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Polar Bears and Beluga Whales

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Tour Description

Photo of Polar Bears and Beluga Whales

Head north and discover the beauty and wildness of Churchill, Manitoba. Known as the "Polar Bear Capital of the World," this small town on the banks of the Hudson Bay is famous for these majestic animals, who spend summer and fall on the local shores before returning to the pack ice when it forms in early winter. In summer they share the area with more than 60,000 beluga whales and a wide variety of other wildlife. Come and see this annual exhibition that can only be found here in the Canadian north, and meet the local people who call it home. Pioneering spirits and welcoming smiles are waiting for you.



Program Highlights:

  • Begin in Winnipeg with a private reception and three-course welcome dinner at Assiniboine Park Zoo along with a presentation on polar bears.
  • In Churchill, stay at the iconic Lazy Bear Lodge, hand-built by local pioneer Wally Daudrich from boreal forest timbers and stone.
  • Explore Churchill's waterfront area including panoramic visits to the sites of Miss Piggy Plane Crash, Polar Bear "Jail," and Cape Merry.
  • Enjoy a 6-8 hour Hudson Bay area tour, on board a custom-designed viewing boat to observe polar bears, beluga whales, seals, a multitude of birds, and much more.
  • Embark on Zodiacs to see and experience pods of friendly beluga whales up close, and watch the shoreline for other wildlife.
  • Take a Summer Tundra Tour on the Arctic Crawler to observe wildlife and vegetation.
  • Hear tales of arctic racing and experience dog sledding for yourself on boreal forest trails.
  • Learn about Churchill's unique ecosystem at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre.
  • What's included: 6 nights hotel and lodge accommodations; 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners including a special welcome reception and dinner plus a farewell reception; all excursion transportation and entry fees; full guiding services and specialized presentations by an Orbridge Expedition Leader; and all gratuities.