Travel to Manitoba in “Polar Bear Season” on Earth Journeys, created by Tauck and BBC Earth, when these great white carnivores lumber across the plains toward Hudson Bay to prepare for winter. Get up close to astonishing Arctic life in Churchill: snowy owls, white foxes, a cavorting cub, Inuit sculpture, the beauty of a fire-killed log, and the amazing sled dogs.
One of our most popular trips immerses you in the Earth Journeys experience, featuring custom-made BBC Earth on-tour film vignettes and when the opportunity arises, the use of field equipment. Late October and November is polar bear season in Churchill, Manitoba, the start of the long-awaited migration of these great white creatures. Over icy rivers and across the subarctic plains, they make their way towards the coast and the seal-rich waters of the Hudson Bay to fulfil their need for food for the winter ahead. Normally elusive, these bears are plentiful in this remote location of northern Canada at this time of the year, giving travellers seeking an up-close look at arctic life an exciting glimpse into their world. You’ll stay in a cosy lodge where family-style meals, warm camaraderie and two-footed locals share stories about Hudson Bay history, past and present, in front of a crackling fire. You’ll also learn more about Manitoba and early fur-trading history during a special private evening with the Hudson’s Bay Company of Adventurers at the Manitoba Museum… at a dog sledding demonstration… on a dog sled ride and much more. Embrace your inner explorer on an adventurous Manitoba holiday!
- On-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts
- Field equipment may include FLIR® thermal imaging cameras and camera traps
- Small groups averaging 30 Tauck guests.
- Two exciting excursions in polar bear country with a naturalist guide aboard a specially designed tundra vehicle
- Private, exclusive after-hours reception and dinner at the Manitoba Museum, home to a replica of the historic 17th-century ship, Nonsuch
- Private charter flights between Churchill and Winnipeg; spend three nights at a lodge in the “Polar Bear Capital”
- Dog sledding demonstration and a dog sled ride
- Visit to the Eskimo Museum in Churchill
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
- 14 meals (5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners); service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage