Polar Bear Adventure
Travel to Manitoba in "Polar Bear Season" on Earth Journeys, created by Tauck and BBC Earth, when these great white carnivores lumber across the plains toward Hudson Bay to prepare for winter. Get up close to astonishing Arctic life in Churchill: snowy owls, white foxes, a cavorting cub, Inuit sculpture, the beauty of a fire-killed log, and the amazing sled dogs. One of our most popular trips immerses you in the Earth Journeys experience, featuring custom-made BBC Earth on-tour film vignettes and when the opportunity arises, the use of field equipment. Late October and November is polar bear season in Churchill, Manitoba, the start of the long-awaited migration of these great white creatures.
Over icy rivers and across the subarctic plains, they make their way towards the coast and the seal-rich waters of the Hudson Bay to fulfill their need for food for the winter ahead. Normally elusive, these bears are plentiful in this remote location of northern Canada at this time of the year, giving travelers seeking an up-close look at arctic life an exciting glimpse into their world. You'll stay in a cozy lodge where family-style meals, warm camaraderie and two-footed locals share stories about Hudson Bay history, past and present, in front of a crackling fire. You'll also learn more about Manitoba and early fur-trading history during a special private evening with the Hudson’s Bay Company of Adventurers at the Manitoba Museum... at a dog sledding demonstration... on a dog sled ride and much more. Embrace your inner explorer on an adventurous Manitoba vacation!
Day 1: Welcome to Winnipeg
After an included transfer from Winnipeg Airport, your Manitoba vacation adventure begins at 2:00 PM at the Inn at the Forks. Discover why Manitoba’s capital city is often called the "Gateway to the West" during an afternoon sightseeing...
Day 2: Private charter flight to Churchill
Everyone’s up early today for a private charter flight to Churchill, “Polar Bear Capital of the World,” accessible only by boat, plane or train – population approximately 950+! A guided tour upon arrival includes the village...
Day 3: The Polar Bears of Churchill
Climb aboard a specially designed tundra vehicle for a full-day excursion into the heart of bear country in search of the magnificent "Polar Bears of Churchill." Each autumn, small groups of polar bears migrate from frigid inland locations to Churchill,...
Day 4: A day in the Arctic wonderland
First up – visit the Eskimo Museum to view one of Canada's oldest, and most comprehensive, collection of Inuit artifacts and sculpture. Indigenous peoples have lived out here for centuries, and the museum displays one of Canada's finest collections...
Day 5: Dogs, sledding & back to Winnipeg
Your Manitoba adventure continues with a closer look at the sport of dog sledding, a popular local diversion out here in the Arctic wilderness. See a demonstration by dog trainers, then climb aboard a sled yourself for a ride with your canine drivers...
Day 6: Journey Home
Your Manitoba vacation adventure ends in Winnipeg. Fly home anytime; a transfer is included from the Inn at the Forks to Winnipeg Airport. Please allow 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport.
Nights 1 & 5
Inn at the Forks
Throughout the centuries, European fur traders, buffalo hunters, and railway pioneers made "The Forks" at the junction of the Assinboine and Red rivers "the" place to meet; today, the Inn at the Forks boutique hotel is the only hotel in this National Historic Site. You’ll feel welcomed from the moment you enter, as the staff is known for their friendliness and gracious hospitality. Characterized by casual luxury, the Inn at the Forks puts your well-being first. Every guest room features a soothing contemporary motif, highlighted with works by local artists. A meal at the Current Restaurant and Lounge boasts a contemporary Canadiana dining experience – and for the utmost in relaxation and therapeutic treatments, the Riverstone Spa features escape packages that leave you feeling rejuvenated. There’s no better choice to begin and end this journey!Tauck Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!
Lazy Bear Lodge
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
A visit to Churchill, the “Polar Bear Capital of the World,” is just the start of one of the greatest adventures in the world today. Comfortable, cozy, rustic, simple, family owned – all of these words describe the Lazy Bear Lodge. The lodge itself is rustic, consisting of handcrafted log cabins; all rooms have a private bath / shower. Dinners around the authentic stone fireplace set the stage for story swapping – and you’ll have plenty to swap with fellow travelers after a day in the tundra. Meals are memorable and homemade; if specialty dishes such as Caribou Pepper Steak or Sirloin of Muskox Rouladen don’t appeal, there’s always more international fare like Bruschetta Grilled Chicken or Fillet of Cod, Maui-style. Buns are baked fresh in a stone baking kiln, and the chef creates homemade desserts. No alcohol is served at the lodge but you are welcome to have a bottle in your room. Owner Wally Daudrich, an excellent naturalist / historian, enriches your stay with insights and information that reflect his deep love for this remote part of the world.Tauck Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!