Embark on a wildlife trip of a lifetime to observe both majestic polar bears and gentle beluga whales in their natural summer environments. Nowhere else on earth can you witness both incredible creatures in such proximity from one another.
You’ll start our Ultimate Arctic Summer Adventure in Manitoba’s bustling capital of Winnipeg. Then you’ll base yourself in the isolated, yet fascinating town of Churchill, which can be found perched on the wild shores of Hudson Bay. In Churchill, you’ll discover all about the local area and its captivating heritage, visiting plenty of historic sites in the town.
But the real focus of your trip is wildlife spotting, of course. Cruise the waters of Hudson Bay and its river estuaries to look out for the snow-white polar bears that swim in the waters and bask in their summer surroundings. Then, once again you’ll sail the seas of Hudson Bay, but this time to spot the hundreds of white-skinned beluga whales that come to feast, mate and give birth in the warm, shallow waters. You’ll even have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snorkel and swim close to these magnificent creatures – a truly spectacular experience.
You’ll also roam the tundra on the impressive Arctic Crawler™ where you can observe the fascinating landscapes and fauna and watch out for more arctic wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for arctic sik siks, over 200 nesting or migrating bird species, arctic hares, arctic foxes and seals.
- Take the chance to swim and snorkel with gentle beluga whales in their natural environment
- Spot polar bears playing on the banks as you cruise the waters of Hudson Bay
- Roam the tundra on the Arctic Crawler™ to observe the landscapes and spot wildlife
- Spend the night and explore the city sights in Manitoba’s bustling capital of Winnipeg
Start your Journey
Arrive in Winnipeg
When you arrive at Winnipeg International Airport, you will be able to use your taxi voucher provided to take you into Winnipeg city. You’ll then check into your hotel for a relaxing evening where you can get chatting to the rest of your group before your Ultimate Arctic Summer Adventure tour begins.
Winnipeg - Churchill
Following breakfast, catch your morning flight to Churchill with the rest of your group. On arrival at Churchill, you’ll meet a representative who’ll accompany you to the Lazy Bear Lodge. There you’ll check in and meet your hosts who’ll be looking after you for the rest of your trip.
Then it’s time for an insightful cultural and heritage tour of the area. You’ll be taken to Churchill where you will explore your local surroundings to learn about the several historic spots and landmarks. These include Cape Merry and the remains of the famous plane crash of ‘Miss Piggy’.
Afterwards, you’ll be given the rest of the afternoon to explore Churchill in your own time. We suggest a visit to the Itsanitaq Museum or the Canada Parks Museum to learn even more about the local culture. There are also plenty of boutiques and shops to browse in town, where you can see the fascinating authentic Native Art.
Churchill - Hudson Bay
After a tasty breakfast to start your day, it’s time for a full day Hudson Bay coastal tour out on the water. This is your first chance to look out for local wildlife and, as you sail along the coast and through several river estuaries, you’ll be able to observe the behaviour of the grand polar bears that frolic and play in their summer environment. Watch these beautiful snow white beasts swim in the waters and dry off on rocks that are surrounded by pretty natural flora.
After the excitement of polar bear spotting, dig into a tasty lunch served on board. Then it’s back to Lazy Bear Lodge where you’ll stay overnight once again.
Churchill - Hudson Bay
Following a scrumptious breakfast, it’s time to take to the waves again for more wildlife spotting. This time, you’ll be sailing the seas on a three hour beluga whale boat tour in the Hudson Bay area. Keep your eyes peeled for the pale friendly faced beluga whales that are known to cruise the waters.
These mighty sea creatures are attracted to the waters of Hudson Bay, as the near coastal waters are both shallow and warm, offering ideal conditions for feeding, mating and giving birth. Your knowledgeable guide will offer an interesting commentary on these marvellous creatures and their habitat as you observe them feeding on schools of caplin, arctic char and brook trout.
For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you’ll also have the opportunity to snorkel and share the waters with the playful beluga whales as an optional extra. This one is not to be missed.
Your tour also includes a walking expedition of the aging Prince of Wales Fort where you can learn all about the area’s history. Then it’s overnight and a good night’s sleep at Lazy Bear Lodge.
It’s time for your last day at Lazy Bear Lodge.
After breakfast, if there were any extra expeditions you requested that you were unable to take due to weather conditions or other factors, you can take them now. You’ll also have the chance to shop for souvenirs and presents for friends and family.
In the afternoon, you’ll have some leisure time. Explore more of the fascinating town of Churchill, or embark on one of the many extra excursions on offer.
Tonight, you’ll spend your last evening overnight at Lazy Bear Lodge.
Churchill - Winnipeg
After breakfast, you’ll be spending time on the land, with a three hour tour roaming the tundra on the Arctic Crawler™. You’ll explore the magnificence of the tundra landscapes, observing and learning about the nature of the sprawling surroundings. Watch out for the wandering wildlife, such as arctic foxes and arctic hares from the comfort and safety of your specially designed all-terrain Arctic Crawler™.
In the afternoon, you’ll be transferred to Churchill Airport for your return flight to Winnipeg. You’ll leave with plenty of incredible memories and photos of the fascinating creatures you’ve observed in the wildlife in Churchill and its surroundings.
Once you arrive in Winnipeg, catch the complimentary shuttle service back to the Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites where you can relax and unwind on the final night of your arctic tour Canada.
Your Ultimate Arctic Summer Adventure is officially over. After breakfast, you can use the taxi voucher provided to take a taxi to Winnipeg International airport for your onward journey.
- Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of 6 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
- Board basis is daily breakfast, as well as two lunches and one dinner included.
- Roundtrip flights between Winnipeg and Churchill
- Taxi vouchers for transfers between Winnipeg Airport and hotel on arrival and departure day
- Private, small group air-conditioned transport
- English-speaking local guides for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
- Entrance fees (excluding video camera fee) for monuments and palaces and entertainment, and park fees for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
- Taxes, including Provincial Taxes and Federal GST
- International flights and airfare taxes
- Visa arrangements and fees
- Travel insurance
- Transfers between Winnipeg Airport and hotel on the first and last day
- Personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel
- Video and professional still camera fees during excursions
- Gratuities for drivers, tour directors, local guides, naturalists and hotel staff
- Meals (unless specified)
- Optional attractions and excursions (unless specified)
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