No paved roads lead directly into the tiny town of Churchill, Manitoba, on the remote, southwestern shores of Hudson Bay, so you'll have to arrive by train or plane to see the area's most famous seasonal residents—polar bears. From July to November, about a thousand migrate to Churchill, earning it the nickname the "polar bear capital of the world." Here, the planet's largest land carnivores spend the summer and await winter, when the bay freezes and they can perch on the ice and hunt for ringed seals. Summertime also brings thousands of migrating beluga whales to the town's coast—another reason to visit.
Trip Summary: Churchill, Canada | 7 Days
Private Dates: By Inquiry
Next Group Trip: November 2017
Group Size: Max 16 Participants
Price From: $3800
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All inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight, lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides, all activities, and meals as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included
This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.
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- Play with polar bears and watch out for beluga whales
- Enjoy a perfect view of the Northern Lights
- Experience the Churchill, Canada way with dog sledding, Eskimos, ice fishing and snowshoeing.
- Relax and take in the landscape at your cozy, warm lodge (minutes away from all the polar bears!)
Day 1: Welcome to Churchill, Manitoba the polar bear capital of the world! Today you will check into your comfortable log cabin that awaits you in one of the most scenic and beautiful locations on earth. Start each day with a delicious buffet breakfast and end each day with a traditional regional dinner with Indigenous foods such as Braised Peppered Elk, Arctic Char and Manitoba Bison gracing the table. Accommodation: Bear Country Inn or Similar Lodge
Days 2-3: Although our chances of seeing the Northern Lights are relatively high in this corner of the world, it’s never a guarantee that they will appear (geomagnetic fields and clear skies are both the main factors in seeing the dancing lights). It’s because of this that we will make the most of our days and to photograph this unique, remote, and unfathomably beautiful region of the Arctic. On both of our full days in Churchill we will:
- Visit a husky kennel and have the experience of riding on a traditional dog sled through the frozen forests
- Have multiple opportunities to set out snowshoeing through the frozen forests, and even have our hand at ice fishing.
Every night we will set out on the search of the Northern Lights, and will learn how to capture their magnificence with our cameras. Our winter cabins will be our cozy retreat where will review photographs and talk about photography techniques as we can drink hot tea around the fireplace, enjoy traditional dishes such as grilled reindeer and lingonberry jam, and shake off the chill as we defrost in the sauna. Accommodation: Bear Country Inn or Similar Lodge
Day 4: Today we will enjoy our time with Churchill's famous polar bears. Prime viewing times are in October and November, when the bears begin their move from their summer habitat on the tundra back to seal-hunting territory – the pack ice that forms every winter over Hudson Bay. Ride in a Tundra Vehicle made to ride over snow and ice smoothly and make your way to Polar Bear Nation. Churchill is one of the few human settlements where polar bears can be observed in the wild. Thousands of visitors from around the world visit each fall for the excitement of seeing these magnificent animals. Accommodation: Bear Country Inn or Similar Lodge
Day 5-6: Our next days in Churchill will give us the opportunity to enjoy a snowshoeing adventure and kayaking to watch for Beluga Whales learning how to photograph this rare sight while also keeping our eyes open for wolves, owls, and other Arctic wildlife. In the evening, we’ll have one final night under the neon ribbons of the Aurora. Accommodation: Bear Country Inn or Similar Lodge
Day 7: Today we say goodbye to Churchill as we board our flights from the local airport to our home destinations.