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7 mind-blowing polar bear trips to take to Churchill this fall

Posted September 10, 2021 | Author Breanne Sewards

Every year from mid-October to mid-November, something extraordinary happens on the shores of the Hudson Bay. As the temperatures begin to dip, polar bears gather in large numbers, waiting for the ice to freeze so that they can begin their seal hunt. This fall, Churchill's tour operators are welcoming fully vaccinated visitors to join in on the wildlife trip of a lifetime.

1. One Day Polar Bear Adventure

Frontiers North Adventures | One day | $1799 CAD +tax

Do you dream of seeing polar bears in the wild? They're closer than you think – and you can do it as a day trip from Winnipeg while supporting the Assiniboine Park Conservancy at the same time!

2021 package dates: October 30, November 2, November 8

Photo by Jessica Burtnick

Photo by Jessica Burtnick

Photo by Abby Matheson

Photo by Abby Matheson

Package includes:

  • Roundtrip, private charter flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, Manitoba.
  • A full-day of wildlife viewing on a Tundra Buggy® adventure in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area.
  • Learn about polar bear conservation with a biologist from the Assiniboine Park Conservancy.
  • $1799 CAD +tax

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2. Churchill Polar Bear Adventure Day Tours

Heartland International Travel & Tours | Day trip | $1898 CAD +tax

This all-inclusive, privately chartered day tour provides up close and personal experiences with bears, birds and other wildlife Churchill has to offer.

2021 package date: October 28

Package includes:

  • Round trip charter airfare between Winnipeg and Churchill.
  • Breakfast on the morning flight.
  • Full day Tundra Buggy tour with lunch.
  • Dinner at the Seaport Hotel in Churchill.
  • Churchill transfers.
  • Heartland Travel tour escort throughout.
  • $1898 CAD +tax

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3. Ultimate Polar Bear Adventure

Lazy Bear Expeditions | Three nights | $5695 CAD +tax (based on double occupancy)

Get Up North and Personal with the mighty polar bears in their habitat on an Arctic Crawler™ in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area. Take an exhilarating dog mushing tour and learn about the Indigenous culture. After your adventures each day, return to our cozy, authentic lodge and treat yourself to scrumptious local cuisine in the Lazy Bear Café.

2021 package dates: Various dates throughout October and November

Package includes:

  • Three nights at Lazy Bear Lodge.
  • Two tundra tours, dog mushing, cultural tour.
  • Transfers between airport and Lodge in Churchill and transfers for Lazy Bear tours.
  • All breakfasts, a lunch on each tundra tour and one dinner per person.
  • $5695 CAD +tax

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4. Lords of the Arctic

Churchill Northern Studies Centre | Seven nights | $4659 CAD +tax

Witness the annual migration of Churchill’s polar bears. Every October and November, polar bears congregate in the Churchill area to await the return of the sea ice and access to their preferred prey – the ringed seal. This is their most popular program, and all proceeds support scientific research in Churchill.

2021 package dates: October 12-October 19 ; October 30 – November 4; November 4 – November 11

Package includes:

  • Accommodation at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre.
  • Arrival/departure shuttle to/from the CNSC, located 23 km out of Churchill.
  • Two full days touring the Churchill Wildlife Management Area aboard a custom tundra vehicle.
  • Assisting researchers with behavioural observation of bears as part of their long-term study.
  • Educational evening presentations.
  • Scenic helicopter tour along the rugged coastline of the Hudson Bay.
  • Dog sledding with a local musher.
  • Historical tour of the Churchill area.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the cafeteria, the heart and soul of CNSC.
  • $4659 CAD +tax

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5. Great Ice Bear

Churchill Wild | Six nights | $12495 CAD +tax (based on double occupancy)

This all-inclusive experience is one of the most diverse wildlife viewing packages offered anywhere in the world. It combines four days at Dymond Lake Eco-Lodge, where many of the Canadian Arctic’s most famous residents can be seen and photographed on foot or from the Lodge, with one day in Churchill on a Tundra Buggy tour.

2021 package dates: October 29–November 4; November 10–16

Photo by Beatrice Jorns

Photo by Beatrice Jorns

Photo by Ivan Kellenberger

Photo by Ivan Kellenberger

Package includes:

  • All accommodations and transfers required within the package dates and airfare between Winnipeg and the lodge.
  • Meals: day one dinner and days two to six breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • $12495 CAD +tax

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6. Hudson Bay Buggies & Bears

Rail Travel Tours | Six nights | $4095 CAD +tax (based on double occupancy)

This tour features sleeping car accommodation for the dome car train journey. Then, enjoy 3 days and 2 nights in Churchill to visit attractions and tours of town and the shoreline of Hudson Bay.

2021 package dates: Various dates in October

Package includes:

  • Station to hotel transfers
  • Private sleeping car accommodation on the train and two nights at the Bear Country Inn
  • Day tour on the world-Famous Tundra Buggy®
  • Half day heritage and ecology tour
  • Visits to heritage attractions include the Itsanitaq Museum, Parks Canada Northern Manitoba Interpretive Centre and Winnipeg Railway Museum
  • All meals on the train(s), some meals in Churchill
  • Tour guide
  • $4095 CAD +tax

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7. Classic Polar Bear Itinerary

Great White Bear / Nat Hab | Six nights | $6995 USD +tax (based on double occupancy)

Meet the "King of the Arctic"! Our flagship polar bear tour is an expertly guided small-group adventure to see the world's largest concentration of polar bears in their natural habitat.

2021 package dates: Various dates in October and November

Package includes:

  • Flight from Winnipeg-Churchill and back
  • Polar bear viewing on the Polar Rover
  • Dog sledding, tour to Cape Merry and more
  • All meals
  • $6995 USD +tax

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All travellers must be fully vaccinated to visit Churchill and participate in these tour packages. For more details on all packages click here.

About The Author

Hey! I'm Breanne, Editorial Content Specialist for Travel Manitoba. First to jump in the lake and last to make it down the River Trail. Lover of croissants, cats, and croissant-shaped cats. Got a story idea? Email me at bsewards@travelmanitoba.com.

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