Polar Bear Expedition by Train

Polar Bear Expedition by Train

8

days

starting from US $4,879per person

Star Rating 5

5 of 5 stars
(3 reviews)

Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.

Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.

Travel one way by overnight train and one way by air for a visit with Churchill’s famous polar bears known to many locals as the lords of the arctic. With a friendly expert guide, you spend two days on a specifically designed Tundra Buggy watching polar bears in their natural habitat. Time off the tundra is spent exploring the town, the Eskimo Museum and the Parks Canada Interpretation Centre. Experience the best of everything Churchill has to offer.

Polar Bear Expedition by Train – Map A VIA RAil train arrives in Churchill A polar investigates the Tundra Buggy in Churchill A polar bear family wanders over the frozen Bay Two Churchill polar bears engage in a fight An arctic fox sits in the snow on a Churchill safari Passengers enjoy a dogsledding tour in Churchill A plane takes an evening flight from Churchill
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Trip at a glance

Arrive Winnipeg
1 night Winnipeg
2 nights Via Rail
3 nights Churchill
1 night Winnipeg
Depart Winnipeg

Itinerary

(Please note, like most of our Canada rail packages & tours, this railway vacation can be customized to your needs - just ask one of our local experts when you call.)

Day 1 - Arrive in Winnipeg
Today your adventure begins as you arrive in Winnipeg and check into your hotel. Overnight in Winnipeg.

Day 2 - Board VIA Rail
This evening you board VIA Rail’s the Hudson Bay and depart Winnipeg. Watch the scenery change from wooded forests to plains to tundra as you leave the city and make your way North. The diverse scenery is breathtaking. Overnight onboard the train.

Day 3 - Onboard the Hudson Bay
Spend a quiet day riding the rails across Manitoba. This is a full day onboard the train and is a great opportunity to meet your fellow travelers. The scenery becomes more arctic and barren, and the feeling of crossing such a vast landscape is quite incredible. Overnight onboard the train.

Day 4 - Explore Churchill
Your train arrives in Churchill early this morning. You’re sure to get a good introduction to this community with a town and area tour. A visit to the Eskimo Museum will offer insight into the lives of the first settlers of the region.

To amp up the excitement for the days to come, enjoy an evening slide presentation by a local photographer all about the bears – baby cubs, bears at play, and more.

Once you learn more about these fascinating and lovable creatures, you’re sure to be anxious to get out there and see them!

Day 5 - Polar Bear Viewing
Spend the full day in a Tundra Buggy with a knowledgeable guide, viewing polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. The Tundra Buggy guides know just where to go, and with hundreds of bears congregating in anticipation of the ice forming on the Hudson Bay, there are plenty of bears at rest and at play to spot.

Day 6 - Dog Sledding
Before heading out on your dog sledding excursion, you will then enjoy a visit to the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre, where you’ll learn more about the history, wildlife, and culture of the Churchill area before.

After, embark on an exciting dog sledding excursion - meet the dogs, learn about their lives and histories, and then take on the wild tundra mushing your very own team! A real highlight on Canada vacation packages in the north.

Day 7 - Return to Winnipeg
Spend the day in a Tundra Buggy and enjoy your last sight of the polar bears and Arctic wildlife. This evening, fly back to Winnipeg and check-in to your hotel for a one-night stay.

Day 8 - Departure
Much too soon, your polar bear vacation package comes to an end when you check-out from your hotel.

Please note that the order of activities may vary

Common Questions

Are you on the train the whole time?

All of our trips include some stops to get off the train, to explore Canada's beautiful national parks and unique cities. However, if you're keen to maximize your time onboard, we'll pair you up with the perfect experience.

Is this an escorted tour?

While our trips are not "escorted," we combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe. Click here for a more detailed comparison.

How do the trains work in Canada compared to the US or UK?

Because most Canadians typically do not use the train for commuting (as in Europe and the US), the two main rail providers here are driven by tourism. You'll experience the romance of true trans-continental rail travel, with a wide selection of services, accommodation types, plus great food.

What types of trains are used?

Two main companies operate trains in Canada: VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer.

Rocky Mountaineer operates daylight touring trains, which travel along 3 of the most spectacular routes in Western Canada. You'll enjoy onboard commentary, award winning service, and incredible food.

VIA Rail is Canada's national train provider, with routes running Coast to Coast and through remote parts of Northern Canada. The type of train depends on your journey, and can vary from the classic trans-continental sleeper trains to daylight trains with overnight stops.

What we love about this trip

Close-up polar bear encounters

Journey through the arctic tundra by train

A 22 person maximum on the Tundra Buggy

Exciting day activities

This trip is popular - book early!

Romance on the Rails

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‘Romance on the Rails’

What Clients Say

It was amazing to see Polar Bears up close

It was amazing to see Polar Bears up close

Star Rating 5

It was amazing to see Polar Bears up close and personal in their environment. The frosting on the trip was seeing the Northern Lights. Amazing!

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

Tundra Buggy escorted group tours - Tundra Buggy escorted group tours
Tundra Buggy escorted group tours
Eskimo Museum interpretive tour - Eskimo Museum interpretive tour
Eskimo Museum interpretive tour
An authentic dogsledding experience - An authentic dogsledding experience
An authentic dogsledding experience
Chance of seeing northern lights - Chance of seeing northern lights
Chance of seeing northern lights
• VIA Rail Sleeper service for two nights, between Winnipeg and Churchill one-way, typically a double bedroom
• Return air transportation from Churchill to Winnipeg, light meal provided
• Fully guided, small group tour
• Hotel accommodations in Churchill for 3 nights, Winnipeg for 2 nights
• Interpretive tour of Churchill and area
• 2 Days onboard the Tundra Buggy with a naturalist guide
• Tour of the Eskimo Museum and Parks Canada Interpretation Centre
• Dogsledding excursion
• Transfers while in Churchill
• All meals in Churchill & onboard the train

 

Not Included

• Gratuities
• 9% Taxes (5% GST and 4% PST)
• Hospital, medical insurance, trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
• Winter clothing rentals - please ask us to arrange this for you if needed

 

 

Customize this trip a little, or a lot...

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Extending your stay in Winnipeg
Extending your stay in Winnipeg
Taking the train to Toronto or Vancouver
Taking the train to Toronto or Vancouver
Combining with a grizzly bear trip
Combining with a grizzly bear trip
Visiting Canada's iconic attractions
Visiting Canada's iconic attractions
• Enjoy extra nights in Winnipeg before or after your polar bear tour
• Make this a truly epic bear tour, and combine your polar bear trip with a grizzly viewing tour
• Take the train from Toronto or Vancouver to Winnipeg

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Hotel exteriorFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Hotel guest roomFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - King guest roomFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Dining roomFour Points By Sheraton Winnipeg - Cafe and bar

Four Points By Sheraton Winnipeg

An example of our Comfort accommodations

Conveniently located adjacent to the Winnipeg International Airport, Four Points by Sheraton offers a number of complimentary amenities that will make your stay as comfortable as home. Enjoy free coffee and bottled water, high speed internet and a 24 hour fitness center.

Tundra Inn - Tundra Inn exterior in winterTundra Inn - Guest loungeTundra Inn - BedroomTundra Inn - Ensuite bathroom

Tundra Inn

An example of our Comfort accommodations

The Tundra Inn is a charming, family run hotel located in the northern town of Churchill. With comfortable, spacious accommodation and complimentary amenities, this is the perfect place to relax before or after your arctic adventure. Your stay includes continental breakfast, free tea and coffee and high-speed internet.

 

Prices & Dates

Trip Start Dates - 2017
October 9, 21, 30
November 6

The prices listed below are based on travel service and hotel class for this journey:
• Prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single, triple and child rates can be provided on request.
Polar Bear Expedition By Train
from US $6,399to US $6,911per person

This once in a lifetime Polar Bear Safari takes you to the Canadian Arctic. Accompanied by a friendly naturalist guide from Churchill, join a small group of fellow travelers to experience polar bears up close from a Tundra Buggy. Your small group size means optimal bear viewing and photography opportunities onboard the Tundra Buggy.

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We don't use online booking – instead we use technology to put visitors directly in touch with our Canadian travel insiders because we believe the best vacations are personal.

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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

It was amazing to see Polar Bears up close

Star Rating 5
November 23, 2016

It was amazing to see Polar Bears up close and personal in their environment. The frosting on the trip was seeing the Northern Lights. Amazing!

We loved the Tundra buggy days

Star Rating 5
November 3, 2016

We loved the Tundra buggy days, the dog sledding and seeing the Polar Bears. All tour guides were great as well, the buggy drivers and the whole group at the dog sledding! We found the Fresh Tracks staff very friendly and helpful,... read more we are extremely satisfied.

Our trip was incredible, we can't stop looking at our pictures

Star Rating 5
November 19, 2014

Where do we start? Our trip was incredible we can't stop looking at our pictures. We could not of asked for a better guide. He's very passionate about the well being of the polar bears and their environment.  And so knowledgeable. We... read more always enjoy a vacation more when we learn something new. This trip was on my wife's bucket list for 7 years and was well worth the wait.

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