CANADA

Ultimate Polar Bear Adventure

Polar bear encounters, Churchill
from £6701 6 nights | Oct - Nov Exc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Oct - Nov

Overview

This comprehensive small-group Churchill experience includes dog sledding and a breathtaking helicopter trip to a polar bear den, as well as the chance to see polar bears and other Arctic wildlife roaming the tundra. With two full days plus an evening excursion onto the Arctic tundra, travelling aboard an exclusive Polar Rover, this trip maximises your chances of seeing polar bears in the wild.

Highlights

  • Explore the tundra by Polar Rover, helicopter and dog sled
  • Smallest groups in Churchill for optimum wildlife viewing
  • Spend time with First Nations people for an insight into the Arctic way of life

Our Ultimate Adventure also offers a different perspective of Churchill as you take to the skies! An included helicopter ride provides a bird’s eye view of the tundra, with the chance to see polar bears from above as well as the rare opportunity to land at - and even crawl inside - an unoccupied polar bear den.

Also included is a thrilling dog sledding excursion, with time to learn about this traditional Arctic method of transport from a local musher before taking off across the icy wilderness. Spend time with native Dene and Metis people for an insight into life in the far north, and keep your fingers crossed during an evening at a heated aurora dome; a dazzling display of the northern lights may be the perfect way to end this Churchill adventure!

The Polar Rover
Permitted to travel right into the protected Churchill Wildlife Management Area, the fully heated Polar Rover is a specially designed vehicle offering unique steel-mesh viewing platforms, an elite suspension system and on-board flush toilet facilities. With a capacity of 35 passengers, this trip is limited to just 15 to ensure maximum comfort and a guaranteed window seat for all guests. All emissions from this package are 100% carbon-offset. discover more

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Arrive in Winnipeg, once a fur-trading post and boomtown for the Canadian Pacific Railway, today Manitoba’s cultural and commercial capital at the eastern edge of Canada’s vast prairies. Transfer to the historic Fort Garry Hotel, one of the city’s most prestigious landmarks. Meet your Expedition Leader at an orientation dinner this evening. You will be provided with your Arctic parka and boots, on loan for your Churchill adventure.
Day 2: Winnipeg - Churchill
Fly to Churchill on a private charter flight and explore this remote community on a guided tour with your Expedition Leader. Originally a fur-trading post, Churchill is home to just under a thousand people and, every autumn, to hundreds of polar bears that congregate at the edge of Hudson Bay. Head to the tundra this evening for your first glimpse of the bears. Dinner is served aboard the Polar Rover in heated comfort.
Day 3: Helicopter & Dog-Sledding, Churchill
An exciting adventure is in store today, with a memorable helicopter flight over the frozen tundra. You may see polar bears, caribou and arctic fox below. Landing on the tundra, disembark to explore on foot, perhaps taking a close look at an unoccupied polar bear den. Learn about the life of a dog-musher before heading out on an unforgettable dog-sled ride. Later, First Nations hosts will share their traditions and tales of daily life. These captivating storytellers will explain their personal histories and offer an insight into the vibrant nations that have flourished amid adversity in this harsh environment for thousands of years. You can also visit Churchill's Eskimo Museum, with artifacts collected from centuries of local habitation.
Day 4: Polar Bears, Churchill
Spend a full day on the Arctic tundra aboard a unique Polar Rover. With just 15 passengers, everyone is guaranteed a window seat for clear views of the polar bears. The bears gather here as they wait for the ice to solidify on Hudson Bay in order to begin the winter seal-hunting season, making close encounters very likely. Travel back to town this evening for dinner and a presentation on the wildlife or cultural aspects of life in the North.
Day 5: Polar Bears & Northern Lights, Churchill
A second day on the Polar Rover allows for further exploration of the subarctic scenery and its incredible wildlife. Tonight, if the skies are clear, you will visit a heated aurora dome in hopes of witnessing the northern lights. The Hudson Bay Inuit see the lights as the magical display of their ancestors’ souls dancing in the sky.
Day 6: Churchill - Winnipeg
After time to pick up some last-minute souvenirs in town, board the flight to Winnipeg for a final night stay.
Day 7: Winnipeg
After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

Accommodation

This holiday includes standard hotel accommodation in Winnipeg & Churchill. Please contact us for further details.

Prices & Dates

2018 Departure Dates

Prices are per person, based on twin share - please contact us for single occupancy prices.

Departure MonthDatePrice
October 2018 13, 20, 27 £6,701 per person (twin share)
November 2018 03, 14 £6,701 per person (twin share)

Price includes
Return flight from Winnipeg to Churchill ● All airport-hotel transfers ● 2 nights accommodation in Winnipeg ● 4 nights accommodation in Churchill ● All meals ● Loan of cold-weather gear including a parka and boots ● Services of a professional Natural Habitat Expedition Leader and assistants ● Helicopter flight ● Dog sledding excursion ● Evening wildlife and cultural presentations ● Permits & park fees ● All taxes and service charges ● Northern Lights Bradt Guide Book
 
Price excludes
International flights to Winnipeg ● Tips, gratuities and personal expenses ● Alcoholic beverages ● Airport taxes ● Travel insurance

Group size: maximum 15  
  

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