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
Trip Dates: October - November
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, 2 meals per day, 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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- Play with polar bears and watch for beluga whales
- Spend the evenings under the vibrant, dancing ribbons of the northern lights
- Go on countless adventures, from dog sledding to ice fishing to snowshoeing
- Relax and reflect on the day’s beauty and excitement by the fireplace of your cozy lodge
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Arrival Airport: Winnipeg International Airport (YWG)
Day 1: Welcome to Manitoba—the polar bear 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 and talk about photography techniques. We’ll 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: In the morning catch your flight onwards to Churchill to start your Polar Bear Safari & search for the Northern Lights. Although our chances of seeing the northern lights are relatively high in this corner of the world, it’s never a guarantee; geomagnetic fields and clear skies are both main factors in seeing the stunning phenomenon. Because of this, we’ll make the most of our time, photographing this unique, remote, and unfathomably striking region of the Arctic. Over the next several days, we’ll visit a husky kennel, ride on a traditional dog sled, set out on safari in the frozen forests, embark on cultural & heritage tours, and even have our hand at spotting the infamous Polar Bears. Every night you can venture out in search of the northern lights and learn how to capture their magnificence on camera. Accommodation: Churchill Lodge (B, L)
Day 4: Today we’ll enjoy more time with the town’s famous polar bears. Prime viewing times are October and November, when the bears begin their move from their summer habitat on the tundra back to seal-hunting territory on the icy patches of Hudson Bay. Ride in a Tundra Buggy, manufactured to smoothly ride over snow and ice, as we traverse Churchill—one of the few human settlements where you can observe polar bears in the wild. Thousands of visitors from around the world make the journey each fall to see these magnificent animals. The evenings will provide our final time under the neon ribbons of the aurora. 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 Polar Bears and learn more about their way of living in these extreme temperatures. 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: Winnipeg Hotel (B, L)
Day 6: Enjoy your last free day in Winnipeg. There are many things to see and do in the city, so you are free to explore as you wish & visit the sites that are the most interest to you. 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)