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The Mother of All Polar Bear Tours - Cape Churchill

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Female (L) defending cub from large male, Cape Churchill Female (L) defending cub from large male, Cape Churchill © Randy Green

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Book your 2017 trip by October 31, 2016 and pay 2016 prices! New bookings ONLY!

What began as an end-of-the-season blowout party for the staff and organizers of our infant polar bear-watching season years ago near Churchill slowly evolved into one of the most sought-after trips for pro photographers and TV media looking for images of polar bears. 

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Read more about the early days of our Cape Churchill Expedition!

After the main bear-watching season at Gordon Point in early November, we moved our still-tiny mobile lodge and a couple of Tundra Buggies about 15 miles further east along the Hudson Bay shore to Cape Churchill.

Here, we could extend the normal bear-watching season by another couple of weeks as the waters of Hudson Bay froze later than closer to Churchill. Once the Bay waters freeze, the bears are gone overnight, heading off for their winter seal hunt.  We also discovered that the Cape area was perfect for photography -- less brushy taiga vegetation, beautiful smooth eskers (ridges deposited by Pleistocene glaciers some 10,000 years ago), gleaming frozen intertidal lakes and rugged blue sea ice jumbled up along the shore.

Besides, not only were there bears here, but BIG bears and LOTS of bears! Mothers and cubs!

All milling about doing the things that bears do when waiting for the sea ice. Slowly at first, then as a flood, the word got out among pro wildlife photographers and TV news and documentary crews that this was THE place to get images of bears. The end result was that almost every polar bear picture in magazines,  books and polar bear documentaries on TV was shot on one of our Cape Churchill polar bear tours.

You won't find a better opportunity to photograph polar bears than this! Or, if you're not a photographer and just want the ultimate in polar bear-watching, come with us on this trip!


  • Itinerary
  • Date - Rates
  • Lodging
  • Map
Itinerary:

Itinerary

Churchill Manitoba mapDay 1: Arrive Winnipeg.  Dinner with guide and group.  Overnight Winnipeg.

Day 2: Fly to Churchill.  Town and area orientation tour. Overnight Churchill hotel.

Days 3-10:
Early the first morning we head for Launch, where we board our Tundra Buggies. We'll spend the better part of the day traveling across the tundra along the Hudson Bay shore to Cape Churchill. Of course, we will almost certainly see bears and other wildlife along the way, so this will be a leisurely trip, stopping for good opportunities for photography and observation.

For the next 8 nights we base out of the Tundra Buggy Lodge which has been moved to Cape Churchill. Each day after breakfast we'll board our buggies and venture out into the stark, frozen beauty of the Cape looking for bears and other wildlife. Each 40-passenger buggy will carry only 10 passengers to ensure the most "elbow room" for everyone.

This trip is suitable for both photographers and bear enthusiasts alike!

Day 11: After breakfast, we'll begin the overland journey back to Churchill, arrving in time for our flight south. Overnight Winnipeg.

Day 12: Fly home at any time today.

Activities

Churchill and Area Tour: A guided bus tour of local and historical points of interest surrounding Churchill, including such attractions as Cape Merry, Port of Churchill and Manitoba Conservation's Polar Bear Holding Facility (weather permitting).
 
Interpretive-Guided Tundra Buggy Adventure: The best way to experience an intimate encounter with a wild polar bear is on an authentic Tundra Buggy. All of our Tundra Buggies are furnished with dual-pane frost-free windows and contain propane heating systems that closely resemble a cozy fireplace, with real flame (behind glass). Each day, we depart early and board our world famous Tundra Buggies looking for polar bears and other wildlife out on the tundra. You will enjoy picnic style lunches and refreshments while you are bear watching.
 
Date - Rates:

Rate Information

Book your 2017 trip by October 31, 2016 and pay 2016 prices! New bookings ONLY!

To calculate today's spot exchange rate, click here. Strong US Dollar translates to 20% or more savings! Because of the current exchange rates (April 2016) between the US and Canadian dollars, the US Dollar price for these trips is more than 20% less than the listed Canadian dollar price.  Call our office for a current quote. 

(All prices in Canadian Dollars)

Please note that this is the "spot" rate, and the actual bank exchange rate may vary a few points from this. Your exact rate will be determined at the time of your booking and payment in full. VISA and MasterCard accepted.

2016 CAPE CHURCHILL LODGE PACKAGES

Tour # Dates

Nights

Winnipeg

Nights

Churchill

Nights Lodge

Days on

Buggy

Leader Type Tour Cost CAN$ Single Supplement Status
1 Nov. 17-28 2 1 8 7 Pro Photo

$11,799

$450 Open

2017 CAPE CHURCHILL LODGE PACKAGES

Tour # Dates

Nights

Winnipeg

Nights

Churchill

Nights Lodge

Days on

Buggy

Leader Type Tour Cost CAN$ Single Supplement Status
1 Nov. 17-28 2 1 8 7 Pro Photo $11,999 $475 Open

PLEASE NOTE: Prices do not include G.S.T/P.S.T.

Package Includes: Round-trip airfare Winnipeg - Churchill, two nights in Winnipeg, one night Churchill, seven day trips on Tundra Buggy, all meals and pro-photo leader.
Trip capacity: 40 with only 10 per buggy

Additional activities: Churchill area tour

Tour Details

Registration: To confirm your space on this tour, please send a deposit of $750 USD to our office. Balance is due 120 days prior to departure. Please note: Tour rates are based on Canadian Dollars.

Cancellation Policy: In the event you must cancel your reservation, refunds will be made according to the following schedule: Deposit $750 non-refundable. 90 to 61 days prior to departure, 50% of total is non-refundable; less than 60 days prior to departure, 100% non-refundable.

Insurance: Because many advance logistical arrangements have been made prior to the running of this trip, we must adhere to the above policy. In addition, please be aware that many insurance policies do not cover illness and accident expenses outside of the U.S., and Medicare does NOT cover any such expenses at all. In light of this, we strongly recommend trip cancellation and supplemental insurance.

A travel insurance form will be sent to you upon registration, or you can purchase it from our site by clicking on the "Purchase Travel Insurance" in the left-hand column. Our insurance carrier is Travelex.

Lodging:

Winnipeg

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The first and last night of your trip are spent at the Sheraton Four Points in Winnipeg.  The hotel is located at Winnipeg International Airport and is conveniently connected to the airport via skywalk. This first-class, full-service hotel features 132 guest rooms.

 


 

Churchill

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The Tundra Buggy Lodge is a specially-designed facility—five large, modular units on huge tires, linked together like a train but with a larger-scale interior. Between each unit are open-air platforms which provide safe viewing and photography areas.

The five units consist of two sleeping modules (complete with shared bathrooms and shower facilities), a lounge module, a dining module, and a module which houses supplies and the camp’s power station.

A safe haven from the bears and an excellent base for wildlife observation, the warm and casual Tundra Buggy Lodge provides more time for viewing and photographing than our hotel-based trips.  Imagine watching the bears day or night, from inside or out, and, on clear nights, under the ghostly northern lights!
 
In addition, a Tundra Buggy is available for a full day excursion into the same observation areas that our other tours explore. In the evening enjoy relaxation, excellent meals and informal talks, slide shows, videos, and bear stories in the lounge. The proximity and viewing of the bears is exceptional, and the accommodations make even the barren tundra comfortable.
 
Tundra-camp-6   Sleeping Quarters
 
Tundra-camp-2
 Dining Room
 
Tundra-camp-3
 Lounge/Lecture Room
 
 
Map:

Manitoba

All tours begin in Winnipeg, Manitoba which is accessible internationally by major airlines. After overnighting in Winnipeg, you will fly the approximately 600 miles north to Churchill for your bear viewing experience.

All Packages include air from Winnipeg to Churchill and return. Air to Winnipeg is not included.

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