Spend three full days photographing on the tundra with expert Photo Expedition Leaders
Just 15 guests on vehicles designed for 30-plus passengers provides plenty of room to spread out and angle for superb shots
Enjoy remarkable vehicle features, such as the exclusive mesh steel outdoor observation deck, for extreme close-up viewing and photos
CLASSIC POLAR BEAR PHOTO ADVENTURE
You won’t find another Churchill-based polar bear tour with this much proximity and time among the King of the Arctic, coupled with our intensive focus on helping you gain superlative photos. With our Classic Polar Bear Photo Adventure, you'll start from our base in Churchill, where will we head out for three full days on the tundra at the edge of Hudson Bay, where polar bears congregate each fall awaiting freeze-up and the winter hunting season.
Specially designed Polar Rovers take us into the heart of their wild habitat, with plenty of space for equipment and spreading out to get just the right shots. On-site guidance from our expert photographer guide is complemented by evening lectures on how best to capture the wonder of Arctic wildlife, most notably the famed Churchill polar bears, through the camera’s lens
Day 1: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Day 2: Winnipeg / Churchill
Days 3 - 5: Polar Bear Photography
Out on the white expanse of the tundra we may also spot other northern wildlife, including Arctic fox, snowy owl, ptarmigan and gyrfalcon. Meanwhile, in addition to sharing photography advice, our Expedition Leader provides a captivating interpretation of the animal behaviour and natural phenomena we are observing. Each evening, as dusk descends to envelop the wild northern landscape, we meet for dinner, followed by presentations on wildlife or local native cultures. If the night skies are clear and we’re fortunate enough to see the dancing colors of the Aurora Borealis, we’ll head for a place away from the lights of town to capture this magical event on camera.
Day 6: Churchill / Winnipeg
Or, stay in town for some last-minute shopping to pick up native handcrafts and souvenirs.
Other optional adventures available this morning include a dog-sled excursion and helicopter flight over the tundra. We enjoy a farewell lunch in Churchill or dinner together in Winnipeg, depending on our flight schedule.
Day 7: Winnipeg / Return Home
Dates and Cost
Oct 22 - 28 Oct 29 - Nov 4
Prices are per person based on double occupancy.
Please note - This is a sample itinerary. Please ask us to create a holiday that is exactly right for you - that is our speciality!
Location of Adventure
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
Group Size Limit
Approximately 15 Travellers. A very important feature of our polar bear trips is the limited group size. Nature is always best experienced in smaller groups and it is particularly important on this trip so our guests have plenty of room on board the Polar Rovers to take rare polar bear photos.
Return flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, accommodations, all meals (except either lunch or dinner on your final day in Churchill), services of a 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, lunch or dinner on your final day in Churchill, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, travel insurance, items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, etc.).
Our Classic Photo Adventure is based in town, giving us access not only to bears but also to the culture, people and history of Churchill. During the three full days spent on the tundra and our evenings in town, our expert photographer leaders will share their knowledge of the natural world around us as well as how to best capture its essence on film.
Regarding polar bears in general
Polar bears are typically in the Churchill area all year round. The highest concentration occurs in Oct. and Nov. Sometimes the best viewing is in the beginning of the season, sometimes the middle and sometimes the end - we never know for sure. The bears are waiting for Hudson Bay to freeze, and when it does, many of them depart. Historically, this has been in early December, but an unusually early cold spell may occur, hastening their departure.
Getting There & Getting Home
In case of flight or weather delays, we recommend that you arrive a day early and either participate in our Extra Day in Winnipeg program or stay on your own. Our trip begins with a 7:00pm welcome dinner on Day 1. You are free to depart at any time on the final day.