Location of Adventure
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
Group Size Limit
Approximately 29 Travelers
A very important feature of this polar bear adventure is the limited group size. Nature and wildlife are always best experienced in smaller groups, and it is particularly important on this trip so that our guests have plenty of room on board the Polar Rover vehicles. The Tundra Lodge holds 32 guests plus staff, but we limit our group to approximately 29 guests. On our tundra wildlife drives, we generally accommodate 16 guests per Polar Rover, which leaves plenty of room to move about the vehicles as we are viewing and photographing bears.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
R/T flights to and from Winnipeg and Churchill, accommodations, all meals, beer and wine on the Tundra Lodge, cold-weather gear
including a parka and boots during your trip, services of NHA's professional Expedition Leaders and assistants, some gratuities, all activities/entrance fees, evening wildlife and cultural presentations, all taxes and service charges.
Travel to and from Winnipeg, distilled or alcoholic beverages on the Tundra Lodge, some gratuities, travel insurance, items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, etc.).
A polar bear expedition with Natural Habitat Adventures requires very little walking. Travelers must be able to walk up/down stairs. Our Polar Rover vehicles, designed to travel over the tundra for polar bear observation, can sometimes offer a bumpy ride. Travelers must be prepared for below-freezing temperatures and slippery surfaces.
Important Information About This Trip
A stay at our exclusive Tundra Lodge offers guests the true feel of the Far North, with polar bears ambling across the tundra right outside the windows. Despite its isolation, the facility is remarkably comfortable, with private bedrooms and a common living room. The onboard kitchen prepares delectable meals that are served in the spacious dining room. The Polar
Rover vehicle located on site provides transportation for half-day excursions over the tundra. Each Tundra Lodge guest will travel on the Polar Rover for one half-day excursion each day; the second half of each day is spent viewing the bears from the comfort of the Tundra Lodge. As the bears approach us, we are able to observe their interactions in the natural environment surrounding the lodge.
Regarding polar bears in general: Polar bears are typically found in the Churchill area year-round. The highest concentration occurs in October and November as the bears mass in anticipation for the freeze-up of Hudson Bay. Sometimes the best bear viewing is in
the beginning of the season, sometimes in the middle, and sometimes at the end—we never know for sure. Once Hudson Bay freezes, many of the bears depart and head far out onto the ice. Historically this happens in early December, but an unusually early cold spell can occur, hastening their departure. Check out more details on the ebbs and flows of the Churchill polar bear viewing season
Getting There & Getting Home
In case of flight or weather delays, we recommend that you arrive a day early and either participate in our Extra Day in Winnipeg program or stay on your own. Our expedition begins with a 7:00pm welcome dinner on Day 1. You are free to depart at any time on the final day.