Polar Bear Expedition by Train

Polar Bear Expedition by Train



starting from US $4,683per person

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Day 1 - Arrive in Winnipeg
Today you arrive in Winnipeg and check into your hotel.

Day 2 – Board VIA Rail
Midday today you board VIA Rail’s Hudson Bay train and depart Winnipeg. Watch the scenery change from wooded forests to plains to tundra as you leave the city and make your way North. The diverse scenery is breathtaking. Overnight onboard the train.

Day 3 – Onboard the Hudson Bay
Spend a quiet day riding the rails across Manitoba. This is a full day onboard the train and is a great opportunity to meet your fellow travelers. The scenery becomes more arctic and barren, and the feeling of crossing such a vast landscape is quite incredible. Overnight onboard the train.

Day 4 – Explore Churchill
Your train arrives in Churchill early this morning. You’re sure to get a good introduction to this community with a town and area tour. A visit to the Eskimo Museum will offer insight into the lives of the first settlers of the region.

To amp up the excitement for the days to come, enjoy an evening slide presentation by a local photographer all about the bears – baby cubs, bears at play, and more. Once you learn more about these fascinating and lovable creatures, you’re sure to be anxious to get out there and see them!

Day 5 – Polar Bear Viewing
Spend the full day in a Tundra Buggy with a knowledgeable guide, viewing polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. The Tundra Buggy guides know just where to go, and with hundreds of bears congregating in anticipation of the ice forming on the Hudson Bay, there are plenty of bears at rest and at play to spot.

Day 6 – Dog Sledding
Before heading out on your dog sledding excursion, you will then enjoy a visit to the Parks Canada Interpretive Center, where you’ll learn more about the history, wildlife, and culture of the Churchill area.

After, embark on an exciting dog sledding excursion - meet the dogs, learn about their lives and histories, and then take on the wild tundra mushing your very own team! A real highlight on Canada vacation packages in the north.

Day 7 – Return to Winnipeg
Spend the day onboard a Tundra Buggy and enjoy your last sight of the polar bears and Arctic wildlife. This evening, fly back to Winnipeg and check-in to your hotel for a one-night stay.

Day 8 – Departure
Much too soon, your polar bear expedition comes to an end when you check-out from your hotel.

Please note that the order of activities may vary.

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Tundra Buggy escorted group tours - Tundra Buggy escorted group tours
Tundra Buggy escorted group tours
Eskimo Museum interpretive tour - Eskimo Museum interpretive tour
Eskimo Museum interpretive tour
An authentic dogsledding experience - An authentic dogsledding experience
An authentic dogsledding experience
Chance of seeing northern lights - Chance of seeing northern lights
Chance of seeing northern lights
• VIA Rail Sleeper service for two nights, between Winnipeg and Churchill one-way, typically a double bedroom
• Return air transportation from Churchill to Winnipeg, light meal provided
• Fully guided, small group tour
• Hotel accommodations in Churchill for 3 nights, Winnipeg for 2 nights
• Interpretive tour of Churchill and area
• 2 Days onboard the Tundra Buggy with a naturalist guide
• Tour of the Eskimo Museum and Parks Canada Interpretation Centre
• Dogsledding excursion
• Transfers while in Churchill
• All meals in Churchill & onboard the train


Not Included

• Gratuities
• 9% Taxes (5% GST and 4% PST)
• Hospital, medical insurance, trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
• Winter clothing rentals - please ask us to arrange this for you if needed



Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Extending your stay in Winnipeg
Extending your stay in Winnipeg
Taking the train to Toronto or Vancouver
Taking the train to Toronto or Vancouver
Combining with a grizzly bear trip
Combining with a grizzly bear trip
Visiting Canada's iconic attractions
Visiting Canada's iconic attractions
• Enjoy extra nights in Winnipeg before or after your polar bear tour
• Make this a truly epic bear tour, and combine your polar bear trip with a grizzly viewing tour
• Take the train from Toronto or Vancouver to Winnipeg

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Hotel exteriorFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Hotel guest roomFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - King guest roomFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Dining roomFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Cafe and bar

Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg

An example of our Comfort accommodations

Conveniently located adjacent to the Winnipeg International Airport, Four Points by Sheraton offers a number of complimentary amenities that will make your stay as comfortable as home. Enjoy free coffee and bottled water, high speed internet and a 24 hour fitness center.

Tundra Inn - Tundra Inn exterior in winterTundra Inn - Guest loungeTundra Inn - BedroomTundra Inn - Ensuite bathroom

Tundra Inn

An example of our Comfort accommodations

The Tundra Inn is a charming, family run hotel located in the northern town of Churchill. With comfortable, spacious accommodation and complimentary amenities, this is the perfect place to relax before or after your arctic adventure. Your stay includes continental breakfast, free tea and coffee and high-speed internet.


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Prices & Dates

Trip Start Dates - 2017
October 9, 21, 30
November 6

The prices listed below are based on travel service and hotel class for this journey:
• Prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single, triple and child rates can be provided on request.
Polar Bear Expedition By Train
from US $6,399to US $6,911per person

This once in a lifetime Polar Bear Safari takes you to the Canadian Arctic. Accompanied by a friendly naturalist guide from Churchill, join a small group of fellow travelers to experience polar bears up close from a Tundra Buggy. Your small group size means optimal bear viewing and photography opportunities onboard the Tundra Buggy.

What we love about this trip

Close-up polar bear encounters

Journey through the arctic tundra by train

A 22 person maximum on the Tundra Buggy

Exciting day activities

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Travel one way by overnight train and one way by air for a visit with Churchill’s famous polar bears and an introduction to the rich history and culture of Churchill. With a friendly and knowledgeable guide, you spend two days on a specially designed Tundra Buggy watching polar bears. You also get to explore the town on a tour and discover the Eskimo Museum and Parks Canada Interpretation Centre. It’s the best of everything Churchill has to offer.

Trip Outline

Arrive Winnipeg 1 night Winnipeg 2 nights Via Rail 3 nights Churchill 1 night Winnipeg Depart Winnipeg

Polar Bear Expedition by Train – Map VIA Rail train travels over barren winter landscape on the way to Hudson Bay A curious polar bear visits the Tundra Buggy on a polar bear viewing tour Three polar bears wander single file across the frozen arctic tundra Two adult polar bears stand on their hind legs and appear to fight An arctic fox sits in the snow Huskies pull three people on a dogsledding tour A plane takes off in the evening enroute to Winnipeg
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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

The arrangements were seamless

Star Rating 5
November 16, 2016

The arrangements were seamless; reservations, luggage transfers, dining, transportation - all taken care of. We just followed our expect guide! I was impressed with the helpful information that we received prior to the trip from... read more Fresh Tracks.

What a special vacation with a unique adventure

Star Rating 5
October 28, 2014

We had a terrific time on our trip to Churchill to see the polar bears. All was so well arranged and easy for us. The accommodations were good, food was fine and the sites were amazing. What a special vacation with a unique adventure,... read more I will be talking about this for years to come! 

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