Polar Bears of Churchill, Canada

Arctic Odyssey

  • Date

    October 22-25, 2019 | Tue / Fri – 4 Days

  • Location

    Winnipeg | Churchill

Overview

Take an incredible journey to witness the polar bears of Churchill, Manitoba firsthand. Churchill has one of the greatest concentrations of polar bears in the world and is one of the few human settlements where polar bears can be observed in the wild. By October, the polar bears are hungry. They emerge from summer’s “walking hibernation” and gather on the shores of Hudson Bay in Manitoba’s far north where the ice is first to form. That means hunting season. The bears wait. While they wait near the remote town of Churchill (so remote it can’t be reached by road), there’s not much for them to do but roam the tundra, spar with each other, and occasionally cause mischief that lands them in Churchill’s polar bear jail. The idle weeks create perfect conditions for adventure-seekers to view the bears — sometimes a bear walks right up to a tundra buggy and stares with coal-black eyes at the awed riders.

Spend two days exploring the tundra and seeking out bears via a specially designed buggy. A knowledgeable guide will lead you along the trails in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area to observe and learn about these enthralling beasts in their natural habitat. You may even see other wildlife such as arctic fox, arctic hare, ptarmigan and snowy owls.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Up-close encounters with polar bears in their natural environment
  • 2 full days of tundra tours during peak bear viewing season
  • Opportunity to see the aurora borealis
  • Winnipeg sightseeing tour

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Internal flights per itinerary
  • Escorted
  • 3 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation

NOTE:

This itinerary includes activities where walking, possibly on snow and ice, may be required.

A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.

Itinerary

Tue, Oct 22: Fly to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Discover Winnipeg’s rich historic past on a city tour with a local guide. Spend some free time at The Forks, Winnipeg’s oldest meeting place with more than 6,000 years of history, and numerous unique shopping and dining establishments. Check in to the Four Points by Sheraton Airport hotel for one night.

Wed, Oct 23: Fly to Churchill, the unofficial “polar bear capital of the world.” Board a tundra buggy for your first day of polar bear viewing. The vehicle is equipped with propane heaters, washroom facilities, and a viewing platform. Lunch and snacks are served throughout the day. Check in to a basic hotel in town, within easy walking distance of shops and restaurants. Be sure to keep an eye to the sky for a chance to view the aurora borealis. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Thu, Oct 24: Another full day with the polar bears on a second excursion in the tundra buggy. Evening flight to Winnipeg with a light meal served on board. Overnight at the Four Points by Sheraton Airport hotel. (B,L,S)

Fri, Oct 25: Fly home. (B)

Hotel

Four Points by Sheraton Airport, Winnipeg.

A full-service hotel adjacent to the airport and featuring soundproof rooms. Highlights: in-room coffee and tea maker, microwave and refrigerator • complimentary in-room Internet access • restaurant • sports bar with billiards • fitness facility.

Churchill Accommodations.

Specific hotel will be available approximately 120 days prior to departure. The small, locally-owned hotels in Churchill are very basic but they are clean, comfortable and centrally located to all of Churchill’s amenities. All hotels have Internet access.

PRICING

  • Package with Air
  • Double P/P – $3,899
  • Single – WAITLIST ONLY
  • Land Only
  • Double P/P – $3,329
  • Single – WAITLIST ONLY

Documents Required: Valid Passport

CANADA TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS Any person may be denied entry to Canada for reasons including, but not limited to, security risks, health issues, financial condition, and involvement in criminal activity (regardless of degree or length of time since such crimes occurred) such as DUI, DWI, reckless driving, negligent driving, misdemeanor drug possession, all felonies, domestic violence, shoplifting, theft, and other crimes. It is recommended that a person who has ever been charged with, or convicted of, a crime obtain the necessary approval documents before attempting to enter Canada. To learn more about applying for and receiving these approvals and corresponding documentation, we strongly recommend that you visit the following website for details regarding the requirements and process: www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/inadmissibility/index.asp. This is only a guide. A Canadian immigration officer will decide if you can enter Canada when you arrive at a port of entry.

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