Polar bear watching in Churchill

Canadian Rail and Polar Bear Adventure

10

days

starting from US $6,213per person

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Polar Bear Watching In Churchill

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 at a glance

10 Days / 9 Nights

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

Canadian Rail and Polar Bear Adventure  – Map

Availability

SepOctNov

Places Visited

VancouverWinnipegChurchil

Accommodation Style

HotelTrain

Train Experience

VIA RailSleeper Train

Activity Level

Easy

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 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.

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 personalized 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 personalized trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

This trip in pictures

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

About the Trains

Read about the trains you will be travelling on during this trip, learn about onboard services and see inside the trains.

Read about the VIA Rail train

VIA Rail

VIA Rail trains take passengers across the vast country of Canada through some of the most amazing scenery in North America. The service includes sleeper cars, gourmet meals, and lounge and viewing areas.

Read about the sleeper trains

Sleeper Trains

Experience a once in a lifetime adventure of sleeping on the train in complete comfort. Relax in your private cabin or enjoy local wines and chef-prepared meals in the dining car during this unforgettable trip.

Accommodations

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodations. Please call us for the full list and to personalize your experience.

Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Hotel exterior
Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Hotel guest room
Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - King guest room
Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Dining room
Four 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 winter
Tundra Inn - Guest lounge
Tundra Inn - Bedroom
Tundra 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.

Get your personalized trip plan organized and arranged for you

Get your personalized itinerary
  • 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.
or call us directly toll-free
1 877 395 5771

Sample Itinerary

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

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
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by towering mountains and sparkling ocean. Walk out of the airport and right into your own personal private vehicle. Your driver will help orient you to our hometown, Vancouver!

Insider tip: Add additional nights and tours in Vancouver, the home of Fresh Tracks Canada! One of the favorite activities for locals is a scenic bicycle ride around Stanley Park.

Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2 – Board VIA Rail’s Canadian Train to Winnipeg
This is the first day of your overnight rail journey to the Canadian Rockies. The excitement builds as the train leaves Vancouver. The passing scenery is breathtaking – climb the steep Fraser Canyon, past the thundering water of Hell’s Gate, and onto the high desert of British Columbia’s interior. The ‘Canadian’ is Canada’s most famous train, the route links Vancouver and Jasper using original steel rail cars from the 1950’s and Vancouver to Jasper is the most spectacular stretch of the whole journey.

Overnight on board the train in your private cabin.

Day 3 – VIA Rail’s Canadian Train Voyage Continues
When you wake up, be mesmerized by 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 you train glides into the prairie provinces.

Overnight on board the train in your private cabin.

Day 4 – Arrival in Winnipeg
The scenery changes as you travel across the undulating plain of the Prairie Provinces. Settle into your seat and enjoy watching the sights from your window. Arrive into the city of Winnipeg late this evening. Known as the “Cultural Cradle of Canada,” Winnipeg is home to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and so much more.

Overnight in Winnipeg at an airport hotel.

Day 5 – Experience Unique Culture in Winnipeg
The day is yours to explore at leisure before meeting your interpretive polar bear guide this evening. Visit the Forks – Winnipeg’s gathering place with nine acres of activity, restaurants, shopping and interactive fun. A visit to the Assiniboine Park Zoo has also been included today.

• Assiniboine Park Zoo Admission
Minutes from downtown Winnipeg in beautiful Assiniboine Park, the zoo is home to over 150 species from around the world. The Journey to Churchill exhibit is a definite highlight as the home to polar bears, muskoxen, Arctic fox, wolves and other northern species.
Activity rating: Easy

Overnight in Winnipeg at an airport hotel.

Day 6 – Winnipeg to Churchill – Where the Excitement Begins
Today you board your plane for 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. In the evening, enjoy a fascinating cultural presentation featuring life in Churchill.

Overnight in Churchill.

Days 7 and 8 – 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 entire days on the Tundra Buggy, seeing the bears at close quarters is almost guaranteed!

Overnight in Churchill.

Day 9 – 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 you 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 your final night.

Overnight in Winnipeg at an airport hotel.

Day 10 – Depart Winnipeg
Your Canada vacation ends as you check-out from your hotel this morning and depart Winnipeg with fond memories made.

Get your personalized trip plan organized and arranged for you

Get your personalized itinerary
  • 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.
or call us directly toll-free
1 877 395 5771

What's Included In Our Prices

These are the places and experiences 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
Accommodations:
• 1 night in Vancouver
• 3 nights in Winnipeg at an airport hotel
• 3 nights in Churchill
• 2 nights onboard the VIA Rail Canadian Train, in a Cabin for 1 or 2

Train Experiences:
• Sleeper Plus Class, onboard the Canadian Train between Vancouver and Winnipeg (includes Dome Car access)

Winnipeg Experiences:
• Assiniboine Park Zoo Admission

Churchill Experiences:
• Interpretive tour of Churchill and area
• Evening Cultural Presentation
• 2 days onboard the Tundra Buggy with a naturalist guide
• Tour of the Itsanitaq Museum and Parks Canada Interpretation Centre
• Dogsledding excursion

Meal Inclusions:
• Meals while onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian Train
• Light meals provided onboard flights between Winnipeg and Churchill
• All meals in Churchill

Transfer Inclusions:
• Personalized and private transfer from your arrival airport
• Private transfer from Vancouver hotel to train station
• Private transfer from Winnipeg train station to airport hotel
• Transfers while in Churchill
• Return air transportation to/from Churchill to Winnipeg

Other Inclusions:
Digital Travel Documents
• Gratuities for private transfers and tours (unless otherwise
noted)
• Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support – from the time you book, you will be assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator with whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
• Occasionally activities may vary at time of travel due to weather conditions. Your Polar Bear Guides may adjust your excursions to maximize conditions.
• Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur.


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 renta
ls please ask us to arrange this for you if needed

Ideas to customize this trip

Think of this trip as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

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

Get your personalized trip plan organized and arranged for you

Get your personalized itinerary
  • 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.
or call us directly toll-free
1 877 395 5771

Trip Start Dates

2019 Departing from Vancouver
October 10, 31
November 7

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

Note: Additional departure days are available with an extra night in Winnipeg. Ask your Vacation Advisor for more details.

Pricing For This Trip

Our prices vary by departure date, hotel class, train service and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our Canadian Insiders to get your personalized quote, or hit the button below.

Departing from Vancouver
Train and Polar Bear Tour/ 10 days, 9 nights
from US $8,590 to US $10,141 per 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 $8,270 to US $9,601 per 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.

Get your personalized trip plan organized and arranged for you

Get your personalized itinerary
  • 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.
or call us directly toll-free
1 877 395 5771

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  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
or call us directly toll-free
1 877 395 5771
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