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Classic Churchill Polar Bears



starting from US $5,009per person

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Visit Churchill, Manitoba, the "Polar Bear Capital of the World" in October and early November when polar bears gather at nearby Cape Churchill waiting for the ice to form on Hudson Bay. Once the ice is stable, they head out to spend the winter hunting seals. In this short time you have the chance to see these magnificent creatures up close from the comfort and safety of a purpose-built vehicle called the Tundra Buggy. This Canada vacation package is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a ‘must-see’ for wildlife enthusiasts.

Classic Churchill Polar Bears   – Map A polar bear in Churchill walks over the winter landscape Three polar bear tour buses witness a couple of bears fighting from afar Two polar bear cubs snuggle and stay close to their mum A polar bear lies in the snow Dogsledding huskies in the snow with tongues out
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Trip at a glance

Arrive Winnipeg
Tundra Buggy Tours & activities
Depart Winnipeg

Sample Itinerary

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

Day 1 – Arrive in Winnipeg
After checking in to your hotel, spend the day exploring the city. Head over to the Manitoba Museum, which has nine galleries displaying historical artifacts or to the Forks, a funky market which is one of the city’s most popular gathering places.

Overnight in Winnipeg.

Day 2 – Winnipeg to Churchill – Where the Excitement Begins
Today you board your plane for a flight from Winnipeg to Churchill and journey over the tundra and plains of the north – the bird’s eye view is spectacular! Upon arrival enjoy a guided tour of the town, including a visit to the Itsanitaq Museum a memorable and informative introduction to the unique culture of the north. In the evening, a local will talk about the culture, history, and wildlife of the Churchill area.

Overnight in Churchill.

Days 3 & 4 – Polar Bear Viewing and Arctic Activities
Why Churchill is known as the Polar Bear Capital of the World? Well, because large numbers of the bears congregate near town each fall while they wait for the ice to form on Hudson Bay. With two entire days on the Tundra Buggy, seeing the bears at close quarters is a sure thing!

Overnight in Churchill.

Day 5 – Churchill to Winnipeg
Set off on an exciting dog sledding excursion today. After a thorough introduction it’s off to the tundra where you’ll get to mush you own team of dogs. This excursion is designed for all ages and abilities.

This afternoon visit the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre, where you learn more about the history, wildlife, and culture of Churchill. Fly back to Winnipeg for a overnight stay.

Overnight in Winnipeg.

Day 6 – End of Canada Vacation Package - Depart with Fond Memories
Your Canada vacation ends as you check-out from your hotel this morning and depart Winnipeg.

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

Close-up polar bear encounters

A 22–30 person maximum on the Tundra Buggy

Exciting day activities

Fantastic wildlife photography opportunities

This trip is popular – book early!

What Clients Say

It was an adventure of a lifetime

It was an adventure of a lifetime

Star Rating 5

I don't know how to top this trip. It was an adventure of a lifetime. I loved seeing all the polar bears in their natural habitat and the dog sledding.

What's Included

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

• 2 nights in Winnipeg
• 3 nights in a Churchill hotel

Churchill Experiences:
• Services of an interpretive guide, interpretive driver and a Polar Bear International specialist
• 2 Tundra Buggy bear viewing day tours, including lunch
• Churchill Town and Area Tour
• Itsanitaq Museum*
• Parks Canada Interpretation Center
• Evening Cultural Presentation*
• Dog Sledding Excursion*

Meal Inclusions:
• All meals in Churchill

Transfer Inclusions:
• Round-trip air transportation between Winnipeg and Churchill; light meal aboard
• All transfers while in Churchill

Other Inclusions:
• Documentation package
• Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

*A 5 day/4 night itinerary is also available which does not include these items.


Not Included

• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Gratuities
• 9% Taxes (5% GST and 4% PST)
• Airfare to and from Winnipeg (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Travel & medical insurance, trip cancellation insurance
• Winter clothing rental (can be arranged, please don’t hesitate to ask)



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...

• Enjoy extra nights in Winnipeg before or after your polar bear tour
• Make this a truly epic bear tour, and combine your polar bear trip with a grizzly viewing tour

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.

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

2019 Trip Start Dates
Oct 1, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29, 30
Nov 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 14

Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.

Classic Churchill Polar Bear Tour
6 day, 5 night
from US $6,599to US $7,127per person

This once in a lifetime Polar Bear Safari takes you to the Canadian Arctic. Accompanied by a friendly naturalist guide from Churchill, join a small group of fellow travelers to experience polar bears up close from a Tundra Buggy. Your small group size means optimal bear viewing and photography opportunities onboard the Tundra Buggy.

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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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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

It was an adventure of a lifetime

It was an adventure of a lifetime

Star Rating 5
November 21, 2017

I don't know how to top this trip. It was an adventure of a lifetime. I loved seeing all the polar bears in their natural habitat and the dog sledding.

We got to experience the polar bears up close and personal

We got to experience the polar bears up close and personal

Star Rating 5
November 18, 2017

The "learning" and "discovery" during the trip was an amazing experience. Thanks to our wonderful guide and buggy driver, we got to experience the polar bears up close and personal. I was most impressed with the efficiency and... read more organization of Fresh Tracks, we are extremely satisfied.

Our trip was absolutely fabulous

Our trip was absolutely fabulous

Star Rating 5
November 11, 2017

Our trip was absolutely fabulous, I loved everything, seeing the Hudson Bay forming ice, the countryside, finding the bears just stunning. We did a helicopter ride which was amazing.

The guides were fabulous

The guides were fabulous

Star Rating 5
November 25, 2016

The guides were fabulous and the tundra buggy was warm with one seat for each of us. Fabulous dog-sledding experience - I enjoyed the presentation, humor and hospitality. The wine-tasting was cozy and a lovely touch - listening... read more to fascinating stories of life as a fur trapper. The dinners were unexpectedly gourmet.

In a word brilliant

In a word brilliant

Star Rating 5
November 19, 2016

Our trip was, in a word brilliant. We think the organization was excellent, and everything ran very smoothly. The guide was great and looked after everyone very efficiently. Indeed, he added to the experience as not only did we... read more see the polar bears it was actually very educational too. Dealing with Fresh Tracks was great. Being in the UK this was by e-mail. Everything was brilliant and whenever I had a query it was dealt with efficiently and most importantly, very friendly. the whole experience felt very personable, not just a client!

The trip was terrific!

The trip was terrific!

Star Rating 5
November 1, 2016

Everything was handled very well and trip was terrific! W saw polar bears , had a great adventure.

Polar bears are amazing

Polar bears are amazing

Star Rating 5
December 21, 2007

The trip was wondeful. Polar bears are my new favorite animal!

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