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Kayaking with Belugas

Arctic Discovery

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On this 9-day Arctic Discovery tour, visit the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg, where you will learn about the Arctic wildlife up close and personal in their natural habitat and the history of southern Hudson Bay and the Arctic region. Enjoy daily guided activities like hiking across the tundra to view polar bears, kayaking in the Churchill River while observing beluga whales, exploring the historic port of Churchill, meeting local characters, and uncovering its charms. As night falls, witness the sky come alive with a mesmerizing display of the aurora borealis. Spend two days exploring Churchill, enjoying marine exploration, before boarding a plane to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Throughout this journey, see the natural wonder of Hudson Bay and gain a deeper understanding of its cultural heritage, all while residing in a remote luxury eco-lodge.
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Highlights
  • Guided hikes to view polar bears and other Arctic wildlife in their natural habitat
  • Visit Manitoba Museum for a tour of the Arctic Gallery
  • Learn about Arctic ecosystems, landscape, and lifestyle
  • Enjoy guided hikes, boat tours, or ATV rides to see Arctic wildlife
  • Star Gazing and a chance to witness the aurora borealis
  • See the historic port of Churchill and meet with locals
  • Kayaking with beluga whales in the Churchill River
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Activity Level: Easy Active
Moderately active but not overly strenuous. This level includes activities like casual cycling, yoga, or excursions/activities that typically last 3-5 hours total each day.
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Day 1: Arrive in Winnipeg

Arrive in Winnipeg, where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at The Grand by Lakeview at the Winnipeg airport. You will be shuttled to the Manitoba Museum for a tour of the Arctic Gallery to begin your northern Manitoba experience. Dinner will be served back at the hotel, followed by a short orientation.

*NoteChurchill Wild reserves the right to make changes to this itinerary due to weather and logistical complications that can arise from traveling in the north and to remote locations.

Day 2-3: Fly to Churchill | Churchill Adventure Activities

  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
You will depart for Churchill early in the morning, where you will be greeted by an expediter. They will take you to one of Churchill Wild's preferred hotels, which will be your home base for the next couple of days. After settling in, you will enjoy a hearty brunch while your local guide introduces you to the itinerary for your time in Churchill.

During your two days in this historic port town, you will be scheduled for multiple marine excursions. These will include a combination of kayaking with beluga whales in the Churchill River, estuary tours, and touring the Prince of Wales Fort while beluga watching from the boat. Excursion times for your Churchill adventures will vary with the tides to maximize your time with the belugas.

Day 4-7: Fly to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge | Nanuk Adventure Activities

  • Campsite
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Day four begins with a scenic flight from Churchill over the coastal flats of the Bay before arriving at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge.

Hot breakfasts will be served daily, and your outings will begin soon after. Lunch will either be served at the lodge or enjoyed out on the land. Daily outings may include the following, depending on weather and ground conditions:

Coastal exploration to the tidal flats and Hudson Bay shoreline using a combination of people power (walking!) and specially outfitted all-terrain vehicles. The routes will vary, but ample time will be provided to photograph polar bears and other wildlife that live in this unique environment.

An exploration of the river deltas and vast beach ridges of this pristine area or staying close to the lodge to take advantage of opportunities to photograph the polar bears and other wildlife. Wind down from the day’s excitement during appetizer hour, and after one of the signature dinners, enjoy an informative lecture, slide show presentation, or free time.

Churchill Wild staff will monitor the Aurora Borealis after dark to provide a gentle wake-up call to ensure you don’t miss any opportunities to witness and photograph this spectacular Arctic phenomenon.
 

Day 8: Fly to Churchill | Fly back to Winnipeg

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After another hearty Lodge breakfast, you’ll be transferred back to Churchill. Have your cameras ready for the return flight, as it affords excellent opportunities for great aerial shots.

Back in town, you’ll spend the day with one of the tour guides exploring Churchill and the surrounding area and learning about its rich history as a seaport and ex-military town. Your tour will include stops such as the Parks Canada exhibit, the Itsanitaq Museum, and the Polar Bear Jail. Along the way, your guide will point out murals that were commissioned in 2016 as part of the SeaWalls mural festival. Before a group dinner, your guide will give you free time to shop for last-minute souvenirs at the unique gift stores in Churchill.

Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening. Upon arrival, collect your bags, head out of the arrivals doors, and back to The Grand Hotel.

Day 9: Return Home

After a restful sleep, you will pack your bags and prepare for your flight home.

Accommodations

The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel by Lakeview

The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel by Lakeview
Hotel Reception Area
Hotel Lobby

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge
Sunset viewing at the lodge
Nunak Polar Bear Lodge

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Solo guests can opt for a shared room with another person of the same gender at the standard double occupancy rate. Alternatively, a single room option is available at the listed rate, ensuring a private room both at the lodge and the required hotels in the package.

Rates may vary based on current exchange rate.

Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • 7 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Roundtrip Flight between Winnipeg to/from Churchill, Manitoba
  • Roundtrip flight between Churchill to/from Churchill Wild Lodges
  • Prices include a provincial tax of 3.5% and a federal tax of 5%. Taxes are subject to change. Children from ages 8 to 12 are qualify for the child rate.
  • All meals, excursions, and guide services while in Churchill and at the Lodge
  • Two nights of accommodations in Churchill
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • International Flights

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