Polar Bear Expedition by Train

Polar Bear Expedition by Train

8

days

starting from US $5,920per person

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See Polar Bear By Train In Canada

Journey north by overnight train and then south by air for a visit with Churchill’s famous polar bears. With a friendly and expert guide spend two days on the specially designed Tundra Buggies watching the bears. Discover the town on a tour with a visit to the Itsanitaq Museum and Parks Canada Interpretation Centre. This vacation has the best of everything Churchill has to offer.

Trip at a glance

8 Days / 7 Nights

Arrive Winnipeg 1 night Winnipeg 2 nights VIA Rail 3 nights Churchill 1 night Winnipeg Depart Winnipeg

Polar Bear Expedition by Train – Map

Availability

OctNov

Places Visited

WinnipegChurchill

Accommodation Style

HotelTrain

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

Close-up polar bear encounters

Overnight journey through the arctic tundra by train

Watching polar bears from the comfort of a Tundra Buggy

Exciting activities to enjoy in the Canadian Arctic

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.

This trip in pictures

VIA Rail train passes through the desolate Canadian winter enroute to Hudson Bay
Tourists on a polar bear viewing tour watch from the safety of the Tundra Buggy as a curious polar bear comes to visit
A family of polar bears wander over the frozen Hudson Bay
Adult polar bears fighting
Arctic fox sitting on a snow bank
Visitors take a dogsledding tour
An evening flight takes off from the runway

About the Train Experience

Read about the VIA Rail train

VIA Rail

VIA Rail trains take passengers across the vast country of Canada through some of the most amazing scenery in North America. The service includes sleeper cars, gourmet meals, and lounge and viewing cars.

Read about the sleeper trains

Sleeper Train

Sleeping on the train is a once in a lifetime experience. You can relax in the comfort of your private cabin or enjoy local wines and chef-prepared meals in the dining car during this unforgettable overnight trip.

Accommodations

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodations. Please call us for the full list and to personalize your experience.

Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Hotel exterior
Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Hotel guest room
Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - King guest room
Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Dining room
Four 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.

Tundra Inn - Tundra Inn exterior in winter
Tundra Inn - Guest lounge
Tundra Inn - Bedroom
Tundra Inn - Ensuite bathroom

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.

Get your Polar Bear tour organized and arranged for you

Get your trip plan
  • Get a trip that covers everything you want to see.
  • Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
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1 877 395 5671

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 – Trip Begins 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 – Board VIA Rail
Today you board VIA Rail’s train from Winnipeg to Churchill. 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.

Day 3 – Train Journey North Continues
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.

Day 4 – Explore Churchill
Your train arrives in Churchill this morning. You’re sure to get a good introduction to this community with a town and area tour. A visit to the Itsanitaq Museum will offer insight into the lives of the first settlers of the region. In the evening, a local will talk about the culture, history, and wildlife of the Churchill area.

Once you learn more about these fascinating and lovable creatures who inhabit the north, you’ll be anxious to get out and see them!

Overnight in Churchill.

Day 5 – Polar Bear Viewing by Tundra Buggy
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.

Overnight in Churchill.

Day 6 – Dog Sledding Experience
Before heading out on your dog sledding excursion, you will enjoy a visit to the Parks Canada Interpretive Center, where you’ll learn more about the history, wildlife, and culture of the Churchill area. Then meet your dog team. Learn about their lives and histories, and then take on the wild tundra mushing your very own team! A real highlight on Canada vacation packages in the north.

Overnight in Churchill.

Day 7 – 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.

Overnight in Winnipeg.

Day 8 – Depart from Winnipeg
Much too soon, your Canada vacation ends as you check-out from your hotel this morning and depart Winnipeg.

Note: Please note that the order of activities in Churchill may vary.

What Clients Say

It was amazing to see Polar Bears up close

It was amazing to see Polar Bears up close

Star Rating 5

It was amazing to see Polar Bears up close and personal in their environment. The frosting on the trip was seeing the Northern Lights. Amazing!

Get your Polar Bear tour organized and arranged for you

Get your trip plan
  • Get a trip that covers everything you want to see.
  • Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
or call us directly toll-free
1 877 395 5671

What's Included In Our Prices

These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

Tundra Buggy escorted group tours - Tundra Buggy escorted group tours
Tundra Buggy escorted group tours
Itsanitaq Museum visit - Itsanitaq Museum visit
Itsanitaq Museum visit
An authentic dogsledding experience - An authentic dogsledding experience
An authentic dogsledding experience
Chance of seeing northern lights - Chance of seeing northern lights
Chance of seeing northern lights
Accommodations:
• 2 nights in Winnipeg hotel
• 3 nights in a Churchill hotel
• 2 nights onboard the VIA Rail Canadian Train, in a private cabin

Train Experiences:
• Sleeper Plus Class, onboard VIA Rail between Winnipeg and Churchill

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
• Meals on board the train

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

Other Inclusions:

• Digital Travel Documents
• 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.


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)

Ideas to customize this trip

Think of this trip as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

Extending your stay in Winnipeg
Extending your stay in Winnipeg
Taking the train to Toronto or Vancouver
Taking the train to Toronto or Vancouver
Combining with a grizzly bear trip
Combining with a grizzly bear trip
Visiting Canada's iconic attractions
Visiting Canada's iconic attractions
• 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
• Take the train from Toronto or Vancouver to Winnipeg

Get your Polar Bear tour organized and arranged for you

Get your trip plan
  • Get a trip that covers everything you want to see.
  • Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
or call us directly toll-free
1 877 395 5671

Trip Start Dates

2019 Trip Start Dates
October 12, 21
November 9

2020 Trip Start Dates
October 12, 21, 28
November 2, 9

Pricing For This Trip

Our prices vary by departure date, hotel class, transportation, and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our Canadian Insiders to get your personalized quote, or hit the button below.

Polar Bear Expedition By Train
from US $7,899 to US $8,801 per 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.

Get your Polar Bear tour organized and arranged for you

Get your trip plan
  • Get a trip that covers everything you want to see.
  • Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
or call us directly toll-free
1 877 395 5671

Why book your trip with us?

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  • We are experts in creating personalized itineraries.
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  • We're based in Vancouver with first-hand ‘insider’ knowledge of Canada.
  • Over the past 20 years, we have personalized more than 15,000 Canadian vacations.

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Get your Polar Bear tour organized and arranged for you

Get your trip plan
  • Get a trip that covers everything you want to see.
  • Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
or call us directly toll-free
1 877 395 5671

Customer Reviews & Testimonials

It was amazing to see Polar Bears up close

Star Rating 5
November 23, 2016

It was amazing to see Polar Bears up close and personal in their environment. The frosting on the trip was seeing the Northern Lights. Amazing!

The arrangements were seamless

Star Rating 5
November 16, 2016

The arrangements were seamless; reservations, luggage transfers, dining, transportation - all taken care of. We just followed our expect guide! I was impressed with the helpful information that we received prior to the trip from... read more Fresh Tracks.

We loved the Tundra buggy days

Star Rating 5
November 3, 2016

We loved the Tundra buggy days, the dog sledding and seeing the Polar Bears. All tour guides were great as well, the buggy drivers and the whole group at the dog sledding! We found the Fresh Tracks staff very friendly and helpful,... read more we are extremely satisfied.

We had a truly outstanding trip

Star Rating 5
November 16, 2015

We had a truly outstanding trip. The train ride was a special feature which definitely made the trip special. Our group was a very congenial one from all over the world. Tour guides were outstanding and people in general were... read more great. Lots of bear sightings and activity. One of the great trips we have taken. Thanks for your help.

The dog sled was like icing on the cake

Star Rating 5
November 10, 2015

The trip was amazing! It started with our trip to the Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg - by far the best museum we have ever seen! Thank you for recommending we visit the museum. Our journey to Churchill was an adventure. Let's... read more put it this way - we couldn't wait to get on the train and we couldn't wait to get off the train. I am glad we experienced it because it was on the train that we got to see the Northern Lights! They were fantastic! I think we hardly slept that night because we were so focused on the sky. Arriving in Churchill was a real surprise. We had no idea one could get so cold so quickly. Our first day on the Tundra Buggy we were able to park right next to at least 5 polar bears. What an experience - talk about up close! The dog sled was like icing on the cake! The guide was so informative, fun, and great to listen to. As a dog lover this was such a bonus. Thank you for your help and advice. We are always looking for new and different adventures to experience and this was perfect!

Seeing the polar bears and dog sleds was an amazing experience

Star Rating 5
October 28, 2015

We had a wonderful time on our trip. The guide was terrific - I never had to worry about where to go or what to do because he was very organized. The people in the tour group were a lot of fun too. Seeing Winnipeg, Churchill, the... read more polar bears and dog sleds was an amazing experience!

Trip of a lifetime

Star Rating 5
July 26, 2007

We just wanted to thank you and all your colleagues at Fresh Tracks Canada for helping us arrange and therefore enjoy the trip of a lifetime we had in Churchill. The group leader was a delight. Thanks again to all.

Get your Polar Bear tour organized and arranged for you

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  • Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
or call us directly toll-free
1 877 395 5671
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