No paved roads lead directly into the tiny town of Churchill, Manitoba, on the remote, southwestern shores of Hudson Bay. As you arrive by train or airplane, you’ll see the area's most famous seasonal residents—polar bears. From July to November, about a thousand of the giant creatures migrate to Churchill, earning it the title of "polar bear capital of the world." The planet's largest land carnivores spend the summer here and anxiously anticipate winter; this is when the bay freezes over and they can perch on the ice, lying in wait for ringed seals. Summertime also brings thousands of migrating beluga whales to the town's coast, providing another fascinating reason to visit!
Trip Summary: Churchill, Canada | 7 Days
Group Size: Max 16 Participants
Price From: $3800
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Trip Price: $3800
Internal Flight: $1200
Single Supplement: $1000
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All inclusive package including camping accommodation for all nights, all in-country transport, expert guides & wildlife instructors, meals as listed on the itineary, and all activities as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees 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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Arrival Airport: Winnipeg International Airport (YWG)
Day 1: Welcome to Manitoba—the polar bear & beluga whale capital of the world! When you first arrive to one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth, check into your comfortable log cabin. Get acquainted with your surroundings, and prepare for a week or unimaginable adventure and delicious food. In the evening, feast on a traditional, regional dinner, with indigenous foods such as braised elk, Arctic char, and Manitoba bison gracing the table. Accommodation: Winnipeg Hotel (None)
Day 2: Today we will check out of our hotel and catch our flights from Winnipeg to Churchill where we will transfer to our lodge. Our winter cabins will be a cozy retreat, where we’ll gather round the fireplace with a cup of hot tea to review our pictures from our incredible experiences each day. We’ll enjoy a cultural and heritage tour of the Churchill area, including historic Cape Merry and the Polar Bear Jail. We will end the night with a traditional dish, such as grilled reindeer and lingonberry jam, and shake off the chill as we defrost in the sauna. Accommodation: Churchill Lodge (B, D)
Days 3: Wake up in the morning to a delicious breakfast, where we will set out on a Polar Bear Safari & search for other Arctic wildlife (6-8 hours). Over the next several days, we’ll visit the tundra for arctic wildlife, enjoy a Beluga Whale tour, and take a walking tours of several of the most famous areas near Churchill - such as Prince of Wales Fort, Itsanitaq Museum, and many other beautiful areas. Accommodation: Churchill Lodge (B, L)
Day 4: Today we’ll enjoy more time with the town’s famous beluga whales. Prime viewing times are July and August, when the whales begin their move from their winter habitat back to the Hudson Bay. Ride in boat to see the Beluga Whales and learn from your naturalist guide about how they live in the wild. Thousands of visitors from around the world make the journey each summer to see these magnificent animals. Enjoy another free evening at your accommodation, where you can try some of the delicious dishes that the lodge prepares each evening. Accommodation: Churchill Lodge (B)
Days 5: During our last day in Churchill, we’ll enjoy another morning safari through the Tundra with our Naturalist Guide to to spot arctic wildlife (3-4 hours) We’ll learn how to photograph this rare sight while keeping our eyes peeled for wolves, owls, and other Arctic wildlife. Embark on a cultural & heritage to learn more about Churchill before we’ll head to the airport for our flights back to Winnipeg where we will overnight for the evening. Accommodation: Churchill Lodge (B)
Days 6: During our last day in Churchill, we’ll enjoy breakfast and a free morning in Churchill before we’ll head to the airport for our flights back to Winnipeg where we will overnight for the evening. Accommodation: Winnipeg Hotel (B)
Day 7: Enjoy your last breakfast before It’s time to say goodbye to the breathtaking views of Manitoba. After one last breakfast in this frozen paradise, we’ll head to the airport for our flights home.
Departure Airport: Winnipeg International Airport (YWG)