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Polar Bears and Beluga Whales Summer Adventure in Churchill | CA-LBE003

Encounter wild animals in their natural habitat!

Overview

Summer is a great time to visit Churchill, Manitoba, with around 60,000 Beluga Whales cruising in Hudson Bay and Polar Bears moving away from the melting sea ice. This 7-day adventure includes boat tours to see the whales, a tundra tour on an Arctic Crawler, and a cultural tour around the Churchill area.

Highlights

  • Polar Bears
  • Beluga Whales
  • Coastal Boat Tours
  • Hudson Bay
  • Churchill Town
  • Tundra Vehicle Tour
  • Heritage and Cultural Tour

 

During this 7-day adventure, a group of experienced guides will take you to the most beautiful places around Churchill, Manitoba, with an opportunity to see polar bears, beluga whales, arctic hares, arctic foxes, and other wild animals.

The boat captain will take you into Hudson Bay in the one-of-the-kind wildlife viewing vessel called 'Matonabee.' It will provide multiple opportunities for seeing beluga whales and polar bears. On this thrilling day trip, we'll explore one of the most remote polar bear-watching areas in the west part of Hudson Bay. Since many polar bears reside there during the summer, you'll have a unique opportunity to catch them in their 'summer residence.' During the warm season, polar bears usually swim, explore wildflowers and rocks, or sunbathe on the shore. If the weather (and bears) permits, we'll get off the boat to explore this area on foot. 

Warm, shallow water along the coast is also a place for beluga whales to come to feed, mate and give birth. This boat tour will be focused on seeing the beautiful animals in their natural habitat. We'll get as close to animals as possible without disrupting their daily habits. At first, we will travel down the Churchill River leading into Hudson Bay, where they feed on arctic char, caplin, and brook trout. We'll also jump out of the boat to take a walking tour to the historic Prince of Wales fort. Aqua gliding and kayaking are available as an extra. 

Next, a Tundra tour on the Arctic Crawler awaits us. Summer is a perfect time to admire the beautiful landscape to the fullest. The tour will be organized in a custom-made vehicle, allowing you to admire the wildlife from a safe distance. In the evenings, we'll watch the weather forecast to see if there's a chance to see the magnificent Northern Lights. 

The Cultural and Heritage tour will take us to the most recognized places in Churchill and the surrounding area. We'll visit Cape Merry, have an outside tour of the Polar Bear Holding Facility, and see the famous plane wreckage "Miss Piggy."

Availability July - Aug
Duration 7 days
Departs From Winnipeg, MB
Difficulty Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 12 years
Group maximum 25 people
Pick Up Yes
Meet on Location No

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  • Toll Free number in N. America: +1 888 285 1676
  • International number: +1 780 414 1676
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Availability (2023):

  • July 10 - 16
  • July 14 - 20
  • July 18 - 24
  • July 22 - 28
  • July 30 - Aug 5
  • Aug 7 - 13
  • Aug 11 -17
  • Aug 15 - 21
  • Aug 19 - 25
  • Aug 23 - 29

Price: $6300 CAD per person
Based on double occupancy.
Single Supplement: Add $1050 CAD

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What's Included

Included

  • Return Airfare from Winnipeg to Churchill
  • 4 nights accommodation at the Lodge
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Winnipeg hotel (pre & post stay)
  • Hudson Bay Coastal Boat Tour with the opportunity to view Polar Bears and other arctic wildlife (6-8 hours)
  • Cultural and Heritage Tour of the Churchill area, including historic Cape Merry and an outside tour of the Polar Bear Holding Facility (approx. 2-3 hours)
  • Beluga Whale Boat Tour/Fort Tour to see Beluga Whales in the water and walking tour of the historic Prince of Wales Fort (approx. 3 hours)
  • Cultural and Heritage Tour of the Churchill area, including historic Cape Merry and an outside tour of the Polar Bear Holding Facility (approx. 2-3 hours)
  • Summer Tundra Tour on our Arctic Crawler™ (approx. 3 hours)
  • One dinner entrée of your choice to be used on any night, one lunch and all 4 breakfasts at the lodge
  • Luggage handling and transfers in Churchill
  • Experienced Tour Guide

What to bring

  • Warm jacket
  • Fleece clothing
  • Long pants
  • Hiking boots
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repelent
  • Hat & Gloves
  • Camera
  • Daypack with water bottle

Not Included

  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal extras
  • Optional tours
  • Gratuity
  • Travel 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.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arriving at Winnipeg

On the first day, we’ll check into the Winnipeg downtown hotel and have free time to explore the city on our own.

After a nutritious breakfast, we'll check out of Winnipeg's downtown hotel and get a group transfer (included) to the airport. We'll take a flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, Manitoba. Arriving at Churchill, we'll check into the lodge, where we'll spend the next four nights. After settling in, we'll take a Cultural and Heritage tour around Churchill and the surrounding area. We'll visit the historical sites, such as Cape Merry, and an outside tour of the Polar Bear Jail. Breakfast and one dinner on the night of your choice are included.

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On the third day, we’ll go on a Hudson Bay Coastal tour, expecting to see some polar bears in their natural habitat. The shores of Hudson Bay are a popular place for bears during the summer months – you can often see them sunbathing on the shore. If weather permits, we will get off the boat and take a walk through an area where polar bears often roam about. Besides polar bears, here you can find other wildlife, such as arctic foxes, arctic hares, and over 200 migrating bird species. Breakfast and to-go lunch included.

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On the fourth day, after a delicious breakfast, we’ll head on to the Beluga Whale Watching Boat tour, where you’ll have a rare opportunity to encounter these majestic animals! The shallow waters of Hudson Bay are perfect for these animals to feed, mate and give birth to. The tour will follow down the Churchill River and into the Hudson Bay area, rich in arctic char, caplin, and brook trout – exactly the kind of species that beluga whales like to eat. Breakfast included.

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The fifth day is for any additional tours you choose. You can either go kayaking and Beluga AquaGliding™ or have a dog mushing (on wheels) experience. These activities can also be taken on other days, depending on the weather situation and the trip’s itinerary. Note that these activities are optional and have to be paid extra. Breakfast is included.

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On the morning of our sixth day, we’ll head to the Churchill Wildlife Management Area to catch the last glimpse of the wild animals. Summer Tundra Tour is organized in custom-made Arctic Crawler™ tundra vehicles, which have all the modern amenities, such as USB ports, and are perfect for wildlife watching. After the tundra tour, we’ll travel to the airport to catch a flight back to Winnipeg. Arriving at Winnipeg, we’ll check into the Winnipeg Airport hotel and rest for a night. Breakfast is included.

On the last day of our tour, we’ll enjoy breakfast together before checking out of the Winnipeg Airport hotel. Breakfast is included.

  • Breakfast is included on all days except for the first one. On the third day, to go lunch is included. One dinner at the lodge is included on the night of your choice. 

  • Transfers from and to the airports are included.

  • Kayaking/Beluga AquaGliding™ and dog mushing are optional activities that are paid extra.

Payment Details

Deposit and Taxes

  • Pricing does not include 5% GST, PST or accommodation tax.
  • A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation.
  • Balance of payment is due 90 days before trip commencement.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS

Anytime after confirmation: all payments are non-refundable. A change fee of $600 plus GST per person will apply if a reservation needs to be changed to another adventure date within the same year, subject to availability. Travel insurance is recommended.