In the vast north of Canada, easily accessible only at this time of the polar bears year is when these majestic animal are so consistently seen. We plan a two night sleeper train to get there, two full days of tundra buggy exploring and the chance to go dog sledding.
CHURCHILL WHERE POLAR BEARS ROAM Although you can see polar bears in the area as early as June, the prime time to see polar bears in their natural habitat is during late October and November when the polar bear population around Churchill is at its highest. Tundra Buggies are large vehicles that can safely maneuver the rough terrain of the tundra, while still allowing you to have amazing wildlife viewing opportunities “Wildlife and weather are unpredictable which means we can never guarantee wildlife
sightings. However, we have an excellent track record and our team of Tundra Buggy drivers work together in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area to ensure our guests have the best viewing opportunities possible. Most often spotted: polar bears, arctic fox, red fox, ptarmigan, snow geese, gyrfalcons, snowy owls and a plethora of birds and wildlife” – Frontier North
An evening departure on Air New Zealand, cross the dateline, early evening arrival in Chicago and transfer to our central hotel.
Welcome to Chicago, the third largest city in the United States, with a population of nearly three million people. The City covers an area of 60,000 hectares and sits 176 meters (578 feet) above sea level on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan. It’s extensive parklands, including 3,000 hectares of city parks attract an estimated 86 million visitors annually.
This morning we have a guided city tour that will include admission to one of the tall tower observation decks. Some free time in Michigan Ave. ‘The Magnificent Mile’ boasts more than 460 retailers, including popular brands; major department stores; international luxury labels and designers; and three vertical shopping centers
This morning we transfer to O’Hare airport for a mid-morning on arrival we transfer flight to Winnipeg. On arrival we transfer to our central city hotel. Rest of day free.
Winnipeg - Gateway to the West, situated where three rivers meet and the prairies begin, Manitoba’s capital it was the heart of the fur trade in its earlier days. A population of around 750000, it considers
Today will begin with a highlights of the city tour. Afternoon free to explore. This evening we join our Frontiers North Guide for a Welcome Dinner.
Did you Know
That the childhood character Winnie the Pooh was named after a bear at the Winnipeg Zoo? And if you love caviar, Winnipeg exports over 25,000 pounds of award winning caviar to some of the world’s top restaurants.
We meet for breakfast before checking in at the train station for an early afternoon departure to Churchill. Overnight on the train. The next two days we travel through three different biospheres including the prairie grasslands, boreal forest of the Canadian Shield, and last but not least the tundra of northern Manitoba.
VIA Rail Sleeper Class: Cabins are designed for two people. During the day they are the seating area and fold down into single beds for the evening. Each cabin includes a private washroom with toilet and sink. Each sleeper car has one shared shower. Meals are included
Full day on board the train with a chance to stretch your legs in Thompson, a major stop on the route Overnight on the train.
Enjoy an early-morning breakfast on board before finally arriving in Churchill. Upon arrival we have lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Itsanitaq Museum, home to one of the most extensive collections of Inuit art in the world. Free time this afternoon to see Churchill, or view the surrounding area’s wildlife from a different point of view by booking an exciting one hour
helicopter tour. Dinner is at a local restaurant and the evening can be spent exploring Churchill’s authentic shops, enjoying a beverage at the local pub or relaxing at the hotel.
Following an early morning breakfast, we will depart for our first full-day Tundra Buggy adventure exploring the Churchill Wildlife Management Area on a network of established trails in search of polar bears, arctic fox, ptarmigan and other sub-arctic wildlife. Lunch and refreshments will be served on board. We will return to Churchill for dinner at a local restaurant before finishing the day with a presentation from a local resident on the culture, history, wildlife and lifestyle of the Churchill area.
This morning we will be transferred beyond the town limits to Churchill’s boreal forest to enjoy an interpretive program paired with a thrilling dog sled excursion. Hosted by a local Churchill resident and dog sledding expert, guests will learn about the history associated with dog sledding as well as enjoy a mile-long ride on a custom-built sled behind a strong team of huskies. Back to town for lunch before making a stop at the Parks Canada Visitor Centre, located in Churchill’s historic train station where we will step back in time during an interpretive program about Churchill’s human and natural history.
After breakfast transfer to the Tundra Buggy dock for a second and final fullday adventure. After a day of exploring the tundra, bid farewell to Churchill as we transfer directly to the airport for an evening flight back to Winnipeg. A light meal will be served. Upon arrival in Winnipeg overnight at Winnipeg’s international airport.
Mid - morning departure from Winnipeg, change planes at Calgary to arrive early evening at Los Angeles airport, change planes, depart on Air New Zealand
Early morning arrival at Auckland airport
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|Premium Economy Class Upgrade||$2,935|
|Early Booking Discount ( 10/01/2020 )||$250|
|Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount||$200|
*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment
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Throughout polar bear season during October and November, Churchill’s temperatures tend
to be very cold, ranging from -16°C to 7°C. Our time on the tundra is in heated Tundra Buggy
vehicles, but with windows being lowered for photography, you should expect interior
temperatures to range from -1°C to 16°C and will want wear sufficient layers to remain
comfortable at that range. As with any location, temperatures in Churchill can vary widely, the
streets and sidewalks in Churchill can become very slippery with layers of ice and snow.
Weather Max Min
Closer to departure date, extensive information will be provided – a brief summary is as follows:
• Waterproof parka
• The Golden Rules are: Layers, layers, layers – base, mid, outer
• Wear breathable fabric – not cottons
• Waterproof – not water repellent
• Protect your extremities
• Remember the SPF
Currency / Money
• Canadian Dollars are used in Canada while in Chicago the currency is the USD
• ATMs are readily available
• Visa and Mastercard are
A good standard of health and fitness is required and clients should be independently mobile with the ability to walk unaided on uneven surfaces and negotiate stairs.
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* Itinerary subject to change