Join an adventure that promises total immersion in a spectacular tundra environment! Stay at the newly-constructed Great White Bear Tundra Lodge, situated outside of Churchill on the tundra itself. As evening falls, only a select few travelers remain in the domain of the polar bear to watch the solitude and serenity of sunset intensify across the barren landscape. Your lodge is a Âï¿½trainÂï¿½ of connected single rooms and dining and lounge areas, accommodating 35-plus travelers (group size limited to 22-30). And, because itÂï¿½s on wheels, it is sure to be situated in the best bear-viewing area each season.
Day 1: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Arrive in Winnipeg and transfer to the historic Fort Garry Hotel. Meet for an orientation dinner with your Expedition Leader this evening.
Day 2: Winnipeg to Churchill / Tundra Lodge
Fly to Churchill and transfer to the Tundra Lodge by tundra vehicle, watching for Arctic wildlife against the vast white landscape along the way. A presentation on polar bears by one of your Expedition Leaders provides an enlightening introduction to your Far North adventure. Dinner is served at the Tundra Lodge, where you may see polar bears wandering outside your windows.
Days 3-5: Tundra Lodge
The Tundra Lodge is strategically positioned at the beginning of each season in the best area for bear viewing. Inquisitive bears often approach the lodge, which features rows of windows and fenced observation decks to accommodate your own curiosity. You can spend hours watching them interact, delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. You may see mothers with cubs, and young adult males play-fighting. Your unique location, combined with half-day excursions in special all-terrain tundra vehicles, affords the best possible wildlife experience in the Churchill area. In addition to polar bears, you may see caribou, Arctic fox, Arctic hare, ptarmigan, and snowy owls. At the end of each exhilarating day, retire to your cozy accommodations for dinner and presentations. In the light cast by your lodge across the frozen tundra, look for the illuminated eyes of animals. And if you are fortunate to have a clear night, the northÂ’s spectacular natural light show may appear as darkness descends. Churchill has some of the worldÂ’s most concentrated aurora borealis activity.
Day 6: Churchill / Winnipeg
This morning, you depart the tundra and head back into Churchill for your flight to Winnipeg. Depending on flight schedules, you may have time for some last-minute exploration of this frontier town, originally a Northwest Company fur trading post, with a chance to pick up native handcrafts at the Arctic Trading Company. There is also an opportunity for optional dog-sled excursions and helicopter flights over the tundra. Enjoy a farewell lunch in Churchill or dinner together in Winnipeg.
Day 7: Winnipeg / Home
After breakfast, you transfer to the airport for flights home.