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Lords Of The Wilderness Bear Viewing

12

days

starting from US $9,030per person

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Grizzly And Polar Bear Wildlife Tour

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!

Trip at a glance

12 Days / 11 Nights

1 night Vancouver 1 night Campbell River 2 nights Knight Inlet Lodge 2 nights Vancouver 1 night Winnipeg 3 nights Churchill 1 night Winnipeg

Lords Of The Wilderness Bear Viewing - Map

Availability

SepOct

Places Visited

VancouverCampbell RiverKnight Inlet LodgeWinnipegChurchill

Accommodation Style

HotelLodge

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

Seeing grizzly bears up close feeding on salmon

Traveling on a scenic float plane

Visiting both the Great Bear Rainforest and the rugged arctic tundra

Up close polar bear viewing opportunities onboard the Tundra Buggy

Exploring the Churchill Wildlife Management Area

Expert naturalist guides

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 journey is our ultimate Canada vacations bear journey – and possibly North America's best safari!
On the west coast of British Columbia in the Fall, salmon return to spawn…
Attracting predators like Grizzly Bears, Bald Eagles and Orca (Killer) Whales…
As well as studying Grizzlies up close, you'll get out on the ocean with the whales…
A Grizzly Bear family comes down to the water to find returning salmon.
An aerial view of the lodge we use for observing the Grizzlies.
The dining room of the lodge.
Then as a wonderful comparison, you'll fly far north … to a very different world.
Here, on the edge of Hudson Bay, you'll go on safari in a 'Tundra Buggy'…
And learn if this is play or fighting - from an expert naturalist.
You can also try dogsledding and learn about the life of a sled-dog.

Accommodations

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodations. Please call us for the full list and to personalize your experience.

Fairmont Vancouver Airport

Fairmont Vancouver Airport

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

Knight Inlet Lodge

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

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
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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.
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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 Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver and spend the night at the airport in preparation for tomorrow’s flight to Campbell River.

 

Overnight at a Vancouver Airport hotel.

 

Day 2 – Fly to Campbell River
This morning fly to Campbell River on Vancouver Island where you will be transferred to a hotel for the night. 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
A spectacular float plane ride takes you to Knight Inlet Lodge this morning. The flight takes roughly 30 minutes and is sure to be one of your trip’s highlights.

 

A cozy floating wilderness retreat, Knight Inlet Lodge is located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest in secluded Glendale Cove. It has one of the highest concentrations of Grizzly Bears in North America – sometimes it’s possible to see them right from the lodge’s dock.

 

In the fall, the normally solitary grizzly bears congregate along rivers to feed on migrating salmon. You’ll watch the bears from a specially designed viewing platform, giving you rare photographic opportunities and a chance to immerse yourself into their natural habitat. Although bear sightings can vary, it is not uncommon for there to be up to 40 bears within 6 miles of the lodge at this time of year. Enjoy a delicious dinner tonight with new companions and an evening presentation by one of your guides.

 

Overnight at Knight Inlet Lodge.

 

Day 4 – Grizzly Bear Viewing at Knight Inlet Lodge
Head out for another day of adventure. Glacier-fed waterfalls, old-growth forests thick with moss, and snowcapped mountains are your backdrop as you explore the secluded coves and inlets around Glendale Cove.  Additional activity options include kayaking, hiking, or a scenic boat tour of Knight Inlet

 

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 soaring bald eagle 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 exploring Vancouver. Ask us to arrange an activity for you – walking tours, bike tours, food tours, and nature tours are available to suit all interests. Or, simply stroll the sea wall and sip coffee at English Bay, admiring Vancouver’s legendary harbour and mountain views.

 

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 polar bear group and guide this evening at your Winnipeg airport hotel for an information session.

 

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 8 – Winnipeg to Churchill 
Early this morning after breakfast at your hotel, board your plane for a flight from Winnipeg to Churchill and journey over the tundra and plains of the north – the bird’s eye view is spectacular!

 

Upon arrival drive past various points of interest in and surrounding Churchill on an interpretive tour. You’ll have a chance to photograph the Polar Bear Holding facility as well as a beautiful Inukshuk location on the shores of the Hudson Bay. Included is a visit to Polar Bears International House to learn about ongoing polar bear research, as well as the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre where you’ll learn more about the history and wildlife of Churchill.

 

Overnight in a Churchill hotel.

 

Day 9 – Polar Bear Viewing
This morning 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. This is prime polar bear habitat! Your knowledgeable guide will provide insights along way.

 

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 10 – Dog Sledding Experience
Set off on an exciting dog sledding excursion today. Meet a local musher and hear his incredible tales of Arctic racing, then meet his pack of lovingly cared for sled dogs. After a thorough briefing, feel the exhilaration of racing a team through the boreal forest on a one-mile groomed trail. This excursion is designed for guests of all abilities.

 

Later today, visit the Itsanitaq Museum. The museum’s a collection of Inuit carvings and artifacts are among the finest in the world. This is also a great place to stock up on unique, locally crafted souvenirs.

 

Overnight in Churchill.

 

Day 11 – 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 rare species of wildlife such as arctic fox, ptarmigan, and snowy owl. When you arrive back in Churchill, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Winnipeg.

 

Overnight in Winnipeg.

 

Day 12 – Depart from Winnipeg
Your Canadian wildlife adventure ends as you check-out from your hotel this morning and depart Winnipeg.

 

Note: The order of activities will vary at the discretion of your guides – based on wildlife sightings and weather conditions.

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

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 a floating lodge (Knight Inlet Lodge)
• 9 nights of hotel accommodation 

 

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
• Polar Bears International House visit
• 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 downtown
• 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)
• Transfers whilst in Churchill

 

Other Inclusions:
• Wilderness Tourism Association Habitat Conservation Fee
• Rain Gear at Knight Inlet Lodge (if required)
• Digital Travel Documents
• 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:
– 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, Interruption, and Evacuation insurance and Travel Medical Insurance (mandatory to book this trip)
• Canadian Sales Taxes

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.

• Make this a truly epic Canadian wilderness experience, and include a visit to a wilderness lodge in Rocky Mountains
• Ask your Fresh Tracks Canada specialist to include the train from Vancouver to Winnipeg
• 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

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 Departure Dates
September 19, 27
October 2, 5, 8, 11, 14

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.

Canadian Bear Viewing Adventure
from US $9,030 to US $9,750 per 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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  • 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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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

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

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!

Get your Polar Bear tour organized and arranged for you

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  • 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
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