Polar Bear Expedition by Train

Polar Bear Expedition by Train

8

days

starting from US $6,580per person

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Learn which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.

See Polar Bears By Train In Canada

Travel to Churchill by train to witness the incredible polar bear migration. With a friendly expert guide, you spend two days on a specifically designed Tundra Buggy watching polar bears in their natural habitat. Time off the tundra is spent learning more about life in the north, including a thrilling dog sled experience. Experience 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

Train Experience

VIA RailSleeper Train

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

Unique activities such as dog sledding

Maximum group size of 22 guests

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

This is a journey like no other, crossing the Arctic tundra on a train to Hudson Bay to see polar bears.
Stay in the town of Churchill and see polar bears from a specially designed Tundra Buggy
The bears gather in this area every year, waiting for the bay to freeze.
Before their hunting season starts, they take time to relax or spar, putting on a great show.
You'll also get a chance to see other wildlife like Snowy Owl, Snow Goose or Arctic Fox.
And learn about life in the far north or try dogsledding.
A short flight brings you back to Winnipeg to end your Canadian polar journey.

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 areas.

Read about the sleeper trains

Sleeper Trains

Experience a once in a lifetime adventure of sleeping on the train in complete comfort. Relax in your private cabin or enjoy local wines and chef-prepared meals in the dining car during this unforgettable 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

Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg

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

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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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 downtown 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. This evening get acquainted with your fellow travellers at an information session led by your hosts.

 

To ensure you are comfortable in Churchill’s cold temperatures, ask us about winter clothing rentals. We highly recommend you do this early, as availability is limited!

Overnight in Winnipeg.

 

Day 2 – Board VIA Rail
Today you board VIA Rail and begin your journey to Churchill. As you travel into northern Manitoba, the scenery changes from forests to plains to arctic tundra.

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 barren the further north you travel, and the feeling of crossing such a vast landscape is quite incredible.

Overnight onboard the train.

 

Day 4 – Explore Churchill & Dog Sledding
Your train pulls into the little Churchill train station this morning. Get your bearings on a town and area tour, when you’ll have a chance to photograph the Polar Bear Holding facility, historical Cape Merry and other unique points of interest.

 

Later, meet a local musher and hear his incredible tales of Arctic racing and meet his pack sled dogs. After a thorough briefing, feel the exhilaration of racing a team through the boreal forest on a one-mile groomed trail.

 

This evening at a Cultural Presentation, you’ll learn what it’s like to live in the northern reaches of Canada through the stories of a Churchill resident, such as a local trapper.

Overnight in Churchill.

 

Day 5 – Polar Bear Viewing by Tundra Buggy
Finally the moment has come to head out and search for polar bears. You’ll board a specially designed Tundra Buggy and journey into the Churchill Wildlife Management Area for your first chance to see polar bears in the wild. Since the number of visitors to the CWMA is highly restricted, your chances of seeing the bears up close is excellent. Your knowledgeable guide will know just where to go, and as the bears congregate in anticipation of the ice forming on the Hudson Bay, there are plenty of great photo opportunities.

Overnight in Churchill.

 

Day 6 – Explore Churchill
This morning, enjoy a visit to the Polar Bears International House to learn about ongoing polar bear research, as well as the Parks Canada Interpretive Center where you’ll learn more about the history, wildlife, and culture of the Churchill area. A visit to the Itsanitaq Museum gives you the chance to see ancient Pre-Dorest, Dorset, Thule and Inuit artifacts, as well as browse for unique northern souvenirs.

Overnight in Churchill.

 

Day 7 – Polar Bear Viewing and Return to Winnipeg
Enjoy another extraordinary day exploring the Churchill Wildlife Management Area onboard a Tundra Buggy. As well as capturing incredible, up-close photographs of polar bears, you’ll see other wildlife such as arctic fox, ptarmigan, and snowy owl. This evening you will fly back to Winnipeg and check-in to an airport hotel for a one-night stay.

Overnight in Winnipeg.

 

Day 8 – Depart from Winnipeg
Much too soon, your polar bear adventure ends as you depart from Winnipeg.

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.
Schedule a call 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.

Accommodations:
• 2 nights in Winnipeg hotel
• 3 nights in a Churchill hotel
• 2 nights onboard VIA Rail in Sleeper Plus Class

 

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

 

Meal Inclusions:
• All meals, from the morning of Day 2 to the evening of Day 7

 

Transfer Inclusions:
• One-way air transportation from Churchill to Winnipeg
• 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.

 

Important trip notes:
Train schedules are subject to delay.
Order of activities may vary depending on wildlife sightings and weather conditions.



Not Included

Meals, other than those mentioned
• Gratuities
• 8.5% Taxes (5% GST and 3.5% PST)
• Airfare between your home and Winnipeg
• Hospital, medical insurance, trip cancellation and evacuation insurance (mandatory to book this trip)
• 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.

• 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.
Schedule a call or call us directly toll-free:
1 877 395 5671

Trip Start Dates

2021 Trip Start Dates
October 9, 18, 30
November 6, 8

 

2022 Trip Start Dates
October 8, 15, 24
November 5

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 $6,580 to US $7,230 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.
Schedule a call or call us directly toll-free:
1 877 395 5671

Why book your trip with us?

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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.
Schedule a call 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.
Schedule a call or call us directly toll-free:
1 877 395 5671
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