Mama polar bear and cubs in red grass alongside the water.
Polar rover vehicle with polar bears touching the bumper.
A rock statue in Churchill, Canada with green northern lights shining.
A red arctic fox siting on the snow looking at the camera.
A lone polar bear walking across the ice towards the camera.
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Classic Polar Bear Adventure

This Classic Polar Bear Adventure spends 6 to 7 days based in historic Churchill, Canada, near the world’s greatest concentration of polar bears. While polar bears await the freeze-up on Hudson Bay and the start of seal-hunting season, guests ride in the world’s premier tundra vehicle—the Polar Rover—to safely and comfortably view polar bears up-close.

With exclusive permits to access the full range of the Churchill Wildlife Management Area where the best—and often only—polar bear viewing occurs, this once-in-a-lifetime Classic Polar Bear Adventure boldly promises the highest-quality polar bear tour and sightings available. Polar Rovers have an advanced elite suspension system that smooths the ride, plus onboard flush toilet facilities, ensuring a superior level of comfort and safety. Built into the rear viewing platform of every Polar Rover is an innovative and exclusive feature pioneered for optimal polar bear viewing—corrugated steel-mesh floors. Guests come within inches of curious bears that often wander beneath the vehicles! Additionally, meet a local dog musher and his team, experience an authentic dog sled ride through the boreal forest and enjoy cultural presentations from Churchill residents.

A fundamental element of this trip’s success is the small group maximum of 16 guests aboard each Polar Rover that has seating for 35. This guarantees every guest has plenty of space to enjoy a window seat, angle for the best photos and enjoy a personal experience with the polar bears without much intrusion from other travelers. 

On the tundra, among the bears, time stands still. Once in a lifetime does one get the opportunity to witness the majesty and unique behaviors of the north’s largest land carnivore—the polar bear.

Read on for details about this trip, or view all of AdventureSmith’s Arctic tours.



Itinerary

7-Day Classic Polar Bear Adventure Itinerary

The 7-day Classic Polar Bear Adventure Trip begins and ends in Winnipeg, Canada, with charter flights to/from Churchill. Spend 7 days exploring the world’s greatest concentration of polar bears aboard the custom Polar Rover, which allows close polar bear observation.

Route map of 6- & 7-day Classic Polar Bear & Tundra Lodge Adventures, including photo departures, operating round-trip from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, with visits to polar bear habitat near Churchill and Hudson Bay.
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Day 1
Arrive Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Winnipeg, once a fur-trading post and boomtown for the Canadian Pacific Railway, is now Manitoba’s capital and cultural and commercial center 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 a welcome dinner this evening.

Accommodations

Fort Garry Hotel

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Fly to Churchill

Fly by chartered plane to Churchill this morning. This hospitable frontier town, originally a Hudson Bay Company fur-trading post, is home base for your adventure. This evening your 7-day trip opens with a presentation on polar bears and the northern environment by a professional staff of naturalists and scientists.

Accommodations

Churchill hotels TBA

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 4
Polar Bear Viewing

Uniquely designed Polar Rovers are a mobile means for spending time among the bears. Though they are built to accommodate up to 35 passengers, a maximum of just 16 are taken, ensuring everyone a window seat. Your expedition leaders know the best places to observe polar bears, which congregate in the region each fall as they wait for Hudson Bay to freeze, signaling the start of the winter seal-hunting season. As you watch them interact, you’ll be delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. From the warmth of your vehicle, you may see mothers with cubs, young males play-fighting or a lone bear ambling over the tundra in solitary majesty. Your knowledgeable expedition leader offers interpretation along the way, explaining the bears’ behavior and how they thrive in such a harsh environment. In the evenings, meet for dinner and presentations on wildlife or local cultures.

Accommodations

Churchill hotels TBA

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Explore Churchill & Evening on the Tundra

Tour historic Churchill, then head out to the tundra for evening bear viewing and dinner aboard the Polar Rover vehicle. During the day you may explore the coast road en route to Cape Merry, where there is opportunity to spot Arctic fox and Arctic hare. If the skies are clear, your nighttime tundra excursion might reveal one of nature’s most exhilarating experiences—a chance to view the northern lights away from the glare of town. Though they are never predictable or promised, the auroral display often starts as a white glow in the northern sky, then begins to flicker and dance in shimmering curtains of color, most typically green but occasionally red or violet. Note: the nighttime tundra trip occasionally alternates between day 4 and day 5, depending on when conditions are optimal.

Accommodations

Churchill hotels TBA

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Churchill & Fly to Winnipeg

Return flights are scheduled to depart in the mid- to late afternoon, to offer as much time as possible for exploring Churchill today. A highlight this morning is an authentic dog sled ride. Meet a local musher and his team, spending time with the lively and affectionate dogs before taking turns riding behind them on an exhilarating trot through the boreal forest. Pick up last-minute handicrafts and souvenirs or, if time permits, take an optional helicopter tour over the tundra before departing. Enjoy a farewell lunch in Churchill before flying back to Winnipeg, where a final reception awaits as your adventure concludes.

Accommodations

Fort Garry Hotel

Meals

breakfast, lunch & heavy hors d'oeuvres

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Day 7
Depart Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; all meals; drinking water throughout the trip; dog sledding excursion; cold-weather gear, including a parka and boots during your trip; services of professional expedition leaders and assistants; some gratuities; all activities/entrance fees; evening wildlife and cultural presentations; all taxes and service charges; airport transfers on Day 1 and final day.

Exclusions

Travel to and from Winnipeg; alcoholic beverages; some gratuities; passport and visa fees; airport and departure taxes; optional travel insurance and insurance of any kind; items of a personal nature (telephone calls, souvenirs, laundry, etc.); optional activities. All passengers are required to purchase the roundtrip Winnipeg-Churchill group flight package ($895 per person in 2020, booked through AdventureSmith).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – 100% of deposit plus $100 cancellation fee
120 to 61 days – 50% of total trip cost
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Classic Polar Bear Adventure begins and ends in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (YWG). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Winnipeg no later than 5:00pm on day 1 of the itinerary in order to participate in a mandatory group welcome briefing and dinner beginning at 7:00pm. Plan flights to depart Winnipeg anytime on the final day of the trip. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Required internal group flights on day 2 and day 6 between Winnipeg and Churchill are not included in the rate; see the mandatory transfer package information listed in exclusions.

Activities

The Classic Polar Bear Adventure Trip is a genuine wilderness experience, located in an exceptionally remote and rugged area that is accessed via a charter flight. Activities take place in this remote and rugged environment with unpredictable weather, so be prepared for a true wilderness adventure. Active days revolve around excursions to the tundra in polar rovers, watching for bears. A night is spent on the tundra in the polar rover, watching for the aurora borealis. Other daytime activities may include a possible scenic drive, free time in Churchill, dog sledding or an opportunity for an optional helicopter excursion over the tundra.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at a $995 (2020) supplement for the 7-day itinerary, in addition to the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability.

Families & Children

Due the expedition nature of this program, children must be 12 years old at time of departure.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $250,000 per person. If you decline the operator’s insurance then you must provide proof of third party insurance. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact program varies according to wildlife and weather conditions. Polar bears are typically found in the Churchill area year-round with the highest concentration in October and November as the bears gather on the shores of Hudson Bay awaiting the annual freeze-up. Sometimes the best bear viewing is at the beginning of the season, sometimes it happens in the middle, and sometimes at the end—we never know for sure. Once Hudson Bay freezes, many of them depart. Historically, this has occurred in early December, but an unusually early cold spell sometimes happens, hastening their departure. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

6-Day Classic Polar Bear Adventure Itinerary

This shorter Classic Polar Bear Adventure Trip spends 6 days based in historic Churchill, Canada, near the world’s greatest concentration of polar bears. Fly from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Churchill with the group.

Route map of 6- & 7-day Classic Polar Bear & Tundra Lodge Adventures, including photo departures, operating round-trip from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, with visits to polar bear habitat near Churchill and Hudson Bay.
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Day 1
Arrive Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Winnipeg, once a fur-trading post and boomtown for the Canadian Pacific Railway, is now Manitoba’s capital and cultural and commercial center 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 a welcome dinner this evening.

Accommodations

Fort Garry Hotel

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 2
Fly to Churchill & Evening on the Tundra

Fly by chartered plane to Churchill this morning. This hospitable frontier town, originally a Hudson Bay Company fur-trading post, is home base for your adventure. Head to the tundra this evening for the first glimpse of the bears, though they’re often seen from the bus while leaving the airport, even before boarding the Polar Rover.

Accommodations

Churchill hotels TBA

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 4
Polar Bear Viewing

Uniquely designed Polar Rovers are a mobile means for spending time among the bears. Though they are built to accommodate up to 35 passengers, a maximum of just 16 are taken, ensuring everyone a window seat. Your expedition leaders know the best places to observe polar bears, which congregate in the region each fall as they wait for Hudson Bay to freeze, signaling the start of the winter seal-hunting season. As you watch them interact, you’ll be delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. From the warmth of your vehicle, you may see mothers with cubs, young males play-fighting or a lone bear ambling over the tundra in solitary majesty. Your knowledgeable expedition leader offers interpretation along the way, explaining the bears’ behavior and how they thrive in such a harsh environment. In the evenings, meet for dinner and presentations on wildlife or local cultures.

Accommodations

Churchill hotels TBA

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
Churchill & Fly to Winnipeg

Return flights are scheduled to depart in the mid- to late afternoon, to offer as much time as possible for exploring Churchill today. A highlight this morning is an authentic dog sled ride. Meet a local musher and his team, spending time with the lively and affectionate dogs before taking turns riding behind them on an exhilarating trot through the boreal forest. Pick up last-minute handicrafts and souvenirs or, if time permits, take an optional helicopter tour over the tundra before departing. Enjoy a farewell lunch in Churchill before flying back to Winnipeg, where a final reception awaits as your adventure concludes.

Accommodations

Fort Garry Hotel

Meals

breakfast, lunch & heavy hors d'oeuvres

Read More
Day 6
Depart Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; all meals; drinking water throughout the trip; dog sledding excursion; cold-weather gear, including a parka and boots during your trip; services of professional expedition leaders and assistants; some gratuities; all activities/entrance fees; evening wildlife and cultural presentations; all taxes and service charges; airport transfers on Day 1 and final day.

Exclusions

Travel to and from Winnipeg; alcoholic beverages; some gratuities; passport and visa fees; airport and departure taxes; optional travel insurance and insurance of any kind; items of a personal nature (telephone calls, souvenirs, laundry, etc.); optional activities. All passengers are required to purchase the roundtrip Winnipeg-Churchill group flight package ($895 per person in 2020, booked through AdventureSmith).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – 100% of deposit plus $100 cancellation fee
120 to 61 days – 50% of total trip cost
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Classic Polar Bear Adventure Trip begins and ends in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (YWG). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Winnipeg no later than 5:00pm on day 1 of the itinerary in order to participate in a mandatory group welcome briefing and dinner beginning at 7:00pm. Plan flights to depart Winnipeg anytime on the final day of the trip. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Required internal group flights on day 2 and day 5 between Winnipeg and Churchill are not included in the rate; see the mandatory transfer package information listed in exclusions.

Activities

The Classic Polar Bear Adventure Trip is a genuine wilderness experience, located in an exceptionally remote and rugged area that is accessed via a charter flight. Activities take place in this remote and rugged environment with unpredictable weather, so be prepared for a true wilderness adventure. Active days revolve around excursions to the tundra in polar rovers, watching for bears. A night is spent on the tundra in the polar rover, watching for the aurora borealis. Other daytime activities may include a possible scenic drive, free time in Churchill, dog sledding or an opportunity for an optional helicopter excursion over the tundra.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at a $995 (2020) supplement for the 7-day itinerary, in addition to the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability.

Families & Children

Due the expedition nature of this program, children must be 12 years old at time of departure.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $250,000 per person. If you decline the operator’s insurance then you must provide proof of third party insurance. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact program varies according to wildlife and weather conditions. Polar bears are typically found in the Churchill area year-round with the highest concentration in October and November as the bears gather on the shores of Hudson Bay awaiting the annual freeze-up. Sometimes the best bear viewing is at the beginning of the season, sometimes it happens in the middle, and sometimes at the end—we never know for sure. Once Hudson Bay freezes, many of them depart. Historically, this has occurred in early December, but an unusually early cold spell sometimes happens, hastening their departure. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

7-Day Classic Polar Bear Photo Adventure Itinerary

The 7-day Classic Polar Bear Photo Adventure focuses on photographing polar bears, with an accomplished photographer as your guide, who offers tips and tricks and evening lectures to improve camera skills and help you take unforgettable polar bear shots. This trip begins and ends in Winnipeg, Canada, with charter flights to/from Churchill.

Route map of 6- & 7-day Classic Polar Bear & Tundra Lodge Adventures, including photo departures, operating round-trip from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, with visits to polar bear habitat near Churchill and Hudson Bay.
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Day 1
Arrive Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Winnipeg, once a fur-trading post and boomtown for the Canadian Pacific Railway, is now Manitoba’s capital and cultural and commercial center 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 a welcome dinner this evening.

Accommodations

Fort Garry Hotel

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Fly to Churchill

Fly to the small town of Churchill this morning. This hospitable frontier outpost, originally a Hudson’s Bay Company fur-trading post, is home base for your adventure. Kick it off this evening with a presentation on Arctic photography and the northern environs by the expedition leader, who is both an accomplished photographer and seasoned naturalist guide.

Accommodations

Churchill hotel TBA

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 5
Polar Bear Photography

Rise early to board the custom Polar Rovers, specialty vehicles that can get within prime photography range of polar bears on the open tundra. Although each vehicle can accommodate up to 35 passengers, a maximum of 16 guests are on board to ensure that everyone has a window seat, plenty of space for camera gear, and room to shoot comfortably without interference. For three full days, spend the daylight hours on the tundra, photographing polar bears roaming the edge of Hudson Bay waiting for the ice to freeze and their winter seal-hunting season to begin. From the warm interior of the rover, search for mothers with cubs and young adult males play-fighting. A large adult male may turn his attention toward the rover, sometimes approaching within feet or even lifting his massive paws onto the side of the vehicle to peer inside. The outdoor observation platform offers an open vantage point for exceptional photos.

On the wide-open expanse of the tundra, spy other northern wildlife, too, including Arctic fox, Arctic hare, snowy owl, ptarmigan and gyrfalcon. In addition to sharing photography advice, the expedition leader provides a captivating interpretation of the animal behavior and natural phenomena observed here. By late afternoon, if the weather is relatively clear, enjoy vivid sunsets that linger a long time at this latitude, offering stunning photo opportunities. As dusk descends over the austere northern landscape, return to town for dinner and presentations on photography, wildlife and local cultures. Occasionally, be graced with the good fortune to see the aurora borealis on a cloudless night, and if this is the case, expect to head away from the lights of town to capture photos of this wondrous event in total darkness.

Accommodations

Churchill hotel TBA

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Churchill & Fly to Winnipeg

The return flight is scheduled to depart in the mid- to late afternoon, in order to provide as much time as possible to explore more of Churchill today. A highlight this morning is an authentic dog sled excursion. Just outside town, meet a local musher and his team, then spend time with the frisky dogs before being pulled behind them on an exhilarating ride through the boreal forest. If time permits, those who wish may opt to visit nearby Cape Merry, a promising spot for photographing arctic fox, hare and birdlife. Or stay in town for some last-minute shopping to pick up local handicrafts and souvenirs. Another option is a helicopter flight over the tundra, for dramatic aerial views and the possibility of spotting polar bears from the air. Enjoy a farewell lunch in Churchill before departing, followed by an evening reception in Winnipeg.

Accommodations

Fort Garry Hotel

Meals

breakfast, lunch & heavy hors d’oeuvres

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Day 7
Depart Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; services of professional expedition leader(s) and assistants; Polar Rover excursions; dog sledding excursion; evening wildlife and cultural presentations; all meals from dinner on day 1 through breakfast on final day; cold-weather gear, including a parka and boots during the trip; most gratuities; airport transfers on day 1 and final day; all activities and entrance fees; all taxes, permits and service fees.

Exclusions

Travel to and from the start and end point of the trip; alcoholic beverages; some gratuities; passport and visa fees (if any); optional activities; items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry and internet, etc.); airline baggage fees; airport and departure taxes (if any); optional travel protection and medical evacuation insurance; required roundtrip Winnipeg-Churchill group flight package ($895 per person in 2020, booked through AdventureSmith).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – 100% of deposit plus $100 cancellation fee
120 to 61 days – 50% of total trip cost
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Classic Polar Bear Photo Adventure Trip begins and ends in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (YWG). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Winnipeg no later than 5:00pm on day 1 of the itinerary in order to participate in a mandatory group welcome briefing and dinner beginning at 7:00pm. Plan flights to depart Winnipeg anytime on the final day of the trip. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Required internal group flights on day 2 and day 6 between Winnipeg and Churchill are not included in the rate; see the mandatory transfer package information listed in this trip’s Exclusions.

Activities

The Classic Polar Bear Photo Adventure Trip is a genuine wilderness experience, located in an exceptionally remote and rugged area that is accessed via a charter flight. Activities take place in this remote and rugged environment with unpredictable weather, so be prepared for a true wilderness adventure. Active days revolve around excursions to the tundra in polar rovers, watching for bears. A night is spent on the tundra in the polar rover, watching for the aurora borealis. Other daytime activities may include a possible scenic drive, free time in Churchill, dog sledding or an opportunity for an optional helicopter excursion over the tundra.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at a $995 (2020) supplement for the 7-day itinerary, in addition to the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability.

Families & Children

Due the expedition nature of this program, children must be 12 years old at time of departure.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $250,000 per person. If you decline the operator’s insurance then you must provide proof of third party insurance. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact program varies according to wildlife and weather conditions. Polar bears are typically found in the Churchill area year-round with the highest concentration in October and November as the bears gather on the shores of Hudson Bay awaiting the annual freeze-up. Sometimes the best bear viewing is at the beginning of the season, sometimes it happens in the middle, and sometimes at the end—we never know for sure. Once Hudson Bay freezes, many of them depart. Historically, this has occurred in early December, but an unusually early cold spell sometimes happens, hastening their departure. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

7-Day Ultimate Churchill Adventure Itinerary

In addition to polar bear explorations aboard the heated Polar Rovers, the 7-day Ultimate Churchill Adventure also includes a helicopter ride to see polar bears from above, dog sledding and cultural activities with local residents. This trip begins and ends in Winnipeg, Canada, with charter flights to/from Churchill.

Route map of 7-day Ultimate Churchill Polar Bear Adventure, operating round-trip from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, with visits to polar bear habitat near Churchill and Hudson Bay.
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Day 1
Arrive Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Winnipeg, once a fur-trading post and boomtown for the Canadian Pacific Railway, is now Manitoba’s capital and cultural and commercial center 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 a welcome dinner this evening.

Accommodations

Fort Garry Hotel

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Fly to Churchill & Evening on the Tundra

Fly to Churchill via private chartered plane and explore this remote small community on a guided tour with the expedition leader. 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 enclosed Polar Rover in heated comfort.

Accommodations

Churchill hotels TBA

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Helicopter Tour, Dog Sledding & Cultural Encounters

An exciting adventure is in store today: soaring over the tundra in helicopters to survey the frozen landscape below. From the air, spot roaming polar bears and caribou. Land on the tundra and disembark to explore on foot, looking for arctic fox and arctic hare and perhaps even crawling inside an unoccupied polar bear den. Perhaps sample an age-old means of Arctic transportation on a dog sledding excursion. Learn about the life of a musher, visit with the dogs, observe the team as they prepare for the run, then head out for an unforgettable ride under pure canine power behind an eager team of huskies!

Such immersion in northern culture continues as hosts from Churchill’s indigenous cultures share details about their traditions and daily lives. These captivating storytellers tell tales from their personal histories and offer insight into the vibrant nations that have flourished for thousands of years in this harsh environment. Later visit Churchill’s Itsanitaq Museum, with artifacts collected from centuries of local habitation.

Accommodations

Churchill hotels TBA

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Polar Bear Viewing

The exclusive Polar Rovers are mobile means for a full day on the tundra among the polar bears. Although these custom-designed vehicles accommodate up to 35 passengers, a maximum of 15 are permitted on this itinerary, ensuring everyone a window seat and plenty of room to watch and photograph polar bears without intrusion from other guests. The expedition leaders know the best places to look for bears, who are waiting for the ice to solidify on Hudson Bay in order to begin their winter seal-hunting season. While watching the bears interact, become delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. Enjoy dinner back in town and enjoy a presentation on wildlife or cultural aspects of life in the North.

Accommodations

Churchill hotels TBA

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Polar Bear Viewing & Aurora Domes

Once again, board the Polar Rover for a full-day excursion to explore the subarctic landscape and watch wildlife. Today’s pace is leisurely, moving over the tundra and pausing whenever a polar bear is spotted to observe their behavior and capture photos. 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 color 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. Scientifically speaking, the aurora borealis is caused by the interaction of the solar wind with the earth’s magnetic field.

Accommodations

Churchill hotels TBA

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Churchill & Fly to Winnipeg

After a bit of free time this morning to pick up some last-minute handicrafts and souvenirs in town, enjoy a farewell lunch in Churchill. Then fly back to Winnipeg aboard the chartered plane for a final dinner before the adventure concludes.

Accommodations

Fort Garry Hotel

Meals

breakfast, lunch & heavy hors d’ouevres

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Day 7
Depart Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departing flights.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; services of professional expedition leader(s) and assistants; Polar Rover excursions; helicopter excursion to female bears’ denning area; dog sledding excursion; evening wildlife and cultural presentations; all meals from dinner on day 1 through breakfast on final day; cold-weather gear, including a parka and boots during the trip; most gratuities; airport transfers on day 1 and final day; all activities and entrance fees; all taxes, permits and service fees.

Exclusions

Travel to and from the start and end point of the trip; alcoholic beverages; some gratuities; passport and visa fees (if any); optional activities; items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry and internet, etc.); airline baggage fees; airport and departure taxes (if any); optional travel protection and medical evacuation insurance; required roundtrip Winnipeg-Churchill group flight package ($895 per person in 2020, booked through AdventureSmith).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – 100% of deposit plus $100 cancellation fee
120 to 61 days – 50% of total trip cost
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Ultimate Churchill Adventure Trip begins and ends in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (YWG). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Winnipeg no later than 5:00pm on day 1 of the itinerary in order to participate in a mandatory group welcome briefing and dinner beginning at 7:00pm. Plan flights to depart Winnipeg anytime on the final day of the trip. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Required internal group flights on day 2 and day 6 between Winnipeg and Churchill are not included in the rate; see the mandatory transfer package information listed in this trip’s Exclusions.

Activities

The Ultimate Churchill Adventure Trip is a genuine wilderness experience, located in an exceptionally remote and rugged area that is accessed via a charter flight. Activities take place in this remote and rugged environment with unpredictable weather, so be prepared for a true wilderness adventure. Active days revolve around excursions to the tundra in polar rovers, watching for bears. A night is spent on the tundra in the polar rover, watching for the aurora borealis. Other daytime activities may include a possible scenic drive, free time in Churchill, dog sledding or an opportunity for a helicopter excursion over the tundra.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at a $995 (2020) supplement for the 7-day itinerary, in addition to the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability.

Families & Children

Due the expedition nature of this program, children must be 12 years old at time of departure.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $250,000 per person. If you decline the operator’s insurance then you must provide proof of third party insurance. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact program varies according to wildlife and weather conditions. Polar bears are typically found in the Churchill area year-round with the highest concentration in October and November as the bears gather on the shores of Hudson Bay awaiting the annual freeze-up. Sometimes the best bear viewing is at the beginning of the season, sometimes it happens in the middle, and sometimes at the end—we never know for sure. Once Hudson Bay freezes, many of them depart. Historically, this has occurred in early December, but an unusually early cold spell sometimes happens, hastening their departure. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

Rates & Dates

Trip Rates & Dates

Oct 23 - Oct 29, 2020
7 days
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Oct 24 - Oct 29, 2020
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Oct 24 - Oct 30, 2020
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Oct 25 - Oct 30, 2020
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Oct 25 - Oct 30, 2020
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Oct 26 - Nov 01, 2020
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Oct 27 - Nov 01, 2020
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Oct 27 - Nov 02, 2020
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Oct 28 - Nov 02, 2020
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Oct 29 - Nov 04, 2020
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Oct 30 - Nov 04, 2020
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Oct 31 - Nov 05, 2020
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Oct 31 - Nov 06, 2020
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Nov 01 - Nov 07, 2020
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Nov 02 - Nov 07, 2020
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Nov 02 - Nov 08, 2020
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Nov 03 - Nov 08, 2020
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Nov 04 - Nov 10, 2020
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Nov 05 - Nov 10, 2020
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Nov 05 - Nov 11, 2020
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Nov 06 - Nov 12, 2020
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Nov 07 - Nov 13, 2020
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Nov 08 - Nov 14, 2020
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Nov 09 - Nov 15, 2020
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Nov 10 - Nov 16, 2020
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Nov 11 - Nov 17, 2020
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Nov 12 - Nov 18, 2020
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Nov 13 - Nov 18, 2020
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Nov 13 - Nov 19, 2020
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Nov 14 - Nov 19, 2020
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Nov 14 - Nov 20, 2020
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Accommodations

Learn About the Lodges & Hotels on Your Itinerary

Hotel
Churchill Hotels

Hotels vary on the Classic Polar Bear Adventure, but all are clean, comfortable and centrally located in the Arctic town of Churchill.

Hotel
Fort Garry Hotel

This historic downtown hotel in Winnipeg provides a lavish place to relax before heading to explore Churchill and the special polar bear migration.

Expert Review

REVIEWS FROM OUR EXPERTS SO YOU KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT

Todd Smith • January 28th, 2020
Expert Review: Classic Polar Bear Adventure

A travel expert writes a detailed Classic Polar Bear Adventure trip review of his time exploring in historic Churchill, Canada, near the world's greatest concentration of polar bears.

Testimonials

HEAR IT FROM TRAVELERS WHO HAVE EXPLORED WITH US

"Totally Unique"

More than met trip expectations. Polar Rover experience was totally unique. The Adventure Specialist we worked with, Andrew, was quick with replies to questions and very helpful with getting all put together.

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"So Close to the Bears"

This trip was amazing. We got so close to the bears it was shocking. I have always wanted to see a polar bear in the wild so this trip was a dream come true. AdventureSmith answered all my questions, and I had a lot of questions. The pre-departure information was extensive and packing lists were spot on. The trip was seamless.

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