Belugas and Bears

22 Passengers

Step into a profusion of natural wonders and wild encounters on Churchill: Belugas & Bears, a Boutique Group Journey to mesmerizing Churchill, known for its wildlife and spectacular subarctic scenery.

Led by a Resident Tour Director and traveling among a small group of no more than 22 guests, explore cultured Winnipeg before journeying into Churchill’s pristine polar bear habitats and rugged Hudson Bay landscapes, experiencing authentic adventures — from cooking with a local chef to kayaking and snorkeling with curious beluga whales — that reveal Churchill in all its majesty.

• Explore Winnipeg, Hudson Bay and Churchill on a fascinating adventure, discovering native flora and fauna, local conservation efforts and the area’s rich history during interactive encounters

• Witness beluga whales up close as they gather at the mouth of the Churchill River

• Embark on a coastal tour of Hudson Bay in search of polar bears in their summer habitat

• Partake in an exclusive cooking class with a local chef

• Step back in time at Fort Whyte, where you see imposing American bison up close, paddle a canoe once used by fur trappers and witness the daily routines of early prairie settlers

• Hike to a shipwreck and tour the Churchill Northern Studies Center

Day 1 — Arrive Winnipeg, Canada

Arrive in Winnipeg, where you are transferred to your hotel. Gather tonight for a welcome dinner.

Day 2 — Winnipeg | Wildlife Encounters

Begin your day at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, going behind the scenes for an up-close perspective of its exhibits. Get an insider’s look at the research facilities as well, learning about critical efforts underway to help the Canadian polar bear population. Afterward, tour bustling Winnipeg, capital of the prairie province of Manitoba. Enjoy lunch at leisure before journeying to FortWhyte Alive, where you encounter mighty bison and learn how they influenced local history. Then, paddle a voyageur canoe used by fur trappers; explore a Plains Cree tipi; and step into a one-room sod house, where you sip wild bush tea and taste bannock cooked over a campfire.

Day 3 — Churchill | Mighty Bears & Sled Dogs

Fly by charter air to Churchill on the shores of Hudson Bay. Check in to your rustic lodge, constructed by hand with trees salvaged from a forest fire. After lunch, a local expert reveals Churchill’s intriguing heritage. See the cargo aircraft wreck of “Miss Piggy,” and visit the “polar bear jail” for a sense of what it’s like to have wild bears at your doorstep. Later, head to the nearby boreal forest to meet a local dog musher and his pack. After learning about this time-honored form of transportation, take a spin along a forest trail.

Day 4 — Hudson Bay | Plying Hudson Bay

Embark on an extended boat trip to Hudson Bay, keeping close watch as your captain tries to locate polar bears, beluga whales and other wildlife along the coast and in the bay. If conditions allow, disembark to explore the bear’s summer habitat. Return to Churchill for an evening at leisure.

Day 5 — Churchill | Interactive Cooking Class

Cross the Churchill River to the Prince of Wales Fort, a former outpost of the Hudson’s Bay Company. During the summer, the waters here are home to thousands of beluga whales; thrill to up-close views of these friendly mammals from a sturdy Zodiac. Later, join your lodge chef to discover abundant local fish during a hands-on cooking class.

Day 6 — Churchill | Belugas Up Close

Today, a massive “Arctic Crawler” super-bus carries you into the wilderness in comfort and safety. Keep watch for eagles, bears and other wildlife, then walk across the coastal flats at low tide to explore the ‘Ithaca,’ which ran ashore during a 1961 storm. Experience beluga whales, again, choosing to either see them by kayak or during an exciting snorkeling excursion. Tonight, feast on a hearty meal at your lodge.

Day 7 — Winnipeg | Subarctic Wonders

Visit the Churchill Northern Studies Center, where you learn about the role it played during the Cold War-era space race and hear about crucial scientific research being conducted today. A charter flight returns you to Winnipeg. This evening, visit the Dalnavert House, built by Hugh John Macdonald, son of Canada’s first prime minister and the then-Premier of Manitoba. Enjoy a private tour and reception before sitting down to a special farewell dinner.

Day 8 — Depart Winnipeg

Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.

* Itinerary may be subject to change