Days: 12 

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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!


Priced from $5,799 CAD   Days: 6 to 8 

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Packages by Enthusiast Hotel-Based Packages

These popular polar bear trips include either 3 nights in Churchill, with 2 full days of bear-watching on the tundra, to give you ample opportunity to observe the bears in their natural habitat.The emphasis is either on photography or the natural history and viewing of the bears.All tours travel in an original Tundra Buggy to Gordon Point, about 25 miles east of town, in the heart of the best bear viewing in the Churchill area. 

Enthusiast Tundra Buggy Lodge Packages

For those who would like a more in-depth experience with the bears, we offer the Tundra Buggy Lodge at Polar Bear Point, some 25 miles east of Churchill. Unlike the hotel-based tours, these trips are based in our camp near the shores of Hudson Bay. 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 and at each end, are open-air platforms which provide safe viewing and photography areas.

On the lodge-based trips, full-day excursions are made aboard a Tundra Buggy, watching bears! This gives several hours more bear viewing time than our hotel-based trips, since we do not have daily travel to and from Churchill.

Enthusiast VIA Rail Packages

The Enthusiast VIA Rail packages allow you to enjoy the classic Enthusiast Tour combined with travel to or from Winnipeg by train. Watch the transition from prairie to boreal forest to tundra. Train offers a diner car and private sleepers. Two nights and one day on the train. These tours are the first to sell out so contact our office to reserve your space now!


 

Priced from $3,599   Days: 6 

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Enthusiast Packages 

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These six day tours are offered in July and August when the Churchill River is full of hundreds of beluga whales who move into the warm shallow waters to give birth and feed on small fish. These curious and friendly whales provide wildlife lovers with a memorable experience. Observe the whales by zodiac and by kayak (additional fee), or join them in the water for an unforgettable snorkeling experience (additional fee applies).

On the flowering tundra, explore the protected Churchill Wildlife Management area by Tundra Buggy for a chance to see summer wildlife including fox, caribou, wolves, and moose as well as nesting birds. Often, you will also see the first of the polar bears as they migrate into the area.

Other highlights of this trip include a city tour of Winnipeg, and visits to the Eskimo Museum and Parks Canada in Churchill.

Participants are limited to a maximum of 22, ensuring window seats for everyone on the Tundra Buggy.

Adventurer Packages

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For a slightly less expensive tour, the Adventurer offers almost the same activities as the Enthusiast package (no Winnipeg city tour) and meals are not included.  Participants are limited to a maximum of 40.


 

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The opening of the Caribbean's largest island, Cuba, to US citizens and its lengthy and stunning coastline begs to be explored by sea. Our Cruising Cuba voyage does just that aboard the luxury sailing vessels Panorama (48 passengers) and Panorama II (46 passengers). These small ships are perfect in size to provide an intimate and in-depth exploration of this charming island. Sail in air-conditioned comfort in beautiful cabins with marble in-suite facilities and expansive outdoor decks for soaking up the Cuban sun and scenery. It's only a matter of time before many of these ports and coastal towns will be inundated by mega-ships disgorging thousands of their passengers at each landing.

Our itinerary begins in Cienfuegos, whose French-influenced town center is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then aboard our ship we sail for 500 year-old Trinidad, also a World Heritage Site. We'll visit the little island of Cayo Largo with its white sand beaches and sea turtle breeding center. We'll learn about the endemic wildife at Guanahacabibes National Park, the largest of six nature reserves and visit a local school.

Continuing around the west end of Cuba, we'll anchor in the harbor of Old Havana. For the next few days, we explore this famous city, visiting with artists, musicians, the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Las Terrazas as well as the home and stomping grounds of Ernest Hemingway. 

In addition of local Cuban guides, our on-board staff and expert expedition leader will make sure you get the most of your Cuba cruise!


Priced from $10,695 CAD   Days: 8 Special: Save $200 per person by booking before Jan. 31, 2017 for 2017! New bookings only. 

Explore the flowering tundra and Seal River estuary by land and by inflatable boat. Snorkel with friendly and curious beluga whales, and view teeming wildlife on the tundra, including polar bears, caribou, fox, wolves, moose, and hundreds of species of birds. Stay in the cozy Seal River Heritage Lodge on the shore of Hudson Bay and enjoy gourmet meals. 


 

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Priced from $3,855 USD   Days: 8 Save up to $200 off per person by booking before Jan. 31, 2017 for 2017! (New bookings only.)

NOTE: This is not a polar bear adventure--the bears have already left the area to go to the ice to hunt seals. The trip is dedicated to northern lights and winter activities, such as dogsledding and snowshoeing, etc. It is is mid-winter in Feb./March. 

Looking up into the night sky and seeing dancing lights of brillant greens, reds, blues and purples can be a very surreal, awe - inspiring experience. Those lghts are called Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights and Churchill, Manitoba happens to be located direclty beneath the Auroral Oval where northern light activity can occur over 300 nights of the year.   Join this awe-inspiring adventure from a Tundra Buggy to capture this incredible phenomenon in Churchill from February to March 2017.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


 

Priced from $13,480   Days: 17 Book between Jan. 9-March 31, 2017 and receive a $1,000 air credit. (Air must be booked directly through IWA to receive the credit)

July 14-30, 2017

Spend seventeen days in nine countires exploring the Baltic area by sea and land.  Discover the beauty of Bornholm Island graced with rolling country side, charming villages, the ruins of Hammershus Castle, and unique round churches. Visit the UNESCO site of Visby that was once a trading center of the Hanseatic League. Tour historic districts of Gdansk, Riga and Tallinn and spend two days in St. Petersburg enjoying the architectural styles of each area. 

Priced from $25,700   Days: 32

Save up to $10,450 on 2017 departures!

For a truly epic Antarctica expedition cruise, join us on this month long cruise that follows the western coast of Antarctica from the Antarctic Peninsula to New Zealand, stopping along the way to observe wildlife and history at remote and rarely visited spots that few people have had the privilege to see. Your expedition ship for this cruise is the comfortable 100 passenger M/V Ortelius, outfitted with Zodiacs and two helicopters. Conditions permitting, we will make five helicopter landings at various sites. 

We visit volcanic Peter I Island, then follow the outer fringes of pack-ice through the Amundsun Sea, where we will encounter occasional emperor penguins, groups of seals on ice-floes, and orca and minke whales, often accompanied by various species of fulmar petrels.  We continue on to the Ross Sea, and the massive Ross Ice Shelf, one of our planned helicopter landing sites. We will visit the huts of the legendary polar explorers Shackleton and Scott. As we continue on, we will have several opportunities to view the Mars-like Dry Valleys., again taking advantage of our helicopters. 

As we sail on past Cape Adare after crossing the International Date line, we will continue north to Campbell Island.  Here, we will see healthy populations of eastern rockhopper, erect-crested and yellow-eyed penguins. Elephant seals, and various species of fur seals also live on the protected wildlife sanctuary. 


 

 

Priced from $9,249 CAD   Days: 8  

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Specialist Tundra Buggy Lodge Packages

For those who would like a more in-depth experience with the bears, we offer the Tundra Buggy Lodge at Polar Bear Point, some 25 miles east of Churchill. Unlike the hotel-based tours, these trips are based in our camp near the shores of Hudson Bay. 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 and at each end, are open-air platforms which provide safe viewing and photography areas. During the day you will explore the tundra aboard a Tundra Buggy, looking for bears.

On the lodge-based trips, full-day excursions are made aboard a Tundra Buggy, watching bears! This gives several hours more bear viewing time than our hotel-based trips, since we do not have daily travel to and from Churchill.

Cape Churchill Packages

Cape Churchill is the premuim bear watching trip. This trip is offered at the end of the season when all the bears congrigate for the ice to freeze up so they can go out and feast on seals.  Similar to the above Lodge Packages in itinerary, we move the Lodge out to Cape Churchill at the end of the regular polar bear season to where the bay freezes a bit later. The trip is twice as long as our regular Specialist trip, eight days of bear-watching, and the barren eskers and frozen ponds make for an incomparable backdrop for photography. 

 


 

Priced from $10,895   Days:9 

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Discover the Canadian Arctic at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge in Northern Manitoba where pristine, untamed wilderness is waiting for you! 

The exprience begins in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada where you start your adventure kayaking with belugas whales that are very curious and friendly.   The belugas will come to visit you at your kayak with a friendly look and little love bump to check you out before travelign along side of you. Churchill is a small historic community that is on Hudson Bay where fur traders obtained furs for wealthy Europeans into the 20th century. 

This is a great wilderness area for a variety of wildlife to view and photograph. 

Our main base, Nanuk Lodge, is located on the Hudson Bay shoreline. The area is fenced off for safety but still allows for great observation and photography. Plus, daily excursions from the lodge onto the taiga and tundra will allow us to walk among the bears and other wildlife. Our experienced guides are well-versed in bear safety and use great care in not disturbing the bears.


 

Priced from $9,795 CAD   Days: 7 Special: Save $200 per person by booking before Jan. 31, 2017 for 2017! (New bookings only)

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge in Northern Manitoba offers a pristine, wilderness area for viewing and photographing polar bear mothers with cubs while in a comfortable, just-remodeled lodge setting.

Leaving from Churchill, we have a chance to spot beluga whales from the air as we fly over the mouth of the Nelson and Hayes Rivers.

This is a great wilderness area for a variety of wildlife to view and photograph. 

Our base, Nanuk Lodge, is located on the Hudson Bay shoreline. The area is fenced off for safety but still allows for great observation and photography. Plus, daily excursions from the lodge onto the taiga and tundra will allow us to walk among the bears and other wildlife. Our experienced guides are well-versed in bear safety and use great care in not disturbing the bears.

This is a great polar bear tour for those wanting to see and photograph mothers with cubs as they congregate along the bay shore, waiting for the fall freeze-up. Other willdife can be seen such as caribou, foxes, moose, wolves and ptarmigan. It's also a great time to see the fall bird migration in full swing!


 

Priced from $5,600 CAD   Days: 8

Book now for 2017--(limited space--almost sold out) and we will include the first night hotel in Terrace, BC 

The shores of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia is a richly biodiverse region that is home to black bears, grizzly bears, Orca whales, humpback whales, eagles, ravens, wolves, salmon, beavers, deer, and wolverines.  It is also the only place on Earth where the elusive Spirit Bear lives. The Spirit Bear, or Kermode, is a black bear with a rare genetic mutation that makes its fur transluscent white.  The local First Nations people of the region, who serve as guides on this trip, consider the Spirit Bear to be sacred.  One of the Tsimshians' myths says that "Raven made one in every ten bears white to remind the people of the time when glaciers covered this land."

Check out our Spirit Bear Lodge of the Great Bear Rainforest tour!

On this truly unique 8 day trip, we explore the inlets, bays, estuaries and old-growth forest aboard a 68" ketch, as well as by kayak and on foot. Our knowledgeable captain and local guides will take us to the areas where we are most likely to spot wildlife, including the Spirit Bear. 

We hike the cathedral-like old growth forest, where trees are so large it takes sixteen people to encircle their trunks. We kayak in the crystal clear waters full of huge star fish, we float along the largest kelp forests in the world, we duck under water falls from glaciers, and we spot ancient First Nations carvings tucked into the trees along the shore.  We visit a bear stand inland at the mouth of a river, where we have opportunities for some of the best wildlife photography in the world.

Aboard our sailboat, whales often follow our boat playfully.  "I have looked into the blow hole of a humpback," says International Wildlife Adventures Director Susie Green.  "This trip is so moving it makes grown men sob in awe and wonder."

Read Susie Green's blog of her recent Spirit Bear cruise

See pictures from other travelers:  Spirit Bear trip pictures 


 

 

Priced from $9,795 CAD   Days: 7 Special: Save $200 per person by booking before Jan. 31, 2017 for 2017! (New bookings only)

Dymond Lake Lodge offers a lodge based polar bear tour with easy tundra walks for bear and other wildlife viewing at ground level. Stay in a warm, comfortable backcountry lodge, and enjoy gourmet home cooked meals and northern hospitality. Your trip also includes a day of bear-watching from a tundra vehicle.

This beautiful lodge is located just a 30-minute flight north of Churchill on the shore of crystal-clear Dymond Lake and nearby Hudson Bay. The bay, lakeshore and spruce boreal forest is a favorite place for polar bears to hang out while they wait for the ice to appear, signaling the start of their annual winter seal hunt. You will take short hikes during the day onto the tundra and shore accompanied by experienced wilderness guides. Or, view the bears right from the lodge!


 

Priced from $2,899 CAD   Days: 4 to 5

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Adventurer Hotel-Based Packages

The Adventurer polar bear tour programs are our most economical tour option. If all you want is a hotel room and access to premier bear viewing, this is the tour for you. Transportation from Winnipeg, hotel accommodations in Churchill and full day Tundra Buggy Adventures are included in all of the Adventurer Tours. These tours are unescorted but offer excellent interpretation by your Tundra Buggy driver/guides.

Adventurer Tundra Buggy Lodge Packages

For those who would like a more in-depth experience with the bears, we offer the Tundra Buggy Lodge at Polar Bear Point, some 25 miles east of Churchill. Unlike the hotel-based tours, these trips are based in our camp near the shores of Hudson Bay. 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 and at each end, are open-air platforms which provide safe viewing and photography areas. Travelers can choose packages ranging from 1-3 nights at the Tundra Buggy Lodge. Days are spent traveling aboard a Tundra Buggy, watching the bears!


 

Priced from $10,395 CAD   Days: 7 Special: Save $200 per person by booking before Jan. 31, 2017 for 2017! New bookings only. 

Imagine photographing polar bears just a few feet away, RIGHT FROM GROUND LEVEL -- the holy grail of almost all photographers! This is not only possible on this trip, but standard practice! In many cases, you’ll be able to approach wildlife on foot!

In the Blog: Read about IWA Directors Randy & Susie Green's recent trip to Seal River: Arriving Seal River and Seal River Journal 

You’ll stay in a warm and comfortable remote, eco lodge some 20 miles north of the Churchill River. Enjoy gourmet meals, lecturers, slideshows and evenings by the fire -- a true Canadian wilderness lodge experience.

Polar bears and other wildlife often come right up to the lodge and observation decks and fencing make photography safe and exciting, and your photo results can be spectacular! In addition, the shoreline location of the lodge make it perfect for getting the bears on photogenic ice and snow.

This area has more clear nights than Churchill, so it’s also the perfect place to photograph the northern lights.

Check out this TripAdvisor review: "Great Polar Bear trip!"

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