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Lords Of The Wilderness Bear Viewing

12

days

starting from US $9,390per person

Star Rating 5

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For just a special few weeks each year, witness both polar bears and grizzly bears in their natural habitat with a naturalist guide. From the lush and abundant Great Bear Rainforest, to the barren arctic tundra of Churchill, no safari better represents Canada’s immense diversity. For the true wildlife enthusiast, this is one of the great natural history vacations. Space is very limited, so be sure to book early!

Lords Of The Wilderness Bear Viewing  – Map A mother grizzly bear stands in tall grass with her two cubs Salmon swimming in freshwater A grizzly bear family take a dip in the river An orca whale can be seen with it's head and flippers out of the water Three grizzly bear cubs clamber over a fallen tree following their mother Aerial view of Knight Inlet Lodge in Campbell River Guests socialize in the dining room of the Knight Inlet Lodge in Campbell River A polar bear wanders through the snow in Churchill Passengers on the Tundra Buggy photgraph a passing polar bear Adult polar bears wrestle in the snow A pack of sled-dogs harnessed together in the snow
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Trip at a glance

1 night Vancouver
1 night Campbell River
2 nights Knight Inlet Lodge
2 nights Vancouver
1 night Winnipeg
3 nights Churchill
1 night 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 – Bear Viewing Adventure Begins in Vancouver
The perfect combination of nature and big city, it’s no wonder that Vancouver’s population continues to grow. Depending on your arrival time, you might want to just relax and watch the world go by with latte in hand or get out and explore on foot or by bicycle.

Overnight at a Vancouver Airport hotel.

Day 2 – Fly to Campbell River
This morning, fly to Campbell River and check-in to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the “Salmon Fishing Capital of the World”. Today is the day to make sure you have all your camera accessories, memory cards, and batteries ready to go for your adventure tomorrow.

Overnight in Campbell River.

Day 3 – Up Close with Grizzly Bears
Get ready to begin an exciting few days of grizzly bear tours, adventure, and relaxation. The flight heading for Knight Inlet Lodge takes roughly 30 minutes. Spend the rest of the day participating in one of several activities available at the lodge, including kayaking, hiking, and wildlife viewing or spend the day on a grizzly bear tour.

Overnight at Knight Inlet Lodge.

Day 4 – Grizzly Bear Viewing at Knight Inlet Lodge
Your grizzly bear viewing at the rustic Knight Inlet Lodge continues. Relax in the vast west coast wilderness, choose a lodge activity, or spend the day seeking out one of the largest concentrations of grizzly bears in British Columbia accompanied by an experienced guide. The choices are limitless!

Overnight at Knight Inlet Lodge.

Day 5 – Knight Inlet Lodge/Campbell River to Vancouver
Get up early to soak in the fresh wilderness air, perhaps spotting a grazing deer or two as you sip your coffee. Today you fly back to Campbell River, and then onwards to Vancouver. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the sights and sounds of the city.

Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 6 – Discover Vancouver
Spend the day relaxing in Vancouver. Ask us about booking a sightseeing tour for you – walking tours, bike tours, food tours, and nature tours are available to suit all interests. Alternately, simply stroll the sea wall and sip coffee at English Bay, to admire the beautiful harbor views, framed by snowy coastal mountains.

Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 7 – Vancouver to Winnipeg
Spend a leisurely morning in our beautiful West Coast city, before boarding a flight to Winnipeg. Meet your group and guide this evening at your Winnipeg airport hotel, before your polar bear adventure begins early tomorrow morning.

Overnight in Winnipeg.

Day 8 – Winnipeg to Churchill
Head north to the remote town of Churchill, located on the western edge of the Hudson Bay. A guided tour of the town of Churchill and a visit to the Itsanitaq Museum gives you a complete introduction to northern life and culture.

Overnight in Churchill.

Days 9 and 10 – Encounters with Polar Bears
Get almost nose-to-nose with one of the most feared predators in the world. Luckily you will be safe and comfortable in your Tundra Buggy, an all-terrain vehicle specially designed for the northern landscape which gives you access to the best locations for wildlife viewing. With an expert guide and the convenience of small groups your experience will be truly memorable.

Overnight in Churchill.

Day 11 – Dogsledding Adventure – Return to Winnipeg
Learn more about the way of the north, as you meet a professional dog sled guide today. Enjoy a thrilling ride as you mush your own team – a true Canadian adventure! Take an afternoon flight back to Winnipeg for the last night of your vacation.

Overnight in Winnipeg.

Day 12 – Depart Winnipeg
Much too soon you leave the Canada wilderness behind as your polar bear and grizzly bear vacation package comes to an end.

Note: The order of events will vary at the discretion of your guides – based on their expert knowledge of wildlife behavior at the time and their desire to give you the best experience possible.

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

Seeing grizzly bears gorging on salmon in anticipation of their upcoming hibernation

Visiting Churchill’s famous polar bears

Traveling on a scenic float plane

Amazing polar bear viewing opportunities onboard the Tundra Buggy

What Clients Say

The experience was absolutely awesome!

The experience was absolutely awesome!

Star Rating 5

The experience was absolutely awesome! We loved the Knight Inlet Lodge, their staff and guides, and of course all the bears. Our guide in Churchill was also excellent. Seeing polar bears, arctic foxes and other arctic wildlife was tremendous. The helicopter tour (and pilot) was also excellent, and... read more

What's Included

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

Amazing bear viewing opportunities - Amazing bear viewing opportunities
Amazing bear viewing opportunities
Access to wilderness few people ever get to visit - Access to wilderness few people ever get to visit
Access to wilderness few people ever get to visit
Time to explore Vancouver - Time to explore Vancouver
Time to explore Vancouver
Small-groups onboard the Tundra Buggy - Small-groups onboard the Tundra Buggy
Small-groups onboard the Tundra Buggy
Accommodations:
• 2 nights in a floating resort (Knight Inlet Lodge)
• 1 night accommodation in a 3-star hotel (Campbell River)
• 3 nights accommodation in 4-star hotels (Vancouver)
• 2 nights accommodation in 4-star hotel (Winnipeg airport)
• 3 nights accommodation in 3-star hotel (Churchill)

Knight Inlet Lodge Experiences:
• Welcome Orientation for Wildlife Viewing
• Naturalist-led Grizzly Bear Viewing Tours
• Scenic Boat Ride of Glendale Cove
• Use of Kayaks on Organized Estuary Tours
• Naturalists Services
• Interpretive Programs
• Optional Extra Tours: Additional Bear Viewing, Interpretive Hike of the Kwalate River Valley, Wildlife Tracking, Bald Eagle and Bird Watching Excursions

Polar Bear Experiences:
• Escorted Tour of Churchill and Area
• 2 Full Days on the Tundra Buggy (including lunch)
• Itsanitaq Museum
• Parks Canada Interpretation Center
• Cultural Presentation
• Dogsledding

Meal Inclusions:
• All meals and snacks at Knight Inlet Lodge (including complimentary house wine with dinner)
• All meals while in Churchill

Transportation Inclusions:
• Private transfers between Vancouver airport and hotels
• Roundtrip airfare between Vancouver and Campbell River
• Roundtrip Float Plane between Campbell River and Knight Inlet Lodge
• Transfers to and from the airport, hotel and float plane in Campbell River
• Roundtrip airfare between Winnipeg and Churchill (light meal provided onboard)

Other Inclusions:
• Wilderness Tourism Association Habitat Conservation Fee
• Rain Gear at Knight Inlet Lodge (if required)
• Documentation package
• Gratuities for guides at Knight Inlet Lodge
• Gratuities for private transfers (unless otherwise
noted)
• Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support – from the time you book, you will be assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator with whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

 

Not Included

• The following flights (but make sure to ask for help):
- Your home to Vancouver
- Vancouver to Winnipeg (one way)
- From Winnipeg to your home
• Meals, except as indicated
• Winter Clothing Rentals (available for Churchill if required)
• Gratuities for your guides
, hotel and transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation and Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
• 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...

Add a visit to charming Victoria
Add a visit to charming Victoria
Visit the mountain village of Whistler
Visit the mountain village of Whistler
Add a train journey across Canada to Winnipeg
Add a train journey across Canada to Winnipeg
Add extra time in Winnipeg to visit the zoo
Add extra time in Winnipeg to visit the zoo
• Make this a truly epic Canadian wilderness experience, and ask us to include a visit to a wilderness lodge in the mountains of British Columbia
• Ask your Fresh Tracks Canada specialist to include the train from Vancouver to Winnipeg, for a beautiful journey through the Canadian Rockies
• Rent a car and visit the Olympic city of Whistler, and why not take in the sights and activities by spending a night or two there
• Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia, Victoria, along with a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens

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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Fairmont Vancouver Airport

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is a luxury hotel and spa providing the perfect overnight stay before or after a flight. Completely soundproofed and located above the US departures terminal the hotel is only a two minute walk to the luggage carousels.

Knight Inlet Lodge - Lodge exteriorKnight Inlet Lodge - BedroomKnight Inlet Lodge - Dining roomKnight Inlet Lodge - The barKnight Inlet Lodge - Grizzly bear watching

Knight Inlet Lodge

An example of our Wilderness Lodge accommodations

Knight Inlet Lodge is a floating haven for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. This unique accommodation is nestled within a wild and remote area of the BC coastline, offering spectacular scenery and an abundance of wildlife right on your doorstep. Relax at the lodge after days filled with adventure, and enjoy meals featuring the local catch of the day.

Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Hotel exteriorFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Hotel guest roomFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - King guest roomFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Dining roomFour 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 winterTundra Inn - Guest loungeTundra Inn - BedroomTundra 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.

 

Prices & Dates

2019 Departure Dates
September 25
October 5, 8, 11

Please note
this trip has additional departure dates from the end of September through to mid October, based on slight customizations of this itinerary. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you require an alternate time frame.


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.

Canadian Bear Viewing Adventure
from US $9,390to US $10,141per person

On our Wilderness Adventures, you'll enjoy days with experienced naturalist guides, some meals, seamless connections, and accommodations suited to the unique Canadian surroundings.

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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

The experience was absolutely awesome!

The experience was absolutely awesome!

Star Rating 5
October 24, 2017

The experience was absolutely awesome! We loved the Knight Inlet Lodge, their staff and guides, and of course all the bears. Our guide in Churchill was also excellent. Seeing polar bears, arctic foxes and other arctic wildlife... read more was tremendous. The helicopter tour (and pilot) was also excellent, and we thoroughly enjoyed the dog sledding.

Overall a great trip

Overall a great trip

Star Rating 5
November 16, 2008

We had a great time and loads of bears. Sitting, rolling on their backs, fighting, walking. We were really pleased that we did the lodge rather than going out on the tundra buggies. We were going on a sledge ride and had a great... read more time. If we did it again I think we would have tried to have more time in Vancouver, there is a lot to see and a week would be great. Also the trip on the icefields, rather than just a transfer it would have been good to have a sight seeing tour as well. We were lucky that one of the other passengers was a long lime resident of Jasper and keen walker. She gave us a running commentary all the way to Banff. Many thanks for overall a great trip!

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