Polar Bear Expedition by Train

Polar Bear Expedition by Train

8

days

starting from US $0per person

Star Rating 5

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Sample Itinerary

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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.

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What Clients Say

The arrangements were seamless

The arrangements were seamless

Star Rating 5

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 Fresh Tracks.

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.

 

Trip Start Dates

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



 

Please speak with one of our Canadian travel advisors to receive a personalized quote for this trip.

What you'll love about
this trip

Close-up polar bear encounters

Overnight journey through the arctic tundra by train

Watching polar bears from the comfort of a Tundra Buggy

Exciting activities to enjoy in the Canadian Arctic

Common Questions

Where am I staying on this trip?

This trip features a sleeper train journey, and you'll get a comfortable private cabin on the train for the duration of your train ride. The trains feature common lounge areas and dining cars where you can socialize with fellow travelers.

When not on the train, you'll be staying at various local three to five start hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

What is included in the price?

Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

Can I customize this trip?

Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can request your free trip plan to decide what you'd like to see and do.

If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

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.

What is the train experience like?

Because most Canadians typically do not use the train for commuting (as in the US or Europe), the two main rail providers here are driven by tourism. You'll experience the romance of true trans-continental rail travel, with a wide selection of services, accommodation types, and great food.

Featured train experiences:

  • VIA Rail is Canada's national train provider, with routes running Coast to Coast and through remote parts of northern Canada. The type of train depends on your journey, and can vary from the classic trans-continental sleeper trains to daylight trains with overnight stops.
  • Sleeper Trains feature a once in a lifetime adventure of sleeping on the train in comfortable cabins. You can relax in your private onboard accommodations, or enjoy local wines and chef-prepared meals in the dining car during this unforgettable 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.

Is this an escorted tour?

With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

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).

How much does my trip cost?

All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your free trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

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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