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Classic Polar Bear Adventure

Classic Polar Bear Adventury

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 Nov 13-19 trip also at this link:
(These dates are now confirmed!)

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!)

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

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, and my travel schedule, 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) and Flannery Davis as our wonderful coordinators 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 will arrive in Winnipeg one day early, so we can meet for dinner the night before the tour starts.  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.

Natural Habitat

Please do contact Aly or Flannery directly at NatHab, for extra special treatment as an eQuilter friend/customer.
Call the direct line – 800-543-8917 Email:

Thank you for your interest, and I hope to see you in November!
Best wishes, Luana

Classic Polar Bear Adventury

November 13-19, 2018

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 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: November 13, 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.

If you are arriving on an international flight, turn left after exiting customs and the international arrivals area. From here, make your way toward the exit near the escalator where you will find the NHA booth.

If your flight into Winnipeg originates in, or connects through, another Canadian city, you will claim your bags in the domestic arrivals area. From here, make your way toward the exit near the escalator where you will find the NHA booth.

A Nat Hab representative will meet passengers at the NHA booth. Occasionally, there are multiple travelers arriving into Winnipeg at around the same time and the NHA representative will be momentarily away from the desk assisting another traveler. If you do not see the representative at the desk after about five minutes, please call our Winnipeg office at 204-926-6553. 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

Day 2: November 14, 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. We often see polar bears from the bus as we leave the airport, even before boarding our Polar Rover. Our trip opens with an evening presentation on polar bears and the northern environment by our professional staff of naturalists and scientists.

Overnight Churchill Hotel/Seaport Hotel/Polar Inn or similar

Days 3 & 4: November 15 & 16, 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 17 guests, ensuring everyone a window seat. Our Expedition Leaders know the best places to observe 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 and presentations on wildlife or local cultures.

Overnight Churchill Hotel/Seaport Hotel/Polar Inn or similar

Day 5: November 17, Explore Around Churchill / Evening on the Tundra

We tour historic Churchill today, then head out to the tundra for evening bear viewing and dinner aboard the vehicle. During the day we may explore the coast road en route to Cape Merry, where we often see Arctic fox and Arctic hare. Keep a close out for them, as their winter-white coats offer excellent camouflage later in the season when the ground is white. 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 or promised, the auroral display often starts as a pale glow in the northern sky, then the lights begin to flicker and dance in shimmering curtains of color, most typically green but occasionally red.

Overnight Churchill Hotel/Seaport Hotel/Polar Inn or similar

Day 6: November 18, Churchill—Dog Sledding / Winnipeg

Our return flight to Winnipeg is scheduled to depart in the mid- to late afternoon, to offer as much time as possible for exploring Churchill today. A highlight this morning is an authentic dog sled excursion. We’ll drive just outside town to 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 last-minute native-made handicrafts and souvenirs 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 we have a final reception before our adventure concludes.

Overnight Fort Garry Hotel

Day 7: November 19, Winnipeg / Depart

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.

Please note: Occasionally, the schedule for the nighttime tundra trip alternates between Day 4 and Day 5.

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.

 Classic Polar Bear Adventure

Adventure Information


$7195 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 $475. for that guest.

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

To guarantee your spot book early because spaces are limited and the trip will SELL OUT!

Final payment due 90 days prior to the trip’s start date (roughly mid-August 2018).

For all trip payments, we accept Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express. Payment plans can be arranged with Aly at NatHab!


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.


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.

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