Polar Bear Expedition by Train
starting from US $4,683per person
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Travel one way by overnight train and one way by air for a visit with Churchill’s famous polar bears and an introduction to the rich history and culture of Churchill. With a friendly and knowledgeable guide, you spend two days on a specially designed Tundra Buggy watching polar bears. You also get to explore the town on a tour and discover the Eskimo Museum and Parks Canada Interpretation Centre. It’s the best of everything Churchill has to offer.
Trip at a glance
1 night Winnipeg
2 nights Via Rail
3 nights Churchill
1 night Winnipeg
Day 1 - Arrive in Winnipeg
Today you arrive in Winnipeg and check into your hotel.
Day 2 – Board VIA Rail
Midday today you board VIA Rail’s Hudson Bay train and depart Winnipeg. Watch the scenery change from wooded forests to plains to tundra as you leave the city and make your way North. The diverse scenery is breathtaking. Overnight onboard the train.
Day 3 – Onboard the Hudson Bay
Spend a quiet day riding the rails across Manitoba. This is a full day onboard the train and is a great opportunity to meet your fellow travelers. The scenery becomes more arctic and barren, and the feeling of crossing such a vast landscape is quite incredible. Overnight onboard the train.
Day 4 – Explore Churchill
Your train arrives in Churchill early this morning. You’re sure to get a good introduction to this community with a town and area tour. A visit to the Eskimo Museum will offer insight into the lives of the first settlers of the region.
To amp up the excitement for the days to come, enjoy an evening slide presentation by a local photographer all about the bears – baby cubs, bears at play, and more. Once you learn more about these fascinating and lovable creatures, you’re sure to be anxious to get out there and see them!
Day 5 – Polar Bear Viewing
Spend the full day in a Tundra Buggy with a knowledgeable guide, viewing polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. The Tundra Buggy guides know just where to go, and with hundreds of bears congregating in anticipation of the ice forming on the Hudson Bay, there are plenty of bears at rest and at play to spot.
Day 6 – Dog Sledding
Before heading out on your dog sledding excursion, you will then enjoy a visit to the Parks Canada Interpretive Center, where you’ll learn more about the history, wildlife, and culture of the Churchill area.
After, embark on an exciting dog sledding excursion - meet the dogs, learn about their lives and histories, and then take on the wild tundra mushing your very own team! A real highlight on Canada vacation packages in the north.
Day 7 – Return to Winnipeg
Spend the day onboard a Tundra Buggy and enjoy your last sight of the polar bears and Arctic wildlife. This evening, fly back to Winnipeg and check-in to your hotel for a one-night stay.
Day 8 – Departure
Much too soon, your polar bear expedition comes to an end when you check-out from your hotel.
Please note that the order of activities may vary.
What we love about this trip
Close-up polar bear encounters
Journey through the arctic tundra by train
A 22 person maximum on the Tundra Buggy
Exciting day activities
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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.
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.
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.
Prices & DatesTrip Start Dates - 2017
October 9, 21, 30
Trip Start Dates - 2018
October 15, 27
November 3, 5, 12
The prices listed below are based on travel service and hotel class for this journey:
• Prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single, triple and child rates can be provided on request.
*Single supplement is $925 CAD and subject to change based on dates and availability
Polar Bear Expedition By Train
from US $6,399to US $7,073per 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.
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