MANITOBA: Polar Bear Adventure-6 days

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 fulfill 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 travelers seeking an up-close look at arctic life an exciting glimpse into their world. You’ll stay in a cozy
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.

ITINERARY

Day 1

WELCOME TO WINNIPEG

Tour begins: 2:00 PM, Inn at the Forks. Transfers are included from Winnipeg International
Airport to your hotel in downtown Winnipeg. Discover why Manitoba’s capital city is often
called the “Gateway to the West” during an afternoon sightseeing tour. Join us this evening for
a Tauck Exclusive – a private, after-hours cocktail reception and dinner at the Manitoba
Museum, housing artifacts donated by the famous Hudson’s Bay Company, one of the oldest
commercial enterprises in the world and deeply intertwined with the history of Manitoba. The
highlight of the museum is the historic ship the Nonsuch, a replica of the 17th-century vessel responsible for the founding of the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1670. You’ll get an introduction to
cultural traditions of the First Nations at a dance performance this evening.

Day 2

PRIVATE CHARTER FLIGHT TO CHURCHILL

Everyone’s up early today for a private charter flight to Churchill, “Polar Bear Capital of the
World,” accessible only by boat, plane or train – population approximately 950+! A guided tour
upon arrival includes the village of Churchill – isolated in its remote location in northern Canada
but thriving with Arctic wildlife, from waterfowl, beluga whales, seals and polar bears to
vestiges of its position as a grain exporting town. It is along the shores of Hudson Bay, situated
at the mouth of the Churchill River, at the juncture of two eco-regions – the boreal forest to the
south and the Arctic tundra to the north. Your accommodations for the next three nights are at
the Lazy Bear Lodge, the largest log building in Manitoba. It is built in a style reminiscent of the
fur trading era, handcrafted from fire-killed logs. This afternoon, enjoy a presentation by a First
Nations speaker who shares his culture with you. Dinner tonight is in the lodge.

Day 3

THE POLAR BEARS OF CHURCHILL

Climb aboard a specially designed tundra vehicle for a full-day excursion into the heart of bear
country in search of the magnificent “Polar Bears of Churchill.” Each autumn, small groups of
polar bears migrate from frigid inland locations to Churchill, the staging area for their winter
food-hunting season; today you’ll see them in their natural habitat. From the safety of your
vehicle, you’ll have unrestricted views of the bears as they go about their daily business, so
keep your camera at the ready. Your expert naturalist guide shares insights about the
conservation efforts under way to protect these beautiful animals from environmental and
other issues that threaten their survival. You’ll never forget what you see and what you learn
today; it is definitely a Manitoba highlight!

Day 4

A DAY IN THE ARTIC WONDERLAND

First up – visit the Eskimo Museum to view one of Canada’s oldest, and most comprehensive,
collection of Inuit artifacts and sculpture. Indigenous peoples have lived out here for centuries,
and the museum displays one of Canada’s finest collections of Inuit art and artifacts, revealing
insights about their hearty lifestyle. Head out for another half-day on the subarctic plains as our naturalist points out the local wildlife. White snowy owls with a four- to five-foot wing span
perch on high, falcons cruise over bushes, white arctic foxes trot across the flats, all looking for
unsuspecting prey like lemmings, who happen to be the lowest creature on the food chain out
here. Warm up by a roaring fire back at your lodge tonight.

Day 5

DOG, SLEDDING & BACK TO WINNIPEG

First up – visit the Eskimo Museum to view one of Canada’s oldest, and most comprehensive,
collection of Inuit artifacts and sculpture. Indigenous peoples have lived out here for centuries,
and the museum displays one of Canada’s finest collections of Inuit art and artifacts, revealing
insights about their hearty lifestyle. Head out for another half-day on the subarctic plains as our naturalist points out the local wildlife. White snowy owls with a four- to five-foot wing span
perch on high, falcons cruise over bushes, white arctic foxes trot across the flats, all looking for
unsuspecting prey like lemmings, who happen to be the lowest creature on the food chain out
here. Warm up by a roaring fire back at your lodge tonight.

6 days

5 NIGHTS CHURCHILL, POLAR BEARS & NORTHERN LIGHTS ADVENTURE FROM WINNIPEG-6 days

Each day you’ll explore the amazing Hudson Bay coastline observing the majestic Polar Bear up
close and personal. Along the way, look for Arctic Fox, Arctic Hare, Camouflaged Ptarmigan and
other wildlife. You’ll also have a Dog Mushing Experience (evening) and a Cultural and Heritage
Tour of historic Churchill, Manitoba.
After your day’s adventures, you’ll return home to our cozy wood-fire heated log lodge,
sumptuous local cuisine at our Lazy Bear Café, and your warm room with comfy beds and all the
modern amenities.

ITINERARY

Day 1

ARRIVE AT WINNIPEG HOTEL, ALBERTA

Stop At: Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, 2000 Wellington Ave,
Winnipeg, MB R3H 1C2, Canada
Arrive in Winnipeg. Free Day to Explore
Duration: 2 hours
Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight @ one of the top hotels in Winnipeg

Day 2

Check-out from Winnipeg hotel and transfer to airport for departure to Churchill

Stop At: Lazy Bear Expeditions & Tours Churchill Manitoba Canada, 313 Kelsey Blvd, Churchill,
MB R0B 0E0, Canada
Check in
Duration: 1 hour
Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner: One Dinner at the Lazy Bear Café on any night of your choice
Accommodation included: Night @ Lazy Bear Lodge in Churchill

Day 3

Arctic Crawler™ Tundra Tour excursion

Stop At: Eskimo Museum, 242 LaVerendrye Ave, Churchill, Manitoba R0B 0E0 Canada
Exploring the town of Churchill
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Night @ Lazy Bear Lodge in Churchill

Day 4

Cultural & Heritage Tour and Dog Mushing experience

Stop At: Cape Merry Battery, Cape Merry Road, Churchill, Manitoba R0B 0E0 Canada
Cultural and Heritage Tour of the Churchill area, including historic Cape Merry and an outside
tour of the Polar Bear Jail
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Polar Bear Holding Facility, Button St, Churchill, MB, Canada
An outside tour of the Polar Bear jail
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Miss Piggy Plane Wreck, Churchill, Manitoba Canada
Explore the famous plane crash site of “Miss Piggy”, and many other historic spots that make
Churchill the town it is today
Duration: 2 hours

 

Stop At: Prince of Wales Fort, Churchill, Manitoba R0B 0E0 Canada
Walking tour
Duration: 1 hour
Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Night @ Lazy Bear Lodge in Churchill

Day 5

Arctic Crawler™ Tundra Tour & Flight to Winnipeg

top At: Parks Canada Visitors Centre, 1 Mantayo Seepee Meskanow, Churchill, Manitoba R0B
0E0 Canada
Part of the Churchill train station, there is a nice little interpretive center, with native
handicrafts, historical displays, and some good animal exhibits, including a polar bear maternity
den.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Churchill Airport (YYQ), Churchill, MB R0B 0E0, Canada
Transfer to airport for departure to Winnipeg

Flight from Churchill to Winnipeg (shuttle service included)
Duration: 2 hours
Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Night @ Top Winnipeg Hotel

Day 6

Check Out from Winnipeg & Flights Home

Stop At: Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, 2000 Wellington Ave,
Winnipeg, MB R3H 1C2, Canada
Flight home
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

5 days

INTO THE ARCTIC SKIES: AURORA & ASTRONOMY IN CHURCHILL-9 days 8 nights

Come for the chance to fulfill a dream and witness the Northern Lights beneath the brilliant
skies of Churchill, Manitoba.
The clear skies of Churchill’s winter will thrill and challenge any sky watcher. With over 300
nights of auroral activity, Churchill is the best spot on the planet to view the northern lights.
Our instructor, “Starman,” will lead you through the fascinating world of comets, deep sky
objects, meteors and northern lights. Visit the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg for an in-depth
study of the region’s natural history and an introduction to the vast subarctic region of
Northern Manitoba.

ITINERARY

Day 1

CHECK-IN, REGISTRATIONS, WELCOME DINNER, ORIENTATION


Dinner: At the hotel at 6:00 p.m. we will enjoy a buffet meal. Coffee, tea, water included; other
beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will
review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities,
logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the
schedule labeled “Free Time” and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more
meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available
activities independently, making new friends among fellow Road Scholars, or simply relaxing.
The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules,
personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions.
In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your
understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good
night’s rest for the day ahead.

Day 2

MANITOBA MUSEUM, PLANETARIUM, HUMAN RIGHTS MUSEUM

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will enjoy a breakfast buffet that includes hot and cold items; juice,
milk, coffee, tea are included.
Morning: We will transfer by motorcoach to immerse ourselves in the stunning beauty of
Aurora Borealis by watching a live planetarium presentation at the Manitoba Museum,
recorded over seven months in the Arctic Circle.
Lunch: At the Manitoba Museum, we will enjoy a soup and sandwich. Coffee, tea, water
included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will transfer to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR).
The dreamers who brought the project to fruition began by asking many Canadians for their
ideas. People said they wanted the Museum to address human rights issues in Canada and the
world, events that showed Canada’s commitment to human rights including failures as well as
successes, and ongoing debates about human rights. The impressive building was designed by
American architect Antoine Predock. It stands on historic Treaty One land where archaeologists
have discovered more than half a million objects tracing human activity back over 6,000 years.
Led by Museum Interpreters, we’ll learn about Aboriginal concepts of humanity and human
shared responsibilities, perspectives of indigenous people, how and why climate change has
become a human rights issue in the North, and much more.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what
you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Evening: At leisure.

Day 3

FLY YO CHURCHILL SAFETY BRIEFING & ORIENTATION

Breakfast: We will enjoy a meal to-go ahead of our early morning flight to Churchill, consisting
of a muffin, fruit, yogurt, and coffee.
Morning: We will set out at 5:30 a.m. for an early departure for the airport for our scheduled
flight to Churchill, departing from Winnipeg at 7:00 a.m. We will arrive in time for lunch in
Churchill.
Lunch: At the Churchill Northern Studies Center, we will enjoy a buffet meal, with several
options for starters, main courses, and desserts. Coffee, tea, water included. As this is a working
research center, we as guests are expected to assist with dishwashing and clean-up.
Afternoon: After transferring to the Churchill Northern Studies Centre and lunch, we will take a
safety briefing and orientation from an expert.
Dinner: At the center, we will enjoy a buffet meal with options for starters, main courses, and
desserts. Coffee, tea, water included.
Evening: We will be welcomed by CNSC staff and sit for an introductory lecture to the center,
the area, and more.

Day 4

WALK CHURCHILL RESEARCH RANGE, NATURAL HISTORY, SKY WATCHING

Breakfast: At the center, we’ll enjoy a breakfast buffet with hot and cold choices including juice,
coffee, tea, water.
Morning: A short outdoor walk of the former Churchill Research (Rocket) Range, with a local
expert, will give us a better idea of how well our clothing holds up to the wind and cold
temperatures.
Lunch: Center buffet.
Afternoon: At the center, we will explore the deep natural history of the area through
educational videos.
Dinner: Center buffet.

Evening: We’ll take part in an evening lecture with an expert and then venture out for some sky
watching.

Day 5

SNOW ECOLOGY, SNOWMOBILE TRIP, SNOWSHOEING

Breakfast: Center buffet.
Morning: We will take part in a presentation at the center that will examine snow ecology.
Lunch: Center buffet.
Afternoon: We’ll embark on an exhilarating snowmobile trip into the boreal forest, with a
snow-sampling demonstration led by an expert, snowshoeing through the forest, and
photography. We will return to the center for dinner.
Dinner: Center buffet.
Evening: We’ll take part in an evening lecture with an expert and then venture out for some sky
watching.

Day 6

FILM SCREENING, DOGSLEDDING, SKYWATCHING

Breakfast: Center buffet.
Morning: At the center, we will enjoy a screening of a locally-filmed major motion picture
related to Inuit life in the Arctic.
Lunch: Center buffet.
Afternoon: In the afternoon we will embark on a dogsledding trip into the boreal forest with a
local musher, which offers us an authentic experience that reflects the culture and history of
Manitoba’s north. From fur trading to mail delivery, the dog sled was the most convenient way
to travel across the snow and is still used by many locals. There are typically two people per
sled, each riding in the “basket” of the sled while the musher leads the dogs from a standing
position on the back runners. There is no running alongside the sled! We will return to the
center for dinner.

Dinner: Center buffet.
Evening: We’ll enjoy our nightly evening lecture with an expert, followed by sky watching.

Day 7

PARKS CANADA CENTER, ITSANITAQ MUSEUM, SKY WATCHING

Breakfast: Center buffet.
Morning: We will embark on an interpretive walk of the Churchill area with an expert.
Lunch: On your own in Churchill; bag lunches available.
Afternoon: We’ll spend the afternoon in Churchill, Manitoba, known as the Polar Bear Capital
of the World. First, we’ll explore the Itsanitaq Museum, home to some of the oldest Inuit
artifacts and sculptures in Canada. The Museum is dedicated to advancing knowledge,
understanding, and appreciation of Northern culture and history with an emphasis on the
Canadian Inuit. Next, we will visit the Parks Canada Interpretive Center, located in the Churchill
Heritage Railway Station. These exhibits and audio-visual presentations focus on the history of
the fur trade and exploration of human and natural history.
Dinner: We will enjoy an evening social with a wine sampling and a meal featuring local wild
game and other unique local cuisine (arctic char and homemade bannock served with locally
made jams and jellies).
Evening: An Indigenous cultural presentation with special guests will be part of our final
evening and our last glance at the Arctic night sky.

Day 8

CHURCHILL, FREETIME, FLY TO WINNIPEG, FAREWELL DINNER

Breakfast: Center buffet.
Morning: We’ll share what we’ve learned and explore other relevant topics in our morning
presentation and wrap-up of our time at the center.
Lunch: Center buffet.

Afternoon: Free time at the center. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration
to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The
Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Dinner: Center buffet.
Evening: We will transfer to the airport for our evening flight from Churchill for Winnipeg,
departing at approximately 9:10 p.m. Once in Winnipeg, we will check into our hotel for the
evening.

Day 9

PROGRAM CONCLUDES

7 days 6 nights