Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 6-7 days in length (7-day departure is a photography special on 7th November 2020)
- Maximum group size of 29 people at the tundra hotel, 16 max in polar rovers
- Only 8 departures per season, early booking is strongly recommended
- 3-4 nights stay in a mobile hotel out on the tundra amongst the bears, depending on length of the trip you select
- Convenient charter flights Winnipeg/ Churchill return + accommodation on full board
- Loan of cold-weather gear and boots during your trip
Day 1: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Arrive in Winnipeg, once a fur-trading post and boomtown for the Canadian Pacific Railway, today Manitoba's cultural and commercial capital at the eastern edge of Canada's vast prairies. Transfer to the historic Fort Garry Hotel, grande dame of Winnipeg hospitality and one of the city's most prestigious landmarks. Meet your Expedition Leader at an orientation and welcome dinner this evening.
Day 2: Winnipeg / Churchill / Tundra Lodge
Fly to Churchill and transfer to the Tundra Lodge by Polar Rover, watching for Arctic wildlife against the vast tundra backdrop along the way. A presentation on polar bears by the Expedition Leader provides an enlightening introduction to your northern adventure. Dinner this evening is prepared by a professional chef, who resides at the lodge throughout the season. Don't be surprised, though, if the meal is interrupted by a mad dash to the windows to watch a polar bear lumbering across the snow around the lodge.
Days 3 & 4: Tundra Lodge, Polar Bear Viewing
(Plus day 5 on the 7-day version of the trip)
The Tundra Lodge is strategically positioned at the beginning of each season in a spot that attracts the greatest number of polar bears in the Churchill area. Inquisitive bears often approach the lodge, which features rows of windows and fenced observation decks to accommodate your own curiosity. You'll find Ursus maritimus even more majestic up close than you could have imagined. Yet these giant bears, the largest land carnivores in the world, are charming and whimsical, too, and it is a rare treasure to see them in their wild habitat. As you watch them interact, you'll be delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. You may see mothers protecting and teaching their cubs, young males play-fighting, or massive adults patrolling the shore as they wait for the bay to freeze.
The unique location of the Tundra Lodge, combined with excursions in the special all-terrain tundra vehicles called Polar Rovers, affords lodge guests the best possible wildlife encounters in the region. The small spit of land where the lodge is located often attracts the greatest number of bears in the entire area. The guide and group may opt to take a full-day excursion together, or split time between a half-day trip and viewing bears from the lodge. 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 the cozy accommodation for dinner and presentations. In the light cast by the lodge across the frozen tundra, look for the illuminated eyes of animals. And if you are fortunate to have a clear night, the Northland's spectacular natural light show may appear as darkness descends, Churchill has some of the world's most concentrated aurora borealis activity.
Day 5: Churchill / Winnipeg
This morning, board the Polar Rover, leaving the ice-bound coastline of Hudson Bay in the distance as you make your way back to Churchill. Depending on flight schedules, there may be time for some last-minute exploration of this subarctic frontier community, originally a Hudson Bay Company fur-trading post, with a chance to pick up local handicrafts and souvenirs or take part in an optional dog sled excursion or helicopter tour over the tundra. Enjoy a farewell lunch in Churchill before flying back to Winnipeg where you have a final reception before your adventure concludes.
Day 6: Winnipeg / Depart
After breakfast, a transfer to the airport is provided for homeward flights.
On the 7-day trip, there is an extra night at the Tundra allowing for more photography time
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information. Please note there is an additional charge for domestic charter flights.
The 2nd, 5th & 8th October 2020 departures are all Tundra Lodge & Autumn Air itineraries, including helicopter flights - please contact us for more details
The 7th-Nov-2020 departure is a special photographer's expedition.
Charter flights between Winnipeg and Churchill are an additional cost of USD $795/$895 (2019/2020) per person.
Departure dates are confirmed approx. 10 months in advance. This means that they could move by a few days in either direction. To secure your place(s) we strongly recommend that you book ahead now, but that no concrete pre- and post- arrangements involving flights, hotels or other adjacent plans are booked until we confirm the exact dates.
- The physical requirements for this trip are very easy and there is little walking required, although travellers must be able to walk up/ down short flights of stairs to get on and off the Polar Rover.
- Travellers must be prepared for below-freezing temperatures and slippery surfaces.
- Hotel accommodation as per itinerary
- All meals as per itinerary
- Airport transfers on day 1 and final day
- Most gratuities
- Loan of cold-weather gear and boots
- Guided by Expedition Leaders & assistants
- All activities & entrance fees
- Evening presentations
- All taxes & service charges
- Air travel to and from Winnipeg
- Any trip pre or post extensions
- Alcoholic beverages
- Items of a personal nature (laundry, beverages, etc.)
- Some gratuities
- Travel insurance
- Optional activities
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses