Canadian Polar Bear Experience
6 days from Winnipeg to Winnipeg
From $ 7199
Duration6 days

Imagine watching polar bears in the wild alongside a naturalist expert from Polar Bears International, one of the world's leading organizations dedicated to protecting these amazing animals. The opportunity is yours on this six-day adventure in the vast wilderness of the Canadian Arctic. Sit down to a picnic on the tundra and opt to go dogsledding through the region's breathtaking landscapes on a one-of-a-kind wildlife adventure.

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  • Duration: 6 days
    Service level: Upgraded
  • Starts in: Winnipeg
    Physical Grading: Light
  • Ends in: Winnipeg
    Ages: 12+
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Day 1: Winnipeg

Start place: Winnipeg

Arrive at any time. Meet your CEO for a welcome dinner and group meeting. Our joining hotel is located at the Winnipeg airport as we have an early start the next day.

End place: Winnipeg

Meals: D
Day 2: Winnipeg/Churchill

Start place: Winnipeg

Churchill is a small, northern community with a lot of character; big-chain hotels or gourmet restaurants won’t be found here. Visitors will, however, find warm down-home hospitality and clean, comfortable hotels with all the amenities. Staying in town allows you to walk to and from different venues, spend some time on your own, and, perhaps, meet some of the locals.

Churchill is located along the treeline of the northern edge of the boreal forest, and attracts arctic and boreal species of wildlife, birds, and plants. Commonly seen species include arctic and red foxes, arctic hare, caribou, gyrfalcons, snowy owls, ptarmigan, and, in the summer (June-Aug), beluga whales.
Catch an early morning flight to Churchill. Upon arrival, enjoy a town and area historical tour including Cape Merry, the Port of Churchill, and Manitoba Conservation’s Polar Bear Holding Facility. After, visit the renowned Itsanitaq Inuit Museum which features one of the best collections of Inuit art and artifacts. Later in the evening, set out on a drive through the remote landscape to view the Northern lights (weather dependent). It's unwise to wander the streets of Churchill at night as bears occasionally enter the town. Local vehicles and houses are usually left unlocked, so if you do meet an animal, then take cover immediately in a calm and orderly fashion. Polar bears are predators and should never be approached on foot. Don't be tempted to feed the bears, it is punishable by an instant fine and it's also extremely dangerous.

End place: Churchill

Meals: B
Day 3: Churchill

Start place: Churchill

Polar bears begin to swim ashore in mid-July. In October they begin to gather in numbers along the coast, waiting for pack ice to form over the Hudson Bay, at which point the bears disappear in search of seals. Churchill’s ‘bear season’ begins in early October and lasts until early November.

Known as the “Lords of the Arctic,” these spectacular animals are massive with the average male polar bear growing to more than 600kg (1,320 lbs) and standing 3.05m (10 ft). While large, they are surprisingly quick and have great agility. The bears have a highly acute sense of smell and are skilled hunters - able to pick up a scent from more than 30km (19 mi) away. They can even detect the presence of seals under 3 ft (.9m) of snow and ice. Polar bears have no natural enemies and no fear of other animals (including humans).
Set out on a full day excursion to enjoy polar bear viewing by Tundra Buggy with a local/expert guide. Take in the majestic arctic landscape, and search for polar bears, arctic fox, and ptarmigan. Enjoy a full picnic lunch on the tundra. This evening, join representatives from Polar Bears International (PBI) for a private cocktail reception. PBI is the world’s leading polar bear conservation group – dedicated to saving polar bears by saving their habitat. Their focus is on research, education, and stewardship.

End place: Churchill

Meals: B, L
Day 4: Churchill

Start place: Churchill

Enjoy a free morning to visit some of the local shops or opt to take a dog sledding excursion or helicopter flight. After lunch, visit the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre for an educational presentation about the National Park Service and its history in the Churchill area. This evening, enjoy an informal talk with a local from Churchill who will talk about what life is like living in a far north, remote Canadian town. The helicopter and dog sledding optionals are weather/condition dependent and may be switched to other days for availability.

End place: Churchill

Meals: B, L
Day 5: Churchill/Winnipeg

Start place: Churchill

Enjoy a second excursion in the tundra in search of polar bears and northern wildlife. We are joined by a species expert from Polar Bears International who will share their expertise on polar bears and their habitat. In the evening, fly back to Winnipeg for our final night. Dinner is included on the flight back to Winnipeg.

End place: Winnipeg

Meals: B, L, D
Day 6: Winnipeg

Start place: Winnipeg

Depart at any time.

End place: Winnipeg

Meals: B



  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Polar Bear Conservation Event, Churchill Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Parks Canada Experience, Churchill Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Far-North Local Life Talk, Churchill Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Polar Bear Drive, Churchill
  • Churchill historical tour
  • Itsanitaq Inuit Museum visit
  • Northern lights viewing (weather dependent)
  • Tundra Buggy polar bear excursions (2 days)
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

    Plane, Private vehicle, Tundra Buggy, Walking
  • Accommodation

    Hotels (5 nts)

Dates & availability: Canadian Polar Bear Experience

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Departing Sun, 10/20/2019 Finishing Fri, 10/25/2019 Catalog Price $ 7199 Sale Price $ 7199 25 Book
Departing Wed, 10/23/2019 Finishing Mon, 10/28/2019 Catalog Price $ 7199 Sale Price $ 7199 24 Book
Departing Mon, 11/11/2019 Finishing Sat, 11/16/2019 Catalog Price $ 7199 Sale Price $ 7199 25 Book

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