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Great Ice Bear Adventure

Great Ice Bear Adventure

6 nights from
AU$14,849 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Wildlife Viewing
  • CATC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Canada
6 nights from
AU$14,849 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Wildlife Viewing
  • CATC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Canada
Description 
  • Package Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 6-night accommodationActivityActivity Guided bear viewing expeditions on groundInclusionInclusion Roundtrip flights to Churchill & Dymond Lake EcolodgeMealsMeals 5 breakfast and lunches and 6 dinnersTourTour Free time to explore Churchill, the polar bear capital of the worldTourTour Tundra Buggy® Excursion

Summary

Have a fantastic date with the furry cuddly bears of the north with our exciting escape to Churchill. October and November are prime bear season, thus, they're the perfect time to explore the polar bear capital of the world. Watch them as they rendezvous around the shores of Hudson Bay, eagerly waiting to feed on seals, with lots of paws flying, heads wagging, nose-to-nose mingling, and lots of roars or growls. See them fight, play, sleep and spar with the wind and snow outside your buggy window and catch them up close at the stunning Dymond Lake Ecolodge, the perfect place for the ultimate wilderness experience. This lodge is the perfect spot to take in the milky white landscape of tundra, discover wildlife, gaze upon the dancing Northern lights, and enjoy lots of opportunities to see polar bears in action. Staying in the lodge is the closest you can get to exploring the wild wild ways of the fluffy keepers of the north.

The Great Ice Bear Adventure departs from Winnipeg.

DATES:

2019
October 29 - November 4
November 7-13
November 10-16

2020
October 23-29
October 26-November 1
October 29–November 4 
November 1– 7 
November 4-10 
November 7-13
November 10-16

INCLUSIONS

  • 3 - night accommodation at Dymond Lake Ecolodge
  • 1 - night stay in Churchill
  • 2 - night stay in Winnipeg
  • Small group tour with maximum of 16 passengers
  • 5 breakfast and lunches
  • 6 dinners
  • Roundtrip flights to Churchill & Dymond Lake Ecolodge
  • Guided bear viewing expeditions on ground
  • Tundra Buggy tour
  • Free time to explore Churchill

ITINERARY

Day 1, Arrive in Winnipeg for your overnight stay
Arrive in Winnipeg, where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at your hotel, The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel by Lakeview. At 7:00 p.m. a dinner will be held at the hotel, where you will meet your group and your adventure specialist. You’ll need your rest before an early morning departure to Churchill. (D)

Day 2, Your Arctic arrival and aerial tour
Arrive in Churchill by air, where one of the expert staff will meet you at the airport and provide you with instructions for your morning transfers. You will then be transferred by fixed-wing aircraft to our Dymond Lake Ecolodge. This exciting flight takes you out over the historic Churchill River and northwest up the rugged Hudson Bay coast to Canada’s most exclusive polar bear viewing properties. Keep a sharp eye en route for possible sightings of caribou, moose, seals, wolves and of course the “Great Ice Bears”.

Upon your arrival, your hosts will provide a tour of the Lodge and get you settled into your room. A thorough orientation on travelling in polar bear country will be provided prior to any outings. This day includes a guided hike on our rugged and starkly beautiful coastline, an interpretive slide show featuring the wildlife of Hudson Bay, and hopefully a clear night for viewing the Aurora Borealis. Dymond Lake Ecolodge features an Aurora viewing tower for northern lights observation. All this will be topped off with a lunch and dinner, where your hosts and guides will regale you with tales of life and adventures in Canada’s Arctic. (B, L, D)

Day 3 & 4, Nature trekking, polar bears and priceless photography
In the coming days, your breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. and the first walking tour will generally depart at 9:30 a.m. Should there be a polar bear in camp, the walking tour may be delayed for picture taking, but no one ever seems to mind!

Once you’ve fueled up with one of Churchill Wild’s legendary full course breakfasts, you’ll be eager to bundle up and head out into the snow. The walks are comfortably paced, as they are geared towards plenty of viewing and photo opportunities. These walks are guided by professional and knowledgeable tour leaders and you may do a lot of learning along the way! Obviously you cannot allow the bears to approach too closely, but your guides are experts in keeping bears at a safe distance without sacrificing exciting viewing.

Polar bears are also known to saunter by our Lodge, so you can often view them from the warmth and comfort of one of our lounges through the massive picture windows. This opportunity is all too welcome when a squall blows in! There's a variety of other activities to take part in as well, should the weather prevent you from exploring the outdoors, though such is rarely the case.

Lunches are served at the Lodge. Guests are generally back at the Lodge by 4:00 p.m.for hot or cold drinks and appetizers. Your full course delectable dinners are served at 7:00 p.m. after which the fireplace is almost always central. Your guide team will give informative lectures and beautiful slide presentations as well as initiate a discussion about the activities for the following day. Bedtime is at your leisure. The entire Lodge area is patrolled for polar bears all night by the night watchmen so be prepared to have your sleep cut short by a nocturnal visit from one of the Great Ice Bears. Or by a dazzling displays of northern lights! (B, L, D)

Day 5, Say goodbye to the lodge... But not the bears
Following a hearty breakfast it’s time to pack for the flight back to Churchill, say your goodbyes and snap a few more photos. After another exciting aerial tour, you’ll arrive in Churchill, where your bags will be stored until you can check into your hotel later in the day. You are then free to explore and wine and dine in this frontier community at your leisure. Recommended local places include Cape Merry, the Port of Churchill, the Itsanitaq Museum and the Parks Canada exhibit. Dog sledding and helicopter charters fit nicely into this afternoon if you’re so inclined. Inform the staff beforehand if you're interested in dog sledding or heli-tour so that arrangements can be made to make sure you arrive in Churchill in time for your tour departure.  Back to your hotel or Bed & Breakfast so you can rest of for your sixth and final day with the bears. (B, L, D)

Day 6, Tundra Buggy® Excursion & back to Winnipeg
Today you will travel across the tundra in a “tundra vehicle” for more polar bear viewing. Transportation by bus to and from the station is provided at 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. respectively so remember to grab some breakfast beforehand. Lunch “with the bears” will be prepared and served to you on the tour. Your flight south to Winnipeg is scheduled for this evening. Upon arrival, collect your bags, head out of the arrivals doors and look to your right. The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel by Lakeview is only a two minute walk away. (B, L, D)

Day 7, Homeward bound
After a restful sleep you will pack your bags in preparation for your flight home.

NOTE: GEAR PROVIDED

The equipment provided at the Lodge such as rain gear, rubber boots, winter gear (rental), and gear for use during marine excursions are designed to fit guests from child to adult.  Boot sizes larger than a men’s size 13 or a very small child are considered to be customized sizes that the Lodge do not provide. Additionally, guests over 6’4” may be required to bring their own gear as the Lodge may not have clothing sizes to fit.

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