Northern Lights of Churchill

Northern Lights of Churchill

8

days

starting from US $3,658per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

On this week-long adventure, you’ll journey to Churchill, Manitoba - one of the top 3 places in the world to see the Northern Lights. View the mystical Aurora from a cozy Tundra Buggy in the deep dark of an arctic winter. Enjoy a culinary adventure under the stars, interpretive tours, and guided winter activities.

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Trip at a glance

Arrive Winnipeg
2 nights Winnipeg
4 nights Churchill
1 night Winnipeg
Depart Winnipeg

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Winnipeg
Arrive in snowy Winnipeg (known by Canadians as Winter-peg), considered Canada’s cultural capital. If you arrive early enough, you can walk from your hotel to experience Winnipeg’s new Museum of Human Rights, or simply explore the charming Forks Market. Tonight, you’ll meet your group and tour leader, and enjoy a hearty welcome dinner. Overnight in Winnipeg at the Inn at the Forks boutique hotel.

Day 2 - Explore Winnipeg with a guide
Today will set the stage for your journey north. Learn about Canada’s Inuit culture, as you tour the Manitoba Museum on an interactive program. Then at the Planetarium, you’ll tour the night sky on a guided “nature walk” of the stars, current constellations, planets, and northern lights. Overnight in Winnipeg.

Day 3 - Journey north to Churchill
After an early morning flight, you’ll touch down in the historic northern community of Churchill - accessible only by air or rail. Enjoy a guided bus tour of local and historical points of interest, plus a visit to the Itsanitaq Museum, which houses one of the most extensive Inuit art collection in the world.

Before your first evening of aurora viewing, hone your skills on a photography workshop. Once settled onboard the cozy Tundra Buggy Lodge, surrounded by the deep darkness of an arctic winter, you’ll catch your first glimpse of the Lights as they begin to dance overhead.

Churchill is considered one of the 3 best places in the world to see the Northern Lights, with an average of 300 nights of Aurora activity per year. The colour can vary from a haunting, brilliant green, to a rainbow of violet, blue, red, and yellow.

Overnights will be spent in a comfortable Churchill hotel.

Days 4, 5 & 6 - Churchill activities and northern lights viewing
Over the next few days, immerse yourself into Northern life. With your group, you’ll enjoy a thrilling dogsled adventure, snow shoe trek, and wildlife interpretation. Each night, you’ll watch for the Northern Lights from the Tundra Buggy Lodge.

Feature experience: one evening of your stay, you’ll embark on one of Canada’s most unique culinary adventures, as you travel across the frozen Churchill River by Tundra Buggy to the Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site. Here you’ll experience stunning cuisine in a clear-roofed pop-up restaurant, under the stars and lights of the northern night sky.

Day 7 - From Churchill back to Winnipeg
All too soon, you depart from Churchill. If you’ve chosen the VIA Rail option, you’ll spend two nights watching the snowy winter landscape go by from the Hudson Bay train. If you’ve chosen to return by air, you’ll depart Churchill in the afternoon to spend the night in Winnipeg.

Day 8 (air option) or Day 10 (train option) - Depart
Depart Winnipeg at your leisure.

What we love about this trip

4 nights of Northern Lights viewing

Once in a lifetime culinary experience under the night sky

Sleeping in a cozy Churchill hotel

Guided dogsledding and snow shoeing

Interpretive presentations & tours

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

A dedicated escort, plus specialist guides on most excursions - A dedicated escort, plus specialist guides on most excursions
A dedicated escort, plus specialist guides on most excursions
Guided winter activities - Guided winter activities
Guided winter activities
4 evenings of lights viewing, from the Tundra Buggy Lodge - 4 evenings of lights viewing, from the Tundra Buggy Lodge
4 evenings of lights viewing, from the Tundra Buggy Lodge
One-of-a-kind RAW Churchill culinary experience  - One-of-a-kind RAW Churchill culinary experience
One-of-a-kind RAW Churchill culinary experience
• 2 nights of accommodation in downtown Winnipeg, then 1 post night in a Winnipeg airport hotel
• 4 nights in a cozy Churchill hotel
• 4 nights of Aurora Borealis watching from the comfort of the Tundra Buggy Lodge
• Services of a certified interpretive guide for the duration of your trip
• Incredible RAW Churchill culinary experience (not available on Feb 18 start date)
• The following interpretive tours and experiences: Churchill & area tour,
Itsanitaq Museum, Parks Canada Interpretive Centre, dogsledding excursion, snowshoeing excursion, Winnipeg Museum & Plantetarium presentation, photography workshop
• Air option: return airfare between Winnipeg & Churchill
• Rail option: one way air from Winnipeg to Churchill, plus two nights onboard VIA Rail from Churchill to Winnipeg in private cabin accommodation
• Meet & greet evening on the first night of your tour
• All Meals
• Full documentation package

 

Not Included

• Airfare between your home and Winnipeg
• Winter clothing (rental package is available, please inquire)
• Gratuities
• Provincial & federal Canadian taxes
• Trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Add a train journey from Toronto or Vancouver
Add a train journey from Toronto or Vancouver
Add time in a the Canadian Rockies
Add time in a the Canadian Rockies
Enjoy the winter festivities of Eastern Canada
Enjoy the winter festivities of Eastern Canada
• Explore the winter festivals of Montreal, Quebec City, or Ottawa
• Combine this trip with one of our Rockies winter adventures
• Ask us to book a rail journey from Toronto or Vancouver

Accommodation Options

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.

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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.

 

Prices & Dates

Trip Start Dates - 2018

8 day, 7 night program*
Feb 27 - Mar 6
Mar 8 - Mar 15

* Includes roundtrip flights between Winnipeg and Churchill

10 day, 9 night program*
Feb 18 - Feb 27
Mar 4 - Mar 13

* Includes flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, and return onboard VIA Rail (2 nights)

Note:
• Feb 18 trip does not include RAW Churchill culinary experience
• Prices are per person
• Double means two people sharing a room, single supplement is available
• Winter clothing rental package available upon request

Northern Lights Viewing Experience
from US $4,999to US $5,399per person

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