Beluga Whales, Bears & Blooms
Churchill, Manitoba is the beluga whale capital of the world! Ice break-up in spring brings over 3,000 beluga whales to the Churchill River. The whales enjoy the summer months of July and August in the Churchill River where the river water is warmer than the ocean water and the whales are able to feed on crustaceans.Summer is the perfect time to visit Churchill and we offer exciting itineraries including beluga whale watching, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, and area tours. The best way to experience magnificent summer wildlife including caribou, arctic fox, and ptarmigan is on an authentic Tundra Buggy. The Buggy meanders over a system of established trails, stopping at leisure to enjoy the scenery, search for wildlife, and take photos of the lush flora of this subarctic region. As well, you'll have time to enjoy other attractions in Churchill such as the Eskimo Museum, Parks Canada Interpretive Centre and the town complex. Visitors can choose from a number of gift shops where souvenirs range from postcards to hand-made Inuit wall hangings and stone carvings.
Primary activities include a guided boat and zodiac beluga tour; an exciting dog carting excursion; cultural tours of Fort Prince of Wales, the Churchill Eskimo museum and Parks Canada Interpretive Centre; and a half-day Tundra Buggy excursion into the Churchill Wildlife Management area to view the colorful and abundant flora and fauna of the arctic tundra, including the magnificent polar bear.
Day 1: Winnipeg Upon arrival into Winnipeg, make your own way to your hotel. Remainder of the day to explore Winnipeg on your own.
Day 2: Winnipeg > Churchill Our adventure will begin with an early morning flight out of Winnipeg to Churchill. Upon arrival we will set out on a Churchill & Area tour with afternoon stops at the Park Canada Interpretive Centre and Churchill's Eskimo Museum, which houses one of the most extensive Inuit Art collections in the world.
Day 3: Churchill Our first encounter with the beautiful beluga whales will take place on a three-hour boat tour on the Churchill River. We'll meander up and down the river beside the whale pods offering excellent photography opportunities. The boat tour includes a stop for a walking tour at the historically and architecturally significant Fort Prince of Wales. In the afternoon, we'll join a local dog musher for an exciting dog-carting excursion. Guests will have a chance to meet the dog sled team and learn about this important local tradition.
Day 4: Churchill Guests will start their day with a zodiac boat ride on the Churchill River. This gives guests a chance to get even closer to the beluga whales for incredible photographs and a unique view of the extraordinarily curious and friendly mammals. In the afternoon guests will experience the vast and colorful beauty of the Churchill Wildlife Management Area on a 6-hour Tundra Buggy ride. There will be plenty of photography opportunities as we travel through the tundra in search of the majestic polar bear.
Day 5: Churchill > Winnipeg We depart Churchill by air in the morning, arriving Winnipeg midday. Afternoon at leisure to explore Winnipeg on your own.
Day 6: Winnipeg Tour concludes with checkout from your hotel.
• 2 nights' accommodation Winnipeg • 3 nights' accommodation Churchill • Meals (3 breakfast, 1 lunch) • Return flights Winnipeg to Churchill • Transfers in Churchill • Churchill and surrounding area tour • Boat tour including Fort Prince of Wales • Beluga zodiac tour • Tundra Buggy excursion • Eskimo Museum • Parks Canada Interpretive Tour
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Jul 6, 13, 18, 25
Aug 1, 10, 17
Jul 6, 13, 18, 25
Booking conditions • Deposit of $1099 per person required
• Full payment required 90 days prior to departure
• Deposit of $1099 per person required • Full payment required 90 days prior to departure
Not included • Transfers to and from Winnipeg Airport
• Transfers to and from Winnipeg Airport
Gratuity Gratuities are not included and are at the guests discretion
Gratuities are not included and are at the guests discretion