Wildlife Watching Tour

BELUGA WHALES & POLAR BEARS IN CHURCHILL, MANITOBA | CA-AC602

6-day tour of wildlife in canada’s central province

Overview

Visit the polar bear capital of the world and immerse yourself in the blooming landscapes of the Arctic tundra!

Tour Highlights

  • Beluga whale watching by boat
  • Spot polar bears from a Tundra Buggy
  • Exploring Churchill Wildlife Management Area
  • Sightseeing in Winnipeg and Churchill
  • Flowering season in the Arctic tundra
  • Dog-cart excursion with an experienced local musher

Lace up your hiking shoes and join us on this action-packed tour to the subarctic town of Churchill, also known as the polar bear capital of the world. At this time of year, the surroundings burst with startling floral colors and pulsating with energetic wildlife. Spot migrating beluga whales that look like they are from another world, watch polar bears on a specially designed tundra vehicle and capture flowering panoramas of the Arctic tundra. This adventure takes you off-the-beaten path to some of the best scenery in the world!

Please note that a medical and evacuation insurance is required for this tour.

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Expert guides
  • Small group
Available Jul - Aug
Duration 6 days
Departs From Winnipeg, MB
Minimum age No limit
Difficulty Level Easy
Group maximum 20
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No

From

4 849 CAD

Per Adult

  • Best Price Guarantee
  • Toll Free number in N. America: +1 888 285 1676
  • International number: +1 780 414 1676

Availability (2019): July - August.
Based on double occupancy.
Single supplement is $875 CAD plus tax.

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What's Included

Included

  • Two hotel nights in Winnipeg
  • Three hotel nights in Churchill
  • Flights between Winnipeg and Churchill
  • Meals from Day 1 to Day 5
  • Ground transportation
  • Tour of Churchill and surrounding area

What to bring

  • Warm coat and rain gear
  • Hiking boots
  • Camera, binoculars
  • Daypack
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Bug Spray
  • Mandatory emergency medical and evacuation insurance

Not Included

  • Flights to and from Winnipeg
  • Mandatory emergency medical and evacuation insurance
  • Optional but highly recommended trip cancellation insurance

Contact us for more Information about this tour

TOLL FREE NUMBER IN N. AMERICA: +1 888 285 1676
INTERNATIONAL NUMBER: +1 780 414 1676

You can also send an email to info@adventures.com, or use the contact form here below.

Itinerary

Information

We’ll start our tour with sightseeing in the charming city of Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba. Then continue north to Churchill where a full package of activities awaits. We’ll explore historical sights, go boating on the Churchill River in search of playful beluga whales, and partake in a dog-sledding tour. We’ll end our journey in Churchill with an awe-inspiring polar bear watching experience.

Please note, as wildlife sightings and some activities are dependent on favorable weather conditions, our itinerary might be adjusted accordingly.

Our tour commences in Winnipeg, the capital and largest city of the Manitoba region. After you have settled in the hotel, meet the rest of the group for a fascinating bus tour around the vibrant city of Winnipeg. Nestled in the Canadian Prairies, Winnipeg with its vivacious, ever-changing cultural life might just steal your heart!

Our first stop is the iconic Manitoba Legislative Building, a prime example of Manitoba’s architectural scene. Next, marvel at the unique historical boutiques and offices in The Exchange District. Discover French-Canadian heritage at St. Boniface, one of the largest French-speaking communities in Western Canada. Later, explore the Forks, Winnipeg's most popular public space, which has been a gathering place of early native peoples for centuries. Today the place is bustling with shops, eateries, bars, and lovely walking paths.

Cap off your day with a welcome dinner in the company of fellow travelers and guide. We’ll share our experiences and discuss our upcoming adventure in the remote northern Canadian town of Churchill.  

After breakfast, we go catch our flight to the subarctic town of Churchill, located on the shores of Hudson Bay. As we soar over the vast expanses of land, watch how boreal forest changes into Arctic tundra. Once there, get your camera ready for an intriguing tour around an area that is beloved by polar bears.

Explore Cape Merry, a historic site where you’ll find the remains of a battery and a solitary defensive cannon. We’ll stop at the Polar Bear Jail, a huge hangar for any of these apex predators that might pose danger to locals. Here troublesome bears are held until they can be relocated. As around 1,000 bears pass the area during the autumn season, this precaution is a necessity. Later, take a walk along the coast of Hudson Bay and breathe in the crisp Arctic air!

After lunch, delve into the history and wildlife exhibits of Churchill at the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre. Get closer to Inuit culture in the Churchill Eskimo Museum, which contains some of the oldest artifacts in the world. In the evening, we'll enjoy dinner at a cozy family restaurant.

Today prepare for a scenic three-hour boat tour on the Churchill River. As we navigate the river watch beluga whales that always travel in groups known as pods. Don't be surprised if you hear that curious whistles and squeaks that have earned them the nickname "canaries of the sea." Capable of forming various facial expressions, the intelligence and beauty of these mysterious creatures will leave you speechless!

Our boat tour will be punctuated by an impressive stop at the Prince of Wales Fort. Take in awe-inspiring views of this massive star-shaped construction that was built without the aid of modern machinery in the 18th century.

For even more unforgettable vistas, we’ll take an exhilarating summertime dog-carting tour with a local musher. Traverse the boreal forests and find out why dog sledding plays a key role in the culture of Arctic people.

Today we’ll board Zodiacs for some more close encounters with friendly beluga whales, otherwise known as white whales. Distinguished by their white skin, adult belugas are perfectly adapted to camouflage themselves among the sea ice, hidden from their main predators: polar bears and killer whales. These fun creatures don’t have a dorsal fin but are equipped with a lump, called a melon, which helps them with echolocation. To spot the peculiar smiling face of a beluga whale is the kind of touching wildlife experience that dreams are made of!

In the afternoon, we’ll return to Churchill to recuperate and check out colorful souvenir shops. Just don’t forget to get a picture near the Inuksuk, an iconic figure made of boulders by the ancient Inuit people!

We spend our final day exploring Churchill Wildlife Management Area. Hop on a famous Tundra Buggy, an all-terrain vehicle, and keep your eyes peeled for polar bears, Arctic foxes, and adorable hares. See the fleeting beauty of the colorful flowers that blossom over the region at this time of year. Your guide will tell you interesting stories about native plants and animals. This is a perfect introduction to the Arctic biodiversity and wilderness, whether you’re a novice or an experienced adventurer.

For a more authentic experience, we’ll have a delightful lunch on our tundra vehicle itself - just imagine the feeling of having a hot cup of tea while enjoying the stunning scenery of the Arctic tundra! After our wildlife adventure, we’ll drive to the airport to catch our flight back to Winnipeg.

Your departure flight from Winnipeg depends on your independent travel arrangements. We thank you for joining this tour and hope to meet you again on another adventure!

Payment Details

Deposit and Taxes

  • Pricing does not include 9.00% tax.
  • Pricing of the tour is per person and based on double occupancy. However, if you prefer to take a room alone, you can choose to pay an extra $ 875 CAD + 9 % tax for our single supplement.
  • Children four years old and younger pay only for charter airfare—and children two years and younger travel free. Children must be accompanied by a full-fare adult.
  • Please note, a deposit of $1000.00 CAD is required to hold your reservation.
  • The balance of payment is due 120 days before trip commencement.
  • All visitors are required to obtain medical/evacuation insurance prior to the tour.

CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS

  • All requests for cancellations must be received in writing.
  • Cancellations received at least 120 days prior to departure are fully refunded less an administration fee of $500 CAD per passenger.
  • If cancellation is made between 91 and 120 days, cancellation charge is 65% of cost.
  • Please note that within the 90-day limit, all deposits and tariffs are forfeited.