Overnight On The Tundra Buggy Lodge Surrounded By Polar Bears
Hundreds of Polar Bears gather around Churchill, Manitoba in late October and November, waiting for the Hudson Bay to freeze over. For a few weeks, it’s possible to safely and comfortably observe the majestic Polar Bears in their natural habitat. Staying both in the town of Churchill and the Tundra Buggy Lodge, you will experience the best of both worlds. This tour gives you plenty of polar bear viewing time, as well as the chance to explore other activities around this sub-arctic town.
Staying out on the tundra in the Tundra Buggy Lodge
Close-up polar bear encounters around the clock
Spectacular photo opportunities
A 20 person maximum on your Tundra Buggy day tours
This is a popular trip – book early!
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
This is a slightly longer trip than the Express, giving you more time on Churchill polar bear tours…
During the day, you leave the lodge and go out on safari searching for bears.
And sometimes the bears will be right outside the window of the lodge...
When you stay in the Tundra Buggy Lodge you have a bit more time to observe…
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
Your trip begins in Winnipeg, central Canada’s cultural hub. After checking in to your airport hotel for a one-night stay, spend the day exploring on your own. Consider visiting the Manitoba Museum, the Forks Market or strolling down to Provencher Bridge, a pedestrian walkway over the Red River where you’ll find a fun diner and great views of the city. This evening get acquainted with your fellow travelers at an information session led by your hosts.
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!
Overnight in a Winnipeg airport hotel.
Day 2 – Winnipeg to Churchill
After an early breakfast at your hotel, a scenic flight takes you from Winnipeg to Churchill over the tundra and plains of the North, roughly a three-hour trip. Upon arrival drive past various points of interest around Churchill on an interpretive tour. You’ll have a chance to photograph the Polar Bear Holding facility as well as a beautiful Inukshuk location on the shores of the Hudson Bay. You’ll also visit the Itsanitaq Museum – known for its world class collection of Pre-Dorset, Dorset, Thule, and Inuit artifacts.
Overnight in Churchill.
Day 3 – Dog Sledding and the Tundra Buggy Lodge
After some free time in Churchill, set off on an exciting dog sledding excursion. Meet a local musher and hear his incredible tales of Arctic racing and meet his pack sled dogs. After a thorough briefing, feel the exhilaration of racing a team through the boreal forest on a one-mile groomed trail. This excursion is designed for guests of all abilities.
After a visit to the Parks Canada Centre to learn more about the wildlife and history of Churchill, depart town for the Tundra Buggy Lodge located at “Polar Bear Point” in the heart of the Churchill Wildlife Management Area. This is prime polar bear habitat, so your journey affords plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting and taking photographs.
Arrive at the Tundra Buggy Lodge for your three-night stay. Each day you’ll board a roving Tundra Buggy before returning home to enjoy delicious cuisine, presentations by Polar Bears International researchers and your guides, and of course the chance to see polar bears round the clock.
Overnight at the Tundra Buggy Lodge.
Days 4 and 5 – Polar Bear Viewing on the Tundra Buggy
Each morning after a hearty breakfast, board your Tundra Buggy to further explore the Churchill Wildlife Management Area. Since the number of visitors to the CWMA is highly restricted, your chances of seeing the bears up close is excellent and your guides know where the ‘hot spots’ are.
Spend the evening enjoying presentations and the company of fellow guests at the Lodge. Keep an on the sky, if you’re lucky the Northern Lights may make an appearance during your stay.
Overnight at the Tundra Buggy Lodge.
Day 6 – Polar Bear Viewing and Return to Winnipeg
Depart the Tundra Buggy Lodge for your final bear viewing expedition. As well as capturing incredible, up-close photographs of polar bears, you may see other types of wildlife such as arctic fox, ptarmigan, and snowy owl.
When you arrive back in Churchill, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Winnipeg.
Overnight at a Winnipeg airport hotel.
Day 7 – Depart with Fond Memories
Your polar bear adventure comes as you depart from Winnipeg this morning.
This once in a lifetime Polar Bear Safari takes you to the Canadian Arctic. Enjoy cozy accommodations right onboard the Tundra Buggy Lodge, watching Polar Bears at all hours. Once day breaks, you’ll head out to explore the tundra further.
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.
Tundra Buggy Lodge
The Tundra Buggy Lodge is a truly unique experience where guests can wake up to the site of polar bears wandering past their window. Climb aboard and immerse yourself in the arctic wildlife on your doorstep, all the while enjoying warm, comfortable accommodation and delicious home cooked meals.
These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.
• Hotel accommodations in Winnipeg for 2 nights
• Hotel accommodations in Churchill for 1 night
• 3 nights at the Tundra Buggy Lodge
• 3 Tundra Buggy bear viewing day tours, including lunch
• Churchill and Area Tour
• Parks Canada Center
• Itsanitaq Museum
• Services of an interpretive guide
• All meals from breakfast on Day 2 to dinner on Day 6
• Round-trip air transportation between Winnipeg and Churchill
• Transfers while in Churchill
• 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.
• Meals, other than those mentioned
• 8.5% Taxes (5% GST and 3.5% PST)
• Airfare between your home and Winnipeg
• Hospital, medical insurance, trip cancellation and evacuation insurance (mandatory to book this trip)
• Winter clothing rental (can be arranged, please don’t hesitate to ask)
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.
• 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 grizzly bear viewing
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.