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Churchill, Manitoba is one of the most alluring destinations in North America. Known for its spectacular scenery, wondrous wildlife, seductive spirit; a one-of-a-kind northern town like no other. Lying on the edge of the arctic, venture out in a rover over the tundra and taiga learning about the unique landscape of the area and make sure to always be on the lookout for wildlife such as caribou, eagles, and if your lucky, a polar bear! Known as the Polar Bear and Beluga Whale capital of the world, during the summer months you will see Belugas by the hundreds in the Churchill river estuary on a whale watching tour followed by a tour of Fort Prince of Wales. Enjoy a lovely town & area tour, visit Cape Merry National Historic Site, the Itsanitaq museum and enjoy some free time to wander around this special northern town!
7 Days 1 Country 7 Meals
Day 1 – Regina, SK to The Pas, MB
Starting out in Regina, the coach will travel to Saskatoon with pickups en route to the first overnight, The Pas.
Day 2 – The Pas to Thompson
We will stop at Pisew Falls Provincial Park to stretch our legs before arriving in Thompson where we will board Via Rail.
Day 3 – Via Rail to Churchill
The train is scheduled to arrive in Churchill this morning. First on our agenda will be meeting our local guide who will take us on a town tour. Some other highlights include Cape Merry National Historic Site (most northern point) and wildlife (there is only a 25% chance of seeing polar bears at this time of year). This evening, a welcome reception will be held at the hotel.
Day 4 – Churchill
Today we will visit the Itsanitaq Museum (formerly called the Eskimo Museum) and get out on the water with Sea North Tours for a Beluga Whale Watching Tour followed by a tour of Fort Prince of Wales with a Parks Canada guide.
*The timing for today is dependant on the tides.
Day 5 – Churchill to Via Rail
Depart on a Polar Rover tour out onto the tundra, keep your eyes peeled for caribou, eagles, and other wildlife as well as the unique looking trees. The rest of the day can be spent exploring the town on your own or shopping. This evening we will board Via Rail and head back to Thompson.
Day 6 – Via Rail to Thompson And Then The Pas
This morning our train arrives in Thompson where our coach has been patiently waiting for us. We return to The Pas for our last night.
Day 7 – The Pas to Regina
Lots of time today to reminisce with everyone about our Churchill adventure before arriving back home.
All prices are per person, land only and include all taxes and fees. Prices are in CAD.
Not included in price:
- Gratuities for Tour Director and Driver
- Meals and activities not specified in the itinerary
- Any personal expenses
- Travel Insurance
- Pre or post tour arrangements
Known as the polar bear and beluga whale paradise, Churchill is sure to give you an unforgettable experience. Enjoy unparalleled northern landscapes on board the train, the only dry land connection to this remarkable community.
Beluga Whale Watching Tour
This tour is a favourite for many as you get an hour of interacting with our beautiful beluga whales and also see an important part of Canada’s history at the Prince of Wales Fort.
Watch as belugas surround your boat, knowing that the experienced guides and special safety features of the boat ensure that even the most curious belugas will remain unharmed.
Then the tour docks at the Fort which is rich in history and timeless beauty. Step inside to admire the strength of this stone structure that has been standing guard for 250 years at the mouth of the Churchill River. What used to be a bustling hub for fur traders was later reinvented into a stone fortification when peace was threatened between England and France. There was a strong desire to control Hudson Bay’s resources and the Prince of Wales Fort had the most advantageous position for defence. Take a trip back in time through the ruins of the fort that took 40 years to build under the harsh survival conditions of the Arctic.
Polar Rover Tour
Explore the Churchill Wildlife Management Area in our luxurious Polar Rover. These vehicles are heated, wheelchair accessible, reclining seats, easily opened windows and have comfortable washrooms with flush toilets. All our vehicles have outdoor grated see-through decks and the vehicle height is designed to ensure passenger safety and comfort.
Because of the unique requirements to keep people safe from the polar bears yet enable them to safely view the polar bears, these vehicles have to be custom built for both rough terrain travel and passenger comfort. They are designed and constructed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada by Don Walkoski.
Although massive, our Polar Rovers put down a low 4lbs per square inch in ground pressure minimizing damage to the fragile arctic landscape which is due to the large tires that we use. The machines burn an average of 12-15 gallons of fuel per day because of the low gear ratios and small 210 hp diesel engines that power the vehicle.
**There is only a 25% chance of seeing polar bears at this time of year
Churchill Town & Area Tour
Join your local guide and get to know the Town of Churchill and surrounding area. On this tour you'll visit Cape Merry, Miss Piggy, the Polar Bear Jail and the Churchill Northern Studies Centre. Make sure to keep a lookout for wildlife (there is only a 25% chance of seeing polar bears this time of year).