The Tundra Lodge Adventure (6 Day)
6 days with
Natural Habitat Adventures
Day 1: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Arrive in Winnipeg, once a fur-trading post and boomtown for the Canadian Pacific Railway, today Manitoba’s cultural and commercial capital at the eastern edge of Canada’s vast prairies. Transfer to the historic Fort Garry Hotel, grande dame of Winnipeg hospitality and one of the city’s most prestigious landmarks. Meet your Expedition Leader at an orientation dinner this evening.
Day 2: Winnipeg / Churchill / Tundra Lodge
Fly to Churchill and transfer to the Tundra Lodge by Polar Rover, watching for Arctic wildlife against the vast white landscape along the way. A presentation on polar bears by our Expedition Leader provides an enlightening introduction to our unique northern adventure. We enjoy dinner together prepared by our professional chef, who resides at the lodge throughout the season. Don’t be surprised, though, if our meal is interrupted by a mad dash to the windows to watch a polar bear lumbering across the snow around the lodge.
Days 3-4: Tundra Lodge—Polar Bear Viewing
The Tundra Lodge is strategically positioned at the beginning of each season in a spot that attracts the greatest number of polar bears in the Churchill area! Inquisitive bears often approach the lodge, which features rows of windows and fenced observation decks to accommodate our own curiosity. We find Ursus maritimus even more majestic up close than we could have imagined. Yet these giant bears, the largest land carnivores in the world, are charming and whimsical, too, and we are aware of what a rare treasure it is to see them in their wild habitat. As we watch them interact, we're delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. We may see mothers protecting and teaching their cubs, young males play-fighting, or massive adults patrolling the shore as they wait for the bay to freeze.
The unique location of the Tundra Lodge, combined with excursions in our special all-terrain tundra vehicles called Polar Rovers, affords lodge guests the best possible wildlife encounters in the region. The small spit of land where the lodge is located often attracts the greatest number of bears in the entire area. Our guide and group may opt to take a full-day excursion together, or split time between a half-day trip and viewing bears from the lodge. In addition to polar bears, we may see caribou, Arctic fox, Arctic hare, ptarmigan and snowy owls. At the end of each exhilarating day, we retire to our cozy accommodations for dinner and presentations. In the light cast by our lodge across the frozen tundra, we look for the illuminated eyes of animals. And if we are fortunate to have a clear night, the Northland’s spectacular natural light show may appear as darkness descends – Churchill has some of the world’s most concentrated aurora borealis activity.
Day 5: Churchill / Winnipeg
This morning we board our Polar Rover, leaving the ice-bound coastline of Hudson Bay in the distance as we make our way back to Churchill. Depending on flight schedules, there may be time for some last-minute exploration of this subarctic frontier community, originally a Northwest Company fur-trading post, with a chance to pick up local handicrafts and souvenirs or take part in an optional helicopter tour over the tundra. We enjoy a farewell lunch in Churchill before flying back to Winnipeg where we have a final reception before our adventure concludes.
Day 6: Winnipeg / Depart
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for flights home.
All This Included
Stay Among the Bears at the Northland's Most Remarkable Lodge — On the Tundra Itself!
This is simply the most extraordinary polar bear experience available—a stay at the Great White Bear Tundra Lodge, situated outside Churchill on the vast expanse of the tundra itself. From your own private cabin window or the open-air observation platforms, you have constant proximity to polar bears in the area around the clock. As evening falls, remain in the domain of the polar bear to experience sunset across the snow and ice. Safe inside our custom lodge, we enjoy surprising comfort, considering our environs. This custom “train” of connected bedrooms, dining room and lounge car is built on wheels, allowing it to be stationed for optimal bear viewing each season. There’s no more thorough immersion in the King of the Arctic's realm than on this most unique of northern adventures!
R/T flight from Winnipeg to Churchill
All meals (except either lunch or dinner on your final day in Churchill)
Services of NHA's professional Expedition Leaders and assistants
All activities/entrance fees
Evening wildlife and cultural presentations
All taxes and service charges
Stay at one of the world’s most unique accommodations: a mobile hotel designed for polar bear observation, placed each season directly in the bears’ habitat!
Enjoy incomparable polar bear viewing at all times of the day and night, in our exclusive small-group setting
Make daily excursions by Polar Rover along the ice-bound shores of Hudson Bay in search of Arctic wildlife
Winnipeg: Fort Garry Hotel
Churchill: The Tundra Lodge
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra Day in Winnipeg
$265 per person, single supplement: $55
For our polar bear travelers who want to see as much as possible during their trip to Manitoba, we offer a guided Extra Day in Winnipeg program. It takes place prior to each polar bear program and includes hotel accommodations, breakfast and lunch, a tour of the city highlighting historical and cultural points of interest, and a guided visit to the acclaimed Manitoba Museum, winner of numerous awards for excellence in visitor experience and service.
Group Size Limit: Approximately 29 Travelers.
Not Included: Travel to and from Winnipeg, lunch or dinner on your final day in Churchill, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, travel insurance, items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, etc.).
Physical Requirements: Easy. A polar bear expedition with Natural Habitat Adventures requires very little to no walking. Polar Rovers can sometimes offer a bumpy ride.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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