Day 1: Winnipeg, ManitobaYour polar bear adventure begins 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, known for Winnipeg hospitality and one of the city’s most prestigious landmarks. Meet your Expedition Leader at an orientation dinner this evening.
Day 2: Churchill / Night TundraFly to Churchill via your 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, in late fall, 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 your enclosed Polar Rover in heated comfort.
Day 3: Helicopter Journey / Dogsledding / Northern CultureToday, soar high above the tundra in helicopters, drinking in amazing aerial views of the frozen landscape below. From the air you may see bears, caribou and arctic fox. Disembark to explore on foot and perhaps even crawl inside an unoccupied polar bear den. You also sample an age-old means of Arctic transportation on a dogsledding excursion, during which you learn about the life of a musher, visit with the dogs, observe the team as they prepare for the run, and, finally, head out for an unforgettable ride behind an eager team of pure canine power!
Your immersion in Northern culture continues as Native hosts tell you about their traditions and what their daily lives are like. These captivating storytellers share tales from their personal histories and offer insight into the vibrant nations that have flourished amid adversity in this harsh environment for thousands of years. You'll also visit Churchill's Eskimo Museum, with artifacts collected from centuries of local habitation.
Day 4: Polar Bear ViewingYour unique Polar Rovers are the mobile means for a full day on the tundra among the polar bears. Although these custom-designed vehicles accommodate up to 35 passengers, they take a maximum of 15, ensuring everyone a window seat. Your Expedition Leaders know the best places to see bears, which are waiting for the ice to solidify on Hudson Bay in order to begin the winter seal-hunting season. As you watch the bears interact, delight in their antics and rugged beauty. After dinner back in town, enjoy a presentation on wildlife or cultural aspects of life in the North.
Day 5: Polar Bears / Aurora DomesOnce again, board your exclusive Polar Rovers for a full-day excursion to explore the subarctic scenery and watch wildlife. Enjoy a leisurely as you cross the tundra, pausing whenever you see bears to observe their behavior and capture photos. Tonight, if skies are clear, visit a heated aurora dome in hopes of witnessing the northern lights. The phenomenon often begins slowly as a faint white glow, then intensifies in scope and color as the lights undulate across the sky, shimmering curtains of electric green, waves of blue or even red. The Hudson Bay Inuit see the lights as the magical display of their ancestors’ souls dancing in the sky. Though it's now known the aurora borealis is caused by the interaction of the solar wind with the earth’s magnetic field, they are no less entrancing.
Day 6: Churchill / WinnipegAfter time to pick up some last-minute Native crafts and souvenirs in town, enjoy a farewell lunch in Churchill. You then fly back to Winnipeg, where you have a final reception before your adventure concludes.
Day 7: Winnipeg / HomeAfter breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.
Departure dates and itinerary subject to change. Please contact ExpeditionTrips to confirm departure schedule before purchasing air tickets. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
2015 Prime Rate: 10/19/2015 - 10/23/2015; 11/10/2015
2015 Peak Rate: 10/25/201 - 11/9/2015
R/T flight from Winnipeg to Churchill; accommodations; all meals (except either lunch or dinner on your final day in Churchill); services of professional Expedition Leaders and assistants; some gratuities; helicopter flight; dog sledding excursion; evening wildlife and cultural presentations; permits & park fees; all taxes and service charges; complimentary boots and parkas for use during trip.
Travel to Winnipeg; some gratuities; alcoholic beverages; lunch or dinner on your final day in Churchill; personal items; airport taxes; travel insurance.
Extra Day in Winnipeg Extension (pre-trip):
Includes: Airport transfers; hotel accommodations; breakfast and lunch; guided tour of Winnipeg; guided tour of the Manitoba Museum; entrance fees. (Contact ExpeditionTrips for rates)