Location of Adventure
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
Group Size Limit
Approximately 15 Travelers
A very important feature of this polar bear expedition is the limited group size. Nature is always best experienced in smaller groups, and it is particularly important on this adventure to ensure that all guests have plenty of room on board the Polar Rovers.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Round-trip flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, accommodations, all meals, cold-weather gear
including a parka and boots for use during your trip, services of NHA's professional Expedition Leaders and assistants, some gratuities, helicopter flight, dog sledding excursion, evening wildlife and cultural presentations, permits and park fees, all taxes and service charges.
Travel to and from Winnipeg, some gratuities, alcoholic beverages, personal items, airport taxes, travel insurance.
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. During our helicopter journey to an empty polar bear den, travelers must be able to walk for approximately 10 minutes across uneven snow to reach the denning site.
Important Information About This Trip
This trip is designed for guests who want the fullest experience of the Canadian North. Included are daytime Polar Rover trips to see polar bears, a nighttime excursion (with the possibility to view the northern lights if they are visible), dog sledding and a helicopter flight over the tundra. During our years of experience in Churchill, we have forged intimate relationships with the local people, including indigenous Inuit, Metis and First Nations hosts who teach our guests about the cultures, lifestyles and history of people who have long been at home in the Canadian Arctic.
Polar bears are typically in the Churchill area all year-round. The highest concentration occurs in October and November. Sometimes the best bear viewing happens at the beginning of the season, sometimes the middle and sometimes at the end—we never know for sure. Each fall, the bears congregate as they wait for Hudson Bay to freeze, and when it does, many of them depart. Historically, this happens in early December, but an unusually early cold spell may occur, hastening their departure.
Since the areas we travel to on this extension are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat, we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of Natural Habitat’s medical evacuation policy to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays, to lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation or comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer through Travelex by calling 800-543-8917.
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 enjoy free time on your own. Our trip begins with a 7 pm welcome dinner on Day 1. You are free to depart at any time on the final day.