Polar bear watching in Churchill

Canadian Rail and Polar Bear Adventure

10

days

starting from US $6,218per person

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Travel across Canada on a once in a lifetime overnight train experience before visiting Churchill’s famous polar bears. With a friendly and knowledgeable guide, spend two days on a unique Tundra Buggy watching and taking photos of polar bears in their natural habitat. Learn about the town of Churchill on a tour and visit the Itsanitaq Museum and Parks Canada Interpretation Centre for unique educational experiences. Discover two of Canada’s most iconic experiences in one trip!

Canadian Rail and Polar Bear Adventure  – Map Journey across Canada by sleeper train to visit the polar bears in Churchill Board the VIA Rail train in Vancouver and travel to Churchill by sleeper train Travel on VIA Rail's Canadian train across Canada Travel on VIA Rail train across Canada over the Canadian prairies Travel to Winnipeg by train on your journey to Churchill to see the polar bears Travel to Churchill by train to see the Canadian polar bears View polar bears from the Tundra Buggy on a train trip to Churcill See polar bears in Churchill Try dogsledding on your trip to Churchill to see the polar bears
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Trip at a glance

Arrive Vancouver
1 night Vancouver
2 nights VIA Rail
2 nights Winnipeg
3 nights Churchill
1 night Winnipeg
Depart 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.

Note: This tour is also available starting in Toronto with a 2-night train journey to Winnipeg. Please ask your Vacation Advisor for more details.

Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by towering mountains and sparkling ocean. Walk out of the airport and right into your own personal private vehicle. Your driver will help orient you to our hometown, Vancouver!

Insider tip: Add additional nights and tours in Vancouver, the home of Fresh Tracks Canada! One of the favorite activities for locals is a scenic bicycle ride around Stanley Park.

Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2 – Board VIA Rail’s Canadian Train to Winnipeg
This is the first day of your overnight rail journey to the Canadian Rockies. The excitement builds as the train leaves Vancouver. The passing scenery is breathtaking – climb the steep Fraser Canyon, past the thundering water of Hell’s Gate, and onto the high desert of British Columbia’s interior. The ‘Canadian’ is Canada’s most famous train, the route links Vancouver and Jasper using original steel rail cars from the 1950’s and Vancouver to Jasper is the most spectacular stretch of the whole journey.

Overnight on board the train in your private cabin.

Day 3 – VIA Rail’s Canadian Train Voyage Continues
When you wake up, be mesmerized by the snowcapped mountain peaks right outside your window. As the train weaves through the rocky peaks watch for bears, deer, elk or moose – you never know when you might spot one. Stay onboard the train for another relaxing night as you train glides into the prairie provinces.

Overnight on board the train in your private cabin.

Day 4 – Arrival in Winnipeg
The scenery changes as you travel across the undulating plain of the Prairie Provinces. Settle into your seat and enjoy watching the sights from your window. Arrive into the city of Winnipeg this evening. Known as the “Cultural Cradle of Canada,” Winnipeg is home to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and so much more.

Overnight in Winnipeg at an airport hotel.

Day 5 – Experience Unique Culture in Winnipeg
The day is yours to explore at leisure before meeting your interpretive polar bear guide this evening. Visit the Forks – Winnipeg’s gathering place with nine acres of activity, restaurants, shopping and interactive fun. A visit to the Assiniboine Park Zoo has also been included today.

• Assiniboine Park Zoo Admission
Minutes from downtown Winnipeg in beautiful Assiniboine Park, the zoo is home to over 150 species from around the world. The Journey to Churchill exhibit is a definite highlight as the home to polar bears, muskoxen, Arctic fox, wolves and other northern species.
Activity rating: Easy

Overnight in Winnipeg at an airport hotel.

Day 6 – Winnipeg to Churchill – Where the Excitement Begins
Today you 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 enjoy a guided tour of the town, including a visit to the Itsanitaq Museum – a memorable and informative introduction to the unique culture of the north. In the evening, enjoy a fascinating cultural presentation featuring life in Churchill.

Overnight in Churchill.

Days 7 and 8 – Polar Bear Viewing and Arctic Activities
Why is Churchill known as the Polar Bear Capital of the World? Large numbers of polar bears congregate near town each fall while they wait for the ice to form on Hudson Bay. With two entire days on the Tundra Buggy, seeing the bears at close quarters is almost guaranteed!

Overnight in Churchill.

Day 9 – Churchill to Winnipeg
Set off on an exciting dog sledding excursion today. After a thorough introduction it’s off to the tundra where you’ll get to mush you own team of dogs. This excursion is designed for all ages and abilities. This afternoon, visit the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre, where you learn more about the history, wildlife, and culture of Churchill. Fly back to Winnipeg for your final night.

Overnight in Winnipeg at an airport hotel.

Day 10 – Depart Winnipeg
Your Canada vacation ends as you check-out from your hotel this morning and depart Winnipeg with fond memories made.

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

Overnight journey from Vancouver through the Canadian Rockies to Winnipeg by train

Close-up polar bear viewing from the comfort of the Tundra Buggy

Exploring Winnipeg and Churchill with a choice of exciting day activities to enjoy

What Clients Say

It was such an emotional experience seeing my first polar bear

It was such an emotional experience seeing my first polar bear

Star Rating 5

My trip turned out to be way beyond my expectations. It was such an emotional experience seeing my first polar bear in it's natural environment that I actually cried. I loved the dog sledding excursion too!

What's Included

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

Panoramic views from the train - Panoramic views from the train
Panoramic views from the train
Tundra Buggy escorted group tours - Tundra Buggy escorted group tours
Tundra Buggy escorted group tours
An authentic dogsledding experience - An authentic dogsledding experience
An authentic dogsledding experience
Wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities - Wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities
Wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities
Accommodations:
• 1 night in Vancouver
• 3 nights in Winnipeg at an airport hotel
• 3 nights in Churchill
• 2 nights onboard the VIA Rail Canadian Train, in a Cabin for 1 or 2

Train Experiences:
• Sleeper Plus Class, onboard the Canadian Train between Vancouver and Winnipeg (includes Dome Car access)

Winnipeg Experiences:
• Assiniboine Park Zoo Admission

Churchill Experiences:
• Interpretive tour of Churchill and area
• Evening Cultural Presentation
• 2 days onboard the Tundra Buggy with a naturalist guide
• Tour of the Itsanitaq Museum and Parks Canada Interpretation Centre
• Dogsledding excursion

Meal Inclusions:
• Meals while onboard VIA Rail’s Canadian Train
• Light meals provided onboard flights between Winnipeg and Churchill
• All meals in Churchill

Transfer Inclusions:
• Personalized and private transfer from your arrival airport
• Private transfer from Vancouver hotel to train station
• Private transfer from Winnipeg train station to airport hotel
• Transfers while in Churchill
• Return air transportation to/from Churchill to Winnipeg

Other Inclusions:
• Documentation package
• Gratuities for private transfers and tours (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.

Important Schedule and Trip Notes:
• Occasionally activities may vary at time of travel due to weather conditions. Your Polar Bear Guides may adjust your excursions to maximize conditions.
• Train schedules are subject to change and delays may occur.

 

Not Included

• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare to and from Canada (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & some transfer staff
• Some Canadian sales taxes
• Hospital, medical insurance, trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
• Winter clothing renta
ls please ask us to arrange this for you if needed

 

 

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...

Grizzly bear viewing tour
Grizzly bear viewing tour
Extend your stay in Winnipeg
Extend your stay in Winnipeg
Add a night in Vancouver
Add a night in Vancouver
Add some time in Toronto
Add some time in Toronto
• Enjoy extra nights in Winnipeg before or after your polar bear tour
• Make this a truly epic bear tour, and combine your polar bear trip with a grizzly viewing tour
• Add additional time in Vancouver or Toronto before taking the train to Winnipeg

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.

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.

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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 Departing from Vancouver
October 10, 31
November 7

2019 – Departing from Toronto
September 28
October 8, 26, 29
November 2

Note: Additional departure days are available with an extra night in Winnipeg. Ask your Vacation Advisor for more details.

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 Vancouver
Train and Polar Bear Tour/ 10 days, 9 nights
from US $8,590to US $10,141per person

This once in a lifetime Polar Bear Safari takes you to the Canadian Arctic. Accompanied by a friendly naturalist guide from Churchill, join a small group of fellow travelers to experience polar bears up close from a Tundra Buggy. Your small group size means optimal bear viewing and photography opportunities onboard the Tundra Buggy.

Departing from Toronto
Train and Polar Bear Tour/ 9 days, 8 nights
from US $8,270to US $9,601per person

This once in a lifetime Polar Bear Safari takes you to the Canadian Arctic. Accompanied by a friendly naturalist guide from Churchill, join a small group of fellow travelers to experience polar bears up close from a Tundra Buggy. Your small group size means optimal bear viewing and photography opportunities onboard the Tundra Buggy.

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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

It was such an emotional experience seeing my first polar bear

It was such an emotional experience seeing my first polar bear

Star Rating 5
November 20, 2017

My trip turned out to be way beyond my expectations. It was such an emotional experience seeing my first polar bear in it's natural environment that I actually cried. I loved the dog sledding excursion too!

The best part was seeing polar bears in the wild

The best part was seeing polar bears in the wild

Star Rating 5
November 11, 2017

The best part of our trip was seeing polar bears in the wild and, even better, seeing them start out onto the ice for their annual migration. Fresh Tracks was very helpful and prompt answering questions.

It was really special to see the polar bears out on the tundra

It was really special to see the polar bears out on the tundra

Star Rating 5
November 6, 2017

It was a wonderful trip and really special to see the polar bears out on the tundra. We are also glad we had a few days in Winnipeg. We really loved the trip and thank you for all of your help.

It was like nothing I'd ever experienced before

It was like nothing I'd ever experienced before

Star Rating 5
November 1, 2017

It was like nothing I'd ever experienced before and I have been to over 40 countries! I loved the polar bears of course but was blown away by the remoteness and beautiful landscape with changing colours.

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