On this week-long adventure, you’ll journey to Churchill, Manitoba – one of the top three places in the world to see the Northern Lights. View the mystical Aurora from a cozy Tundra Buggy in the deep dark of an arctic winter. Enjoy a culinary adventure under the stars, interpretive tours, and guided winter activities.
6 Days / 5 Nights
Arrive Winnipeg → 1 night Winnipeg → 3 nights Churchill → 1 night Winnipeg → Depart Winnipeg
Once in a lifetime culinary experience under the night sky
Sleeping in a cozy Churchill hotel
Guided dogsledding and snow shoeing
Interpretive presentations and tours
Is this an escorted tour?
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.
Can this trip be made shorter or longer?
Absolutely! We personalize all our clients' trips to fit their exact tastes and needs. You can add days at locations that you'd like to explore and spend more time at. Or leave out certain areas that don't interest you as much. Discuss your travel goals with our Canadian Insiders who make sure that your trip fits your needs and budget.
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 get your FREE personalized trip plan and 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.
Where am I staying on this trip?
You'll be staying at various local three to five star 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.
How much does my trip cost?
All our trips are personalized to fit our clients' schedule and budget. The price of your trip generally depends on the travel season, train service, accommodations, and the sightseeing tours you take. Please request your personalized quote which will provide you with the detailed information you need.
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 your detailed digital travel documents, and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal throughout your trip to answer any questions.
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.
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.
This Trip in Pictures
Churchill, Manitoba is one of the top 3 places worldwide for Northern Lights viewing
Arrive in Churchill, where your days are filled with winter activities
At night, view the lights from inside or outside a cozy Tundra Buggy
Toast to your adventures with new friends, as the night skies sparkle overhead
Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized trip plan for you that matches your travel style, schedule and budget.
Day 1 – Arrive in Winnipeg Arrive in Winnipeg today – your gateway to an incredible Northern Lights adventure. If you arrive early enough, head downtown to see Winnipeg’s new Museum for Human Rights, or simply explore the charming Forks Market area. Tonight, you’ll meet your group and tour leader.
Overnight in a Winnipeg Airport hotel.
Day 2 – Journey North to Churchill After an early morning flight, you’ll touch down in the historic northern community of Churchill accessible only by air or rail. Enjoy a guided bus tour of local and historical points of interest, plus a visit to the Itsanitaq Museum, which houses one of the most extensive Inuit art collection in the world.
Finally the moment has come – it’s time for your first Aurora viewing experience, from a cozy yurt nestled in Churchill’s boreal forest. Surrounded by the deep darkness of an arctic winter, you’ll catch your first glimpse of the lights as they begin to dance overhead. Churchill is considered one of the three best places in the world to see the Northern Lights, with an average of 300 nights of Aurora activity per year. The colour can vary from a haunting, brilliant green, to a rainbow of violet, blue, red, and yellow.
To ensure you are comfortable in Churchill’s cold temperatures, ask us about winter clothing rentals. We highly recommend you do this early, as availability is limited!
Overnights will be spent in a comfortable Churchill hotel.
Day 3 – Snow Shoeing and Northern Lights Culinary Experience
Learn about polar bear research at Polar Bears International House today, then head out on a thrilling snow shoe trek in one of Churchill’s nearby forests. This evening, experience a northern culinary adventure as you cross the frozen Churchill River by Tundra Buggy. Arrive at Dan’s Diner – a pop-up restaurant featuring regional cuisine. Watch for the Aurora Borealis through panorama windows, or step outside into the deep cold of an Arctic night.
Day 4 – Dog Sledding and Northern Lights Viewing
This morning, meet a local dogsledding expert who’ll teach you all about Metis culture and the history of dogsledding in Canada. Soon enough you’ll be racing through the snowy woodlands pulled by a team of enthusiastic huskies.
This evening, cross the frozen Churchill River once again to view the Northern Lights from a mobile lounge situated out on the Tundra, far away from the lights of town. Snap photos from the floor to ceiling panorama windows, or head up to the outdoor rooftop observation deck for an unobstructed view.
Day 5 – From Churchill back to Winnipeg
Before leaving Churchill today, you’ll head over to the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre to discover even more about Churchill’s wildlife and fur trade history. Finally, an evening flight brings you back to Winnipeg where you’ll spend a final night at an airport hotel.
Day 6 – Depart from Winnipeg Get ready to share incredible photos with friends at home, as you depart from the Winnipeg Airport.
On our northern lights viewing adventures, you’ll have plenty of chances to see the aurora from a prime viewing location. In addition, you’ll likely get a taste of northern life on guided winter activities such as dogsledding and snow shoeing. And to bundle it all together, you’ll stay in cozy accommodations at night.
Below are examples of the places you can stay on this trip. Please get in touch to discuss your options and to check availability.
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.
These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.
Accommodations: • 2 nights in a Winnipeg Airport hotel, at the start and end of your trip
• 3 nights in a cozy Churchill hotel
Winnipeg Experiences: • Meet and greet evening on the first night of your tour
Churchill Experiences: • 3 nights of Aurora Borealis watching
• Services of a certified interpretive guide for the duration of your trip
• Churchill Town and Area Tour
• Admission to the Itsanitaq Museum and Parks Canada Interpretive Centre
• Dogsledding Excursion
• Guided Snowshoe Trek
Meal Inclusions: • Remote culinary experience
• All Meals
Transfer Inclusions: • Return airfare between Winnipeg and Churchill
Other Inclusions: • Digital Travel Documents
• Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.
• Airfare between your home and Winnipeg
• Winter clothing (rental package is available, please inquire)
• Provincial and federal Canadian taxes
• Trip cancellation insurance (mandatory)
Ideas to customize your trip
Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.
• Combine this trip with a Rockies winter adventures
Get your personalized trip plan organized and arranged for you
Get a trip that covers everything you want to see.
Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.