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Polar Bear Mother & Newborn Cubs Safari

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This special photo safari takes you into one of the world’s largest polar bear denning areas, Wapusk National Park, for one of the most rarely-seen wildlife experiences. This lodge-based photo safari offers an exclusive opportunity to be one of a select few to see polar bear cubs and their mothers in their natural environment, at a close range. Enjoy shimmering Northern Lights at night, after days of observing and photographing precious moments between polar bear mothers and cubs as they explore this winter wonderland. Watch as cubs emerge from snowy maternity dens and temporary shelters as they prepare to explore their new world. Capture cubs jumping on patient mothers and playing with their siblings. Witness intimate moments as the tiny cubs cuddle up to their mother for a nap.
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  • Witness newborn polar bear cubs emerge from their dens
  • Enjoy awe-inspiring Northern Lights at night
  • Observe polar bear denning habitats located within Wapusk National Park
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Upon your arrival in Winnipeg, Manitoba, you will be transferred to your airport hotel. Once you have settled into your hotel, you will meet your Arctic Kingdom Expedition Leader and other fellow travelers. At 7 PM, there will be a clothing swap out followed by a briefing at 8 PM, where you will be served complimentary appetizers and a drink.

Day 2: Fly to Churchill

This adventure begins with an early morning flight to Churchill, Manitoba. On arrival, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Following lunch, you will visit the Parks Canada Visitor Centre and Polar Bears International, for educational talks about Wapusk National Park and the Polar Bears you will encounter. Group dinner to follow. After dinner, transfer to the train station where you will board the evening train to Chesnaye, then transfer to the Newborn Polar Bear Cub Lodge, assisted by your expedition Leader.

Day 3-10: Polar Bear Observation

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend these days witnessing the grace and majesty of mother polar bears in their natural habitat while their cubs tumble and explore. Guides will scout the polar bear's dens on snowmobiles in advance.

When they find their dens, they radio the location to our heated, tracked vans, offering unprecedented and comfortable access to denning habitats. On some days, we'll enjoy visits to known denning locations, while on other days, we may seek new, unknown dens. Travel time from the lodge to the dens will vary, but you can generally expect a 20 to 60-minute or more drive. Wildlife viewing, including caribou and ptarmigan, is also possible.

Enjoy hot dinners at the lodge, and if the conditions are right, watch the dancing Northern Lights at night.

Day 11: Fly to Winnipeg

Transfer back to Churchill where you will receive a town tour and a group lunch. If time before your flight to Winnipeg, you will travel to the Northern Studies Centre, where you will partake in a tour of their state-of-the-art eco-friendly facility. Snacks, souvenir shopping and/or dinner to follow depending on flight departure time to Winnipeg. Transfer to the airport to fly to Winnipeg and overnight at a hotel.

Day 12: Return Home

​Depart Winnipeg for home.


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  • 8 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
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  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • All participants will be required to provide proof of medical insurance while traveling in Canada. Each participant is responsible for any medical expenses and must be covered by their own sickness, accident, and evacuation insurance.
  • Gratuities at your discretion. A typical gratuity is $100 per Inuit/guide/chef and expedition leader per week.


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Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.
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