Travel with Luana Rubin
Classic Polar Bear Adventure - Oct 18-24, 2022
Dear Adventure Traveler,
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October 18-24, 2022 Classic Polar Bear Tour with Natural Habitats:
(Please note this date was moved up by one day - and finalized in Feb 2022.)
Natural Habitat Adventures | Churchill Polar Bear Tours | Classic Polar Bear Adventure | Itineraries | Classic Polar Bear Itinerary (nathab.com)
You can find photos from my previous tours, 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!)
Please contact our NatHab specialist Aly Jacobsen directly to secure your spot.
Call the direct line – 800-543-8917
Email: [email protected]
If you decide to go on a different date with a different group, call Aly and she will take extra special care of you as a Friend of eQuilter! All eQuilter friends who sign up through Aly will receive a special Polar Bear fabric packet gift from me as well.
If you have questions for me, send them through Dijana at: [email protected]
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 Aly at NatHab to give a $500 down payment.
(Yes, payment plans are available.)
You probably know that I just got back from a NatHab trip to Alaska, and it was a huge relief that I knew everyone was vaccinated and had been tested just prior to travel. This way we know we can keep ourselves and our co-travelers and the Churchill population safe, and keep our families safe when we return home. You can review current NatHab Covid health and safety policies here:
Natural Habitat Adventures | COVID-19 Information | Traveling with Nat Hab amid COVID-19
I will arrive in Winnipeg one day early on Oct 17, so we can meet for dinner the night before the tour starts if you also come in a day early. Aly can arrange an extra night at the gorgeous Fort Garry Hotel. If you do come in a day early, you can go on a Day Tour of Winnipeg, or walk over to the Human Rights Museum which is a 10 minute walk. (during the day on Oct 18) Last time there was a fantastic temporary exhibit, in addition to the permanent collection at the museum, which is housed in an architecturally unique structure. Highly recommended!
Thank you for your interest, and I hope to see you in October 2022!
Best wishes, Luana
Please do contact Aly directly at NatHab, for extra special treatment as an eQuilter friend/customer.
October 18-24, 2022
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 FortWhyte Alive or Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and the Manitoba Museum. For details and/or to book this Extra Day Program, please call us at 800-543-8917.Day 1: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Our Churchill polar bear tour begins in Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba. Once a center of fur trade and a Canadian Pacific Railway boomtown, Winnipeg today is a cultural and commercial center on the eastern edge of Canada’s vast prairies. Transfer to the historic Fort Garry Hotel, grande dame of Winnipeg hospitality and one of the city’s most prestigious landmarks. Meet your Expedition Leader at a welcome dinner this evening.
Day 2: Winnipeg / Churchill
Fly by chartered plane to Churchill this morning. This hospitable frontier town, originally a Hudson's Bay Company fur trading post, is our base for adventure. On the 6-day trip we head to the tundra this evening for our first glimpse of the bears, although we often see them from the bus as we leave the airport, even before boarding our Polar Rover. The 7-day trip opens with an evening presentation on polar bears and the northern environment by our professional naturalist staff.
Days 3 & 4: Polar Bear Viewing
Custom-built Polar Rovers are our mobile means for spending time among the bears. Though they can accommodate up to 35 passengers, we take a maximum of 16, ensuring everyone has a window seat and plenty of space to move about. Our Expedition Leaders know the best places to observe polar bears, which congregate here 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. We may see mothers with cubs, young males play-fighting, or a lone bear ambling over the silent tundra. Our Expedition Leader interprets all we observe, explaining the bears’ behavior and how they thrive in such a harsh environment. In the evenings, we gather for dinner and presentations on wildlife and local cultures.
Day 5: Exploring Churchill / Evening on the Tundra
On the 7-day trip, tour historic Churchill today, then head out to the tundra for evening bear viewing and dinner aboard the Polar Rover. During the day we follow the coastal road on a drive to Cape Merry, often spying Arctic fox and Arctic hare. Look closely for them, as their winter-white coats offer excellent camouflage later in the season when the ground is covered with snow. 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 never predictable, the auroral display typically starts as a pale glow in the northern sky. The lights often begin to undulate and dance in shimmering curtains of color, most typically green but occasionally red or violet. On the 6-day trip (during which your nighttime tundra outing takes place on Day 2), there is free time in Churchill or choose an optional helicopter excursion over the vast expanse of frozen tundra before boarding our flight back to Winnipeg.
Day 6: Churchill—Dog Sledding / Winnipeg
Our return flight to Winnipeg is scheduled to depart mid- to late afternoon, offering as much time as possible for exploring Churchill today. A highlight this morning is an authentic dog sled ride. We meet a local musher and his team, spending time with the lively and affectionate dogs before taking turns riding behind them on an exhilarating trot through the boreal forest. If time permits, you may be able to pick up some locally made handicrafts or take an optional helicopter tour over the tundra before we depart. We'll have a farewell lunch together before flying back to Winnipeg, where a final reception concludes our adventure together.
Day 7: Winnipeg / Depart
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.
Since our adventures focus on wildlife, we make every effort to plan itineraries where wildlife is known to inhabit. However, since wild animals live and roam freely, we cannot fully predict or control their movements (nor would we want to). In an attempt to locate wildlife that may have deviated from its normal patterns, or in the interest of traveler comfort or safety, or due to other factors beyond our control, we must occasionally make reasonable changes to itineraries. The very definition of adventure—”an exciting or remarkable undertaking involving the unknown”—requires that we recognize the above itinerary as a general approximation of what we hope to encounter, but it may change. Your guide will determine your final routing and activities in the best interest of the safety of the group and the success of the trip.
ADVENTURE FEE & DEPOSIT
7-day Classic Polar Bear Adventure – $7995 per person based on double/shared occupancy, plus $995 for internal air.
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 $547.50. for that guest.
A $500 per person deposit is required to confirm your space on this trip.
Final balance will be due 120 days prior to the trip’s start date – by June 19th.
Please call Aly Jacobsen at 800-543-9817 to make a booking.
You may also email Aly with questions at [email protected].
To guarantee your spot book early because spaces are limited and the trip will SELL OUT!
For all trip payments, we accept Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express.
Payment plans can be arranged with Aly at NatHab!
INCLUDED IN YOUR ADVENTURE COST
Round-trip flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, accommodations, all meals, drinking water throughout the trip, dog sledding excursion, cold-weather gear including a parka and boots during your trip, 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
Travel to and from Winnipeg, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, travel insurance, items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, etc.), and optional activities with Luana Rubin.