This Polar Bear adventure offers just the right amount of time with bears Âï¿½ two daylong outings and one evening journey! During the daytime, young males play fight, mother bears explore with their cubs at their sides, and solitary adults lumber across the tundra. And, at night, the tundra provides an eerie and remote escapade, and a possible chance to witness the remarkable aurora borealis Âï¿½ the northern lights.
Our friend, Gretchen Berg, has been on this adventure. Click to view her travel journal and photos!
Day 1: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Arrive in Winnipeg and enjoy an orientation dinner.
Day 2: Winnipeg / Churchill
Fly to Churchill this morning. This hospitable outpost town, originally a fur-trading post, is your base for adventure. On this 7-day trip, you can enjoy an evening presentation on polar bears and the northern environs by your professional staff of naturalists and scientists.
Days 3-4: Polar Bear Viewing
Unique tundra vehicles are your mobile means for spending time among the polar bears. Although they accommodate an average of 35 passengers, there will be just 15, ensuring everyone a window seat. Your Expedition Leaders know the best places to view bears, which are waiting for the ice to solidify on Hudson Bay so they may begin the winter seal-hunting season. You spend hours watching them interact, delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. From the warmth of your vehicle, you may see mothers with cubs and young adult males play-fighting. Your knowledgeable Expedition Leader offers interpretation along the way, explaining the bearsÂ’ behavior and how they thrive in such a harsh environment. In the evenings, meet for dinner, followed by presentations on wildlife or local cultures.
Day 5: Evening on the Tundra
Tour historic Churchill and then head out to the tundra for evening bear viewing and dinner aboard the vehicle. During your daytime exploration, you may visit local sled dogs en route to Cape Merry, where Arctic fox and Arctic hare are often seen. If the skies are clear, your nighttime tundra excursion might provide one of natureÂ’s most exhilarating experiences Â– a chance to view the Northern Lights away from the glare of town. Though they are never predictable, sometimes amidst the darkness of the sub-arctic tundra, the lights begin as a white glow in the northern sky, then begin to flicker and dance in shimmering curtains of color.
Day 6: Churchill / Winnipeg
Your return flights are scheduled to depart in the mid-to-late afternoon, to offer as much time as possible to explore Churchill. Pick up last-minute native handcrafts and souvenirs or, if time permits, take an optional helicopter journey over the tundra or an authentic dog-sledding excursion.
Day 7: Return Home
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.