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Tundra Lodge & Town Adventure

Stay on the Tundra Among the Bears – and in the Northern Outpost Town of Churchill
Day 1: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Arrive in Winnipeg and transfer to the historic Fort Garry Hotel. Built in 1913 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, this prestigious landmark has long been a symbol of genteel elegance in the heart of Manitoba's capital, which was once a fur-trading post and railway boomtown. This evening, we meet for an orientation dinner with our Expedition Leader.

Day 2: Churchill / Tundra Lodge
Fly to Churchill where we board a custom-designed Polar Rover vehicle for our transfer to the Tundra Lodge. As we drive out of town, watch for Arctic wildlife against the vast, wide-open landscape – we may even be able to get our very first polar bear shots en route! Once we reach our tundra outpost, we'll have a presentation on polar bears by one of our Expedition Leaders, providing an enlightening introduction to our northern adventure. As dinner is served in the Tundra Lodge dining room, keep your camera at the ready – we may see polar bears wandering right outside the windows!

Day 3: 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 safe outdoor observation decks to accommodate our own curiosity. As we watch the bears interact, we're delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. We may see protective mothers with cubs, young males play-fighting, and solitary individual patrolling the tundra as they wait for the ice on Hudson 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 most bears in the entire area. The guide and entire 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 also spot caribou, Arctic fox, Arctic hare, snowy owl and ptarmigan.

At the end of an exhilarating day, we retire to our cozy accommodations for dinner and a naturalist presentation. In the light cast by our lodge across the frozen tundra, look for the illuminated eyes of animals that roam near us after dark. And if we are fortunate to have a clear night and good luck, we may see the North’s spectacular aurora borealis light show after darkness descends – Churchill has some of the world’s most concentrated northern lights activity.

Day 4: Polar Bear Viewing / Churchill
Today we depart the Tundra Lodge, scouting for more polar bears and other Arctic wildlife on a morning drive across the tundra back to Churchill, where we'll have lunch. Later this afternoon we check into a hotel in this remote small town that was once a Hudson Bay Company trading post. We'll have dinner at a restaurant in town, followed by an evening presentation. 

Day 5: Exploring Churchill & Environs
A comprehensive tour of Churchill is in store today, which will include cultural activities that highlight the history and indigenous heritage of the area. There will be an opportunity to wander the few blocks that comprise ‘downtown,’ with a chance to pick up some souvenirs and Native handicrafts from the local shops.  We also head out onto the tundra for more nature and wildlife observation. This evening, we’ll again have dinner in town followed by a cultural presentation.  
Day 6: Sled Dog Excursion / Winnipeg
This morning we learn about a distinctly northern pastime: dog sledding. We'll meet a local musher and hear all about this traditional means of Arctic transportation, interacting with the lively dog team as we learn about their care and training. Then we take turns enjoying an exhilarating ride as the dogs whisk us down a trail through the boreal forest. Depending on flight schedules, there may also be time for an optional helicopter tour over the tundra – a great chance to spy polar bears from the air. We'll enjoy a farewell lunch together in Churchill before our return flight to Winnipeg, followed by a reception and final night at the Fort Garry Hotel. 

Day 7: Winnipeg / Home
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.

[Please note: On some trips, the dog sledding excursion may take place on Day 4.]

Physical Rating: Easy

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