Classic Polar Bear Adventure
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Tour itinerary and details below on this page, including contact
details for our eQuilter adventure specialist Aly, at Natural
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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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.