Stay Among the Bears at the Northland's Most Remarkable Rolling Hotel—on the Tundra Itself!
Day 1: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Arrive in Winnipeg, once a fur-trading post and boomtown for the Canadian Pacific Railway, today Manitoba’s cultural and commercial capital at the eastern edge of Canada’s vast prairies. Transfer to the historic Fort Garry Hotel, grande dame of Winnipeg hospitality and one of the city’s most prestigious landmarks. Meet your Expedition Leader at an orientation dinner this evening.
Day 2: Winnipeg / Churchill / Tundra Lodge
Fly to Churchill and transfer to the Tundra Lodge by Polar Rover, watching for Arctic wildlife against the vast white landscape along the way. A presentation on polar bears by our Expedition Leader provides an enlightening introduction to our unique northern adventure. We enjoy dinner together prepared by our professional chef, who resides at the lodge throughout the season. Don’t be surprised, though, if our meal is interrupted by a mad dash to the windows to watch a polar bear lumbering across the snow around the lodge.
Days 3-5: Tundra Lodge—Polar Bear Viewing
The Tundra Lodge is strategically positioned at the beginning of each season in a spot that attracts the greatest number of polar bears in the Churchill area! Inquisitive bears often approach the lodge, which features rows of windows and fenced observation decks to accommodate our own curiosity. We find Ursus maritimus
even more majestic up close than we could have imagined. Yet these giant bears, the largest land carnivores in the world, are charming and whimsical, too, and we are aware of what a rare treasure it is to see them in their wild habitat. As we watch them interact, we're delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. We may see mothers protecting and teaching their cubs, young males play-fighting, or massive adults patrolling the shore as they wait for the bay to freeze.
The unique location of the Tundra Lodge, combined with excursions in our special all-terrain tundra vehicles called Polar Rovers, affords lodge guests the best possible wildlife encounters in the region. The small spit of land where the lodge is located often attracts the greatest number of bears in the entire area. Our guide and group may opt to take a full-day excursion together, or split time between a half-day trip and viewing bears from the lodge. 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 Northland’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 board our Polar Rover, leaving the ice-bound coastline of Hudson Bay in the distance as we make our way back to Churchill. Depending on flight schedules, there may be time for some last-minute exploration of this subarctic frontier community, originally a Northwest Company fur-trading post, with a chance to pick up local handicrafts and souvenirs or take part in an optional helicopter tour over the tundra. We enjoy a farewell lunch in Churchill before flying back to Winnipeg where we have a final reception before our adventure concludes.
Day 7: Winnipeg / Depart
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for flights home.
On the 6-day trip we return to Winnipeg on Day 5 with flights home scheduled for Day 6.
Physical Rating: Easy