Churchill polar bear tours

Tundra Buggy Lodge Polar Bear Viewing

7

days

starting from US $5,753per person

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Learn which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.

Experience Nights On Tundra Buggy Lodge

Every October, hundreds of Polar Bears congregate around Churchill, Manitoba, waiting for the ice to form over Hudson Bay. For these few weeks, it’s possible to safely, comfortably, and memorably discover Polar Bears in the wild. Split your nights between the town of Churchill and the Tundra Buggy Lodge to experience the best of both options. This package gives you plenty of polar bear watching time, as well as the chance to explore this unique northern town.

Trip at a glance

7 Days / 6 Nights

Arrive Winnipeg Churchill Tundra Buggy Lodge & Tours Return to Winnipeg Depart Winnipeg

Tundra Buggy Lodge Polar Bear Viewing – Map

Availability

OctNov

Places Visited

WinnipegChurchill

Accommodation Style

Lodge

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

Staying out on the tundra in the Tundra Buggy Lodge

Close-up polar bear encounters around the clock

Spectacular photo opportunities

Possibility of seeing the Northern Lights

A 20 person maximum on the Tundra Buggy

This is a popular trip – 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

The sky over Churchill turns purple and orange as the sun dips behind the Tundra Buggy Lodge
A mother polar bear and her two young wander past a Tundra Buggy on safari in Churchill
View of a polar bear lying down in the snow in Churchill
Churchill polar bears sparring in the snow

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 Inn - Tundra Inn exterior in winter
Tundra Inn - Guest lounge
Tundra Inn - Bedroom
Tundra 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.

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.

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

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.

Number of days and inclusions may vary according to departure date – please ask your Fresh Tracks Canada vacation advisor for details

Day 1 – Arrive in Winnipeg
Your trip begins in Winnipeg, central Canada's largest city. After checking in to your hotel for a one-night stay, spend the day exploring on your own. Consider visiting the Manitoba Museum, the Forks Market or strolling down to Provencher Bridge, a pedestrian walkway over the Red River where you’ll find a fun diner and great views of the city.

Overnight in Winnipeg.

Day 2 – Winnipeg to Churchill
Enjoy a scenic flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, over the tundra and plains of the North, roughly a three-hour trip. Upon arrival enjoy a guided tour of the town, featuring the Itsanitaq Museum – a memorable and informative introduction to the unique culture of the north. This evening, visit the Parks Canada Interpretive Center where you’ll learn more about the history, wildlife and culture of Churchill.

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!

Enjoy a relaxing evening at your Churchill hotel.

Day 3 – Journey To the Tundra Buggy Lodge
Today you will enjoy some free time in the town of Churchill before learning how to mush your team of huskies on an exciting dog sled adventure.

This afternoon you depart from the Buggy Launch and begin your trip to the Tundra Buggy Lodge. The journey to the lodge is just as exciting as the destination. Spend the time taking beautiful photographs, learning about the bear, other arctic wildlife and the environment.

Arrive at the Tundra Buggy Lodge for your three night stay. This unique and casual lodge on wheels is both a comfortable place to rest and an excellent base for viewing wildlife. No other lodge-based trip provides as much time for viewing the polar bears.

Days 4 and 5 – Polar Bear Viewing on the Tundra Buggy
Use the Lodge as a base for your wildlife observation and take advantage of the Tundra Buggy for full day wildlife watching excursions. Your guide provides expert commentary as you travel to locations known as bear hot spots.

Spend your evenings enjoying home cooked meals, learning more about the polar bears and socializing with new friends. Keep an eye on the dark arctic sky, Northern Lights may light up the tundra at anytime.

Day 6 – Polar Bear Viewing and Return to Winnipeg
After a delicious breakfast, you will depart the Tundra Buggy Lodge for your final bear viewing expedition. When you arrive back in Churchill, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Winnipeg.

Overnight at a Winnipeg airport hotel.

Day 7 – Depart with Fond Memories
Much too soon you leave the fresh air and beautiful sights of Canada behind as your vacation comes to an end.

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:
• Hotel accommodations in Winnipeg for 2 nights
• Hotel accommodations in Churchill for 1 night*
• 3 nights at the Tundra Buggy Lodge

Churchill Experiences:
• 3 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
• Dogsledding
• Itsanitaq Museum*
• Parks Canada Center*

Meal Inclusions:
• All meals in Churchill and at the Tundra Buggy Lodge

Transfer Inclusions:
• Round-trip air transportation between Winnipeg and Churchill; light meal onboard
• Transfers while in 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.

*Items included on the 7-day itinerary only


Not Included
• 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
• 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
• Make this a truly epic bear tour, and combine your polar bear trip with a grizzly bear viewing tour

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

6 day, 5 night program

October 23

7 day, 6 night program
October 25, 26, 31
November 8

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
6 day, 5 night
from US $7,699 to US $8,315 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.

Tundra Buggy Lodge Tour
7 day, 6 night
from US $8,499 to US $9,179 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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  • 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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