As the days grown shorter and the temperatures drop, the Hudson Bay begins to freeze and polar bears head out to hunt for food. On this fascinating visit to Churchill, Manitoba, set on the edge of the frozen sea, you will explore the frozen Tundra and scour the Hudson Bay coast line in search of these majestic creatures. Nights are spent in the traditional Lazy Bear lodge, hand built from fallen trees in the boreal forest. This is a unique adventure into the winter wilds.
• International flights with Air Transat departing from London Gatwick in economy class
• Includes seat selection on Air Transat flights only
• 7 nights accommodation
• Internal flights from Toronto to Winnipeg
• Internal flights from Winnipeg to Churchill
• Two Arctic crawler expeditions
• Night time dog mushing experience
• 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
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Day 1 Fly from London to Toronto/Winnipeg
After your trans-atlantic flight to Toronto International Airport connect to your internal flight to Winnipeg, settle into your hotel for the night or maybe explore a little of Winnipeg.
Day 2 Winnipeg – Churchill
Wrap up warm we’re heading North. Transfer to the airport for your internal flight up to Churchill. Located on the edge of Hudson Bay, the migratory routes of the polar bears onto the frozen ice pass by this town of just 800 souls. Lazy Bear lodge is an authentic northern wonder and every stay is a unique adventure.
Day 3 Churchill
Climb on board the Artic crawler, a custom built Tundra vehicle, for your first expedition into the Churchill wildlife management area, where the polar bear grounds are protected. There is plenty of room within the Tundra buggy for everyone to move around and an outside observation deck on the back of the vehicle to get those unobstructed souvenir photographs. You will head right to the polar bear gathering spot where the bears wait for the winter icepack to freeze on the Hudson Bay. Curious and far from shy, the bears will sometimes come right alongside the vehicles to sneak a peek at their visitors. Lunch and drinks whilst out on your tundra expedition are included.
Day 4 Churchill
Discover more about Churchill and the surrounding area during the cultural and heritage tour that takes place today. You will explore the various historic sites including Cape Merry, the Polar Bear Jail (outside), the famous plane crash site of "Miss Piggy", and many other historic spots that bring the history of Churchill to life. In the evening sample a true artic sport as you experience the thrill of a 2-mile dog mush ride under the night time northern sky, often lit by the dazzling northern lights. Inside a warm tent with your hands wrapped around a mug of hot chocolate, you will learn how the dogs are trained and entertained with stories of old.
Day 5 Churchill - Winnipeg
Your winter expedition continues with another exciting day out on the tundra with the polar bears. Along the way you may come across Artic Fox, Artic hare, camouflaged Ptarmigan and many other winter wildlife. After returning to the lodge it is time to check out and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Winnipeg, where you will spend the night.
Day 6-7 Winnipeg- Toronto
Leaving Manitoba behind take the short flight over to Ontario and the bustling city of Toronto, this is the perfect time for some early Christmas shopping. Whilst it maybe cold outside, you can stay warm and use The Path, Toronto’s underground pedestrian walkway, which links 30 kilometres of shops, restaurants and entertainment. Why not take in an Ice hockey game, Canada’s national sport and winter obsession.
Day 8 Fly from Toronto to London
With a bag full of memories and souvenirs it is time to head back to the airport for your flight home.Want to alter anything?
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