Polar bear tours - Churchill Canada polar bears

Churchill Polar Bear Express - Tundra Buggy Lodge

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starting from US $4,704per person

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Polar Bear Viewing Lodge Adventure

This package is perfect for those with an adventurous spirit but time constraints. Stay outside the town of Churchill at the unique Tundra Buggy Lodge, where you are around the polar bears day and night. Spend your days searching for polar bears and experiencing amazing wildlife photography opportunities, and your nights sharing stories with guests over delicious meals at the lodge.

Trip at a glance

5 Days / 4 Nights

Arrive Winnipeg 1 night Winnipeg 2 nights Tundra Buggy Lodge in Churchill 1 night Winnipeg Departs Winnipeg

Churchill Polar Bear Express - Tundra Buggy Lodge  – Map

Availability

Oct

Places Visited

WinnipegChurchill

Accommodation Style

Lodge

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

Close-up polar bear encounters day and night

Spectacular photo opportunities from the Tundra Buggy

Exciting day activities

This trip is popular – book early!

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

Aurora Borealis lights up the Arctic night sky in front of a Tundra Buggy
The Tundra Buggy Lodge in Churchill has views of a polar bear as it wanders through the snow
A polar bear family cuddle in the snow
A lone polar bear walks along the Hudson Bay shoreline
Young polar bear climbs on Tundra Buggy in Churchill
An inukshuk stands at the shoreline of the Hudson Bay

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 Buggy Lodge - Lodge exterior
Tundra Buggy Lodge - Cozy sleeping quarters
Tundra Buggy Lodge - Dining on the Lodge
Tundra Buggy Lodge - Guest lounge
Tundra Buggy Lodge - Northern lights over the Tundra Buggy

Tundra Buggy Lodge

An example of our Wilderness Lodge accommodations

The Tundra Buggy Lodge is a truly unique experience where guests can wake up to the site of polar bears wandering past their window. Climb aboard and immerse yourself in the arctic wildlife on your doorstep, all the while enjoying warm, comfortable accommodation and delicious home cooked meals.

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  • Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
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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 – Winnipeg Arrival
Today you will arrive independently in Winnipeg, where the day is yours to explore. Consider visiting the Manitoba Museum, which has nine galleries displaying historical artifacts, or the Royal Canadian Mint to learn about Canadian coins, or strolling down 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
Fly from Winnipeg to Churchill this morning. Enjoy some time at leisure in Churchill and in the afternoon, transfer to the Tundra Buggy launch and climb aboard a specially designed vehicle to head out into the tundra. Keep your eyes peeled for polar bear sightings as you cross the tundra on the way to the lodge.

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 at the Tundra Buggy Lodge.

Day 3 – Polar Bear Viewing
Following breakfast at the lodge, board a Tundra Buggy and spend the day out searching for wildlife – polar bears gather here in the hundreds. This is why you’ve come to Churchill, so be sure to have your camera ready!

Overnight at the Tundra Buggy Lodge.

Day 4 – Polar Bear Viewing and Return from Churchill to Winnipeg
After breakfast, depart the Lodge and spend the day in a Tundra Buggy. This afternoon you return to Launch and transfer to Churchill. You have some time to explore Churchill before being transferred to the airport for an evening flight to Winnipeg.

Overnight in Winnipeg.

Day 5 – Winnipeg Departure
Much too soon your Polar Bear adventure comes to an end. Depart Winnipeg at your leisure.

What Clients Say

The service and the actual trip far exceeded my expectations!

The service and the actual trip far exceeded my expectations!

Star Rating 5

Thank-you so much for the work you put in to make my trip, it was absolutely fabulous! I really had no idea what to expect, but the service and the actual trip far exceeded my expectations. For other passengers, if they can afford to upgrade from the basic package, I would very much recommend it!... read more

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.

Accommodations:
• 2 nights accommodations in Winnipeg
• Accommodation at the Tundra Buggy Lodge for 2 nights

Churchill Experiences:
• 2 Tundra Buggy bear viewing day tours, including lunch
• Churchill and Area Tour
• Services of an interpretive guide, interpretive driver and a Polar Bear International specialist

Meal Inclusions:
• All meals at the Tundra Buggy Lodge

Transfer Inclusions:
• Interpretive transfer to the Tundra Buggy Launch
• Roundtrip chartered flights between Winnipeg and 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.

• Enjoy extra nights in Winnipeg before or after your polar bear tour.
• Add extra night on the Tundra Buggy Lodge by choosing alternative departure dates.
• Make this a truly epic bear tour, and combine your polar bear trip with a grizzly viewing tour.
• Upgrade your journey to include a 2 night journey from Winnipeg to Churchill.

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 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21

Special 7-Day Train Departure:
Oct 7*

*Upgrade your journey to include a one-way train trip from Winnipeg to Churchill (2 nights) to make this a 7 day trip.
Ask your Vacation Advisor for pricing.

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.

Tundra Buggy Lodge Tour
from US $6,249 to US $6,749 per person

This once in a lifetime Polar Bear Safari takes you to the Canadian Arctic. Enjoy cozy accommodations right onboard the Tundra Buggy Lodge, watching Polar Bears at all hours. Once day breaks, you’ll head out to explore the tundra further.

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

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Get your Polar Bear tour organized and arranged for you

Get your trip plan
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  • 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

The service and the actual trip far exceeded my expectations!

Star Rating 5
September 28, 2013

Thank-you so much for the work you put in to make my trip, it was absolutely fabulous! I really had no idea what to expect, but the service and the actual trip far exceeded my expectations. For other passengers, if they can afford... read more to upgrade from the basic package, I would very much recommend it! Town car pick-ups and drop-offs at each destination were so good, it made getting to the hotel such a pleasant experience! The hotels were amazing, both in terms of their aesthetics and their location. My absolute favourite was Montreal, the others were also very nice, but Montreal was simply spectacular! Quebec was also perfectly located and beautifully appointed. My least favourite was Halifax, but only because the room was up 42 stairs with no lift and really no porters. Once in our room, it was another steep staircase to the second bedroom. I elected to utilise the sofa in the lounge for a few nights rather than trek up and down the stairs. But that said, the actual establishment was lovely, and like the others, so centrally located! Having breakfast included at each hotel was also really good. The train trips were amazing I loved the first class travel from Montreal to Quebec. The food and service were exactly that, first class! The Charlevoix trip was a gastronomic adventure start to finish. The individualised iPad table presentations were great. On the way up we had a table for 2, on the return trip we were required to share with another couple, as they were English speaking it was ok, but it would have been nice to have a table for 2 on the return, not sure if that is something you arrange or whether it is allocated by rail staff. The overnight train was also fun, although I suspect that maybe you are asleep for some of the best part of the trip (and that you pass through in the dark) but it was exciting to wake up and watch the changing landscapes enroute to Halifax. In terms of the tours I did, the fall colours in the Laurentian Mountains were amazing. The Montreal city tour was good, but I think we got an unfortunate driver. Quebec city tour was lovely. The tours from Halifax were great. On the Southern Shores tour we were the only 2 people. It was great as Jesse, the driver, was really open to adapting the tour to make it what we wanted. The big surprise on this tour was the picnic lunch included. Jesse explained it was comprised of local produce. It was so nice to eat such an array of fresh vegetables and cheeses with meat and condiments. For the second day at Peggy's Cove the lunch was less of a surprise but was in fact a highly anticipated part of the tour. Again, it was a small group to Peggy's Cove and Jesse was again very accommodating to the group needs and requests. I have to say I am very glad that I took the Southern Shores tour as Lunenberg was much more like I thought Halifax would be (based on TV shows I had seen, where I suspect maybe they take some licence regarding location). It was so beautiful there. The absolute highlight (and really the purpose of my trip) was Churchill and the polar bears. Oh my, how amazing that was! The Frontiers North staff were very professional and so attentive. The Winnipeg Four Points was satisfactory, but a far cry from the luxury we had enjoyed earlier in the trip. The great advantage, however, was the proximity for the early morning departure to Churchill. Taking the charter flight was like being royalty or something as we were driven on to the tarmac in a bus where we transferred directly on to the plane, and the same at the other end. The day in Churchill was fun, sledding and meeting Dave and his dogs was great. It was a bit disappointing that there had not been enough snow for an actual sled (no one's fault, just timing), but Dave did a great job simulating the experience. I am really glad we did it and was surprised at how few people decided to do it. Then it was out to 'the launch pad' (doesn't that sound exciting) to board the tundra buggy. Deciding to pay the extra to stay out on the tundra was the best decision I made, I think. We were the first group out to the lodge, and as we were a smaller group we each had lots of space. The food was really good and the staff were so accommodating to the varied needs of the passengers, I could not have asked for more out there. And we saw lots of bears. Staying on the tundra meant we were there when they woke up and went to sleep. They were as curious about us as we were about them. At one point, I could have patted one who stood up against the side of the lodge right in front of me! Friends and colleagues are astonished at my pics. I would absolutely recommend Fresh Tracks to anyone looking to plan travel in and around Canada.

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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