Close Encounters with the “King of the Arctic”
Come face to face with a polar bear! (Or as close as you’d ever want to be!) Each autumn, hundreds of polar bears congregate on the shores of Hudson Bay, waiting for the sea ice to form so they can wander the Arctic in search of seals, their favorite prey. On this unique adventure you’ll have a rare opportunity to see and photograph these great wild creatures as they prowl the shores in search of food before dispersing over thousands of miles of frozen sea.
Venturing out in the arctic landscape, you’ll search for bears by tundra vehicle, specially equipped and designed for polar bear viewing, with safe perches for photographing the bears up close. Toward the end of the trip you’ll have the chance to experience the tundra from a different perspective—from behind a team of energetic sled dogs or a bird’s-eye view on a helicopter flight (optional)! And in the midst of all the bear viewing, you might just develop a new appreciation for the culture and history of the far north, an area of intense beauty and intrigue.
- Explore the world of polar bears at Churchill, Manitoba, one of the best places to see this magnificent animal!
- Close (but safe!) encounters with the bears and a variety of other northern wildlife: gyrfalcon, snowy owl, ptarmigan, and Arctic fox
- Rare chance to see the Northern Lights on nighttime excursions
Duration: 7 days Start Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba End Location: Winnipeg, ManitobaDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive Winnipeg
Arrive into Winnipeg, Manitoba and transfer to the Fort Garry Hotel. Dinner tonight with your Expedition Leader.
Day 2 : Fly to Churchill
Fly to Churchill this morning. This hospitable outpost town, originally a fur-trading post, is our base for adventure.
Days 3 - 4 : Polar bear viewing
Two full days of polar bear viewing in our special tundra vehicles near the coastline of Hudson Bay
Day 5 : Evening on the tundra
Tour of historic Churchill before an evening excursion on the tundra for viewing Arctic willdlife at night and a possible glimpse of the aurora borealis or Northern Lights!
Day 6 : Churchill to Winnipeg
Free time in Churchill in the morning to shop for Arctic souvenirs, take an optional helicopter ride over the tundra, or join a dog sledding excursion before flying back to Winnipeg for the night.
Day 7 : Depart Winnipeg
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home
DATES: Best time to go: October - November Departures: Oct 25 - 31, 2014
Single Supplement—$945. Because of limited space, single accommodations are limited to one per departure. We will match up singles of the same gender if you wish to have a roommate.
Fort Garry HotelWinnipeg, Manitoba
The Fort Garry Hotel is one of Canada's lavish railway hotels built by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in 1913 and long a symbol of the prairie city's importance as a transportation and commerce hub. Located downtown one block from Union Station, this historic landmark and gracious accommodation built in French chateau style is Winnipeg's finest hotel, exuding an atmosphere of the opulence that prevailed during the glory days of the development of the Canadian West. Relax in the lounge, enjoy a drink in the antique bar, or indulge in a sumptuous treatment at Ten Spa, an authentic Turkish-style bath and spa located on the top floor of the hotel.
Various Churchill HotelsChurchill, Manitoba
In the Arctic frontier outpost of Churchill, hotels are small and simple. While they would certainly not be considered fancy by any means, they are clean, comfortable and conveniently located in the center of town. Every room has its own private bathroom with a shower. Please be aware that hotel space in Churchill is scarce, and to accommodate demand we must use a variety of local properties. Room size, amenities, and range of services may vary among hotels despite comparable pricing.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
Our professional Expedition Leaders are the best in the business, enhancing your experience at every turn with their in-depth knowledge and personal attention. Our Polar Bear Expedition Leaders – who have been guiding bear tours for an average of more than 10 years each — receive additional training and resources from WWF’s top scientists, ensuring the best interpretive experience available. Expedition Leaders meet each guest in Winnipeg and travel with the group the entire way, sharing their wealth of knowledge and insight at every turn.