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Classic Polar Bear Adventure
eQuilter Polar Bear Adventure

Dear Adventure Traveler, we have posted the full eQuilter Polar Bear Tour itinerary and details below on this page, including contact details for our eQuilter adventure specialist Aly, at Natural Habitat.

You will find some additional information on our Oct 14-19 trip also at this link: http://www.nathab.com/polar-bear-tours/classic-polar-bear-expedition/

You can find photos from my tour last November, on this page. Aerial photos were taken from the optional helicopter tour on the last day, which I highly recommend! (I will definitely want to do the helicopter tour again this time!)

Because of my crazy travel/business schedule, I want to give you Dana as your eQuilter contact person: service@eQuilter.com

If you want to send me a question, please direct it through Dana, so she can chase me down for the answer in case I am out of the office. Due to the high volume of emails that I receive, you are more likely to get a timely response if you email Dana.

You will receive some Polar Bear and Snow-themed fabrics in your Traveler Welcome Package prior to the trip, but if you just can’t wait, check out our current stock of Arctic-themed fabrics here.

Space for this special trip is VERY LIMITED so please understand that to guarantee your place on this tour, you need to call our eQuilter agent at NatHab to give a $500 down payment.

We are so lucky to have Aly Jacobsen (Senior Adventure Specialist at Natural Habitat) as our wonderful coordinator for this adventure, and if we fill the trip (which I am sure we will!) we will be able to plan some special activities related to the textile arts of the Churchill area and their native people.

I am working with my quilter friends in Winnipeg to plan 1 or 2 quilting events at the beginning and/or end of our adventure. As the trip fills and we nail down our plans, I will keep you posted. Also every confirmed traveler on this trip will receive a special packet of polar bear/ snow-themed fabrics, in your welcome package.

eQuilter Polar Bear Adventure Please do contact Aly directly at NatHab, for extra special treatment as an eQuilter friend/customer.

Her direct line is – 800-543-8917 Email: alyj@nathab.com

Thank you for your interest, and I hope to see you in October!

Best wishes, Luana

October 14-19, 2014

DAILY ITINERARY

We highly recommend arriving a day early in case of inclement weather delays. We offer an “Extra Day in Winnipeg” excursion, which includes hotel, meals, and a tour of the Winnipeg area, including the Fort Whyte Alive center, and the Manitoba Museum. For details and/or to book this Extra Day Program, please call us at 1-800-543-8917. If arriving early, you may enjoy dinner on October 13 on your own or with Luana Rubin. Luana will be arriving into Winnipeg on October 13.

DAY 1: OCTOBER 14, WINNIPEG, MANITOBA

Arrive in Winnipeg, once a fur-trading post and boomtown for the Canadian Pacific Railway, today Manitoba’s cultural and commercial capital at the eastern edge of Canada’s vast prairies. Collect your luggage, proceed through Customs (if applicable), and make your way to the Natural Habitat Adventures booth inside the terminal.

A Natural Habitat Adventures representative will meet passengers here every hour, on the hour, from 11 am until 9 pm. The shuttle will then transfer you to the Fort Garry Hotel downtown. This French-style chateau is a National Historic Site, built in 1913 by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and still the grande dame of Winnipeg, offering first-class hospitality. After checking in, you will be free to relax until we gather at approximately 7 pm with our Natural Habitat Adventures Expedition Leaders for an informal welcome dinner and orientation at the hotel.

Overnight Fort Garry Hotel

If your flight arrives before 11 am or after 9 pm, we will make special arrangements to meet you based on the flight times you provided to us. If you have not yet notified us of your flight schedule, please contact us at 800-543-8917 with that information.

DAY 2: OCTOBER 15, WINNIPEG / CHURCHILL / EVENING ON THE TUNDRA

Fly to Churchill this morning. This hospitable outpost town, originally a fur-trading post, is our base for adventure. We head to the tundra this evening for our first glimpse of the bears, though we often see them from the bus as we leave the airport, even before we board our Polar Rover. If the skies are clear, our nighttime tundra excursion might reveal one of nature’s most exhilarating experiences—a chance to view the northern lights away from the glare of town. Though they are never predictable, the auroral display often starts as a white glow in the northern sky, then begins to flicker and dance in shimmering curtains of color.

Overnight Churchill Hotel or similar

DAYS 3 & 4: OCTOBER 16 & 17, POLAR BEAR VIEWING

Uniquely designed Polar Rovers are our mobile means for spending time among the bears. Though they are built to accommodate up to 35 passengers, we take a maximum of just 15, ensuring everyone a window seat. Our Expedition Leaders know the best places to see polar bears, which congregate in the region each fall as they wait for Hudson Bay to freeze, signaling the start of the winter seal-hunting season. As we watch them interact, we’re delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. From the warmth of our vehicle we may see mothers with cubs, young males play-fighting, or a lone bear ambling over the tundra in solitary majesty. Our knowledgeable Expedition Leader offers interpretation along the way, explaining the bears’ behavior and how they thrive in such a harsh environment. In the evenings we’ll meet for dinner followed by presentations on wildlife or local cultures.

Overnights Churchill Hotel or similar

DAY 5: OCTOBER 18, EXPLORE AROUND CHURCHILL

Our return flights are scheduled to depart in the mid- to late afternoon, to offer as much time as possible for exploring Churchill today. Pick up last-minute Native handicrafts and souvenirs or, if time permits, take an optional helicopter tour over the tundra or an authentic dog sled excursion.

Overnight Fort Garry Hotel

DAY 6: OCTOBER 19, RETURN HOME (OPTIONAL QUILTING EVENT)

A tentative quilt presentation may be arranged this morning from 10:00am until noon, with the Manitoba Prairie Quilters. We recommend booking an afternoon flight home if you wish to attend this optional morning event. A return transfer will be provided for guests from the Fort Garry Hotel to the airport on this day, to meet departing flights for home.

Since our expeditions specialize in viewing wildlife, every effort is made to plan itineraries where wildlife is known to inhabit. However, the animals we visit live wild and free and we cannot fully predict or control their migratory patterns (nor would we want to). In an attempt to locate wildlife, which may have deviated from its normal pattern, or in the interest of traveler comfort or safety, we may be required to make reasonable changes in itineraries. Your guide will determine your final activities in the best interest of the group.

ADVENTURE INFORMATION

ADVENTURE FEE & DEPOSIT

$5,595 per person, based on double or shared occupancy

We welcome guests traveling solo, however we do not have guaranteed single rooms available on this trip. Every guest traveling solo must be willing to share a room with another traveler of the same gender, and will be booked at the double occupancy rate listed above.

Over the years, we’ve found that matching solo guests works out very well. Most of our guests have a lot in common, with similar interests in conservation, wildlife, and in this case quilting! Some even meet new friends to travel with again down the road.

It’s highly likely that we will find a roommate to match with every solo traveler. In the unlikely event that we are unable to find a roommate to match for a solo traveler, there will be an additional fee of $417.50 for that guest.

A $500 per person deposit is required to confirm your space on this trip. Please call Aly Jacobsen at 800-543-9817 to make a booking. You may also email Aly with questions at alyj@nathab.com.

The deposit is due by Friday, March 15, 2014.

Final payment will be due 90 days prior to the trip’s start date – on July 16, 2014.

For all trip payments, we accept Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express.

INCLUDED IN YOUR ADVENTURE COST

The program fee for your adventure includes: R/T flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, accommodations, all meals (except either lunch or dinner on your final day in Churchill), services of NHA's professional Expedition Leaders and assistants, some gratuities, all activities/entrance fees, evening wildlife and cultural presentations, all taxes and service charges.

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR ADVENTURE COST

Your program fee does not include: travel to and from Winnipeg, lunch or dinner on your final day in Churchill, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, travel insurance, items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, etc.), and optional activities with Luana Rubin.
 

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