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October 25 - November 1, 2014

Polar Bears, Northern Lights, Hudson Bay Train

The Churchill Polar Bear adventure takes place in October during the prime time when the polar bears gather in large numbers to begin their annual hunt. From Winnipeg to Churchill ride on board Via Rail's Hudson Bay train for two nights. Joined by scientist and astronomer, Dr. Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute, you will experience Polar Bear viewing from the comfort of the Tundra Buggy. Space fills very quickly for this small boutique tours. This is a true Arctic adventure not to be missed.

Polar Bear
Polar Bear
Hannes Grobe
Churchill Falls

Churchill Falls

Polar Bear

Your Tour Includes:

  • Airfare from selected USA gateways
  • VIA Rail Sleeper service for two nights, between Winnipeg and Churchill one-way, typically a double bedroom
  • Return air transportation from Churchill to Winnipeg
  • Fully guided tour
  • Hotel accommodations: Churchill - 3 nights, Winnipeg - 2 nights
  • Interpretive tour of Churchill and area
  • 2 Days onboard the Tundra Buggy with a naturalist guide
  • Tour of the Eskimo Museum and Parks Canada Interpretation Centre
  • Dog sledding excursion
  • Transfers while in Churchill
  • All meals in Churchill & onboard the train
  • Taxes
  • Distinguished lecturer - Dr. Seth Shostak, SETI Institute

Saturday, October 25, 2014 • Winnipeg
Today your flight will take you across Canada to Winnipeg. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. You may wish to visit the Inn at the Forks, visit the Manitoba Museum, the Parliament buildings or take in some shopping.

VIA Rail

VIA Rail

Ian Stewart
Sunday October 26, 2014 • Winnipeg — Hudson Bay Rail
After breakfast, transfer to the train station and board VIA Rail’s Hudson Bay train and depart Winnipeg. Watch the scenery change from wooded forests to plains to tundra as you leave the city and make your way North. The diverse scenery is breathtaking. Overnight onboard the train.   
Monday, October 27, 2014 • Onboard the Hudson Bay
Spend a quiet day riding the rails across Manitoba. This is a full day onboard the train and is a great opportunity to meet your fellow travelers. The scenery becomes more arctic and barren, and the feeling of crossing such a vast landscape is quite incredible. Overnight onboard the train.

Woman's inner parka

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 • Explore Churchill
Your train arrives in Churchill early this morning. You’re sure to get a good introduction to this community with a town and area tour. A visit to the Eskimo Museum will offer insight into the lives of the first settlers of the region. To amp up the excitement for the days to come, enjoy an evening slide presentation by a local photographer all about the bears – baby cubs, bears at play, and more. Once you learn more about these fascinating and lovable creatures, you’re sure to be anxious to get out there and see them!   
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 • Polar Bear Viewing
Spend the full day in a Tundra Buggy with a knowledgeable guide, viewing polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. The Tundra Buggy guides know just where to go, and with hundreds of bears congregating in anticipation of the ice forming on the Hudson Bay, there are plenty of bears at rest and at play to spot.   
Tundra Buggy

Tundra Buggy

Ian Stewart
Thursday, October 30, 2014 • Dog Sledding
Before heading out on your dog sledding excursion, you will then enjoy a visit to the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre, where you’ll learn more about the history, wildlife and culture of the Churchill area.

After, embark on an exciting dog sledding excursion - meet the dogs, learn about their lives and histories, and then take on the wild tundra mushing your very own team! A real tour highlight on Canadian vacation packages in the north!   
Friday, October 31, 2014 • Return to Winnipeg
Spend the day onboard a Tundra Buggy and enjoy your last sight of the polar bears and Arctic wildlife. This evening, fly back to Winnipeg and check-in to your hotel for a one-night stay   
Saturday, November 1, 2014 • Winnipeg – USA
Much too soon, your polar bear expedition comes to an end when you check-out from your hotel.

Please note that the order of activities may vary.