Antarctica & Arctic
Experience the rugged beauty of the frozen landscape that Polar bears roam.
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Six nights hotel accommodation, cold weather gear rental, meals as indicated and sightseeing, activities, transfers and flights as specified.
Selected dates, Oct - Nov '19
Traverse the tundra in heated Polar Rovers, helicopter in to the bears' denning area, experience the northern boreal wilderness on a dog sled ride and explore the rough-and-tumble frontier town of Churchill with this total immersion in the north.
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Winnipeg was once a fur-trading centre and then a boomtown for the Canadian Pacific Railway. Today, sophisticated Winnipeg is Manitoba’s cultural and commercial capital at the eastern edge of Canada’s sprawling prairie. Meet your expedition leader at an orientation dinner this evening. (D)
Fly to Churchill and explore this remote small community on a guided tour. Originally a Hudson's Bay Company fur-trading post, Churchill is home to just under a thousand people and, in late fall, to a few hundred polar bears that congregate at the edge of Hudson Bay. Head to the tundra this evening in search of a first glimpse of the bears. Dinner is served aboard the Polar Rover in heated comfort. (B)(L)(D)
Soar over the tundra in helicopters, surveying the frozen landscape below, watching for roaming polar bears and caribou. Landing on the tundra, disembark to explore on foot, looking for Arctic fox and Arctic hare and perhaps even crawling inside an unoccupied polar bear den. Learn about the life of a musher, visit with the dogs, observe the team as they prepare for the run, and then head out for an unforgettable ride under pure canine power behind an eager team of huskies!
The immersion in northern culture continues as hosts from Churchill's indigenous cultures talk about their traditions and daily lives. These captivating storytellers offer insight into the vibrant nations that have flourished amid adversity for thousands of years in this harsh environment. (B)(L)(D)
Spend a full day in Polar Rovers on the tundra among the polar bears. With approximately 15 guests onboard for this itinerary, everyone has a window seat and plenty of room to watch and photograph polar bears. Leaders know the best places to look for bears, which are waiting for the ice to solidify on Hudson Bay in order to begin their winter seal-hunting season. As we watch the bears interact, we're delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. (B)(L)(D)
Enjoy another full-day Polar Rover excursion to explore the subarctic landscape and watch wildlife. Tonight, if skies are clear, visit a heated Aurora Dome in hopes of witnessing the northern lights through the 360-degree Plexiglass roof. The phenomenon often begins slowly as a faint white glow, then intensifies in scope and colour as the lights undulate across the sky, shimmering curtains of electric green, waves of blue or, rarely, even red. The Hudson Bay Inuit see the lights as the magical display of their ancestors’ souls dancing in the sky. (B)(L)(D)
After free time this morning to pick up some last-minute handicrafts and souvenirs in town, fly back to Winnipeg for a final dinner. (B)(L)(D)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for onward journeys. (B)
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