CHURCHILL POLAR BEAR EXPERIENCE
6 days departing WINNIPEG from
Tour Code: CPB
Venture north to Canada's arctic tundra for this once in a lifetime experience viewing wild Polar Bear in their natural habitat. Set in the boreal forest along the Hudson Bay, a prime location for wildlife viewing. You'll spend two full days with expert guides searching for Arctic Fox, Arctic Hare, Snowy Owl, and the coveted Polar Bear. From your comfortable base in Churchill, visit historic Cape Merry and the outside of the famous `Polar Bear Jail', and enjoy an evening dog mushing tour with the possibility of seeing the northern lights overhead.
Book selected departures in October 2017 and receive a free helicopter flight in search of polar bears worth $500. See trip dossier or dates & prices tab for full details.
- Three nights at Lazy Bear Lodge in Churchill
- Two nights in Winnipeg (one pre and one post-adventure)
- Two Arctic Crawler excursions (lunch, snacks and beverages included)
- A three hour cultural and heritage tour of the Churchill area, including historic Cape Merry and the Polar Bear Jail
- Evening dog mushing experience
- A hearty breakfast served each morning of your stay
- Naturalist tour guide services
- Shuttle service between the airport and the lodge upon arrival and departure
- Transfers and baggage handling included
- Round-trip service to/from Winnipeg/Churchill by aircraft (typically Calm-air airlines)
All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.
|Accommodation:||3 nights arctic lodge + 2 hotel nights.|
|Transport:||Private tundra vehicle and internal flights|
|Meals:||5 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 1 dinner|
|Guided:||Services of a professional tour leader|
|Group size:||Maximum 25|
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Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.
Download the Churchill Polar Bear Experience trip dossier for tour-specific details including full itinerary, pre-departure information, packing tips and more about our style of travel.
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Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.
- Polar Bear helicopter viewing - Churchill from CAD$577 (min 3 persons)
Day 1: Winnipeg
Arrive in Winnipeg and check-in to the conveniently located hotel at your leisure. Please note you will not meet your tour guide until the afternoon of day two after your flight from Winnipeg to Churchill.
You will be provided with flight details and clear instructions closer to the time once flight details are available.
Accommodation: Hotel included
Day 2: Winnipeg to Churchill
The morning is free to explore the city of Winnipeg, and a travel representative will meet you in the afternoon (depending on flight time) to transfer you to the airport. Generally, it's an afternoon flight to your lodge in Churchill. Earlier flights may be available upon request but typically lodge rooms will not be available for check-in until the late afternoon. Upon arrival to the airport in Churchill, please keep an eye out for shuttle staff. Generally, staff will wear Lazy Bear Lodge clothing when picking up clients at the airport in Churchill. They also will raise their voice, mentioning that they are with Lazy Bear Lodge and drive a vehicle that has the Lazy Bear Lodge logo on it. This renowned family owned lodge has been handcrafted from local materials, with charming log buildings and decor to match the personal friendly service.
Please note: You will transfer to the airport this afternoon for the flight from Winnipeg to Churchill without assistance from your tour guide. You should arrive at the airport roughly 1.5 hours before your flight, with your flight time being advised during check in to the hotel in Winnipeg. The airport is small so there should be no problem finding everything. You will be met by your tour guide upon arrival to Churchill airport.
Accommodation: Lazy Bear Lodge included | Meals: Breakfast included
Day 3-4: Churchill
Spend a full day exploring the tundra and boreal forest of the Hudson Bay coastline in search of the majestic Polar Bear. Your driver/guide will lead expeditions to designated wildlife viewing areas where it is not uncommon to see Arctic Fox, and Arctic Hare, camouflaged ptarmigan and, if you're lucky, the elusive Snowy Owl. You'll spend the day on the large and comfortable tundra vehicle which has been custom built and spacious. It is equipped with a propane furnace, toilet facilities, and a rear viewing deck for safe photography outside the vehicle. Although the vehicle is able to accommodate up to 40 passengers, group sizes are limited to a maximum of 25 for comfort and convenience. You will depart the lodge at 08:00 hrs after a hearty breakfast.
On day four you'll enjoy a cultural and heritage tour, visit historic Cape Merry where the Churchill River spills into the bay with short hikes along the coastline with your group. It is not encouraged to head off walking alone due to bear danger. Then it's on to the `Polar Bear Jail'. One way the citizens of Churchill care for their polar bear friends is to put them in `jail'.
When someone spots a Polar Bear too close to town, they call a special phone number, and the bear is humanely trapped and placed in the `Polar Bear Jail' until it can be safely transported back to the wild. On the evening of day four, you'll enjoy an exhilarating dog mushing tour where you have the chance to view the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis overhead.
Please note: Lazy Bear Lodge does not have a liquor licence so you may wish to bring your own alcohol to be consumed in your room only. There are more rustic bars in Churchill where you can pop out for a drink.
Accommodation: Lazy Bear Lodge included | Meals: Breakfast (x2), Lunch (x1) and dinner (x1)
Day 5: Churchill to Winnipeg
After wolfing down a hearty breakfast, you'll enjoy another tundra tour aboard the Arctic Crawler where lunch and hot drinks are provided. This is your last chance to spot these magnificent creatures up close and personal, but also to enjoy the Arctic wilderness area of Churchill. In the afternoon, you'll check out of the Lazy Bear Lodge and transfer to the airport for your included flight back to Winnipeg. Upon arrival the rest of your day is at leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast and lunch provided
Day 6: Winnipeg
Take time to explore Winnipeg, home to the world's largest collection of Inuit art, before preparing for your return flight home.
This holiday is operated by our specialist Canadian partner
- A deposit per person is required to confirm your booking.
- Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
- We charge no credit card fees or hidden surcharges
- ABTA & ATOL licensed operator offering financial security for our tours
- Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7965 for a flight inclusive quote (UK)
We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.
Prices quoted are per person, based on two adults sharing a room, travelling together. There is a fixed compulsory single supplement for solo travellers at approx +12% of the tour cost. Please contact us for further details.
Book selected departures in October 2017 and receive a free helicopter flight in search of polar bears worth $500.
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