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Ultimate Arctic Summer Adventure

7 Days Guided Tours

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If you don’t like following the crowd when you travel, this limited edition trip gives you the ultimate alternative — taking you into the beautiful ‘back of beyond’ in Canada. In a little window of opportunity, for a few short weeks in the summer we take a handful of lucky travellers from Winnipeg to Churchill for unfiltered adventures in the great outdoors. You’ll ‘meet the locals’ with a boat journey along the Hudson Bay in search of Arctic wildlife, including its resident Polar Bears. You may even forget to pick up your camera, as you’re quickly absorbed by the sight of them swimming in the bay, playing along the river estuaries, and sunbathing on the cool rocks along the riverbank. The water’s the setting for many of our adventures around Churchill, like witnessing the unlikely grace of the charmingly sociable Beluga Whale pods that we set off to see on our boat trip — you can also add on experiences to get even closer to the whales. The Polar Bears and Beluga Whales may steal all the headlines here but, as you climb aboard an all-terrain Arctic Crawler™ for a trip across the stunning tundra, you’ll soon see this wilderness has many hidden stories to reveal.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Winnipeg

Please make your own transfer arrangements to Winnipeg and check-in at the hotel for a restful evening. Accommodation stay - 1 night at Inn at the Forks.

Day 2: Winnipeg - Lazy Bear Lodge, Churchill 

After breakfast, a transfer will take you to the charter airport for your flight to Churchill. A Lazy Bear Lodge guide will meet you upon arrival at Churchill Airport and escort you to the lodge where you check in and meet your hosts for the next five days. Afterward, embark on the Cultural and Heritage Tour which takes you to Churchill and the surrounding area, where you will be exploring various historic sites. These include Cape Merry, an outside tour of the polar bear holding facility, the wreckage of the famous plane, “Miss Piggy”, and many other historic sites that make Churchill the town it is today. This afternoon and during your tour, you will have free time to independently explore special places in Churchill like the Itsanitaq Museum and the Canada Parks Museum as well as unique shops in town and see the authentic Native Art. You may also book onto optional tours and excursions with the front desk. Spend the next 4 nights at Lazy Bear Lodge. (B/D)

Day 3: Lazy Bear Lodge

Today after breakfast, depart on a full-day Hudson Bay Coastal Tour by boat to see the polar bears along the coast of Hudson Bay and other local river estuaries. These magnificent creatures can be seen swimming in the water or cooling off on the rocks. A day of fun and learning is complemented by lunch served on-board the boat. (B/L)

Day 4: Lazy Bear Lodge

After breakfast, you take to the waves again on a 3-hour Beluga Whale Boat Tour in search of the ivory-coloured beluga whales. 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. (B)

Day 5: Lazy Bear Lodge

Today you can embark on any postponed or optional tours that you've booked onto. (B)

Day 6: Lazy Bear Lodge - Winnipeg

Following your last delicious breakfast at the Lazy Bear Lodge Café you'll embark on any postponed or optional tours requested that were not able to be taken earlier during your stay due to weather or other factors. Afterwards, the lodge shuttle takes you to Churchill Airport for your return flight to Winnipeg. Upon arrival in Winnipeg, Lazy Bear Expeditions will provide a charter bus to the hotel in downtown Winnipeg. Overnight at Winnipeg Airport. (B/L)

Day 7: End of tour

After breakfast, transfer independently to Winnipeg International Airport for your return flight home, or continue onto your next destination. (B)

B- Breakfast
L- Lunch
D- Dinner

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.

Please note: the tour schedule is subject to change based on weather and anything beyond the supplier’s control. 

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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

  • Accommodation for 6 nights – 2 nights in Winnipeg and 4 nights at Lazy Bear Lodge
  • Flights between Winnipeg and Churchill
  • Group transfers between hotels and airport in Winnipeg and Churchill 
  • Shuttle service between the airport and lodge upon arrival and departure
  • Luggage handling in Churchill
  • Naturalist Tour Guide  
  • 6–8 hour Hudson Bay Coastal Boat Tour to see Polar Bears and arctic wildlife
  • 3-4 hour Summer Tundra Tour on Arctic Crawler™
  • 3-hour (approximately) Beluga Whale Boat Tour/Fort Tour to see Beluga Whales in the water, and walking tour of the historic Prince of Wales Fort
  • 2-3-hour (approximately) Cultural and Heritage Tour of the Churchill area, including historic Cape Merry and the Polar Bear Jail
  • Parks Canada interpretive presentation

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
  • Optional excursions: guided kayaking and guided snorkelling excursions can be added at an additional cost. These can be requested at the time of booking.
  • 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

Meals: daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 1 dinner included.

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.

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