A Total Immersion in the North, Including Dog Sledding & a Helicopter Journey to a Polar Bear Den
This Arctic expedition is our most thorough encounter with the world of the polar bear and the Canadian North. Traverse the tundra in heated Polar Rovers to search for bears, and watch them roam, play and interact—sometimes entertaining us at close range through large picture windows or in the open from the outdoor viewing platform. But this epic adventure doesn't end there: we'll also helicopter
in to the bears' denning area, experience the boreal forest on an authentic dog sled ride, explore the frontier town of Churchill and enjoy cultural activities with local residents. When darkness descends, keep your fingers crossed for a view of the northern lights—the mystical display is as vivid here as any place on Earth. "Ultimate Churchill" is the ultimate North!
- Diverse Arctic ActivitiesEncounter the Arctic wilderness by Polar Rover, helicopter and dog sled on our preeminent polar bear adventure—tops among Churchill polar bear tours!
- The Best Bear-Viewing VehiclesOur custom-built Polar Rovers have window seats for all, plus exclusive steel-mesh outdoor viewing platforms for the closest possible polar bear encounters
- Experience Northern CulturesMeet the First Nations peoples of Hudson Bay, and learn about their customs and traditions during special cultural presentations
Close Encounters with Polar Bears in Churchill
A Conservation Travel Experience
What Makes Our Ultimate Churchill Trip So Special?
If you're coming all the way to Churchill, the Polar Bear Capital of the World, you may as well take in the entire Northland experience! You'll find no more comprehensive trip than this one, which not only offers outstanding bear-viewing opportunities—plus a chance to enter a polar bear den (vacant, of course!)—but multiple opportunities for in-depth exploration of the nature, culture
and history of the Canadian North, too. Find out why our Ultimate Churchill adventure truly offers the ultimate polar bear experience:
- The Full Arctic Experience
This comprehensive trip includes an element that most visitors to Churchill miss—a deep immersion in the Canadian Northland. While all our polar bear trips offer an encounter with local cultures through a dog sled excursion and specially arranged interactions with indigenous people, this adventure offers a more in-depth experience of northern lifestyles. Add to this the rarest of polar bear experiences—the chance to fly over the vast expanse of the tundra, make a wilderness landing and crawl inside an unoccupied polar bear den—and you've got an Arctic adventure experienced by very few.
- Exclusive Permits for the Best Polar Bear Viewing Area
There are just two polar bear tour operators in Churchill that hold permits to access the full range of the Churchill Wildlife Management Area where the best—and often only—polar bear viewing happens. Naturally, in our commitment to running the world’s greatest nature journeys, the Natural Habitat/Great White Bear team possesses this critical permit. Operators without it are consigned to offering trips aboard school-bus-type vehicles along the road to Halfway Point, which, as you might guess, is just halfway to the best polar bear viewing area.
- Polar Rovers: The Most Impressive Vehicles in the North
The original tundra vehicle designed for polar bear viewing was invented in the 1980s. Since then, our partner in Manitoba, a world-renowned specialty vehicle designer, has substantially improved upon the "tundra buggy" concept by creating the world's most comfortable tundra vehicle—the Polar Rover—which we operate exclusively in Churchill. Its innovative drive train allows us to traverse the tundra with virtually no chance of a breakdown. With the advanced elite suspension system that smooths the ride, and onboard flush toilet facilities (rather than drop buckets that can smell), our guests enjoy the highest level of comfort and safety. See more details on our Polar Rovers.
- Steel-Mesh Decking Allows Close-Up Bear Observation
Built into every Polar Rover's rear viewing platform is an exciting feature that we've pioneered for optimal polar bear viewing—grated steel-mesh floors that allow us to witness from remarkably close proximity the curious bears that often wander beneath our vehicles!
- The Smallest Groups for the Best Nature Experience
An essential element of our nature expeditions is a small group. While it costs us more to operate trips with fewer travelers, the experience is far superior, and that's why we insist on it. By limiting our Ultimate Churchill group to a maximum 15 guests (even though our Polar Rovers can hold well over 30 passengers), we ensure that every individual has a window seat and plenty of space to spread out, angle for photos and enjoy a personal experience with the polar bears without too much intrusion from other guests.
- Private Chartered Planes Give Us More Time with the Bears
So we don't waste precious time coordinating with airline schedules or navigating long lines at airport security screenings, we charter our own private aircraft, flying directly from Winnipeg to Churchill at a time that is most convenient for us. We’d rather maximize your time on the tundra, instead of sitting around airports.
- The Finest Naturalist Guides on the Planet
Natural Habitat Adventures is known worldwide for the highest-quality guides in the industry. Our Polar Bear Expedition Leaders have been guiding tours in Churchill for an average of 10-plus years, and they receive additional training resources from WWF’s top scientists. This means that our guests enjoy the best interpretive experience available! Expedition Leaders meet each guest in Winnipeg and travel with the group the entire way, sharing their wealth of knowledge at every turn. Our philosophy is simple: a nature adventure is only as good as the guide, so we simply must provide the best! See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Ultimate Polar Bear Experience
Natural Habitat Adventures offers an exclusive guarantee, clearly stating that we will meet the lofty expectations we set in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We all care about the planet, and when you travel with us you do so knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100-percent carbon-offset. Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, a feature that is particularly important when considering that polar bears face a substantial threat from a warming planet.
- Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world's leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!