Stay at the Great White Bear Tundra Lodge, situated just outside Churchill on the arctic tundra itself. Safe inside our custom lodge, we experience surprising comfort, considering our environs. This “train” of connected bedrooms, dining room and lounge car is on wheels, allowing it to be stationed for optimal bear viewing each season. There’s no more thorough immersion in the world of the polar bear than on this most unique polar bear tour to the north.
Day 1: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Arrive in Winnipeg and transfer to the historic Fort Garry Hotel. Meet for an orientation dinner with our Expedition Leader this evening.
Day 2: Winnipeg to Churchill / Tundra Lodge
Fly to Churchill and transfer to the Tundra Lodge by tundra vehicle, watching for Arctic wildlife against the vast white landscape along the way. A presentation on polar bears by one of our Expedition Leaders provides an enlightening introduction to our Far North adventure.
Dinner is served at the Tundra Lodge, where we may see polar bears wandering outside our windows.
Days 3 - 5: Tundra Lodge
The Tundra Lodge is strategically positioned at the beginning of each season in the best area for bear viewing. Inquisitive bears often approach the lodge, which features rows of windows and fenced observation decks to accommodate our own curiosity.
We spend hours watching them interact, delighted by their antics and rugged beauty.
We may see mothers with cubs, and young adult males play-fighting. Our unique location, combined with half-day excursions in special all-terrain tundra vehicles, affords the best possible wildlife experience in the Churchill area.
In addition to polar bears, we may see caribou, Arctic fox, Arctic hare, ptarmigan, and snowy owls.
At the end of each exhilarating day, we retire to our cozy accommodations for dinner and presentations. In the light cast by our lodge across the frozen tundra, we look for the illuminated eyes of animals.
And if we are fortunate to have a clear night, the north’s spectacular natural light show may appear as darkness descends. Churchill has some of the world’s most concentrated aurora borealis activity.
Day 6: Churchill / Winnipeg
This morning, we reluctantly leave the tundra and head back into Churchill for our flight to Winnipeg.
Depending on flight schedules, we may have time for some last-minute exploration of this frontier town, originally a Northwest Company fur trading post, with a chance to pick up native handcrafts at the Arctic Trading Company.
There is also an opportunity for optional dog-sled excursions and helicopter flights over the tundra. We enjoy a farewell lunch in Churchill or dinner together in Winnipeg.
Day 7: Winnipeg / Home