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Client Report: Polar Bear Watching in Churchill, North
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See the magnificent Polar Bears of Churchill in their natural habitat by
Canada's Hudson Bay. You will travel in safety and comfort aboard a huge Tundra
Buggy to get a close up view of these amazing creatures.
Each year in autumn, along the west shore of Canada's Hudson
Bay polar bears gather along the shore near Churchill, Manitoba waiting for the
bay to freeze to begin the annual hunt for seals, their choice prey.
Located on the western shore of Hudson Bay and not accessible by road lies the
small northern seaport of Churchill, Manitoba, often referred to as the “Polar
Bear Capital of the World”. Our packages will take you to view polar bears from
onboard an remarkable Tundra Buggy - the most comfortable and safe way to
experience polar bears in their natural environment. On days that have a Tundra
Buggy Adventure scheduled, you will be transferred from town to the Tundra Buggy
Launch to board a Buggy and begin your search for wildlife. The Buggy meanders
over a system of established trails, stopping at leisure to enjoy the scenery,
search for wildlife, and take photos. When daylight begins to fade, you head
back to the Launch to be transferred back to town and your hotel.
Enthusiast Hotel Tours
The Enthusiast programs we offer are designed so that you will not only see
the magnificent Lord of the Arctic, Manitoba’s polar bears, but also so you can
experience the history and culture of the region. Led by very knowledgeable
guides, the Enthusiast itineraries include activities other than bear watching,
such as a town and area tour, entrance to the Eskimo Museum and Parks Canada
facility and a private slide presentation. Either dog sledding or a
cultural-arts program is also included.
Another exciting component of the tours is the choice of transportation to &
from Churchill. The most popular way is by round trip air from Winnipeg or you
can choose to travel one-way by VIA Rail (please contact us for details on this
option). Enthusiast programs include the largest selection of available
activities and are the best way to experience the wildlife as well as the ‘wild’
life in Churchill!
These hotel based Adventures are based in Churchill, a small, northern community
with a lot of character; you won’t find one of the big-chain hotels here that
you might find in a larger centre. You will, however, find warm hospitality
basic yet and clean, comfortable hotels with all the amenities. Staying in town
will allow you to walk to and from the different venues, spend some time on your
own, and perhaps meet some of the locals.
6 Day Enthusiast Tour by Air
Tour Dates - 2013
October: 01, 13*, 14, 16, 18, 22, 25, 29
November: 02, 06, 09, 12
The 13 Oct departure has the added inclusion of a Churchill Helicopter Tour.
Day 1 - Arrive Winnipeg
Overnight at a hotel near the airport.
Day 2 - Winnipeg to Churchill
Early morning flight to Churchill. Depart for town and area tour, and visit to
Eskimo Museum. Overnight Churchill hotel.
Day 3 - Polar Bear Viewing
Today is spent in a Tundra Buggy with knowledgeable guide, viewing polar bears
and other Arctic wildlife. Overnight in a Churchill hotel.
Day 4 - Churchill
Dog sledding excursion hosted by a local resident and dog sledding expert in the
morning. Afternoon visit to Parks Canada Interpretive Center. Evening slide
presentation by local photographer. Overnight Churchill hotel.
Day 5 - Polar Bear Viewing & Return to Winnipeg
Day spent in a Tundra Buggy with knowledgeable guide, viewing polar bears and
other Arctic wildlife. This evening you will transfer to the airport for your
return flight to Winnipeg. Overnight at an airport hotel.
Day 6 - End of Tour
Your tour ends today upon checkout from your Winnipeg hotel
* Please note: Itineraries can differ for each departure, eg polar bear viewing
and Churchill days may be switched, and on some tours an alternative cultural
arts programme is offered instead of the dog-sledding activity. Please check
with us for the exact itinerary for your chosen departure.
Enthusiast Tour Activities*
Churchill and Area Tour: A guided bus tour of local and historical points of
interest surrounding Churchill, including such attractions as Cape Merry, Port
of Churchill and Manitoba Conservation's Polar Bear Holding Facility (weather
Dog Sledding: Hosted by a local resident and dog sledding expert, you will learn
about the history associated with dog sledding in Northern Canada. Enjoy an
exhilarating ride behind a strong team of huskies on a custom-made sled (or
cart, weather permitting). Join the musher’s for hot chocolate and freshly made
bannock after your ride and share their personal stories of their dog sledding
Eskimo Museum: The museum contains one of Canada's finest collections of Inuit
carvings, kayaks and artifacts dating from pre- Dorset, Dorset, Thule, and
modern Inuit times.
Interpretive-Guided Tundra Buggy Adventure: The best way to experience an
intimate encounter with a wild polar bear is on an authentic Tundra Buggy. All
of our Tundra Buggies are furnished with dual-pane frost-free windows and
contain propane heating systems that closely resemble a cozy fireplace, with
real flame (behind glass). Each day, we depart early and board our world famous
Tundra Buggies looking for polar bears and other wildlife out on the tundra. You
will enjoy picnic style lunches and refreshments while you are bear watching.
Parks Canada Interpretive Centre: Walk back in time viewing detailed and
exciting wildlife dioramas, fur trade exhibits. View a series of videos on the
history, culture and wildlife of the area. You leave chock-full of natural and
historical information from the Churchill region.
Slide Presentation: Conducted by seasoned residents. Relax and soak-up years of
northern experience communicated in enchanting stories and magnificent
*Activities are subject to weather and may change without notice.
Cost Per Person based on 2 people sharing, please ask about
Enthusiast Tours by Air (6 Days)
01 Oct 13 - £3726
13 Oct 13 - £4658
14, 16, 18 Oct 13 - £3838
22, 25, 29 Oct 13 - £3987
02, 06, 09, 12 Nov 13 - £3987
Tour Prices Include
• 2 nights accommodation in Winnipeg
• 3 nights hotel accommodation in Churchill
• Return airfare between Winnipeg & Churchill
• 2 full days of bear viewing on a Tundra Buggy
• Churchill and area tour
• Entrance to the Eskimo Museum
• Slide presentation
• Dog sledding excursion
What to Bring
You will need to take warm, insulated and waterproof clothing that can be worn
The weather conditions play a major role in all activities in the north and
therefore, tour schedules are subject to change at any time. In the event of any
flight delays, changes in tours or cancellations, expenses will be borne by the
traveller. Refunds cannot be guaranteed.
Payment & Cancellation Terms
Please note that due to the limited availability of polar bear packages, special
terms and conditions apply.
Deposits - A deposit of £600 per person is required at the time of booking.
Please note that this is addition to our standard deposit amount.
Balance - Balance payment is due 90 days before departure
91 days or more before - loss of £600 deposit
90-61 days before - 50% fee
60 - 0 days before - 100% non-refundable
How to book
Call us on 01543 258631 or email