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Discover the Bears of Canada by Train

16

days

starting from US $10,990per person

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

For just a special few weeks each year, witness both Polar Bears and Grizzly Bears in their natural habitat with a naturalist guide. From the lush and abundant Great Bear Rainforest, to the barren arctic tundra of Churchill, no safari better represents Canada’s immense diversity. For the true wildlife enthusiast, this is one of the great natural history vacations. Space is very limited, so be sure to book early!

Discover the Bears of Canada by Train – Map A mother grizzly bear and her cub Salmon swimming in freshwater. A grizzly bear family take a dip in the river An orca whale can be seen with it's head and flippers out of the water Aerial view of Knight Inlet Lodge in Campbell River The VIA Rail train travels through the Canadian Rockies The Canadian Prairies. A polar bear wanders through the snow in Churchill Passengers on the Tundra Buggy photgraph a passing polar bear Adult polar bears wrestle in the snow A helicopter takes off over the barren arctic landscape and another is grounded A pack of sled-dogs harnessed together in the snow
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Trip at a glance

Arrive Vancouver
1 night Vancouver
1 night Campbell River
2 nights Knight Inlet Lodge
1 night Vancouver
2 nights VIA Rail
2 nights Winnipeg
2 nights VIA Rail
3 nights Churchill
1 night Winnipeg
Depart Winnipeg

Itinerary

Day 1 Bear viewing adventure begins in Vancouver
The perfect combination of nature and big city, it’s no wonder that Vancouver’s population continues to grow. Depending on your arrival time, you might want to just relax and watch the world go by with latte in hand, or get out and explore on foot or by bicycle. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2
Fly to Campbell River
This morning, fly to Campbell River and check in to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the “Salmon Fishing Capital of the World”. Today is the day to make sure you have all your camera film, memory cards, and batteries ready to go for your adventure tomorrow.

Days 3
Up Close with Grizzly Bears
Get ready to begin an exciting few days of grizzly bear tours, adventure, and relaxing(of course!) The flight heading for Knight Inlet Lodge takes roughly 30 minutes. Spend the rest of the day participating in one of several activities available at the lodge, including kayaking, hiking, and wildlife viewing or spend the day on a grizzly bear tour.

Day 4 Knight Inlet Lodge
Your grizzly bear viewing at the rustic Knight Inlet Lodge continues. Relax in the vast west coast wilderness, choose a lodge activity, or go grizzly bear viewing accompanied by an experienced guide. The choices are limitless!

Day 5
Knight Inlet Lodge/Campbell River to Vancouver
Get up early to soak in the fresh wilderness air, perhaps spotting a grazing deer or two as you sip your coffee. Today you fly back to Campbell River, and then onwards to Vancouver. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the sights and sounds of the city. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 6 Vancouver
Spend the day relaxing in Vancouver. Ask us about booking a sightseeing tour for you - walking tours, bike tours, food tours, and nature tours are available to suit all interests. Alternately, simply stroll the sea wall and sip coffee at English Bay, to admire the beautiful harbour views, framed by snowy coastal mountains.

Day 7
Vancouver to Winnipeg
Spend a leisurely morning in our beautiful West Coast city, before boarding a flight to Winnipeg. Meet your group and guide this evening at your Winnipeg hotel, before your polar bear adventure begins early tomorrow morning.

Day 8
Winnipeg to Churchill
Today is the day you head north Churchill is located on the western edge of Hudson Bay. A guided tour of town and a visit to the Eskimo Museum gives you a complete introduction northern life and culture. Overnight in Churchill.

Optional Helicopter Flight Over the Tundra
On tours starting October 6th, guests will enjoy a scenic helicopter flight over the tundra. You will see the entire extent of Churchill’s wild beauty - its rugged coastline, the mouth of the Churchill River, forest to the south, and treeless tundra to the north. The chances of spotting wildlife - caribou and polar bears - are excellent - and you may also visit Nunalla, an abandoned Hudson Bay Company trading post with a fascinating history.

Days 9 & 10 Encounters with Polar Bears
Get almost nose-to-nose with one of the most feared predators in the world. Luckily you will be safe and comfortable in your ‘Tundra Buggy’. With an expert guide and the convenience of small groups your experience will be truly memorable.

Day 11 Dogsledding adventure then back to Winnipeg
Learn more about the way of the north, as you meet a professional dog sled guide today. Enjoy a thrilling ride as you mush your own team - a true Canadian adventure! Take an afternoon flight back to Winnipeg for the last night of your vacation.

Day 12 – Depart Winnipeg
Much too soon you leave the nature of Canada behind as your Polar Bear and Grizzly Bear vacation package comes to an end.

Note: The order of events will vary at the discretion of your guides - based on their expert knowledge of wildlife behavior at the time and their desire to give you the best experience possible.

Common Questions

What are the best months to see the polar bears?

The peak bear viewing months in Churchill are October and November. As the bears wait for the ice to freeze on the Hudson Bay. But you can see the bears and other wildlife (like beluga whales) throughout the summer.

Where do we sleep at night?

You can choose to stay in a cozy hotel in the town of Churchill or sleep aboard the 'Tundra Buggy Lodge'. It's a converted and comfortable Tundra Buggy from which you can view bears round the clock.

Are the tours suitable for children?

Family friendly tours geared towards kids and adults leave each season. Ask your vacation advisor for more information on these special trips.

How cold will it be?

Temperatures range from 24-35 degrees fahrenheit in October, and about 3-16 degrees in November. In October, the snow is just starting to accumulate.

What if I don't want to buy winter clothing?

No problem - we can arrange for clothing rentals to be waiting for you when you arrive.

What we love about this trip

Grizzly bears gorging on salmon in anticipation of their upcoming hibernation

Celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary on VIA Rail

Churchill’s famous polar bears

Traveling by float plane

22 person maximum on the Tundra Buggy allows for amazing polar bear viewing

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Accommodation Included:
• 1 night accommodation in 3 star hotel (Campbell River)
• 2 nights floating resort (Knight Inlet Wilderness Lodge)
• 2 nights accommodation in 4.5 to 5 star hotels (Vancouver)
• 3 nights accommodation in 4 star hotel (Winnipeg) (October 12th departure includes 4 nights)
• 3 nights accommodation in 3 star hotel (Churchill)

Transfer Inclusions:
• Private luxury vehicle airport and train transfers in Vancouver
• Round-trip flights between Vancouver and Campbell River
• Round-trip float plane between Campbell River and Knight Inlet Lodge
• Transfers to and from the airport, hotel and float plane in Campbell River
• Private train station to hotel transfer in Winnipeg
• One-way flight from Churchill to Winnipeg

Train Inclusions:
• 4 nights aboard VIA Rail’s Canadian Train in a Cabin for 1 or 2
• 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners served on the trains

VIA Rail Commemorative Bundle:
Passport holder, luggage tag, Fairmont gift card, Human Rights Museum pass, ½ bottle of Veuve Clicquot, Canada by Train book, VIA winter Toque

Note:
Items will be delivered both at the beginning of your trip and all along your journey onboard the train.

Knight Inlet Lodge Inclusions:
• All meals and snacks (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
• Complimentary house wine with dinner
• Bear viewing tour
• Scenic boat ride
• Services of staff including naturalists
• Interpretive programs
• Rain gear if required

Polar Bear Inclusions:
• Escorted small-group tour of Churchill
• 2 full days aboard the Tundra Buggy, including lunch
• Tour of the Eskimo Museum and Parks Canada Interpretation Center
• Dogsledding
• All meals while in Churchill

 

Not Included

• The following flights:
- Your home to Vancouver
- From Winnipeg to your home
• Meals, except as indicated
• Canadian Taxes
• Hospital, medical insurance, trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
• Gratuities for your guides (unless otherwise noted)

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

• Make this a truly epic Canadian wilderness experience, and ask us to include a visit to a wilderness lodge in the mountains of British Columbia.
• Rent a car and visit the Olympic city of Whistler, and take in the sights and activities by spending a night or two there
• Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia - Victoria, along with a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

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Sutton Place

An example of our Superior accommodations

This beautiful boutique hotel is situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver, within walking distance to shopping and restaurants. Facilities include indoor pool, fitness centre, sauna, whirlpool, and spa.

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Knight Inlet Lodge

An example of our Wilderness Lodge accommodations

Knight Inlet Lodge is a floating haven for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. This unique accommodation is nestled within a wild and remote area of the BC coastline, offering spectacular scenery and an abundance of wildlife right on your doorstep. Relax at the lodge after days filled with adventure, and enjoy meals featuring the local catch of the day.

Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Hotel exteriorFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Hotel guest roomFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - King guest roomFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Dining roomFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Cafe and bar

Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg

An example of our Comfort accommodations

Conveniently located adjacent to the Winnipeg International Airport, Four Points by Sheraton offers a number of complimentary amenities that will make your stay as comfortable as home. Enjoy free coffee and bottled water, high speed internet and a 24 hour fitness center.

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Tundra Inn

An example of our Comfort accommodations

The Tundra Inn is a charming, family run hotel located in the northern town of Churchill. With comfortable, spacious accommodation and complimentary amenities, this is the perfect place to relax before or after your arctic adventure. Your stay includes continental breakfast, free tea and coffee and high-speed internet.

 

Prices & Dates

2017 Dates starting in Vancouver
October 1, 12*

*Please note -
The October 12th departure includes an additional night in Winnipeg prior to visiting Churchill.

Canada travel price notes
• Prices are per person
• Double means two people occupying a room
• Please inquire about Single, triple, quad, and children rates (minimum age: eight years old)

Canadian Bear Viewing Adventure
from US $10,990to US $12,075per person

On our Wilderness Adventures, you'll enjoy days with experienced naturalist guides, some meals, seamless connections, and accommodations suited to the unique Canadian surroundings.

Not Included

• The following flights:
- Your home to Vancouver
- From Winnipeg to your home
• Meals, except as indicated
• Canadian Taxes
• Hospital, medical insurance, trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
• Gratuities for your guides (unless otherwise noted)

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We don't use online booking – instead we use technology to put visitors directly in touch with our Canadian travel insiders because we believe the best vacations are personal.

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