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Canadian Polar Bear Experience

Imagine watching polar bears in their natural habitat alongside a naturalist expert from Polar Bears International, one of the world's leading organizations dedicated to protecting these amazing animals. This opportunity is yours in the vast wilderness of the Canadian Arctic. Sit down to a picnic lunch on the tundra and opt to go dogsledding in the region's breathtaking landscapes. An unconventional wildlife adventure for the unconventional traveller.

North America
  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: NCPNG/166147
  • Starts: Winnipeg, Canada
  • Finishes: Winnipeg, Canada
You will Visit
  • Winnipeg

Itinerary

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Day 1: Winnipeg

Arrive at any time. Meet your CEO for a welcome dinner and group meeting.

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Day 2: Winnipeg/Churchill

Catch an early morning flight to Churchill. Upon arrival, enjoy a town and area historical tour including Cape Merry, the Port of Churchill, and Manitoba Conservation's Polar Bear Holding Facility. After, visit the renowned Eskimo Museum which features one of the best collections of Inuit art and artifacts. Later in the evening, set out on a drive through the remote landscape to view the Northern lights (weather dependent).
Churchill is a small, northern community with a lot of character; big-chain hotels or gourmet restaurants won't be found here. Visitors will, however, find warm down-home hospitality and clean, comfortable hotels with all the amenities. Staying in town allows you to walk to and from different venues, spend some time on your own, and, perhaps, meet some of the locals.

Churchill is located along the treeline of the northern edge of the boreal forest, and attracts arctic and boreal species of wildlife, birds, and plants. Commonly seen species include arctic and red foxes, arctic hare, caribou, gyrfalcons, snowy owls, ptarmigan, and, in the summer (June-Aug), beluga whales.

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Day 3: Churchill

Set out on a full day excursion to enjoy polar bear viewing by Tundra Buggy with a local/expert guide. Take in the majestic arctic landscape, and search for polar bears, arctic fox, and ptarmigan. Enjoy a full picnic lunch on the tundra. This evening, join representatives from Polar Bears International (PBI) for a private cocktail reception. PBI is the world's leading polar bear conservation group – dedicated to saving polar bears by saving their habitat. Their focus is on research, education, and stewardship.
Polar bears begin to swim ashore in mid-July. In October they begin to gather in numbers along the coast, waiting for pack ice to form over the Hudson Bay, at which point the bears disappear in search of seals. Churchill's ‘bear season' begins in early October and lasts until early November.

Known as the “Lords of the Arctic,” these spectacular animals are massive with the average male polar bear growing to more than 600kg (1,320 lbs) and standing 3.05m (10 ft). While large, they are surprisingly quick and have great agility. The bears have a highly acute sense of smell and are skilled hunters - able to pick up a scent from more than 30km (19 mi) away. They can even detect the presence of seals under 3 ft (.9m) of snow and ice. Polar bears have no natural enemies and no fear of other animals (including humans).

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Day 4: Churchill

Enjoy a free morning to visit some of the local shops or opt to take a dog sledding excursion or helicopter flight. After lunch, visit the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre for an educational presentation about the National Park Service and its history in the Churchill area. This evening, enjoy an informal talk with a local from Churchill who will talk about what life is like living in a far north, remote Canadian town.

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Day 5: Churchill/Winnipeg

Enjoy a second excursion in the tundra in search of polar bears and northern wildlife. We are joined by a species expert from Polar Bears International who will share their expertise on polar bears and their habitat. In the evening, fly back to Winnipeg for our final night.

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Day 6: Winnipeg

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Polar Bear Conservation Event, Churchill National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Parks Canada Experience, Churchill National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Far-North Local Life Talk, Churchill National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Polar Bear Drive, Churchill
    • Churchill historical tour
    • Eskimo Museum visit
    • Northern lights viewing (weather dependent)
    • Tundra Buggy polar bear excursions (2 days)
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (5 nts)
    • 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Plane, private vehicle, Tundra Buggy, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local experts and guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Take part in a historical tour of Manitoba Conservations polar bear holding facility
  • Visit the Eskimo Museum
  • Witness the northern lights
  • Experience a full day of polar bear-viewing by Tundra Buggy
  • Enjoy a picnic on the tundra