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
- Trip price includes: Accommodations, services of Nat Hab's professional Expedition Leader(s) and assistants, Polar Rover excursions, helicopter excursion to female bears' denning area, dog sledding excursion, evening wildlife and cultural presentations, all meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on final day, cold-weather gear including a parka and boots during your trip, most gratuities, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, all activities and entrance fees, all taxes, permits and service fees.
- Internal air fee includes: Round-trip private charter flights from Winnipeg to Churchill. (Internal air fee and trip cost are listed separately in 2019.)
Travel to and from the start and end point of your trip, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees (if any), optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry and internet, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes (if any), optional travel protection and medical evacuation 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 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 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.