Northern Lights of Churchill
starting from US $3,658per person
Choose your own activities and experiences to enjoy between scenic train tours.
Tailor your stay to perfectly suit your timeline and budget.
On this week-long adventure, you’ll journey to Churchill, Manitoba - one of the top 3 places in the world to see the Northern Lights. View the mystical Aurora from a cozy Tundra Buggy in the deep dark of an arctic winter. Enjoy a culinary adventure under the stars, interpretive tours, and guided winter activities. You can also choose to include two nights onboard VIA Rail’s Hudson Bay train.
Arrive Winnipeg → 2 nights Winnipeg → 4 nights Churchill → 1 night Winnipeg → Depart Winnipeg
Day 1 - Arrive in Winnipeg
Arrive in snowy Winnipeg (known by Canadians as Winter-peg), considered Canada’s cultural capital. If you arrive early enough, you can walk from your hotel to experience Winnipeg’s new Museum of Human Rights, or simply explore the charming Forks Market. Tonight, you’ll meet your group and tour leader, and enjoy a hearty welcome dinner. Overnight in Winnipeg at the Inn at the Forks boutique hotel.
Day 2 - Explore Winnipeg with a guide
Today will set the stage for your journey north. Learn about Canada’s Inuit culture, as you tour the Manitoba Museum on an interactive program. Then at the Planetarium, you’ll tour the night sky on a guided “nature walk” of the stars, current constellations, planets, and northern lights. Overnight in Winnipeg.
Day 3 - Journey north to Churchill
After an early morning flight, you’ll touch down in the historic northern community of Churchill - accessible only by air or rail. Enjoy a guided bus tour of local and historical points of interest, plus a visit to the Itsanitaq Museum, which houses one of the most extensive Inuit art collection in the world.
Before your first evening of aurora viewing, hone your skills on a photography workshop. Once settled onboard the cozy Tundra Buggy Lodge, surrounded by the deep darkness of an arctic winter, you’ll catch your first glimpse of the Lights as they begin to dance overhead.
Churchill is considered one of the 3 best places in the world to see the Northern Lights, with an average of 300 nights of Aurora activity per year. The colour can vary from a haunting, brilliant green, to a rainbow of violet, blue, red, and yellow.
Overnights will be spent in a comfortable Churchill hotel.
Days 4, 5 & 6 - Churchill activities and northern lights viewing
Over the next few days, immerse yourself into Northern life. With your group, you’ll enjoy a thrilling dogsled adventure, snow shoe trek, and wildlife interpretation. Each night, you’ll watch for the Northern Lights from the Tundra Buggy Lodge.
Feature experience: one evening of your stay, you’ll embark on one of Canada’s most unique culinary adventures, as you travel across the frozen Churchill River by Tundra Buggy to the Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site. Here you’ll experience stunning cuisine in a clear-roofed pop-up restaurant, under the stars and lights of the northern night sky.
Day 7 - From Churchill back to Winnipeg
All too soon, you depart from Churchill. If you’ve chosen the VIA Rail option, you’ll spend two nights watching the snowy winter landscape go by from the Hudson Bay train. If you’ve chosen to return by air, you’ll depart Churchill in the afternoon to spend the night in Winnipeg.
Day 8 (air option) or Day 10 (train option) - Depart
Depart Winnipeg at your leisure.
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?
With the exception of our guided wildlife and northern lights train trips, our vacations are not typically "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
4 nights of Northern Lights viewing
Once in a lifetime culinary experience under the night sky
Sleeping in a cozy Churchill hotel
Guided dogsledding and snow shoeing
Interpretive presentations & tours
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.
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 & DatesTrip Start Dates - 2018
8 day, 7 night program*
Feb 27 - Mar 6
Mar 8 - Mar 15
* Includes roundtrip flights between Winnipeg and Churchill
10 day, 9 night program*
Feb 18 - Feb 27
Mar 4 - Mar 13
* Includes flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, and return onboard VIA Rail (2 nights)
• Feb 18 trip does not include RAW Churchill culinary experience
• Prices are per person
• Double means two people sharing a room, single supplement is available
• Winter clothing rental package available upon request
Northern Lights Viewing Experience
from US $4,999to US $5,399per person
On our northern lights viewing adventures, you’ll have plenty of chances to see the aurora from a prime viewing location. In addition, you’ll likely get a taste of northern life on guided winter activities such as dogsledding and snow shoeing. And to bundle it all together, you’ll stay in cozy accommodations at night.
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