Polar Bear Wildlife Watching Holiday in Churchill

SHALL WE GO AND PACK?

Frozen lands of the Polar Bear

It might be cold outside but nothing beats that warm feeling you get when you see your first polar bear as it pads across the frozen tundra. The giant paws, the sleek white coat and that loping gait are unmistakable. Maybe they will have cubs with them, maybe it will come up close to the Arctic crawler you are travelling in, imagine the photographs. Combine two amazing days out on the frozen wastes with the opportunity to try dog sledding, staying in a cozy log cabin and learning about the polar bear capital of the world, and you have a winter adventure that should not be missed.

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ITINERARY

WHAT, WHERE & WHEN

Day 1 Winnipeg

Welcome to the capital of Manitoba, whilst your time here is short there is plenty to explore. Winnipeg's Exchange District is one of the most iconic and vibrant neighbourhoods in the city, with 20 square blocks of buildings built between 1880 and 1920 now housing some of the finest up and coming eateries and bars. Visit The Canadian museum of human rights, go skating outdoors or go to an Ice hockey game, Canada’s national sport.

Day 2 Winnipeg to Churchill

This morning you start your travels up to the frozen north with a 2 hour flight to Churchill, the polar bear capital of the world. The views of the snow covered tundra from the air are spectacular. On arrival into Churchill, settle into your warm and welcoming room at Lazy bear lodge, where you will learn all about the days ahead. As darkness falls, step outside and, if conditions are right, you may see the dance of the northern lights across the sky. (Meals: Breakfast and one main course in the Lazy bear Cafe on a night of your choice)

Day 3 In search of Polar Bears

The day you have been waiting for has arrived! Climb aboard the oversized arctic crawler, a specially designed tundra vehicle, keeping warm in the closed cabin whilst you make your way into the Churchill Wildlife Management Area in search of your first polar bear. Your guides will provide you with a wealth of information and stories, pointing out areas of interest and other animals you may encounter including arctic fox, arctic hare and camouflaged tarmigan. You will head to spots where the bears are known to gather as the seas of Hudson Bay start to freeze over, allowing the bears to hunt on the ice pack. Curious and far from shy, the bears will sometimes come right alongside the vehicles to sneak a peek at their visitors. Step out onto the viewing platform at the back of the vehicle and you may come face to face with a polar bear! (Breakfast, Lunch, snacks and beverages are included during the day)

Day 4 Delights of Churchill

After the thrill of yesterdays’ polar bear viewing it is time to catch your breath and learn a little more about Churchill, all wrapped up with a little evening excitement. Join the Cultural and Heritage Tour as it takes you through Churchill and the surrounding area. You will explore the various historic sites including Cape Merry, the Polar Bear Jail (outside), the famous plane crash site of “Miss Piggy”, and many other historic spots that make Churchill the town it is today. Don’t forget to pick up some souvenirs of your stay. This evening the delights keep on coming as you meet the happiest workers in the snow, husky dogs. Seat yourself on the sled pulled by a team of excitable huskys and prepare yourself for an exhilarating 1-2 mile ride across the crisp snow, maybe with the northern lights for company. The dogs love to run and revel in a hug at the end of the ride even more. With your heart still pumping step inside a warm tent and savour fresh bannock, local berry jam, coffee, hot chocolate and tea, you will learn how the dogs are trained, plus hear many entertaining stories. (Meals: breakfast)

Day 5 More Polar Bears and Winnipeg

Your time in Churchill has come to an end but not before you have had one more opportunity to view polar bears from the arctic crawler. Checkout from your room, climb onboard and prepare yourself for your polar bear encounter. This time you know what to look for, will you spot them before your guide? How close will they come to the crawler? With a camera full of photo’s and a mind full of memories you won’t forget in a hurry, it is time to head to the airport for your return flight to Winnipeg, where you will spend the night. (Meals: Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 6 Winnipeg and onwards

Rise and shine, your polar bear encounter has come to an end. The team at Magnetic North Travel can extend your winter stay in Canada but where will you go next? Maybe to Ottawa, Quebec city or Toronto, because when winter arrives Canada just wraps up warm and carries on. (Meals: Breakfast)

PRICE

From £4035 per person, based on 2 persons sharing a room (Single rooms available at a supplement)

£4035.00 GBP roughly converts to: 4,439 EUR | 5,286 USD

We accept payment in GBP, USD, EUR and NOK. You will receive a final trip quotation in the currency of your choice. Prices on the website and currency conversions are indicative only.

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Price Includes

  • Three nights at Lazy Bear Lodge in Churchill

  • Two nights in Winnipeg (1 pre and 1 post)

  • Two Arctic Crawler excursions (lunch, snacks and beverages included)

  • Approximately 2-3 hour Cultural and Heritage Tour of the Churchill area, including historic Cape Merry and the Polar Bear Jail (Outside).

  • Dog Sledding experience

  • One dinner entrée of your choice from the Lazy Bear Café menu (vegetarian substitute available)

  • A hearty breakfast served each morning of your stay

  • Shuttle Service between the airport and the Lodge upon arrival and departure. Luggage handling included in Churchill.

  • Round-trip airfare between Winnipeg and Churchill

  • Naturalist Tour Guide

  • Parks Canada Indigenous Interpretive Presentation

  • Itsanitaq Museum Guided Tour (approx. 1 hour) (based on availability)

 

All our trips include:
  • 24/7 emergency line and concierge service
  • Personalised travel documents
  • Exclusive access to our client travel app where you'll find your travel documents, destination guides, maps, practical tips, Arctic Library and pre-trip inspiration

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Personal extras

Additional Info

DATES

This trip has fixed departure dates

9 Oct 2020 - 14 Oct 2020
12 Oct 2020 - 17 Oct 2020
15 Oct 2020 - 20 Oct 2020
18 Oct 2020 - 23 Oct 2020
21 Oct 2020 - 26 Oct 2020
27 Oct 2020 - 1 Nov 2020
2 Nov 2020 - 7 Nov 2020
8 Nov 2020 - 13 Nov 2020
11 Nov 2020 - 16 Nov 2020
14 Nov 2020 - 19 Nov 2020
17 Nov 2020 - 22 Nov 2020

Many of trips can be tailored to your requirements and departure dates. Please get in touch with us for a tailored quotation and details of availability for your preferred travel dates. All trips and departures are subject to availability.

AIRPORT ARRIVAL

Winnipeg (YWG)

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