Experience the wonder of the Northern Lights in the most aurora-active place on earth
Journey from southern prairie to Far North tundra on the Hudson Bay Railway
Discover the traditions of northern native peoples on an array of winter adventures
NORTHERN LIGHTS AND ARCTIC CULTURES
In the same land that hosts the brief, brilliant summer of beluga whales and the polar bears of autumn, comes an amazing phenomenon that illumines the dark winter skies. The ethereal Northern Lights, also known as the aurora borealis, meaning “north wind of the dawn,” brighten the night in a mystical display of colour.
Churchill has one of the heaviest concentrations of aurora borealis activity in the world. On this grand subarctic adventure, our days are filled with distinctly northern activities such as dogsledding, and our nights with the potential for the best aurora viewing on the planet.
Day 1: Winnipeg, Manitoba
As night falls, we move into heated viewing domes to await an unparalleled experience of nature’s magic: the spectacle of the aurora borealis, the legendary Northern Lights. Often, they begin as a white glow low in the sky that slowly begins to shift and undulate. Wavy patterns evolve, colours appear and change, until the lights look like shimmering curtains of green, blue, yellow or red. For centuries, the phenomenon of the Northern Lights was a mystery, inspiring a host of mythical explanations. While we know now that the aurora is caused by the interaction of the solar wind with the earth’s magnetic field, more poetic stories of their origin linger, including the Hudson Bay Inuit’s belief that the lights are the magical display of their ancestors’ souls dancing in the sky.
The Churchill inclusions and activities are identical to our regular itinerary. In Winnipeg, we may have time to take a guided tour of the Manitoba Museum after our return flight on Day 6. We will not have a planetarium program.
Dates and Cost
Trip Duration :
8 Days with the train
6 Days without the train
Full Moon: Feb 7
Feb 4 - 11
Feb 12 - 17 (no train)
Feb 18 - 25
Feb 27 - Mar 5
Full Moon: Feb 25
Feb 2 - 9
Feb 10 - 15 (no train)
Feb 16 - 23
Single Supp.: $545
Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in US Dollars.
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
Group Size Limit
Approximately 14 Travellers
A very important feature of our trips is the limited group size as nature expeditions are best experienced as a small group expedition.
Return transportation between Winnipeg and Churchill (train and plane), accommodations, all meals (except those taken aboard the train), services of Expedition Leaders and assistants, most gratuities, airport transfers, permits and entrance fees, all taxes.
Travel to and from start and end point of trip, meals aboard the train, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, etc.), optional travel insurance.
Easy / Flexible
The Northern Lights & Arctic Cultures program does not require a high degree of physical fitness. However, we will sometimes be exposed to cold weather for moderate periods of time and may walk in deep snow. Some nights we will stay up late searching for the lights. It is necessary to climb ten steps up a stable ladder in order to access the aurora viewing domes.
All of our activities are optional.
After the hubbub of the fall polar bear season (although there is still a small chance to see bears in the winter), we journey back to Churchill during the prime season to experience one of the world’s most remarkable sights - the Northern Lights. We explore the nature and culture of the North by day, then when night falls we’ll scan the skies for the amazing colors of the aurora borealis.
Note on the moon
We run trips when there is a full moon, a new moon and all times in between. During a full moon, the foreground is brighter, making for better photographic images. During a new moon, the sky is darker so the lights may appear slightly brighter. However, since we are in a place where the lights are so bright anyway, this makes very little difference in viewing. Any time one views the Northern Lights in Churchill, it is an experience to behold! On one departure per season, we do not take the train between Winnipeg and Churchill and instead, fly round trip. The Churchill inclusions on this fly/fly departure are identical to our regular itinerary.
Getting There & Getting Home
You should plan to arrive in Winnipeg on Day 1 in time for our 7pm welcome/orientation dinner. You are free to depart at any time on the final day.
Proof of Citizenship
All U.S. citizens must carry a valid passport or passport card to enter Canada. Birth certificates and other government-issued photo IDs are no longer accepted for entry.