Experience one of the most unique and exclusive polar bear expeditions on the planet!
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Renowned as the best location to view and photograph wild polar bears, Cape Churchill is located roughly 30km (20 miles) east of Polar Bear Point, inside Wapusk National Park. Wapusk National Park is renowned as THE best location to view and photograph bears.
Guests on this tour are the ONLY ones granted access to this iconic area – the frozen tidal flats of Hudson Bay, surrounded by ice, snow and polar bears.
This trip is intended for those interested in the ultimate bear watching and photography expedition. You’ll spend full days on the Tundra providing the maximum amount of time with the wildlife.
Space is extremely limited on this one-of-a-kind expedition, so we recommend you reserve early.
Award-winning nature photographers will join us on this legendary Cape Churchill Adventure. These photographers have appeared in such prestigious publications as National Geographic Magazine, National Wildlife Federation and Time Magazine. Their dedication and love for photography and the environment have earned them high regard in their profession and much acclaim from guests on our Cape Churchill Adventures.
Photographing wildlife on the Tundra, as well as the Northern Lights, can be challenging. Our guest photographers are available to offer you the benefit of their experience.
12 Days/11 Nights
A Legendary Cape Churchill Photo Tour Includes:
Accommodations: (2 nights) Winnipeg hotel; (8 nights) Tundra Buggy Lodge; (1 night) Churchill Hotel
Meals: All meals
Leader: Professional photographer
Group size: 40 people at the lodge; 10 person capacity on the Tundra Buggies
Days on the Tundra: 7
Additional Activities: Churchill Town and Area Tour
Transportation: Roundtrip airfare from Winnipeg/Churchill, and all transfers in Churchill
The Tundra Buggy Lodge
The most rewarding way to experience the polar bears of Churchill is to immerse yourself in their environment; from the moment you wake up, throughout the day and into the endless winter nights. The best way to accomplish this is a stay at our world famous Tundra Buggy Lodge.
Each fall for the last 20+ years, the Lodge has been transported out and assembled about 25 miles each of Churchill, near the shores of the Hudson Bay, the best location for ’round the clock’ bear viewing.
The Tundra Buggy Lodge is a specially designed facility – comprised of five large, modular units on huge tires, linked together like a train (100 meters from end to end!) The five units consist of two sleeping modules (housing 18 and 20 guests respectively) and complete with shared bathrooms and shower facilities, a lounge module, a dining module and a module which houses supplies and the camp’s power station. Between each unit and at each end are open air platforms which provide safe viewing and photography areas.
In the morning, Lodge guests awake, and if the conditions are right, we often experience polar bears emerging from their snow blankets, tucked gently around them during the night by Mother Nature.
During the day, a Tundra Buggy is available for excursions into the observation areas. At night, enjoy informal talks, slide shows, videos and stories about the “bear that got away!” And on clear nights, you might even experience the magic of the Northern Lights dancing across the sky as you fall asleep in your bunk.
A stay at the Tundra Buggy Lodge is truly an unforgettable experience!
Our base hotel in Winnipeg is the Sheraton Four Points. It is located directly across from the airport, so the convenience cannot be beat!
If you would prefer to spend additional time in Winnipeg, we recommend several downtown hotels.
Sample 11 Night Itinerary
Day 1: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Four Points by Sheraton, which is just across from the Winnipeg airport, will be your hotel for the night. This evening you are invited to dinner, hosted by your guide and professional photographer. You’ll have an opportunity to meet your fellow tour participants and ask last minute questions as well as learn more of the details for your departure.
Day 2: Winnipeg/Explore Churchill and Its Northern Culture
You’ll board a private, chartered plane early this morning for your two and a half hour flight to the polar bear capital of the world – Churchill! Its location, on the northwest shore of Hudson Bay, in northern Manitoba and at the mouth of the Churchill River (where marine, tundra and taiga ecosystems converge,) makes Churchill a world-class natural phenomenon.
Upon arrival, we will immediately depart for a Tundra Buggy tour through the Churchill Wildlife Management Area.
This evening you will stay at hotel in the town of Churchill itself and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3: Explore Churchill/Transfer to the Tundra Buggy Lodge
This morning we will immediately depart for a tour of the historic town and the surrounding area. Churchill is not just a wildlife meca. It is also steeped in history. Archaeology in the area shows evidence of human presence dating back 4,000 years.
In the afternoon, you’ll be transferred to our famous Tundra Buggy Lodge located in Cape Churchill in Wapusk National Park.
Day 4: A Full Day on the Tundra
You’ll rise early for a hearty breakfast. Then, because you are already located in the heart of the Churchill Wildlife Management Area, you’ll be the first on the tundra. You’ll spend the full day on the tundra observing polar bears and other Arctic wildlife from the warmth and comfort of our authentic Tundra Buggy. Specifically designed for the northern landscape, these all-terrain vehicles enable us to take you to the best locations in the Churchill area to safely experience wildlife.
Through our exclusive permits, you’ll venture on a network of 20 miles of established trails. Our professional guides (and our drivers) know this area well. We may see a mother with her cubs digging in the kelp (bear butts!), young adult males play-fighting, or a lone male lumbering across the tundra, backlit by the warm glow of a Manitoba sunset.
Lunch and morning and afternoon snacks will be served.
This evening we will enjoy cocktail hour with other guests. After a fantastic home-cooked dinner, you’ll enjoy a presentation by a representative from Polar Bears International. They’ll talk about the Arctic region as a whole, polar bears and other Arctic wildlife and the type of research they are conducting.
Day 4-11: Full Days on the Tundra
Enjoy daily excursions to view and photograph wildlife. Each morning breakfast will be served prior to leaving on your day tours. Your buggy will depart just before sunrise to maximize your photographic opportunities. Lunch will be provided on board, along with beverages which are served throughout the day.
Your return to the lodge will be just after sunset. Prior to dinner, appetizers will be served in the lounge. Enjoy good home cooked meals, evening presentations, and lots of socializing. Watch the night sky for Northern Lights.
Day 11: Winnipeg, Manitoba
The day starts early with breakfast. You will be transferred back to town via your Tundra Buggy. We’ll be back into town for an afternoon return flight to Winnipeg. You will have time to get settled in at the Four Points by Sheraton before your farewell dinner.
Day 12: Depart Winnipeg
Depart Winnipeg at your leisure.