Location of Adventure
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
Group Size Limit
Approximately 16 Travelers
Nature and wildlife are best encountered in smaller groups, and this is especially true for our photography adventures. With only 16 travelers, our experience is quieter and more authentic, and you’re assured plenty of space and personalized attention when you need it. With a small group, we maintain the flexibility to adapt to changing conditions in a way that maximizes our photo opportunities—we'll depart early in the morning to chase the best light, remain at a site of specific photographic interest to fully explore the potential, or move to a new destination when desired. Our Expedition Leader, who is both an expert naturalist and accomplished photographer, is always available to answer your questions, provide tips and techniques, and to help you better understand and photograph this captivating region of the world and its wild inhabitants.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Round-trip flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, accommodations, all meals, drinking water throughout the trip, dog sledding excursion, cold-weather gear
including a parka and boots during your trip, services of NHA's professional Expedition Leaders (specific leaders subject to change) and assistants, some gratuities, all activities/entrance fees, evening wildlife and cultural presentations, all taxes and service charges.
Travel to and from start and end point of the trip, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees, airport and departure taxes, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), optional travel insurance and optional activities.
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.
Important Information About This Trip
Our Classic Photo Adventure is based in the town of Churchill, giving us access not only to polar bears nearby but also to the culture, people and history of Churchill. During the three full days we spend on the tundra and our evenings in town, our photography guides will share their knowledge of the tundra ecosystem, its wildlife, and how to best capture these elements in photographs.
Regarding polar bears in general: Polar bears are typically in the Churchill area year-round. The highest concentration occurs in October and November as the bears congregate awaiting the freeze-up of Hudson Bay and the start of their winter seal-hunting season. Sometimes, the best viewing happens at the beginning of the season, sometimes it's in the middle, and sometimes, not till the end—we can never know for sure. Once the ice freezes, many of the bears depart. Historically, this typically occurs in early December, but an unusually early cold spell may occur, hastening their departure.
Since the areas we travel to are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require that all guests have medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat Adventures (NHA), 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 NHA's medical evacuation policy (currently $48 per person) 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 and lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer 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 stay 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.
Proof of Citizenship
All U.S. citizens must carry a valid passport or passport card to enter Canada. Birth certificates and other government-issued photo IDs are no longer accepted for entry.
Complimentary Boots & Parkas
Natural Habitat Adventures lends heavy winter parkas and Arctic boots to all travelers during their polar bear adventure. Use of this gear will ensure your comfort and eliminate the hassle of carrying these bulky items between your home city and Winnipeg. Enjoy!