    • 3 nights at the Tundra Buggy Lodge

    Churchill Experiences:
    • 3 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
    • Dogsledding
    • Itsanitaq Museum*
    • Parks Canada Center*

    Meal Inclusions:
    • All meals in Churchill and at the Tundra Buggy Lodge

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Round-trip air transportation between Winnipeg and Churchill; light meal onboard
    • Transfers while in 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.

    *Items included on the 7-day itinerary only

    Not Included
    • 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
    • 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 bear viewing tour
  • Prices & Dates

    Trip Start Dates

    2019 Trip Start Dates

    6 day, 5 night program

    October 23

    7 day, 6 night program
    October 25, 26, 31
    November 8

    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
    6 day, 5 night
    from US $7,699to US $8,315per 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.

    Tundra Buggy Lodge Tour
    7 day, 6 night
    from US $8,499to US $9,179per 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 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.

    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.

This Trip in Pictures

Purple Arctic skies as the sun sets behind the Tundra Buggy Lodge
Purple Arctic skies as the sun sets behind the Tundra Buggy Lodge
This is a slightly longer trip than the Express, giving you more time on Churchill polar bear tours…
Passengers on the Tundra Buggy in Churchill watch as a polar bear family wander past
Passengers on the Tundra Buggy in Churchill watch as a polar bear family wander past
During the day, you leave the lodge and go out on safari searching for bears.
A polar bear lies down in the snow in Churchill
A polar bear lies down in the snow in Churchill
And sometimes the bears will be right outside the window of the lodge...
Polar bears sparring in the snow
Polar bears sparring in the snow
When you stay in the Tundra Buggy Lodge you have a bit more time to observe…

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