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Churchill Town and Tundra Adventure

6 days Guided Tours

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There are few sights more mind-blowing, or unnerving, than that first glimpse of white fur against white snow as you cross the tundra in search of polar bears. It doesn’t matter how good HDTV gets, there’s simply no comparison to seeing wild creatures in wild locations. After a night in Winnipeg you’ll fly to the remote northern community of Churchill, your base for two days of polar bear tracking. You know you’re heading into barely charted territory when you need a specially constructed vehicle. Agile and cosy, your Tundra Buggy® is your home-from-home on the frozen plains, as you cross them in search of polar bears. Travelling with in-the-know locals, for whom the tundra is their backyard, means you can head straight to the bears’ favourite haunts for optimum viewing opportunities. But this isn’t just polar bear country and, as you journey through remote ice fields, you could also spot caribou, arctic fox, snowy owls, and other arctic dwellers. For two days on the tundra, your buggy’s your home: you’ll even take your lunch on board. But you’ll return to bed down in the comforts of Churchill at night, reenergising before heading back out onto the ice again.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Winnipeg

Please make your own transfer arrangements to Winnipeg and check-in to your hotel. In the evening, you will meet your Frontiers North Adventures Representative for a brief orientation. Accommodation stay - overnight at Winnipeg Airport.

Day 2: Churchill

This morning you depart from Winnipeg on an early chartered flight to the remote community of Churchill, Manitoba. Upon arrival into Churchill you will be met by a Frontiers North representative and transferred to the town of Churchill. There is ample time to discover Churchill’s personality by exploring unique shops, family-run restaurants boasting delicious regional cuisine, and a cultural museum that portrays the historical importance of the area. During your free time, be sure to visit the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre and the Itsanitaq Museum. Accommodation stay - 2 nights in Churchill. (B)

Day 3: Churchill

Today you board a world-famous Tundra Buggy® - a specially constructed vehicle that travels across the tundra to explore polar bear habitat. Enjoy a full-day Tundra Buggy® Adventure in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area – home of polar bears, arctic foxes, ptarmigan and other unique arctic wildlife. Wear comfortable, layered clothing. Each Tundra Buggy is heated and equipped with washroom facilities and an external viewing platform. Return back to town around 5:00pm. Breakfast and a picnic style lunch and refreshments are provided. (B/L)

Day 4: Churchill to Winnipeg

Your final day in Churchill is spent enjoying another day aboard the Tundra Buggy® exploring the Churchill Wildlife Management Area. After the tour, you will be transferred to the Churchill airport for the flight back to Winnipeg and be transferred to the hotel for check in. Breakfast, lunch and a light meal on the plane included. Accommodation stay - overnight at Winnipeg Airport. (B/L/D)

Days 5-6: End of Tour- UK

Today you check out of your hotel and depart for home.

Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches on board the Tundra Buggy® on day 3 and 4, and light meal on-board the plane on day 4.

Please note: This is a set tour itinerary, if you have booked any pre/post or optional tour arrangements please refer to your separate vouchers and final documents.

Minimum age is 6 years.


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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the itinerary and additional tour notes

Pre/Post Tour information

If you would like to extend your trip or make the tour part of a longer holiday, we can easily add on a pre or post night stays for you. Our Sales Team will work with you to arrange the best connecting flights and book any additional hotel stays. Simply tell us what you’d like and we can arrange it.

Time difference

GMT -5 hours Eastern Canada.

Tour inclusions

  • Round trip flights between Winnipeg and Churchill
  • Transfers between Churchill Airport and hotel
  • Accommodation and sightseeing as listed above
  • Service of an English Speaking guide.

Tour exclusions

  • International flight in economy class, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
  • Flight upgrades and airport transfers in the UK
  • Insurance
  • Transportation between Winnipeg and other gateway cities
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips and gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
  • The required Canada Electronic Authorization (eTA)
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerary

Dining inclusions

3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 light meal.

Included activities

Tours listed in the itinerary.

Accommodation

Accommodation is a mix of 3-4V graded properties. Please note some tours are up to 3 weeks in duration and there may be some nights when staying in remote locations e.g. the National Parks, when the ‘V’ rating may vary. Hotels are subject to change up until 30 days prior to departure, but you will be advised of any changes.

Journey times

Please note due to long distances covered on some of the tours, there will be some days when the majority of the day will be spent on the coach, so just sit back and enjoy the view.

Visa requirements

Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)

Visitors travelling to or transiting through Canada by air are now expected to get an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada. If you’re arriving into Canada by air from either the UK or another destination e.g. the USA, you’ll need an eTA. This costs CA$7 and lasts for 5 years or until your passport expires, whichever is first. If you’re travelling by land or sea, you won’t need an eTA when you enter Canada. However, you must travel with acceptable travel documents and identification, i.e. your passport.

For more information on eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website.