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Northern Lights of Churchill

Northern Lights of Churchill

8

days

starting fromUS $4,400per person

  • Choose your own activities and experiences to make the most of your trip.
  • Have all the details of your trip organized and arranged for you.

See Aurora Borealis In Northern Canada

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.

Trip Outline

8 Days / 7 Nights

Arrive Winnipeg 2 nights Winnipeg 4 nights Churchill 1 night Winnipeg Depart Winnipeg

Northern Lights of Churchill - Map

Availability

Feb

Places Visited

WinnipegChurchill

Accommodation Style

Hotel

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

  • Four nights of Northern Lights viewing

  • 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

Common Questions

  • 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

Churchill, Manitoba is one of the top 3 places worldwide for Northern Lights viewing

In Winnipeg, learn about the region's natural history and night skies with a guide

In Winnipeg, learn about the region's natural history and night skies with a guide

Arrive in Churchill, where your days are filled with winter activities

Arrive in Churchill, where your days are filled with winter activities

At night, view the lights from inside or outside a cozy Tundra Buggy

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

Toast to your adventures with new friends, as the night skies sparkle overhead

Recommended Itinerary

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
Winnipeg is considered Canada’s cultural capital. If you arrive early enough, you can walk from your hotel to experience Winnipeg’s new Museum for Human Rights, or simply explore the charming Forks Market. Tonight, you’ll meet your group and tour leader, and enjoy a hearty welcome dinner.

Overnight in downtown Winnipeg.

Day 2 – Explore Winnipeg with a Guide
Today will set the stage for your journey north. Learn about Canada’s Inuit culture, as you tour the Manitoba Museum on an interactive program. Then at the Planetarium, you’ll tour the night sky on a guided “nature walk” of the stars, current constellations, planets, and northern lights.

Overnight in downtown Winnipeg.

Day 3 – 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.

Before your first evening of aurora viewing, hone your skills on a photography workshop. Once settled onboard the cozy Tundra Buggy Lodge, 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.

Days 4, 5 & 6 – Churchill Activities and Northern Lights Viewing
Over the next few days, immerse yourself into Northern life. With your group, you’ll enjoy a thrilling dogsled adventure, snowshoe trek, and wildlife interpretation. Each night, you’ll watch for the Northern Lights from the Tundra Buggy Lodge.

Feature Dinner – Remote Culinary Experience
Embark on one of Canada’s most unique culinary adventures. Travel across the frozen Churchill River by Tundra Buggy to enjoy a remote culinary experience.

Day 7 – From Churchill back to Winnipeg
All too soon, you depart from Churchill by air in the afternoon to spend the night in Winnipeg.

Day 8 – Depart
Depart Winnipeg at your leisure.

Start Dates

2020 Trip Start Dates
Feb 25, 27, 29

2020 Special 10-Day Train Departure
February 21*

*Upgrade your journey to include a one-way train trip from Winnipeg to Churchill (2 nights) to make this a 10 day trip. Ask your Vacation Advisor for pricing.

Pricing

Prices of this trip vary by departure date, hotel class and the choice of activities. Request your quote to check availability or to book this trip.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodations

    Below are examples of the places you can stay on this trip. Please get in touch to discuss your options and to check availability.

    Tundra Inn

    Tundra Inn

    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.

  • What's Included

    What's Included

    These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

    Accommodations:
    • 2 pre-nights of accommodation in downtown Winnipeg
    • 1 post-night in a Winnipeg airport hotel
    • 4 nights in a cozy Churchill hotel

    Winnipeg Experiences:
    • Meet and greet evening on the first night of your tour
    • Winnipeg Planetarium
    • Winnipeg Museum

    Churchill Experiences:
    • 4 nights of Aurora Borealis watching from the comfort of the Tundra Buggy Lodge
    • Services of a certified interpretive guide for the duration of your trip
    • Churchill Town and Area Tour
    • Itsanitaq Museum
    • Parks Canada Interpretive Centre
    • Dogsledding Excursion
    • Snowshoe Trek
    • Photography Tips

    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.


    Not Included

    • Airfare between your home and Winnipeg
    • Winter clothing (rental package is available, please inquire)
    • Gratuities
    • Provincial and federal Canadian taxes
    • Trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)

    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.

    • Explore the winter festivals of Montreal, Quebec City, or Ottawa
    • Combine this trip with one of our Rockies winter adventures
    • Ask us to book a rail journey from Toronto or Vancouver

Get your personalized trip plan organized and arranged for you

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  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
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