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Churchill polar bear tours

Tundra Buggy Lodge Polar Bear Viewing

7

days

starting fromUS $5,430per 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.

Experience Nights On Tundra Buggy Lodge

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.

Trip Outline

7 Days / 6 Nights

Arrive Winnipeg Churchill Tundra Buggy Lodge & Tours Return to Winnipeg Depart Winnipeg

Tundra Buggy Lodge Polar Bear Viewing - Map

Availability

OctNov

Places Visited

WinnipegChurchill

Accommodation Style

Lodge

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

  • Staying out on the tundra in the Tundra Buggy Lodge

  • Close-up polar bear encounters around the clock

  • Spectacular photo opportunities

  • Possibility of seeing the Northern Lights

  • A 20 person maximum on the Tundra Buggy

  • This is a popular trip – book early!

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

This is a slightly longer trip than the Express, giving you more time on Churchill polar bear tours…

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.

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...

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…

When you stay in the Tundra Buggy Lodge you have a bit more time to observe…

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.

Number of days and inclusions may vary according to departure date – please ask your Fresh Tracks Canada Vacation Advisor for details.

Day 1 – Arrive in Winnipeg
Your trip begins in Winnipeg, central Canada’s largest city. After checking in to your 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.

Overnight in Winnipeg.

Day 2 – Winnipeg to Churchill
Enjoy a scenic flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, over the tundra and plains of the North, roughly a three-hour trip. Upon arrival enjoy a guided tour of the town, featuring the Itsanitaq Museum – a memorable and informative introduction to the unique culture of the north. This evening, visit the Parks Canada Interpretive Center where you’ll learn more about the history, wildlife and culture of Churchill.

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!

Enjoy a relaxing evening at your Churchill hotel.

Day 3 – Journey To the Tundra Buggy Lodge
Today you will enjoy some free time in the town of Churchill before learning how to mush your team of huskies on an exciting dog sled adventure.

This afternoon you depart from the Buggy Launch and begin your trip to the Tundra Buggy Lodge. The journey to the lodge is just as exciting as the destination. Spend the time taking beautiful photographs, learning about the bear, other arctic wildlife and the environment.

Arrive at the Tundra Buggy Lodge for your three night stay. This unique and casual lodge on wheels is both a comfortable place to rest and an excellent base for viewing wildlife. No other lodge-based trip provides as much time for viewing the polar bears.

Days 4 and 5 – Polar Bear Viewing on the Tundra Buggy
Use the Lodge as a base for your wildlife observation and take advantage of the Tundra Buggy for full day wildlife watching excursions. Your guide provides expert commentary as you travel to locations known as bear hot spots.

Spend your evenings enjoying home cooked meals, learning more about the polar bears and socializing with new friends. Keep an eye on the dark arctic sky, Northern Lights may light up the tundra at anytime.

Day 6 – Polar Bear Viewing and Return to Winnipeg
After a delicious breakfast, you will depart the Tundra Buggy Lodge for your final bear viewing expedition. 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
Much too soon you leave the fresh air and beautiful sights of Canada behind as your vacation comes to an end.

Insider tip: For a slightly shorter itinerary, ask your Vacation Advisor about a similar itinerary with 5 nights and 6 days.

Start Dates

2020 Start Dates

6 day, 5 night program
October 8, 9, 11, 14, 16, 17

7 day, 6 night program
October 19, 22, 25, 31
November 8

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.

    Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg

    Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg

    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

    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

    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.

  • What's Included

    What's Included

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

    Accommodations:
    • Hotel accommodations in Winnipeg for 2 nights
    • Hotel accommodations in Churchill for 1 night*
    • 3 nights at the Tundra Buggy Lodge

    Churchill Experiences:
    • 3 Tundra Buggy bear viewing day tours, including lunch
    • Churchill and Area Tour,
    • Services of an interpretive guide, interpretive driver and a Polar Bear International specialist
    • Dogsledding
    • Itsanitaq Museum*
    • Parks Canada Center*

    Meal Inclusions:
    • All meals in Churchill and at the Tundra Buggy Lodge

    Transfer Inclusions:
    • Round-trip air transportation between Winnipeg and Churchill; light meal onboard
    • Transfers while in 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.

    *Items included on the 7-day itinerary only


    Not Included

    • Items of a personal nature
    • Gratuities
    • 8.5% Taxes (5% GST and 3.5% PST)
    • Airfare to and from Winnipeg
    • Hospital, medical insurance, trip cancellation insurance
    • 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 a grizzly bear viewing tour

Get your personalized trip plan organized and arranged for you

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  • 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.
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