Wildlife Watching Tour

6-Day Polar Bear Quest from Churchill, Manitoba | CA-AC601

During this guided Churchill adventure, you’ll explore the lifestyle and habits of polar bears

Overview

This polar bear safari is perfect for those seeking to see the wildlife in the great white arctic of Churchill, Canada!

Tour Highlights

  • Winnipeg
  • Polar Bear Watching
  • Tundra Buggy®
  • Cape Merry
  • The Port of Churchill
  • Manitoba’s Polar Bear Holding Facility
  • Dog Sledding
  • Parks Canada Interpretive Centre

If you're looking for a way to step out of your comfort zone, this tour is perfect for you. Join our experienced and highly skilled tour guides for an unforgettable glimpse into the world of polar bears. Hop on our world-famous Tundra Buggy®, discover the jewels of Churchill landscape and make friends with some polar bears!

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

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

From

6 599 CAD

Per Adult

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

Availability (2019): October 1 - November 19
Based on double occupancy.
Single supplement cost is $1125 plus tax.

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What's Included

Included

  • Two hotel nights in Winnipeg
  • Three hotel nights in Churchill
  • Return airfare from Winnipeg to Churchill
  • All meals in Churchill
  • Ground transportation
  • Two full days aboard a Tundra Buggy
  • Tour of Churchill and surrounding area
  • Entrance to the Eskimo Museum
  • Parks Canada Interpretive Centre Cultural Presentation
  • Dog Sledding excursion

What to bring

  • Warm coat
  • Rain gear
  • Hat, mitts, gloves, scarf, hiking boots
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm socks
  • Camera, binoculars
  • Daypack
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Mandatory emergency medical and evacuation insurance

Not Included

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Flights to and from Winnipeg
  • Meals while in Winnipeg
  • Personal items
  • Discretionary trip cancellation and interruption insurance
  • Optional helicopter tour
  • Discretionary gratuities
  • Any expenses incurred due to changes beyond our control

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

Find out more details about the tour and its highlights

Information

This wildlife watching tour blends modern day comforts with the excitement and rawness of untouched nature. We’ll go on full day Tundra Buggy safari in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area and come back to a cozy little northern town with vibrant culture, hospitable people, and the best regional cuisine in Canada. It’s perfect for those looking to combine an active city break with unforgettable nature and wildlife.

Our wildlife watching adventure begins once all are assembled at the Four Points Sheraton, Winnipeg. Your hotel is conveniently located at the airport, so no transfers from the city and back to the airport are needed, however, the city center is only 15 minutes away if you want an authentic taste of the city’s culture.

Translated from the Western Cree language, Winnipeg means muddy waters, however, that’s a bit of a misnomer as the Red and Assiniboine rivers flowing through the city are beautifully clear. Winnipeg is a diverse and multicultural city with a remarkable history dating back to 1738. You’re free to arrive early in the day and explore the city at leisure.

After everyone has a chance to freshen up after their flights, we’ll meet in the hotel lobby for a group orientation and dinner.

Once everyone is well rested, we’ll quickly go over the tour again for any latecomers and then depart for Churchill. We’ll enjoy breakfast at 30,000 feet onboard our plane to Churchill.

Churchill is a small town in the north of Manitoba, nicknamed “the polar bear capital of the world.” For centuries, the region has been the home of many different Arctic peoples. The first known inhabitants, the Pre-Dorset culture, arrived there in the year 1700 BCE, and next the Dorset cultures settled in around the year 600 BCE. Thule people descended around the year 1000 CE., later evolving into Inuit cultures.

Once we have landed, our tour bus will take us around some of the attractions of Churchill. We’ll cruise around Cape Merry, the Port of Churchill, Manitoba’s Polar Bear Holding Facility and many other attractions.

Then, we’ll have a little lunch and continue to explore this magical polar town. We’ll also pay a visit to the Eskimo Museum. There, we’ll find one of the finest collections of carvings made by Inuits in Canada, along with historical kayaks and other artifacts.

The day is packed with the unique history and culture of Churchill, and its defining attractions and landmarks. In the evening, you’ll be free to explore the city in more depth or feast on some local cuisine.

We’ll be spending the night at the Churchill Hotel.

On the third day, endless adventures await on our polar bear Tundra Buggy tour! We venture out into the Arctic tundra in search of polar bears and other magnificent wildlife. Our expert local guide will teach you everything there is to know about the polar bears and other wild animals who frequent the area around Churchill. During the safari, you’ll be treated to a picnic-style lunch and a few local refreshments along the way.

The vehicle for the day is the Tundra Buggy, specially designed to traverse the Arctic tundra. It’s furnished with dual pane, frost-free windows and is equipped with advanced real-flame propane heating systems. So, sit back and enjoy the safari - warm, comfortable, well-protected and with clear visibility.

In the evening, we’ll enjoy a presentation by the locals of the area. The slideshow will be about residents of the town, their culture, and history, accompanied by magnificent photographs of the wildlife and surrounding landscapes.  

In the past, dog sledding played a big role in the culture and everyday life of Northern Manitoba. To this day, mushers use dog sleds in winter and carts in summer as their primary means of transportation. While Churchill is most famous for polar bear viewing during the winter and beluga whale watching during the summer, dog sledding is popular here all year long.

Today, we’ll try out our hands at dog sledding. Step back in time and learn about the everyday challenges locals had to endure in this harsh environment. After the ride, you’ll be greeted with a cup of hot chocolate, a fresh bannock (flatbread), and some dog sledding stories from the experts!

In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre where you’ll have a chance to view wildlife dioramas and fur trade exhibits. The center is also full of exhibitions on indigenous history and culture, as well as on the wonderful wildlife found in the area.

Our fifth day of the tour will begin with another tundra adventure in our advanced buggy. We’ll head out into the never-ending blanket of snow to try and spot a few more polar bears. Throughout the tour, you’ll be treated to picnic-style lunches and snacks. Make sure you bring your camera with you to capture those unforgettable views!

Once back at the hotel, we’ll pack our bags and head to the airport at 7 p.m. (19:00) to board our flight to Winnipeg. Dinner will be served in the air. We’ll arrive in Winnipeg at around 9 p.m. (21:00). We’ve arranged an overnight stay in the Four Points Sheraton hotel.

Once you’ve settled, you can explore the city of Winnipeg or relax at the hotel. The city center is only 15 minutes away by taxi.

Based on your own travel plans, your departure back home is up to you. You can stay and explore the area more or bid farewell to the magical Arctic and head home.

Mandatory medical/evacuation insurance is required.

Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended.

Payment Details

Deposit and Taxes

  • Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST. and 4.00% PST.
  • 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.