Eric Rock: Northern Lights, Arctic fox, northern cultures Brad Jospehs: Inukshuk, Sled Dog closeup, Guide by igloo, Photographers at night, Outhouse, Dogsled photographer
Colin McNulty: Dog sledding
Alexander de Vries: Northern Lights and Aurora Pod
Eddy Savage: Sunrise Photographers, Couple under the lights
In Winnipeg, stay at the historic Fort Garry Hotel, an elegant landmark built by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in 1913. In remote Churchill, our simple hotels are clean, comfortable and centrally located.
Winnipeg & Churchill Hotels
In Winnipeg, we stay at the Fort Garry Hotel, one of Canada's lavish railway hotels built by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in 1913 and long a symbol of the prairie city's importance as a transportation and commerce hub. Located downtown one block from Union Station, this historic landmark and gracious accommodation built in French chateau style is Winnipeg's finest hotel, exuding an atmosphere of the opulence that prevailed during the glory days of the development of the Canadian West. Relax in the lounge, enjoy a drink in the antique bar, or indulge in a sumptuous treatment at Ten Spa, an authentic Turkish-style bath and spa located on the top floor of the hotel.
In the Arctic frontier outpost of Churchill, hotels are small and simple. While they would certainly not be considered fancy by any means, they are clean, comfortable and conveniently located in the center of town. Every room has its own private bathroom with a shower. Please be aware that hotel space in Churchill is scarce, and to accommodate demand we must use a variety of local properties. Room size, amenities, and range of services may vary among hotels despite comparable pricing.
Traverse a variety of ecosystems—rolling prairie, dense boreal forest and open tundra—from the comfort of a well-appointed VIA Rail sleeper train journeying northward to the Arctic.
Winnipeg to Churchill, Manitoba
Important note: Due to ongoing major track repair south of Churchill, 2018 train departures will go only as far as Thompson, where travelers will transfer to an onward flight to Churchill. We anticipate that the full length of the rail line to Churchill will be operational for 2019 departures. The dome car will not be available on 2018 trains to Thompson.
Our VIA Rail journey through the Canadian North takes us across a variety of changing habitats, from sprawling prairie to boreal forest to open subarctic tundra as we travel 1,000 miles from urban Winnipeg to the frontier outpost town of Churchill on Hudson Bay. A glass dome car (2019 dates only) offers a broad panorama of the passing scenery, providing travelers a modern mode of transport that's reminiscent of days gone by. Sleeping aboard is part of the fun, and while our private en suite cabins are small, they are more spacious than you might expect, and very comfortable. Each cabin has large windows (look for the northern lights from your own private space), a well-appointed bed, plus private toilet and sink facilities, with showers down the corridor. Meals are taken in the dining car, as we survey the passing landscape along the Canadian National and Hudson Bay railway lines.