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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!

Days 3-4: 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 each exhilarating day, we retire to our cozy accommodations for dinner and naturalist presentations. 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 5: Polar Bear Viewing
Today we depart the Tundra Lodge, scouting for more polar bears and other Arctic wildlife as we drive back to Churchill. Later, we'll return to Churchill and check into a hotel in this former Hudson Bay Company trading post. We'll have dinner at a restaurant in town, followed by an evening presentation. 

Day 6: Explore Churchill / Sled Dog Excursion
Today we take a comprehensive tour of Churchill, which will also include cultural activities that highlight the history and Native 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’ll also 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. This evening, we’ll again have dinner in town followed by a cultural presentation.  
Day 7: Churchill / Winnipeg
Depending on flight schedules, we may have time for some last-minute exploration of this subarctic frontier community, and a possible 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 8: Winnipeg / Home
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.

Physical Rating: Easy

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