Polar Bear Safari

About the Experience

Experience the northern frontier town of Churchill and the wonderful wildlife surrounding it on our Polar Bear Safari! This adventure offers the excitement of polar bear viewing from a Tundra Buggy® and the opportunity to take in the eclectic charm of this remote northern town.

Canada’s North is home to many species of arctic wildlife that rely on a pristine environment. We travel responsibly to protect these fragile natural habitats, to benefit local communities and to preserve and celebrate the customs and traditions of the places we visit. This tour combines education with adventure and offers the chance to interact with leading scientists who are experts in their field. Partial proceeds from these tours go towards Polar Bears International.

Our Wild Women Polar Bear Safari includes Tundra Buggy safaris in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area (CWMA), where polar bears await the freezing of the Hudson Bay. You will have plenty of opportunities to explore the CWMA for these majestic mammals and other subarctic wildlife in their natural environment!

We’ll indulge in and explore Churchill’s history and culture at the Itsanitaq Museum, home to a large collection of Inuit artifacts, including traditional carvings and kayaks. We’ll take in the Parks Canada Visitor Centre for its in-depth displays revealing Churchill’s history, dating back to the fur trade era and beyond. You can even race through the boreal forest with a local dog musher and a team of enthusiastic sled dogs!

We’ll stay at an exclusive lodge out on the tundra near the edge of Hudson Bay, with incredible access to view polar bears that gather to wait for the ice to form. For  You’ll be safe inside the warmth of the train-like lodge on wheels, which offers connected lounge car, dining car and comfortable sleeping compartments.

Sitting on the edge of the Hudson Bay, built on deep Indigenous roots and home to Canada’s most iconic wildlife, the town of Churchill is a must-visit destination for those who seek an authentic Canadian adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

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Polar Bear Safari

About the Experience

Experience the northern frontier town of Churchill and the wonderful wildlife surrounding it on our Polar Bear Safari! This adventure offers the excitement of polar bear viewing from a Tundra Buggy® and the opportunity to take in the eclectic charm of this remote northern town.

Canada’s North is home to many species of arctic wildlife that rely on a pristine environment. We travel responsibly to protect these fragile natural habitats, to benefit local communities and to preserve and celebrate the customs and traditions of the places we visit. This tour combines education with adventure and offers the chance to interact with leading scientists who are experts in their field. Partial proceeds from these tours go towards Polar Bears International.

Our Wild Women Polar Bear Safari includes Tundra Buggy safaris in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area (CWMA), where polar bears await the freezing of the Hudson Bay. You will have plenty of opportunities to explore the CWMA for these majestic mammals and other subarctic wildlife in their natural environment!

We’ll indulge in and explore Churchill’s history and culture at the Itsanitaq Museum, home to a large collection of Inuit artifacts, including traditional carvings and kayaks. We’ll take in the Parks Canada Visitor Centre for its in-depth displays revealing Churchill’s history, dating back to the fur trade era and beyond. You can even race through the boreal forest with a local dog musher and a team of enthusiastic sled dogs!

We’ll stay at an exclusive lodge out on the tundra near the edge of Hudson Bay, with incredible access to view polar bears that gather to wait for the ice to form. For  You’ll be safe inside the warmth of the train-like lodge on wheels, which offers connected lounge car, dining car and comfortable sleeping compartments.

Sitting on the edge of the Hudson Bay, built on deep Indigenous roots and home to Canada’s most iconic wildlife, the town of Churchill is a must-visit destination for those who seek an authentic Canadian adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

DAY ONE: WELCOME TO WINNIPEG

Arrive in Winnipeg and make your way to the Inn located in downtown Winnipeg (make your own arrangements). This evening we’ll enjoy a guided tour of the aboriginal collection housed at the Manitoba Museum, where the group will hear stories of Indigenous women who were at the heart of the fur trade, which shaped much of Northwestern Canada’s colonial history. These women held important roles acting as guides, translators, provisioners and consumers.

You’ll gain an appreciation of the people involved in the fur trade and the impact that it had on both Indigenous and European traders. Following, we’ll have a 3-course meal served in the Museum Galleries, featuring an Indigenous menu to compliment the tour! Overnight in Winnipeg.

  • Accommodation: Inn

 

DAY TWO: CHURCHILL ADVENTURE 

Today we head to the polar bear capital of the world, Churchill! After an early morning breakfast as a group with our guide, we’ll jump on a morning flight to Churchill. Upon arrival, we head out and explore the area. We’ll take an exploratory drive past various points of interest and stop briefly at Manitoba’s Conservation holding PBI House so that we can take some photos. A break for lunch for a home-cooked meal at a local family-run restaurant will keep us fuelled.

After lunch, we’ll transfer to the boreal forest to enjoy an exciting dog sled excursion and interpretive program hosted by a local resident and dog sledding expert. Meet a team of friendly dogs and hear stories as you enjoy a mile-long ride on a custom-built sled through the northern boreal forest!

Afterwards, the group will enjoy an Artist Workshop led by Sandra Cook, a local artist and longtime resident of Churchill who is inspired by the beauty of the natural world in which she lives. Her passion for her surroundings shines through in her artwork. She uses a variety of media and ‘canvases’ to bring the wildlife, landscape, and northern skies come to life. You will have the chance to create your own masterpiece under Sandra’s instruction that will document your time in Churchill.

Ready for the Tundra? We’ll transfer to the Tundra Buggy Dock to board an official Tundra Buggy before making our way to the Tundra Buggy Lodge. Meet the lodge staff for a safety briefing followed by a delicious meal prepared by the lodge chef.

  • Accommodation: Tundra Buggy Lodge

 

DAY THREE and FOUR: TUNDRA BUGGY ADVENTURE

We’ll start the day with breakfast, and then the group is picked up from the hotel headed for a full-day Tundra Buggy adventure! After a safety speech from the Tundra Buggy Driver, we hit the trails and travel into the Churchill Wildlife Management Area.

Our Tundra Buggy driver will navigate the trails in search of polar bears and other subarctic wildlife along with our guide! Our guide will share interesting facts about the area’s geology and history. We’ll enjoy a delicious picnic right on the tundra buggy as we watch polar bears in the wild.

Back in town for a warm dinner with our group, where we can swap stories about our incredible day of adventure!

At night, look to the skies in search of the northern lights.

  • Accommodation: Tundra Buggy Lodge

 

DAY FIVE: EXPLORING CHURCHILL 

Enjoy breakfast and bid farewell to the Tundra Buggy Lodge! This morning we’ll visit the Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC), an independent non-profit field station focused on subarctic research and education located on the former site of the Churchill Rocket Research Range.

The Rocket Greens Project uses a heavily insulated 40″ inch shipping container to grow hydroponic produce year-round, even at the extreme temperatures encountered in Churchill. The CNSC Growser currently provides 250-400 pieces of fresh produce per week to Churchill’s community.

After lunch, we’ll head over to the Itsanitaq Museum, home to an enormous collection of Inuit artifacts honouring Churchill’s Indigenous culture and history.

This evening the group will be transferred directly to the airport for an evening flight back to Winnipeg. Check-in for the night at the airport.

  • Accommodation: Hotel in Airport

 

DAY SIX: ONWARDS

Wake up happy as you reflect on this amazing experience! This morning the group will gather one last time for a sunrise breakfast overlooking the Journey to Churchill exhibit within the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Afterwards, guests will be treated to a Female-led All My Relations Cultural Tour in combination with the exhibit.

After the tour, we move onwards, and the group will be transferred to the Winnipeg Airport, where the tour will end. Check out and head home any time after noon – departures from Winnipeg.

 

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