Day 1: Winnipeg, ManitobaArrive in Winnipeg. Meet your expert photographer-guide and fellow travelers at an orientation dinner this evening. Overnight at the historic Fort Garry Hotel, a prestigious Winnipeg landmark that dates to the opening of the Canadian West.
Day 2: Winnipeg / ChurchillFly to Churchill this morning. This hospitable outpost town, originally a fur-trading post, is your base for adventure. This evening, enjoy a lecture on Arctic photography and the northern environs by your Expedition Leader, who is both an expert photographer and naturalist.
Days 3 - 5: Polar Bear PhotographyUnique tundra vehicles allow you to get within prime photographic range of the polar bears. Although they accommodate up to 35 passengers, there will be just 15, ensuring everyone a window seat, space for camera gear, and plenty of room to shoot. For three full days, you will spend daylight hours on the tundra, photographing bears as they roam the shores of the Hudson Bay waiting for the ice to freeze. From the warmth of your vehicle, you may see mothers with cubs and young adult males play-fighting. A large adult male may turn his attention toward you, sometimes approaching within feet or even lifting his massive paws on the side of your vehicle to peer inside.
Out on the white expanse of the tundra, you may also spot other northern wildlife, including Arctic fox, snowy owl, ptarmigan and gyrfalcon. Meanwhile, in addition to sharing photography advice, your Expedition Leader provides a captivating interpretation of the animal behavior and natural phenomena you are observing. Each evening, as dusk descends to envelop the wild northern landscape, meet for dinner, followed by presentations on wildlife or local native cultures. If the night skies are clear and you're fortunate enough to see the dancing colors of the Aurora Borealis, you'll head for a place away from the lights of town to capture this magical event on camera.
Day 6: Churchill / WinnipegYour return flights are scheduled to depart in the mid-to-late afternoon to offer as much time as possible to explore Churchill today. Those who wish may opt to visit nearby Cape Merry, a promising spot for photographing fox, hare, and Arctic bird life. Or, stay in town for some last-minute shopping to pick up native handcrafts and souvenirs. Other optional adventures available this morning include a dog-sled excursion and helicopter flight over the tundra. Enjoy a farewell lunch in Churchill or dinner together in Winnipeg, depending on your flight schedule.
Day 7: Winnipeg / Return 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 Date: 11/10/2015 - 11/14/2015
2015 Peak Date: 11/3/2015 - 11/7/2015
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; all activities/entrance fees; evening wildlife and cultural presentations; all taxes and service charges; complimentary boots and parkas for use during trip.
Travel to and from Winnipeg; lunch or dinner on your final day in Churchill; alcoholic beverages; some gratuities, travel insurance; items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, etc.).
Please contact ExpeditionTrips for rates and details on extending your trip.
Extra Day in Winnipeg (pre-trip):
Includes: Airport transfers; hotel accommodations; breakfast and lunch; guided tour of Winnipeg; guided tour of the Manitoba Museum; entrance fees.
Northern Helicopter Option:
View the Northís wildlife, scenery, and pre-Dorset tent rings and archaeological sites from a unique aerial perspective.
Dog Sledding Option:
Experience the thrill of gliding through the boreal wilderness behind a team of sled dogs!