Winnipeg to Winnipeg

6 days from 6,499pp

Imagine watching polar bears in the wild alongside a naturalist expert from Polar Bears International, one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to protecting these amazing animals. The opportunity is yours on this six-day adventure in the vast wilderness of the Canadian Arctic. Sit down to a picnic on the tundra and opt to go dogsledding through the region’s breathtaking landscapes on a one-of-a-kind wildlife adventure.
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6 days Winnipeg to Winnipeg

From 6,499 per person

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Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 2 – Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 25

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Winnipeg

Arrive at any time. Meet your CEO for a welcome dinner and group meeting.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting:
1h

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

Four Points by Sheraton Winnipeg International Airport (or similar)

Meals included:

Dinner

Day 2: Winnipeg/Churchill

Catch an early morning flight to Churchill. Upon arrival, enjoy a town and area historical tour including Cape Merry, the Port of Churchill, and Manitoba Conservation’s Polar Bear Holding Facility. After, visit the renowned Itsanitaq Inuit Museum which features one of the best collections of Inuit art and artifacts. Later in the evening, set out on a drive through the remote landscape to view the Northern lights (weather dependent).

Churchill is a small, northern community with a lot of character; big-chain hotels or gourmet restaurants won’t be found here. Visitors will, however, find warm down-home hospitality and clean, comfortable hotels with all the amenities. Staying in town allows you to walk to and from different venues, spend some time on your own, and, perhaps, meet some of the locals.

Churchill is located along the treeline of the northern edge of the boreal forest, and attracts arctic and boreal species of wildlife, birds, and plants. Commonly seen species include arctic and red foxes, arctic hare, caribou, gyrfalcons, snowy owls, ptarmigan, and, in the summer (June-Aug), beluga whales.

Plane
Winnipeg J. A. Richardson International Airport – Churchill Airport2h

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually.

Itsanitaq Inuit Museum
Churchill1h

Take a tour of this small museum known for its beautiful Inuit carvings and artifacts. View both historic and modern carvings, and shop for high-quality Inuit art.

Town and Historical Tour
Churchill

Take a tour of Churchill to absorb its very interesting history (this town is not just about polar bears). Learn how it grew from a remote outpost to a bustling seaport with the construction of the Hudson Bay Railroad and Port of Churchill in the late 1920s, then became a military post in the 50s and 60s. Visit key sites and make a stop at the “polar bear prison” where wayward bears who wander into town are sent. If lucky, see a polar bear airlift – helicopters are used to relocate brazen bears to remote locations.

Private Vehicle
Churchill

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Aurora Inn (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3: Churchill

Set out on a full day excursion to enjoy polar bear viewing by Tundra Buggy with a local/expert guide. Take in the majestic arctic landscape while searching for polar bears, arctic fox, and ptarmigan. Enjoy a full picnic lunch on the tundra. This evening, join representatives from Polar Bears International (PBI) for a private cocktail reception. PBI is the world’s leading polar bear conservation group — dedicated to saving polar bears by saving their habitat. Their focus is on research, education, and stewardship.

Polar bears begin to swim ashore in mid-July. In October they begin to gather in numbers along the coast, waiting for pack ice to form over the Hudson Bay, at which point the bears disappear in search of seals. Churchill’s ‘bear season’ begins in early October and lasts until early November.

Known as the “Lords of the Arctic,” these spectacular animals are massive with the average male polar bear growing to more than 600kg (1,320 lbs) and standing 3.05m (10 ft). While large, they are surprisingly quick and have great agility. The bears have a highly acute sense of smell and are skilled hunters – able to pick up a scent from more than 30km (19 mi) away. They can even detect the presence of seals under 3 ft (.9m) of snow and ice. Polar bears have no natural enemies and no fear of other animals (including humans).

Tundra Buggy
Churchill

Pile into this sturdy, big-wheeled truck designed specifically for polar bear observation missions.

Polar Bear Excursion
Churchill

Head out by Tundra Buggy to enjoy polar bear viewing, as these great creatures gather in numbers along the coast of the Hudson Bay waiting for pack ice to form. Once it forms, the bears disappear in search of seals. Churchill’s ‘bear season’ begins in early October and lasts until early November. There is no way to describe the thrill of viewing these great bears in their natural habitat with an expert naturalist/guide.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Polar Bear Conservation Event

Meet with ambassadors from Polar Bears International (PBI) at a private cocktail reception to hear firsthand about their work as one of the world’s leading conservation groups dedicated to polar bears. With a shared goal of protecting these amazing creatures, National Geographic and PBI have been collaborating over the past 15 years on various projects, such as the polar bear webcam, as well as sharing media resources and scientific expertise to help educate the world.

Accommodation

Aurora Inn (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4: Churchill

Enjoy a free morning to visit some of the local shops or opt to take a dog sledding excursion or helicopter flight. After lunch, visit the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre for an educational presentation about the National Park Service and its history in the Churchill area. This evening, enjoy an informal talk with a local from Churchill who will talk about what life is like living in a far north, remote Canadian town.

Free Time
Churchill

Enjoy the morning at your leisure to visit local craft shops or opt for dog sledding or a helicopter ride.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Parks Canada Experience

Visit the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre and heritage railway station to meet with a Parks Canada representative for a discussion about the fur trade and unique (and colourful) human history in the Churchill area. The centre features a collection of Hudson’s Bay Company muskets and trade goods, including replicas from the 18th century. Parks Canada is actively involved in the conservation of Churchill’s historical sites including Prince of Wales Fort, Cape Merry and York Factory National Historic Sites, and Wapusk National Park.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Far-North Local Life Talk

Sit down with a resident of Churchill who will entertain us with a presentation and stories about what life is like in a secluded, Northern Canadian town – a place where it’s not unusual to walk out your front door and run into a polar bear. Set amid rugged wilderness, Churchill melds innovation and tradition in unique ways, like the fascinating town centre complex that features interior walkways linked with brightly coloured Inuit wall hangings and prints. Proud and optimistic, this remote but accessible community stays firmly connected to the world as well as to its heritage.

Optional Activities – Day 4

Churchill helicopter Tour
Churchill45m-1h

550CAD per person

Experience the extent of Churchill’s wild beauty with its rugged coastline, the mouth of the Churchill River, forest to the south, and the treeless tundra to the north. The chances of spotting wildlife such as caribou and polar bears are excellent.

Dog Sledding Adventure
Churchill

100-115CAD per person

Hosted by a local resident and dog sledding expert, you will learn about the history associated with dog sledding in Northern Canada. Enjoy an exhilarating ride behind a strong team of huskies on a custom-made sled (or cart, weather permitting). Join the musher’s for hot chocolate and freshly made bannock after your ride and share their personal stories of their dog sledding adventures.

Accommodation:

Aurora Inn (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 5: Churchill/Winnipeg

Enjoy a second excursion in the tundra in search of polar bears and northern wildlife. We are joined by a species expert from Polar Bears International who will share their expertise on polar bears and their habitat. In the evening, fly back to Winnipeg for our final night.

Tundra Buggy
Churchill

Pile into this sturdy, big-wheeled truck designed specifically for polar bear observation missions.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Polar Bear Drive

Enjoy a full-day Tundra Buggy excursion across the Arctic tundra, in search of polar bears as they gather in numbers along the coast of Hudson Bay waiting for pack ice to form. We’ll be joined on board by a scientist from Polar Bears International (PBI) who will teach us about these seriously endangered creatures, climate change, and the urgent need for their protection. An absolutely thrilling experience.

Plane
Churchill Airport – Winnipeg J. A. Richardson International Airport2h

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually.

Accommodation:

Four Points by Sheraton Winnipeg International Airport (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6: Winnipeg

Depart at any time.

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Polar Bear Conservation Event, Churchill
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Parks Canada Experience, Churchill
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Far-North Local Life Talk, Churchill
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Polar Bear Drive, Churchill
  • Churchill historical tour
  • Itsanitaq Inuit Museum visit
  • Northern lights viewing (weather dependent)
  • Tundra Buggy polar bear excursions (2 days)
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (5 nts)

Meals

5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Allow USD300-390 for meals not included.

Transportation

Plane, private vehicle, Tundra Buggy, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local experts and guides.

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