Ultimate Arctic Summer Adventure – Belugas and Polar Bears

Take a truly unforgettable adventure to view the majestic Polar Bear and gentle Beluga Whale in their natural habitat - a completely unique opportunity that cannot be replicated anywhere else on earth.

You'll begin with a night’s stay in Manitoba's capital, Winnipeg before beginning your real intrepid adventure, as you fly over the boreal forests and lakes of the Manitoba hinterlands to remote town of Churchill on the shores of Hudson Bay. Once in Churchill, you’ll get a chance to immerse yourself in the fascinating culture and heritage of the town from visiting historic Cape Merry to cruising the arctic waters of the Hudson Bay.

The rest of your trip will be spent sailing on the Hudson Bay and Churchill River, viewing the hundreds of beluga whales that come to feed, mate and give birth in the warm, shallow waters and view polar bears in their summer environment, swimming and walking around the rocks and wildflowers. You'll also have an opportunity for an excursion on an Arctic Crawler™ to further view the summer Tundra landscape as well as other amazing wildlife - Arctic Sik Siks, over 200 nesting or migrating bird species, seals, arctic hare, arctic fox, and more - make sure to bring your camera to capture these once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

 

Duration
7 days
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey

Trip highlights

  • Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view wild polar bears in their natural habitat
  • Incredible wildlife, from magnificent beluga whales and polar bears to arctic foxes and moose
  • Journey across stunning landscapes from the flowing waters of Hudson Bay to boreal forests
  • Amazing Inuit history and fascinating local culture in Churchill

Upon arrival in Winnipeg, you take the complimentary Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites Shuttle from Winnipeg International Airport. Check into the Hilton Suites for a restful evening and get to know the rest of your group before beginning your adventure. Overnight in Winnipeg.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites

After breakfast, board your morning flight to Churchill and begin your adventure. You’ll be greeted on arrival at Churchill and escorted to the Lazy Bear Lodge where you’ll check in and meet your hosts for the next five days. You’ll then embark on a fascinating Cultural and Heritage Tour, which takes you to Churchill and the surrounding area to explore various historic sites including Cape Merry, an outside tour of the polar bear holding facility, the wreckage of the famous plane, “Miss Piggy”. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon to independently explore, perhaps visiting the Itsanitaq Museum or the Canada Parks Museum.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Lazy Bear Lodge

Today after a delicious breakfast, you’ll head out for your first chance at spotting some incredible wildlife on a full-day Hudson Bay Coastal Tour by boat. As you tour along the coast and other local river estuaries on the Sam Hearne - a coast guard certified custom-built boat - you’ll be able to spot magnificent polar bears in their summer environment, swimming in the waters or cooling off on the rocks amongst the natural flora. Lunch is included and will be served on board during the tour. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Lazy Bear Lodge

Today after breakfast, you’ll take to the waves again on a magnificent three-hour beluga whale boat tour in the Hudson Bay in search of the ivory-coloured beluga whale that come to feed, mate and give birth in the warm, shallow near-coastal waters. The tour will focus on viewing these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat and your guide will give a fascinating commentary as you watch them feed on schools of caplin, arctic char and brook trout. You will also have an opportunity to kayak and even snorkel with the whales as an optional extra – an experience not to be missed. 

Also included in the excursion is a walking tour of the historic Prince of Wales Fort, giving you a taste of the region’s past days. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Lazy Bear Lodge

Today you’ll head out on a three-hour Tundra Tour which will allow you to experience the Arctic Crawler™ and take you to explore the beauty of the tundra, the flora and fauna and possibly various wildlife in the comfort of a specially constructed all-terrain vehicle. This afternoon, you’ll have another chance to enjoy some free time, whether you choose to further explore Churchill or even take one of the many optional extra excursions available. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Lazy Bear Lodge

Following your last breakfast at the Lazy Bear Lodge Café you will embark on any postponed or optional tours that you requested that were not able to be taken earlier during your stay due to weather or other factors or have a chance for some last minute shopping for gifts and momento's. This afternoon, the hotel shuttle will take you to Churchill Airport for your return flight to Winnipeg. Upon arrival in Winnipeg, you'll take the complimentary shuttle service to the Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites where you will spend your last night.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites

Included

  • Accommodation for 6 nights – 2 nights in Winnipeg and 4 nights at Lazy Bear Lodge
  • Flights between Winnipeg and Churchill
  • Transfers between hotels and airport in Winnipeg and Churchill
  • Eight hour Hudson Bay Coastal Boat Tour viewing polar bears and arctic wildlife
  • Four hour Summer Tundra Tour on Arctic Crawler™
  • Three hour Beluga Whale Boat Tour/ Fort Tour viewing beluga whales and walking tour of the historic Prince of Wales Fort
  • Three hour Cultural and Heritage Tour of the Churchill area, including historic Cape Merry and the polar bear Jail
  • Meals: daily breakfast, lunch on Day 2 and one dinner entrée of your choice from the Lazy Bear Café menu

Not included

  • Meals unless specified
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities