Polar bear watching in Churchill

Canadian Rail and Polar Bear Adventure

9

days

starting from US $6,299per person

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Sample Itinerary

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Note: This tour is also available starting in Toronto with a 2-night train journey to Winnipeg. Please ask your Vacation Advisor for more details.

Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver and Board VIA Rail’s Canadian Train
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by mountains and ocean. A private driver will be waiting for you at the airport to take you directly to the train station. Board VIA Rail’s “Canadian” train in the evening, and settle into your cozy private cabin for your overnight journey. You will be lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of the train.

Insider tip: Add additional nights in Vancouver, the home of Fresh Tracks Canada, to enjoy one of the most exciting cities in Canada!

Day 2 – VIA Rail’s Canadian Train Voyage Continues
When you wake up, marvel at the snowcapped mountain peaks right outside your window. As the train weaves through the rocky peaks watch for bears, deer, elk or moose you never know when you might spot one. Stay onboard the train for another relaxing night as your train glides into the Prairie Provinces.

Day 3 – Arrival in Winnipeg
The scenery changes as you travel across the undulating plains of the Prairie Provinces. Settle into your seat and enjoy watching the sights from your window. Known as the “cultural cradle of Canada,” Winnipeg is home to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and so much more. Overnight at a Winnipeg airport hotel.

Day 4 – Experience Unique Culture in Winnipeg
The day is yours to explore at your leisure. Visit the Forks Winnipeg’s gathering place with nine acres of activity, restaurants, shopping and interactive fun. Then visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a sight to see from both the exterior and the interior.

Day 5 – Winnipeg to Churchill – Where the Excitement Begins
Today you board a flight from Winnipeg to Churchill and journey over the tundra and plains of the north – the bird’s eye view is spectacular! Upon arrival enjoy a guided tour of the town, including a visit to the Itsanitaq Museum – a memorable and informative introduction to the unique culture of the north.

Days 6 & 7 – Polar Bear Viewing and Arctic Activities
Why is Churchill known as the polar bear capital of the world? Large numbers of polar bears congregate near town each fall while they wait for the ice to form on Hudson Bay. With two full days on the Tundra Buggy, seeing the bears up close is a sure thing! In the evening, enjoy a fascinating presentation featuring life in Churchill.

Day 8 – Churchill to Winnipeg
Set off on an exciting dog sledding excursion today. After a thorough introduction it’s off to the tundra where you’ll get to mush your own team of dogs. This excursion is designed for all ages and abilities.

This afternoon, visit the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre, where you learn more about the history, wildlife, and culture of Churchill. Fly back to Winnipeg for an overnight stay.

Day 9 – Depart Winnipeg
Your Canada vacation ends as you check-out from your hotel this morning and depart Winnipeg with fond memories made.

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What's Included

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

Panoramic views from the train - Panoramic views from the train
Panoramic views from the train
Tundra Buggy escorted group tours - Tundra Buggy escorted group tours
Tundra Buggy escorted group tours
An authentic dogsledding experience - An authentic dogsledding experience
An authentic dogsledding experience
Wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities - Wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities
Wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities
Accommodation and rail service:
• 3 nights in Winnipeg at an airport hotel
• 3 nights in Churchill

Train Experience:
• Cabin for 1 or 2 onboard the VIA Rail Canadian Train for two nights, between Vancouver and Winnipeg one-way
• 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners while onboard the train

Sightseeing & Activities:
• Admission to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
• Interpretive tour of Churchill and area
• 2 days onboard the Tundra Buggy with a naturalist guide
• Tour of the Itsanitaq Museum and Parks Canada Interpretation Centre
• Dogsledding excursion

Transportation:
• Private transfer from Vancouver Airport to train station
• Private transfer from Winnipeg train station to airport hotel
• Transfers while in Churchill
• Return air transportation to/from Churchill to Winnipeg, light meals provided

Additional Inclusions:
• All meals in Churchill
• Gratuities for most private transfers (unless otherwise noted)
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

Seasonal Restrictions:
• Museum for Human Rights is unavailable for the October 26th departure date. (Museum is closed on Mondays)


Not Included
• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare to and from Canada (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & some transfer staff
• Some Canadian sales taxes
• 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...

Grizzly bear viewing tour
Grizzly bear viewing tour
Extend your stay in Winnipeg
Extend your stay in Winnipeg
Add a night in Vancouver
Add a night in Vancouver
Add some time in Toronto
Add some time in Toronto
• 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
• Add additional time in Vancouver or Toronto before taking the train 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.

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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.

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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

2018 Departing from Vancouver
October 23, 26, 30

2018 Departing from Toronto
October 11, 20, 23, 30

2019 Departing from Vancouver*
October 7, 10, 28, 31
November 7

2019 Departing from Toronto
September 28
October 8, 26, 29
November 2

* 2019 Vancouver departures include an additional pre-night in Vancouver compared to 2018.

Trip Prices

Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.

Departing from Vancouver
Train and Polar Bear Tour/ 9 days, 8 nights
from US $8,695to US $9,391per 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.

Departing from Toronto
Train and Polar Bear Tour/ 9 days, 8 nights
from US $8,350to US $9,018per 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 you'll love about
this trip

Overnight journey from Vancouver through the Canadian Rockies to Winnipeg by train

Close-up polar bear viewing from the comfort of the Tundra Buggy

Exploring Winnipeg and Churchill with a choice of exciting day activities to enjoy

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 across Canada on a once in a lifetime overnight train journey across Canada, before visiting Churchill’s famous polar bears. With a friendly and knowledgeable guide, spend two days on a specially designed Tundra Buggy watching polar bears in their natural habitat. Additionally, explore the town of Churchill on a tour and discover the Itsanitaq Museum and Parks Canada Interpretation Centre. Experience two of Canada’s most iconic experiences in one trip!

Trip Outline

Arrive Vancouver 2 nights VIA Rail 2 nights Winnipeg 3 nights Churchill 1 night Winnipeg Depart Winnipeg

Canadian Rail and Polar Bear Adventure  – Map Journey across Canada by sleeper train to visit the polar bears in Churchill Board the VIA Rail train in Vancouver and travel to Churchill by sleeper train Travel on VIA Rail's Canadian train across Canada Travel on VIA Rail train across Canada over the Canadian prairies Travel to Winnipeg by train on your journey to Churchill to see the polar bears Travel to Churchill by train to see the Canadian polar bears View polar bears from the Tundra Buggy on a train trip to Churcill See polar bears in Churchill Try dogsledding on your trip to Churchill to see the polar bears
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