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Lords Of The Wilderness Bear Viewing

12

days

starting from US $8,990per person

Get all your transportation, hotels, and sightseeing arranged and coordinated.

Have your trip personalized to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Bear viewing adventure begins in Vancouver
The perfect combination of nature and big city, it’s no wonder that Vancouver’s population continues to grow. Depending on your arrival time, you might want to just relax and watch the world go by at your airport hotel, or get out and explore the city. Overnight at a Vancouver Airport hotel.

Day 2
Fly to Campbell River
This morning, fly to Campbell River and check in to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the “Salmon Fishing Capital of the World”. Today is the day to make sure you have all your camera film, memory cards, and batteries ready to go for your adventure tomorrow.

Days 3
Up Close with Grizzly Bears
Get ready to begin an exciting few days of grizzly bear tours, adventure, and relaxing(of course!) The flight heading for Knight Inlet Lodge takes roughly 30 minutes. Spend the rest of the day participating in one of several activities available at the lodge, including kayaking, hiking, and wildlife viewing or spend the day on a grizzly bear tour.

Day 4 Knight Inlet Lodge
Your grizzly bear viewing at the rustic Knight Inlet Lodge continues. Relax in the vast west coast wilderness, choose a lodge activity, or go grizzly bear viewing accompanied by an experienced guide. The choices are limitless!

Day 5
Knight Inlet Lodge/Campbell River to Vancouver
Get up early to soak in the fresh wilderness air, perhaps spotting a grazing deer or two as you sip your coffee. Today you fly back to Campbell River, and then onwards to Vancouver. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the sights and sounds of the city. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 6 Vancouver
Spend the day relaxing in Vancouver. Ask us about booking a sightseeing tour for you - walking tours, bike tours, food tours, and nature tours are available to suit all interests. Alternately, simply stroll the sea wall and sip coffee at English Bay, to admire the beautiful harbour views, framed by snowy coastal mountains.

Day 7
Vancouver to Winnipeg
Spend a leisurely morning in our beautiful West Coast city, before boarding a flight to Winnipeg. Meet your group and guide this evening at your Winnipeg hotel, before your polar bear adventure begins early tomorrow morning.

Day 8
Winnipeg to Churchill
Today is the day you head north Churchill is located on the western edge of Hudson Bay. A guided tour of town and a visit to the Eskimo Museum gives you a complete introduction northern life and culture. Overnight in Churchill.

Days 9 & 10 Encounters with Polar Bears
Get almost nose-to-nose with one of the most feared predators in the world. Luckily you will be safe and comfortable in your ‘Tundra Buggy’. With an expert guide and the convenience of small groups your experience will be truly memorable.

Day 11 Dogsledding adventure then back to Winnipeg
Learn more about the way of the north, as you meet a professional dog sled guide today. Enjoy a thrilling ride as you mush your own team - a true Canadian adventure! Take an afternoon flight back to Winnipeg for the last night of your vacation.

Day 12 Depart Winnipeg
Much too soon you leave the nature of Canada behind as your Polar Bear and Grizzly Bear vacation package comes to an end.

Note: The order of events will vary at the discretion of your guides - based on their expert knowledge of wildlife behavior at the time and their desire to give you the best experience possible.

Common Questions

Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

What are the best ways to travel around Canada on my vacation?

Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

Is it safe to drive in the mountains?

New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your trip.

When is the best time to see wildlife?

That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

Are your tours escorted?

No, but you'll feel like it is with all your connections and experiences prearranged. Our clients love the freedom and flexibility it gives them. Some of our wildlife experiences are small group tours led by specialist guides.

What's Included

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

Included Accommodations:
• 1 night at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport hotel
• 2 nights in Vancouver downtown in a 4.5 star hotel (3 nights on October 13 trip)
• 1 night in Campbell River at the Comfort Suites hotel
• 2 nights accommodation at the Knight Inlet Lodge
• 2 nights at the Sheraton Winnipeg Airport hotel
• 3 nights in a 3 star Churchill hotel

Experiences at Knight Inlet Lodge:
• welcome orientation for wildlife viewing• Naturalist-led bear viewing tours
• Scenic boat ride of Glendale Cove
• Optional extra tours: additional bear viewing trip, interpretive hike of the Kwalate River valley, wildlife tracking, or excursions for Bald Eagle & bird watching
• Knight Inlet sightseeing cruise (weather permitting)
• use of kayaks on organized estuary tours
• evening interpretive programs

Experiences in Churchill:
• Escorted small-group tour of Churchill, with naturalist guide
• 2 full days aboard the Tundra Buggy, including lunch
• Tour of the Inuit Museum and Parks Canada Interpretation Center
• Dogsledding
• Churchill town and area tour

Airfare and transfers:
• Roundtrip airfare between Vancouver and Campbell River
• Roundtrip float plane transfers between Campbell River and Knight Inlet Lodge
• Round-trip air transportation between Winnipeg and Churchill - light meal provided onboard 
• Private luxury vehicle transfers in Vancouver 
• Transfers to and from the airport, hotel and float plane in Campbell River

Additional Inclusions:
• Wilderness Tourism Association Habitat Conservation Fee
• Rain gear at Knight Inlet, if required
• All meals while in Churchill
• All meals and snacks while at Knignt Inlet lodge(breakfast, lunch and dinner) - includes house wine with dinner

 

Not Included

• The following flights (but make sure to ask for help):
- Your home to Vancouver
- Vancouver to Winnipeg (one way)
- From Winnipeg to your home
• Meals, except as indicated
• Canadian Taxes
• Hospital, medical insurance, trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
• Gratuities for your guides

 

 

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...

• Make this a truly epic Canadian wilderness experience, and ask us to include a visit to a wilderness lodge in the mountains of British Columbia.
• Ask your Fresh Tracks Canada specialist to include the train from Vancouver to Winnipeg, for a beautiful journey through the Canadian Rockies
• Rent a car and visit the Olympic city of Whistler, and why not take in the sights and activities by spending a night or two there
• Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia - Victoria, along with a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens

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.

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Sutton Place

An example of our Superior accommodations

This beautiful boutique hotel is situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver, within walking distance to shopping and restaurants. Facilities include indoor pool, fitness centre, sauna, whirlpool, and spa.

Knight Inlet Lodge - Lodge exteriorKnight Inlet Lodge - BedroomKnight Inlet Lodge - Dining roomKnight Inlet Lodge - The barKnight Inlet Lodge - Grizzly bear watching

Knight Inlet Lodge

An example of our Wilderness Lodge accommodations

Knight Inlet Lodge is a floating haven for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. This unique accommodation is nestled within a wild and remote area of the BC coastline, offering spectacular scenery and an abundance of wildlife right on your doorstep. Relax at the lodge after days filled with adventure, and enjoy meals featuring the local catch of the day.

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.

 

Prices & Dates

2017 Dates starting in Vancouver
September 21
October 5, 8, 11, 14


Please note -
this trip has additional departure dates from the end of September through to mid October, based on slight customizations of this itinerary. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you require an alternate time frame.

Canada travel price notes
• Prices are per person
• Double means two people occupying a room
• Please inquire about Single, triple, quad, and children rates (minimum age: eight years old)

Canadian Bear Viewing Adventure
from US $8,990to US $12,075per person

On our Wilderness Adventures, you'll enjoy days with experienced naturalist guides, some meals, seamless connections, and accommodations suited to the unique Canadian surroundings.

Not Included

• The following flights (but make sure to ask for help):
- Your home to Vancouver
- Vancouver to Winnipeg (one way)
- From Winnipeg to your home
• Meals, except as indicated
• Canadian Taxes
• Hospital, medical insurance, trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
• Gratuities for your guides

What we love about this trip

Grizzly bears gorging on salmon in anticipation of their upcoming hibernation

Churchill’s famous polar bears

Traveling by float plane

22 person maximum on the Tundra Buggy allows for amazing polar bear viewing

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For just a special few weeks each year, witness both Polar Bears and Grizzly Bears in their natural habitat with a naturalist guide. From the lush and abundant Great Bear Rainforest, to the barren arctic tundra of Churchill, no safari better represents Canada’s immense diversity. For the true wildlife enthusiast, this is one of the great natural history vacations. Space is very limited, so be sure to book early!

Trip Outline

1 night Vancouver 1 night Campbell River 2 nights Knight Inlet Lodge 2 Nights Vancouver 1 night Winnipeg 3 nights Churchill 1 night Winnipeg

Lords Of The Wilderness Bear Viewing  – Map A mother grizzly bear stands in tall grass with her two cubs Salmon swimming in freshwater A grizzly bear family take a dip in the river An orca whale can be seen with it's head and flippers out of the water Three grizzly bear cubs clamber over a fallen tree following their mother Aerial view of Knight Inlet Lodge in Campbell River Guests socialize in the dining room of the Knight Inlet Lodge in Campbell River A polar bear wanders through the snow in Churchill Passengers on the Tundra Buggy photgraph a passing polar bear Adult polar bears wrestle in the snow A helicopter takes off over the barren arctic landscape and another is grounded A pack of sled-dogs harnessed together in the snow
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