Arctic Polar Bear Expedition

9

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.

On this summer polar bear adventure, join expert guides to explore remote and beautiful Qikiqtarjuaq National Park, on Baffin Island. You’ll see polar bears and bowhead whales in their natural environment, to the backdrop of icebergs and glacier-clad peaks. You can also kayak in glacier fed lakes, fish for Arctic char and pick wild blueberries under the midnight sun. At the end of the day, enjoy warm hospitality and delicious meals in a comfortable safari camp.

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Trip at a glance

Arrive Ottawa
1 night Ottawa
6 nights Baffin Island
1 night Ottawa
Depart Ottawa

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 Ottawa
Your adventure begins with your arrival in Ottawa. Ottawa is a beautiful Canadian city, with countless attractions and hidden gems. This is the federal capital of Canada so museums abound.

Insider tip: Ask your Vacation Advisor about adding time in Ottawa before or after your Arctic adventure. From cycling tours to museum visits, Ottawa has plenty to discover for everyone.

Overnight in Ottawa.

Day 2 – Travel North to the Arctic, arrive on Baffin Island
Departing Ottawa early this morning, fly north through Iqlauit, before connecting to Qikiqtarjuaq, a small village on the eastern coast of Baffin Island. Feel the excitement build as you fly over Auyuittuq National Park, one of Canada’s most stunning national parks. Keep your eyes open for Mount Asgard and Mount Thor, the world’s tallest, uninterrupted vertical cliff face (over 5000 feet of sheer rock).

Arriving in Qikiqtarjuaq, step into a different world. With a population of only 600 people, this small hamlet on Broughton Island is a welcome break from bustling city life. Just across the shimmering channel from Broughton Island is the impressively large mountains of the Akshakyuk Pass of Auyuittuq National Park, located on the mainland of Baffin Island.

Insider tip: Visiting the Arctic in the summer is ideal as the temperatures range from 5°C to 22°C (41° to 72° Fahrenheit) allowing for the best opportunity to explore in comfort. A detailed packing list is available, but if you don’t have enough to wear, a winter clothing rental package is available. Ask your Vacation Advisor for more details.

Overnight in a comfortable premium safari tent camp.

Days 3 to 7 – Polar Bear Exploration from Arctic Base Camp
The next few days will be full of adventure as you discover the highlights of the area while enjoying the Arctic summer. With the expedition camp ideally located near a fresh water river, you will have everything you need from hot showers to locally sourced and prepared meals.

Each day brings new adventures. Spend your day hiking at the base of North Pangnirtung Fiord near Akshakyuk Pass, then later enjoy an exploratory boat trip to the Penny Ice Cap Glacier for more discovery. Another popular activity is fishing for Arctic char – enjoy your fresh caught fish grilled for dinner. Or spend some time gathering wild blueberries and blackberries nearby – eat them straight from the bush or bring them back to the kitchen for the chef to prepare you a treat!

The biggest highlight of the trip is always viewing rare arctic wildlife in its unspoiled natural habitat. Polar bears can often be seen on islands nearby – on past trips, more than twenty polar bears have been seen just on the boat ride between Qikiqtarjuaq and the base camp! Even endangered bowhead whales often move through the area just a short boat ride from camp. Discover the area from a different viewpoint in an inflatable kayak that can be deployed at any time or, if you’re feeling adventurous, hop into the icy waters for an unforgettable snorkeling experience.

Insider tip: With small groups and optional activities, this relaxed adventure is perfect for anyone with a sense of adventure. Anyone who can walk comfortably across a football field should be able to participate in this expedition. If you are concerned about the activity level required for this trip, your Vacation Advisor will be happy to discuss every detail with you.

Overnight in a comfortable premium safari tent camp.

Day 8 – Baffin Island to Ottawa
Your Arctic journey comes to an end today as you board the boat and head back to Qikiqtarjuaq – maybe you’ll spot a few last polar bears on your way. Fly back to Ottawa with a stop in Iqaluit. Arriving in Ottawa later this afternoon, transfer to your hotel and spend one more night in Canada’s capital city.

Overnight in Ottawa.

Day 9 – Depart Ottawa
Sit back and relax as you are transferred to the Ottawa airport in time for your departure. Leave Canada today having made memories to last a lifetime.

Insider tip: Ask our Vacation Advisor about extending your time in Canada with a visit to an Ontario wilderness lodge or a bustling journey through French Canada by car or train.

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

Expert Arctic guides

Hiking in remote Auyuittuq National Park, on Baffin Island

Observing rare arctic wildlife such as polar bears and whales

Icebergs, mountains, and glaciers

Optional activities such as kayaking on glacier-fed lakes, or fishing for arctic char

Experiencing Inuit culture

“Warmer” days with endless daylight

Cozy, safari-style accommodations with delicious meals

What's Included

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

Wild blueberry gathering - Wild blueberry gathering
Wild blueberry gathering
Arctic kayaking - Arctic kayaking
Arctic kayaking
Snorkeling in drysuits - Snorkeling in drysuits
Snorkeling in drysuits
Polar bear viewing - Polar bear viewing
Polar bear viewing
Accommodations:
• 2 nights of hotel accommodation
• 6 nights in a Premium Safari Tent*

* Safari tents can include 2 twin beds, or 1 king bed. Ask your Vacation Advisor for the best arrangements if you’re traveling with family or a group.

Arctic Experiences:*
• Services of Inuit guides and expedition staff for 6 days
• Snorkeling
• Kayaking
• Hiking
• Arctic Char Fishing
• Wild Berry Picking
• Wildlife viewing by boat and land

* Some activities may not be available or schedule may change due to weather and wildlife conditions. Your expedition guides will provide you with the best daily activities based on conditions.

Meal Inclusions:
• All meals from Qikiqtarjuaq

Transportation Inclusions
• A personalized pick up from your arrival airport, and drop off at your departure airport
• Return flights from Ottawa to Qikiqtarjuaq
• Return transfers in Qikiqtarjuaq
• All transportation to and from the Base Camp, including local boats for duration of trip

Other Inclusions:
Gratuities for some private transfers in Ottawa
• 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.

 

Not Included

• Gratuities for tours, transfers, and guides
• Flights to and from Ottawa
• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Travel medical and evacuation insurance coverage (required for travel, please ask for a quote)
• Trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended, please ask for a quote)
• Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in in Qikiqtarjuaq, Iqaluit or Ottawa including flight changes, additional hotels and meals
• Canadian Sales Taxes

 

 

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...

Explore more of Ottawa
Explore more of Ottawa
Visit bustling Toronto
Visit bustling Toronto
 Add a 3 day tour in Iqaluit
Add a 3 day tour in Iqaluit
Add-on a wilderness adventure in Ontario
Add-on a wilderness adventure in Ontario
• Add on additional time in Ottawa and discover the Capital of Canada
• Extend your trip with a few days in the lively city of Toronto
• Extend your trip with a 3 day tour of Iqaluit and learn about the culture and people of Nunavut
• Ask about adding on a wilderness lodge in Ontario’s lake region

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.

Delta Ottawa City Centre - Hotel ExteriorDelta Ottawa City Centre - Guest Room with 2 Queen BedsDelta Ottawa City Centre - Guest Room with King BedDelta Ottawa City Centre - LIFT RestaurantDelta Ottawa City Centre - Hotel Lounge

Delta Ottawa City Centre

An example of our Superior accommodations

This traditional hotel in downtown Ottawa is a convenient eight-minute walk to Parliament Hill, Rideau Canal and other highlights of Ottawa. Enjoy a welcoming visit to Ottawa with friendly and knowledgeable service. Hotel facilities include a fitness centre, indoor pool, sauna, restaurant and bar.

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Arctic Premium Safari Camp

An example of our Safari Tent accommodations

The Arctic Premium Safari camp includes spacious yurt-style sleeping accommodations with insulated double walls to keep you warm and cozy inside and 10 foot cathedral ceilings to give you room to relax. Each yurt features either two twin beds or one king size bed, cozy rugs, a heater, and large windows for stunning views. Additionally, camps feature a large dining lounge with 24 hour snack buffet, and a shared washroom with hot showers. Camps can be set up on land or ice depending on time of year.

 

Prices & Dates

2019 Departures from Ottawa
Aug 1, 8, 15

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.

Departing from Ottawa
Arctic Polar Bears/ 9 days, 8 nights
from US $10,990to US $11,869per person

This once in a lifetime Polar Bear Safari takes you to the Canadian Arctic. Discover the amazing wilderness of the Canadian Arctic while seeking out polar bears and whales by land and sea. Stay in a comfortable safari camp while taking advantage of the Arctic summer’s midnight sun.

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