Churchill: An Arctic Summer 2014-2015 (7 Day)
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Day 1: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Arrive in Winnipeg and transfer to the Fort Garry Hotel, built in 1913 by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. The French-style chateau is still the grande dame of Winnipeg, offering first-class hospitality. Meet your Expedition Leader and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner on this first evening of your arctic tour.
Day 2: Winnipeg / Fly to Churchill
Early in the morning we fly to the small northern outpost of Churchill, gateway to the Arctic, with four full days of adventure ahead.
Days 3 - 5: Churchill
Our activities include two Zodiac trips to see belugas in the Churchill River. More than 3,000 of these wondrous white whales spend the summer in the region, and our motorized rafts put us at eye level with them. With their unusual ability to turn their heads from side to side, they appear to be as curious about us as we are about them. Through the use of a hydrophone on board, we can even listen to their otherworldly songs. Few wildlife encounters offer as intimate a perspective as this one.
We’ll also take a larger vessel across the river to Prince of Wales Fort, established by Danish explorer Jens Monk in 1619, and where the Hudson’s Bay Company built one of its original fur-trading posts. Churchill became a stopover point for explorers searching for the fabled Northwest Passage and was instrumental in the opening of the Canadian West. A unique polar rover conveys us to a point near Hudson Bay, where we enjoy an outdoor cookout while watching for wildlife here at the interface of the boreal forest and tundra. Caribou with calves, snowy owl, Arctic fox and ptarmigan are often seen, and we may even spot polar bears. At this time of year, it is not uncommon to find mothers with cubs. The Churchill area also boasts plenty of wonderful walking trails lining the border between the northern boreal forest and the southern tundra. This combination of ecosystems hosts a variety of flora and fauna, which we may encounter during our short walks.
Day 6: Fly From Churchill to Winnipeg
Your morning is free to wander Churchill's main street, where several locally-owned shops offer native handicrafts, from traditional mukluks to caribou hair sculptures. We then transfer to the airport for our return flight to Winnipeg. If our flight schedule permits, this afternoon we visit the acclaimed Manitoba Museum, renowned for its exhibits reflecting the human and natural heritage of the province, including the history of northern native cultures. This evening we gather one last time for our farewell dinner at the Fort Garry Hotel.
Day 7: Return Home
After breakfast, our arctic tour comes to a close as we transfer to the airport for flights home.
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Discover an Abundance of Northern Wildlife on This Accessible Arctic Expedition
Few of nature’s marvels match the intense aliveness of an Arctic summer. In a region that's frozen, still and dark for much of the year, the Far North awakens with a burst of energy during these long days when the tundra turns green, animals come forth in great flocks and herds, and the sea welcomes thousands of beluga whales back for their summer feasting. With the remote outpost of Churchill as our base on the edge of Hudson Bay, we are part of the excitement, surrounded by a flurry of natural wonders that only a northern summer can provide.
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Winnipeg: Fort Garry Hotel
Churchill: To be determined
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