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Polar Bears of Churchill

7 days

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Our Exclusive 7 day adventure

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  • Step aboard our Coast Guard certified-boat, the Matonabee,the only Arctic vessel with underwater viewing, to see Polar Bears in their summer--we may encounter them swimming in these coastal waters or sunning on the western shores of Hudson Bay.
  • Experience for yourself the intelligence and curiosity of Beluga Whales: Venturing out in our maneuverable Zodiacs, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the pods of whales that come in summer to mate, feed and raise their young. 
  • A local wildlife photographer will share his personal photos and insightful tips on capturing unforgettable images of the Polar Bears and Beluga Whales of Churchill - An A+R Exclusive! 
  • Choose a guided Kayaking or Beluga AquaGliding adventure for another thrilling up-close experience with Hudson Bay’s resident Beluga Whales. 
  • Step into the pioneering fur-trading days of the Hudson’s Bay Company on guided sightseeing tours including the Prince of Wales Fort and historic Cape Merry where the town of Churchill was founded in 1717. 
  • Gain insight into the local Métis community and the life of Churchill’s nearly 1,000 hardy residents during our a cultural talk with a lifetime Manitoba resident—then ride behind his team of energetic sled dogs!
  • Step aboard our Arctic Crawlers™ to explore the wildly beautiful and rugged landscapes of the Tundra, home to diverse wildlife including a variety of migratory birds, Arctic Hares and Arctic Foxes. 
  • Learn about polar bears from an expert at the Churchill Northern Studies Center—then tour its “Green Building” with an exclusive view from its elevated outdoor platform—two A+R Exlcusives!
  • With 2 nights hotel + 4 nights lodge; 16 meals; sightseeing; extensive nature activities to view Polar Bears + Beluga Whales; exclusive A+R cultural encounters; all transfers; both internal flights; all gratuities except Trip Leader. 
c Visit 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Our Canada Tour begins in Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Inn at the Forks - Winnipeg, Canada

On arrival at the airport this morning, you’ll be met and chauffeured to the Inn at The Forks. Distinguished by its casual sophistication, our contemporary luxury boutique hotel offers a privileged location in the heart of Winnipeg. Just outside our hotel’s front door, The Forks is a National Historic Site at the confluence of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers. With a fascinating past dating back 6,000 years to ancient aboriginal settlements, the area has witnessed waves of history from European fur traders and buffalo hunters to 19th-century railway pioneers.

This afternoon, you’ll join our in-the-know resident guide for a sightseeing tour of the city. You’ll see St. Boniface Cathedral, a well-known landmark in Winnipeg’s vibrant French Quarter, and drive along Broadway to marvel at the Manitoba Legislative Building. Built in the early 1900’s, the cupola of this impressive provincial building is topped by the Golden Boy, a gilded statue of the Roman God Mercury.

Then learn more about Winnipeg’s long history as you get to know The Forks, still a popular gathering place as it has been for centuries. Here along the banks of the two rivers, not far from your hotel, you’ll find tree-shaded parks, promenades, and outdoor sculptures along with cafes, shops and restaurants – many of them set in restored architectural landmarks. After sightseeing, you’ll have time to refresh before this evening’s Welcome Dinner.  Meals D


Flight to Churchill, the Polar Bear Capital

Lazy Bear Lodge - Churchill, Canada

After breakfast, we’ll take you to the airport for our flight to Churchill. Set along the Churchill River where it flows into Hudson Bay, this remote and inviting northern town of 1,000 residents is uniquely situated between two distinct eco-systems: The Boreal Forests to the south and the Arctic Tundra that stretches north toward the Arctic.

On arrival at the airport, you’ll be met and escorted to the Lazy Bear Lodge where you’ll find a welcome bottle of wine in your cozy log and wood-paneled guestroom. This afternoon, join your fellow Lodge guests for a Culture + Heritage Sightseeing Tour of Churchill. You’ll see the legendary Polar Bear Jail where rogue bears that come too close to town are safely housed until they can be released deeper in the wilderness. At historic Cape Merry, you’ll learn about the town’s founding in 1717 when James Knight sailed up the mouth of the Churchill River and built a fur trading post for the Hudson’s Bay Company. In the midst of the boulders and hardy pine trees that dot the shores of Hudson Bay, you’ll also see Miss Piggy, a Curtiss C-46 freight plane that famously went down in 1979 – landing in the wilderness, well short of the runway, without any fatalities.

This evening, A+R guests will join a local wildlife and nature photographer for a specially arranged private presentation. Viewing his mesmerizing photographs of the Hudson Bay region offers an excellent introduction to your own upcoming explorations. Photographers, regardless of your experience level, will find his tips insightful and helpful.

Tonight you’ll dine at the Lazy Bear Café, an inviting venue with a vaulted log-beam ceiling and stone fireplace. If fresh homemade specialties like Roasted Manitoba Bison or Braised Peppered Elk don’t appeal, the chef is also well-known for his fine pasta dishes, vegetarian stir-fries, and Arctic Char fresh from the waters of Hudson Bay!  During your stay, Lodge staff will invite you to an exciting late night venture to observe the dancing Northern Lights..  Meals B+L+D

The order of your included excursions at Lazy Bear Lodge may change during your stay, but all excursions will be provided.


Polar Bears Capital of the World

Lazy Bear Lodge - Churchill, Canada

The western coast of Hudson Bay is one of the best places in the world to encounter polar bears in their native habitat. This morning, you’ll step aboard our Coast Guard-certified, custom-built boat to go in search of these amazing creatures.  In late summer, the polar bears are a little bit lazy, gathering on the shore and giving us an amazing opportunity to watch as they lumber among the rocks and wildflowers that dot the shoreline. Often, we’ll also see them swimming in the pristine waters of the Bay. Local conditions permitting, you might even have the chance to go ashore to walk with the bears! With insight and guidance from our expert wildlife guides, it’s not unusual for guests to have remarkably up-close encounters that allow for truly once-in-a-lifetime photographs! Today’s expedition lasts 6 to 8 hours and includes a boxed lunch.  Meals B+L+D


Today’s 3-hour expedition finds you in our highly maneuverable Zodiacs, exploring the waters of the Churchill River and Hudson Bay. In summer, up to 60,000 beluga whales come here to feed, mate, and raise their young. Belugas are highly intelligent and curious, and they will often swim surprisingly close – as if to investigate our boats and their 2-legged passengers! You’ll also step ashore for a guided tour of the Prince of Wales Fort, built by the Hudson’s Bay Company during the fur trading days of the 1700s.  Later today, A+R guests will have a chance to get even closer to the beluga whales with their choice of an included Beluga AquaGliding or kayaking adventure:
Beluga AquaGliding™ Adventure: Get up-close with these gentle giants under the experienced eye of our guides. Starting with an instructional session, this 3-hour tour includes an Arctic dry suit and all gear; it is shared with other Lodge guests and subject to weather and water conditions.
Kayaking Expedition: This 3-hour guided adventure begins with a short instructional session. Venturing onto the Churchill River in single or double kayaks, you’ll have a chance to closely observe beluga whales in their natural environment. This excursion is shared with other Lodge guests and includes wet suits, life jackets and equipment. Meals B+L+D


Tundra Tour on our Arctic Crawlers™

Lazy Bear Lodge - Churchill, Canada

Today you’ll hop aboard our Lodge’s exclusive Arctic Crawlers™ for a guided tour across the Tundra. With massive all-terrain wheels and large windows that open, these vehicles are prefect for exploring the rugged landscapes outside of town. In addition to the more-famous Polar Bears and Beluga Whales that you’ve already encountered, the lands along the western coast of Hudson Bay are home to many other species - including a variety of migratory birds, Arctic Hare, Arctic Fox, caribou, moose and eagles. Accompanied by our expert naturalists, you and other Lodge guests will spend 3 to 4 hours getting to know the geology, flora and fauna of the wildly beautiful Tundra.

Spend some time with a local resident and dog musher, Dave Daley. In the 1960s, Cormorant, Manitoba was a small Métis community accessible only by the Hudson Bay Rail Line – and dog sleds. They are proud of their Métis heritage and strive to give their visitors a glimpse of the Métis lifestyle. Congenial discussions with Dave promise unique insight into the life, people and traditions of Manitoba. Then ride behind his team of energetic sled dogs—it’s a terrific way to appreciate the beauty of the countryside and to experience a slice of Manitoba life. You’ll also learn how the dogs are trained and gain insight into the local dog-mushing culture. Meals B+L+D


The Life of the Polar Bear + Return to Winnipeg

The Inn at the Forks - Winnipeg, Canada

After breakfast, A+R guests will enjoy a private presentation at the Churchill Northern Studies Center, a highly regarded field station founded in 1976 to sustain research and education regarding the subarctic. This morning’s presentation will focus on both individual bears as well as some of the family groups that come to here to the western shores of Hudson Bay. Delving into the lives of these animals and the mounting challenges they face, you will come away with an even deeper appreciation of the magnificent creatures that you have come to know over the past few days. Then we’ll take you on a tour of the CNSC’s “Green Buillding” to learn about the Center’s history and its environmentally friendly 27,000 sq. ft. LEED-certified research station.  Enjoy exclusive views on the elevated outdoor platform and the indoor Aurora dome, all while discovering the innovative features that permit unprecedented self-sustainability in Canada’s subarctic.

Then transfer to the airport for our flight back to Winnipeg. On arrival, you’ll be met and escorted once again to our deluxe boutique hotel in the historic Forks district of the city. Your evening is free to enjoy downtown Winnipeg as you wish. Meals B+L

Extra Hotel nights from $269 per person


Homeward Bound

You’ll be chauffeured to the airport today for your homeward flight.  Meals B

[Please Note that all activities in Churchill are dependent upon local weather and water conditions. These included excursions may need to be rescheduled during your stay, but every effort will be made to ensure a complete program as per our itinerary. Local staff, crew and naturalists have the final authority to make decisions to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests. A more final itinerary will be given to you when you arrive at the Lazy Bear Lodge.]

Extra Hotel Nights

Extend your tour with another night at our luxury boutique hotel in The Forks, Winnipeg’s historic riverfront district. We include dining certificates for The Forks Market, a lively food and shopping emporium set in redesigned turn-of-the-century stables, and prepaid entry for the outstanding Manitoba Museum. Both are within easy walking distance of our hotel.

Available before or after your tour for $299 per person.


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