Join expert guides from Polar Bear International on this popular AAA Member itinerary. Specially-equipped Tundra Buggies allow you to view these magnificent creatures up-close in comfort and security. Watch and photograph mother polar bears, their cubs and rambunctious adolescents along the shores of Hudson Bay as they begin their annual hunt for seals. Also enjoy a dogsled ride and visits to the Eskimo Museum and Parks Canada Interpretive Center.
• Receive a one-year membership to Polar Bears International.
• Attend exclusive in-field lectures by ambassadors of Polar Bears International.
• Up-close polar bear viewing on a Tundra Buggy.
Exclusive AAA Sojourns added-value benefits: Wine and cheese basket plus AAA Welcome Letter in Winnipeg guest room upon arrival (1 per booking)
The World of the Polar Bear by Norbert Rosing, 1 per booking
$50 "Buggy Bucks" to be redeemed at the Tundra Buggy Gift Shop in Churchill, 1 per person
$25 food and beverage voucher to be used at the Four Points by Sheraton, 1 per person
Each fall, scores of polar bears gather before the winter freeze near Churchill, along the shores of Hudson Bay, to begin their annual hunt for seals. Although a shrinking habitat means challenges for the polar bear population, you can still see these Lords of the Arctic in the wild from the secure comfort of your Tundra Buggy. With no more than 22 guests, everyone has a great view and plenty of room to store gear. Spot mothers nurturing cubs and young males in mock battle. Get amazing photographs of the bears walking below your feet as you watch them safely through the buggy’s steel mesh floor.
Expert guides from Polar Bear International will accompany you on this exclusive departure. Polar Bears International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the worldwide conservation of the polar bear and its habitat through research, stewardship and education. Their ambassadors will be on hand to offer in-field insights about polar bears, their habitat and the growing environmental challenges that they face. Informative evening presentations help deepen your understanding of this magnificent animal.
Not only will you see Manitoba's magnificent polar bears, you'll also learn about the history and culture of the region. Enjoy a tour of Churchill and the surrounding area; visit the Eskimo Museum which showcases an extensive collection of Inuit artifacts; experience the landscape on a mile-long dogsled ride through Churchill’s boreal forest; and learn about the natural diversity of the Churchill area at the Parks Canada Interpretive Center.
• 5 nights hotel accommodations: 2 nights in Winnipeg and 3 nights in Churchill
• Round-trip flights between Winnipeg and Churchill
• All meals beginning with breakfast on Day 2 and ending with dinner on Day 5
• Two days of daytime polar bear viewing via Tundra Buggy
• Services of a professional guide
• Exclusive in-field lectures by Polar Bears International ambassadors
• All entrance fees, permits and parks fees
• Visits to Eskimo Museum and Parks Canada Interpretive Center plus half-day dog sledding program
• Round-trip airport/hotel transfers
Note: This tour is not advised for children as the long days out on the tundra may be harmful.
Day 1 - Arrive in Winnipeg
After pick-up at the airport, enjoy a “Meet & Greet” event at your hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton. Meet your interpretive tour guide and learn more about your upcoming itinerary at an informative evening slideshow presentation.
Accommodation: Four Points by Sheraton - 1 night
Day 2 - Winnipeg / Churchill
This morning, coffee will be available in the hotel lobby before meeting your group leader and embarking on your flight to Churchill. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the town and surrounding area. Please dress warmly as there will be some stops and photo opportunities along the way. We will break for lunch at one of the local restaurants before visiting the Eskimo Museum. Listen to a short introduction and then enjoy the museum at your leisure.
Accommodation: Select Churchill hotel - 3 nights
Day 3 - Polar Bear Viewing
Today will be spent on a Tundra Buggy viewing bears and other wildlife. Casual, comfortable, layered clothing is suggested. After breakfast, meet in your hotel lobby and transfer to the Tundra Buggy launch area, where the specially designed tundra vehicles are stored. The buggies are equipped with propane heaters and washroom facilities. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. From the warmth and comfort of the vehicle, you may see mothers and cubs as well as young adult males play-fighting. This interaction of the animals is fascinating and the tour leader will make sure you see as much as possible. We will return back to town at approximately 5:00pm with dinner to follow. Tonight, there will be a slide presentation on the region’s seasonal changes.
Day 4 - Dog Sledding / Park Canada Presentation
Today after breakfast, meet at Wapusk General Store for a fun dog sledding program. Hear stories, get to know the team of friendly dogs and learn dog handling philosophy from a local resident. Then embark on a thrilling, mile-long dogsled ride through Churchill's boreal forest. After lunch, attend a special presentation given by the Parks Canada Interpretive Center. It includes a film on the history, culture and wildlife of the area followed by free time to explore the exhibits.
Day 5 - Polar Bear Viewing
After breakfast, check out of your room prior to departing for the day’s activities. Your checked luggage will be transferred separately. Then embark on another day of bear viewing from the comfort of a secure Tundra Buggy. In the afternoon, fly back to Winnipeg where you will be transferred to your hotel.
Accommodation: Four Points by Sheraton - 1 night
Day 6 - Depart Winnipeg
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
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