Churchill Town & Tundra Experience with VIA Rail
The Churchill Town and Tundra VIA Rail Enthusiast tour includes a two-night train journey that winds through Manitoba and Saskatchewan to Churchill; a town only accessible by train or plane. You will spend time getting to know the wondrous charm of the town of Churchill, while also spending plenty of time on the tundra watching majestic polar bears, and other arctic wildlife, in their natural habitat.
Day 1: Winnipeg Upon arrival into Winnipeg, please make your own way to your accommodation. The remainder of the day is at leisure to Explore Winnipeg on your own. Evening meet and greet hosted by your guide.
Overnight at: Inn at the Forks
Day 2: Winnipeg Morning at leisure. This afternoon make your own way to the Via rail station across from your hotel to begin your first leg of the journey on Via Rail to Churchill
Depart Winnipeg 12:05 pm
Overnight: On board train
Day 3: On Board Via Rail Continue on journey from Winnipeg to Churchill with a long stop in Thompson
Overnight: On board train
Day 4: Churchill Upon arrival into Churchill at 9:00 am commence on your guided bus tour of local and historical points of interest surrounding Churchill, including such attractions as Cape Merry, Port of Churchill and Manitoba Conservation's Polar Bear Holding Facility (weather permitting). Visiting the Eskimo Museum. The museum contains one of Canada's finest collections of Inuit carvings, kayaks and artifacts dating from pre- Dorset, Dorset, Thule, and modern Inuit times. This evening enjoy a cultural presentation.
Day 5: Churchill Spend a full day on the Tundra Buggy.
The best way to experience an intimate encounter with a wild polar bear is on an authentic Tundra Buggy. All of our Tundra Buggies are furnished with dual-pane frost-free windows and contain propane heating systems that closely resemble a cozy fireplace, with real flame (behind glass). Each day, we depart early and board our world famous Tundra Buggies looking for polar bears and other wildlife out on the tundra. You will enjoy picnic style lunches and refreshments while you are bear watching.
Day 6: Churchill Enjoy a dog sledding excursion that is hosted by a local resident and dog sledding expert, you will learn about the history associated with dog sledding in Northern Canada. Enjoy an exhilarating ride behind a strong team of huskies on a custom-made sled (or cart, weather permitting). Join the musher's for hot chocolate and freshly made bannock after your ride and share their personal stories of their dog sledding adventures. After lunch, head over to the Parks Canada Intrepretive Centre, which has indepth displays that reveal the remarkable history of Churchill through wildlife dioramas and exhibits that protray the history of the fur trade in the area.
Day 7: Churchchill > Winnipeg After breakfast, the group will depart the lodge, participating on the last Tundra Buggy safari. Upon arrival at launch, transfer directly to the airport for an evening flight back to Winnipeg
Overnight at: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel
Day 8: Winnipeg Check outof your hotel and depart Winnipeg at your leisure
• Led by an Interpretive Guide • Medium size group • 2 Nights Winnipeg, 2 Nights on VIA Rail Train, 3 nights Churchill • VIA Rail Train Winnipeg to Churchill Private Cabin • One way flight Churchill to Winnipeg • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunchs and 6 dinners • Churchill activities and entrance fees • Two Full Day Tundra Buggy Adventures • Dog Sledding
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Departs 2017 Departures
Oct 9, 21, 30
Booking conditions • A non refundable deposit is due at time of booking.
• Final payment due 90 days prior to departure.
• A non refundable deposit is due at time of booking. • Final payment due 90 days prior to departure.