Day 1: Winnipeg, ManitobaArrive in Winnipeg and transfer to the historic Fort Garry Hotel. Built in 1913 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, this prestigious landmark has long been a symbol of genteel elegance in the heart of Manitoba's capital, which was once a fur-trading post and railway boomtown. This evening, meet for an orientation dinner with your Expedition Leader
Day 2: Winnipeg to Churchill / Tundra LodgeFly to Churchill and transfer to the Tundra Lodge by polar rover, watching for Arctic wildlife against the vast white landscape along the way. A presentation on polar bears by one of your Expedition Leaders provides an enlightening introduction to your Far North adventure. Dinner is served at the Tundra Lodge, where you may see polar bears wandering outside your windows.
Days 3 - 4: Tundra LodgeThe Tundra Lodge is strategically positioned at the beginning of each season in the best area for bear viewing. Inquisitive bears often approach the lodge, which features rows of windows and fenced observation decks to accommodate your own curiosity. You can spend hours watching them interact, delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. You may see mothers with cubs, and young adult males play-fighting. Your unique location, combined with half-day excursions in special all-terrain tundra vehicles, affords the best possible wildlife experience in the Churchill area.
In addition to polar bears, you may see caribou, Arctic fox, Arctic hare, ptarmigan, and snowy owls. At the end of each exhilarating day, retire to your cozy accommodations for dinner and presentations. In the light cast by your lodge across the frozen tundra, look for the illuminated eyes of animals. And if you are fortunate to have a clear night, the North's spectacular natural light show may appear as darkness descends. Churchill has some of the world's most concentrated aurora borealis activity.
Day 5: Polar Bear Viewing / Town of ChurchillToday, depart the Tundra Lodge, scouting for more polar bears and other Arctic wildlife as you drive back to Churchill. Later, you'll return to Churchill and check into a hotel in this former Hudson Bay Company trading post. Enjoy dinner at a restaurant in town, followed by an evening presentation.
Day 6: Churchill / Dog SleddingEnjoy a comprehensive tour of Churchill, which will also include cultural activities that highlight the history and Native heritage of the area. There will be an opportunity to wander the few blocks that comprise ‘downtown,’ with a chance to pick up some souvenirs and Native handicrafts from the local shops. Learn about a distinctly northern pastime: dog sledding—meet a local musher and hear all about this traditional means of Arctic transportation, interacting with the lively dog team as you learn about their care and training. Then take turns enjoying an exhilarating ride as the dogs whisk you down a trail through the boreal forest. This evening, have dinner in town followed by a cultural presentation.
Day 7: Churchill / WinnipegDepending on flight schedules, you may have time for some last-minute exploration of this subarctic frontier community, and a possible optional helicopter tour over the tundra—a great chance to spy polar bears from the air. Enjoy a farewell lunch together in Churchill before your return flight to Winnipeg, followed by a reception and final night at the Fort Garry Hotel.
Day 8: 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.
The Tundra Lodge:
This facility is a remarkable rolling hotel that is positioned at the beginning of the season in an area known for having lots of bears around. It has 32 rooms, each being a single compartment similar to a room on a train. There are 3 general toilets and 2 showers. The lounge and dining areas have sliding windows, perfect for bear viewing and photography. The Tundra Lodge provides an extremely comfortable and private northern expedition experience.
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; dog sledding excursion; 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:
This exclusive helicopter flight over the tundra is an exciting way to view the North’s fascinating wildlife. Track migrating caribou, arctic fox and the mighty polar bear from a unique aerial perspective.