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Churchill Belugas and Bears Summer Adventure



starting from US $3,681per person

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Accessible only by air and rail, Churchill is located on the shores of Hudson Bay and is home to a myriad of wildlife from polar bears to the elusive arctic fox, and the playful beluga whales who return to the Churchill River following the ice breakup in spring. Grab your camera, pack your sense of adventure, and prepare for wildlife viewing vacations in Canada.

Churchill Belugas and Bears Summer Adventure – Map Two belugas swim in the arctic waters Tourists on a whale watching tour watch a pod of belugas swim by Two beluga whales swim by a woman on a Zodiac boat A curious polar bear stands on his hind legs to look through the window of a Tundra Buggy in Churchill A man watches the frozen icebergs in the Hudson Bay from a cliff edge Local children help a man push a boat in to the water
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Trip at a glance

Arrive Winnipeg
2 nights Winnipeg
3 nights Churchill
Depart from 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 – Your Canada Vacation Package Begins – Welcome to Winnipeg
Your vacation begins in Winnipeg, a major hub for rail transport and central Canada's largest city. Spend the day exploring its unique culture and color with a city tour.

Overnight in Winnipeg.

Day 2 – Your Canada Vacation Goes North
This morning you board your flight to Churchill. Enjoy a Churchill and Area Tour that will take you to all the cultural and historic highlights of the town.

Overnight in Churchill.

Day 3 – Whales and Forts on your Canada Vacation
Only on vacations in Canada can you get this up close and personal with the majestic Beluga; experience this on a three-hour Beluga whale watching tour into the mouth of the Churchill River. Here you will have the chance to encounter hundreds of beluga whales before taking the time to tour the historic Prince of Wales Fort, which is the oldest most northerly stone fort in all of Canada. Spend the afternoon with a local dogsledding expert, touring the kennels before heading out for a ride on a specialized summer sled, through the Northern Boreal forest.

Overnight in Churchill.

Day 4 – Getting to Know Polar Bears
Today you will enjoy an exciting excursion in a Tundra Buggy – the best way to get out into the wild to see polar bears in their natural habitat! Safe and snug in a cozy buggy with frost-free double pane glass and propane heating resembling a real fireplace, you’ll be ready for a personal encounter with a wild polar bear.

Overnight in Churchill.

Day 5 – Boating with Belugas
This morning will be especially exciting as you board a Zodiac for a surface-level encounter with the belugas. You are sure to have an incredible experience as you take these boats into the beluga estuary with the world’s largest population of the whales. Later this afternoon you will depart Churchill and fly back to Winnipeg.

Overnight in Winnipeg.

Day 6 – Departure
In the morning bid farewell to Winnipeg as your Canada vacation package comes to an end.

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

Unique whale watching excursion

Exciting activities and guided tours

The sub-arctic experience and scenery

Spectacular photo opportunities from aboard a zodiac boat

This trip has limited space and availability - book early!

What Clients Say

It was beautiful!

It was beautiful!

Star Rating 5

We had a wonderful trip! Who knew we would have to go to Churchill to find summer weather! I believe either the first or second day there Churchill was the hot spot in all of Canada! It was beautiful! The people of Churchill are really wonderful, and their friendly attitude just makes the trip that... read more

What's Included

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

• 2 nights in Winnipeg
• 3 nights in Churchill

Winnipeg Experiences:
• Winnipeg City Tour

Churchill Experiences:
• Churchill & Area Tour, including Itsanitaq Museum and Parks Canada Centre admission
• Beluga Whale Watching tour with visit to the Historic Prince of Wales Fort
• Afternoon dog sled/cart adventure
• Half day Zodiak Beluga Watching
• Full day adventure onboard the Tundra Buggy

Meal Inclusions:
• All meals in Churchill

Transfer Inclusions:
• Return airfare between Winnipeg and 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.


Not Included

• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Items of a personal nature
• Gratuities
• 9% Taxes (5% GST and 4% PST)
• Airfare to and from Winnipeg (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Hospital, medical insurance, trip cancellation insurance



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...

• Spend some extra time in Winnipeg, to explore the city and stay in one of the charming downtown hotels
• Combine this trip with one of our west coast fly-in lodge grizzly viewing adventures
• Ask your Fresh Tracks Canada expert to combine this with a train trip across the country
• Upgrade your journey to include a 2-night journey from Winnipeg to Churchill

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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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
July 18
August 8
August 21

Special 8-Day Train Departure:
August 17*

*Upgrade your journey to include a one-way train trip from Winnipeg to Churchill (2 nights) to make this a 8 day trip. Ask your Vacation Advisor for pricing.

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.

Churchill Belugas and Bears Tour
from US $4,849to US $5,237per person

This once in a lifetime Wildlife Viewing Safari takes you to the Canadian Arctic. With an expert naturalist guide, see both polar bears and beluga whales in their natural habitat, just a short drive from the Churchill base.

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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

It was beautiful!

It was beautiful!

Star Rating 5
August 15, 2008

We had a wonderful trip! Who knew we would have to go to Churchill to find summer weather! I believe either the first or second day there Churchill was the hot spot in all of Canada! It was beautiful! The people of Churchill are... read more really wonderful, and their friendly attitude just makes the trip that much more special. Coral, our tour guide for the town tour when we first arrived was fantastic. She is definitely in the right profession. She is obviously passionate about the history, culture and natural aspects of the area, and was a wealth of information. She was also genuinely interested in the people on her tour. The belugas were fantastic! Both boat trips (the big boat and the zodiac) were fantastic. The guides were knowledgeable and very friendly. What an incredible experience. The zodiac trip would be the highlight, I guess of a very wonderful trip! This would be because we were so close to the whales. They are amazing to watch and to listen too. It often sounded like they were talking to us. A bonus of the trip was the aurora borealis. It was like watching music and seeing ghosts dance. It was incredible. Also the food was great. The local bakery, deli and town hang out spot is excellent. The Tundra Inn Restaurant was really, really good. The Aurora Inn was just fine. Clean, the room was large and comfortable. I will definitely recommend you and Fresh Tracks to anyone who is interested. Friendly staff makes such a difference! Thank you for everything!

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