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CHURCHILL POLAR BEAR EXPERIENCE

6 days departing WINNIPEG Oct-Nov from £2789

Canada | Hotels

 

Venture north to Canada's arctic tundra for this once in a lifetime experience viewing wild polar bears in their natural habitat. Set in the boreal forest along the Hudson Bay - a prime location for wildlife viewing - you'll spend two full days with expert guides searching for arctic fox, arctic hare, snowy owl, and the coveted polar bear. From your comfortable base in Churchill, visit historic Cape Merry and the outside of the famous Polar Bear Jail, with time to experience a number of other activities, from dog sled tours to scenic helicopter flights.

 

Prices are land only, let us know if you require a flight inclusive quote. Price of tour vary depending on date of departure. If you require further information please fill in the Query form below, also detailing the dates you would like to depart.

Trip Departure Time

 

As this tour departs at 1200 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

Day 1: Winnipeg

Arrive in Winnipeg and check-in to the conveniently located hotel at your leisure. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 2: Winnipeg to Churchill

Generally it is an afternoon flight to the lodge and although you can request a morning flight, this may cause issues with early check-in at the lodge. This renowned family-owned lodge has been handcrafted from local materials, with charming log buildings and decor to match the personal friendly service. Accommodation: Lodge included

 

Day 3-4: Churchill

Spend two full days exploring the tundra and boreal forest of the Hudson Bay coastline in search of the majestic polar bear. Our driver/guide will lead expeditions to designated wildlife viewing areas where it is not uncommon to see arctic fox, and hare, camouflaged ptarmigan and, if you are lucky, the snowy owl. Both days will be spent on the large and comfortable tundra vehicles, which are custom built and spacious. They are equipped with a propane furnace, toilet facilities, and a rear viewing deck for safe photography outside the vehicle. Although the vehicles can accommodate up to 40 passengers, group sizes are limited to a maximum of 25 for comfort and convenience. On tundra viewing days we depart from the lodge at 8:00 a.m. A hearty hot lunch, as well as hot/cold drinks and snacks are included. Accommodation: Lodge included

 

Day 5: Churchill to Winnipeg

On a cultural and heritage tour, visit the historic Cape Merry where the Churchill River spills into the bay, and several other sites with short hikes along the coastline. Then it's on to the 'Polar Bear Jail'. One way the citizens of Churchill care for their polar bear friends is to put them in 'jail.' When someone spots a polar bear too close to town, they call a special phone number, and the bear is humanely trapped and placed in the Polar Bear Jail until it can be safely transported back to the wild. There will also be time for an exhilarating dog sled tour (included - 2015 only) or a scenic helicopter flight (optional) over the nearby Hudson Bay and Cape Churchill, before the return flight to Winnipeg. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 6: Winnipeg

Take time to explore Winnipeg, home to the world's largest collection of Inuit art, before preparing for your return flight home.

Included Highlights

Characterful Arctic Lodge

Historic Winnipeg and Churchill

Two days Polar Bear viewing in tundra vehicles

Heritage tour at the Polar Bear Jail and Cape Merry

Roundtrip airfare from Winnipeg to Churchill

3 hour dog mushing including a 2-3 mile run

Dog Sledding Tour (2015 only)

 

 

Tour Facts & Features

Accommodation:  3 nights arctic lodge + 2 hotel nights

Transport:  All transportation by private vehicle

Meals:  All breakfasts, 2 packed lunches & 1 gourmet dinner included

Guided:  Services of a professional tour leader

Group size:  Maximum 25

Age range:  18+

Optional Activities (paid locally)

Dog Sledding Tour from US$95 (2014 only)

Polar Bear helicopter viewing (1 hr) from US$550 (this can change frequently)

A GBP£550 / US$940 deposit per person is required to book

Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure

Travel Insurance

Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation.

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