Belugas Bears and Blooms
Summer is the perfect time to visit Churchill, Manitoba! Thousands of belugas whales migrate into the Churchill River and the surrounding landscape erupts into colourful blooms. During the summer months of July and August, the Churchill River is home to thousands of beluga whales that migrate into the area to feed and give birth.
Day 1: Winnipeg Upon arrival into Winnipeg, make your own way to your hotel. Meet up with your Interpretive Guide and commence on your city tour of Winnipeg. Your tour includes the Infamous Manitoba Legislative Building, the historical Exchange District, a visit to Boniface, a French speaking community in the heart of the city and a stop at the Forks, Winnipeg's most celebrated public space and the spot where the Assiniboine River and Red River meet. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner.
Day 2: Winnipeg > Churchill An early morning flight to Churchill. Upon arrival into Churchill commence on your town and area tour visiting Cape Merry, the site of a crashed airplane affectionately known by locals as Miss Piggy and the Manitoba Conservation's Polar Bear Holding Facility. In the afternoon visit the Parks Canada Visitor Centre.
Day 3: Churchill Our first encounter with the beautiful beluga whales will take place on a Zodiac boat tour on the Churchill River Zipping up and down the river looking for pods of curious whales. We continue onto the Churchill's Itsanitaq Museum which houses one of the most extensive Inuit Art collections in the world.
Day 4: Churchill Today we head out onto the Churchill River again in search for more beluga whales by boat. Stopping for a walking tour at the historically and architecturally significant Fort Prince of Wales. Later we join a local dog musher for an exciting dog-carting excursion through the Boreal forest. Guests will have a chance to meet the dog sled team and learn about the importance of dog sledding in the northern culture and history.
Day 5: Churchill > Winnipeg This morning after breakfast, transfer to the Tundra Buggy Dock and board your Tundra Buggy. Head out to the tundra in search of summer polar bears, arctic foxes, hares and more types of plants and flowers than you can imagine growing in the north! In the afternoon spend time exploring Churchill on your own before transferring to the airport for your flight to Winnipeg.
Day 6: Winnipeg Tour concludes with checkout from your hotel.
• Interpretive guide • Maximum of 22 guests in your group • 2 nights' accommodation Winnipeg • 3 nights' accommodation Churchill • Flights Winnipeg > Churchill > Winnipeg • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners • City of Winnipeg Tour • Beluga Boat Tour and Zodiac Tour • Dog Carting • Full-Day Tundra Buggy Adventure • Churchill Activities
Pricing (per person) $NZD
16, 23 Jul
16, 23 Jul
Booking conditions Single Supplement - If you are travelling alone and would like a suitable roommate for your tour, we will make every effort to do so. If a roommate is not available, or you wish to have single accommodation (where available) a single supplement will be charged that reflects the additional cost incurred for a single occupied room.
Single Supplement - If you are travelling alone and would like a suitable roommate for your tour, we will make every effort to do so. If a roommate is not available, or you wish to have single accommodation (where available) a single supplement will be charged that reflects the additional cost incurred for a single occupied room.
Just to give you some feedback on our trip. The absolute highlight without doubt was the trip into Churchill as we did see polar bears despite that fact that we were actually too early for the season. Even the local guides were pretty excited by one of our experiences. We went out on a boat to see beluga whales. While we were heading out word came through that there could be a female polar bear and cub on the shore of Hudson Bay so we set out to see if we could find them. We did and were watching them hoping for some activity as they were sleeping on the shore. While we were there a lot of beluga whales came to see what we were up to. They were all round us and we could hear their communication through a microphone which was put into the water. One beluga played with the microphone. But ... behind us a male polar bear appeared in the water swimming his way up Hudson Bay. The beluga whales took the opportunity to swim around and under him, hassling him as they apparently do when polar bears are in the water. It was hard to know where to look! In all we saw 8 bears in 5 sightings (probably the same two on two occasions): three mothers with cubs and two lone males. Just magical!! Our diversion to Rankin Inlet when Churchill airport was closed by cloud turned out to be an advantage. The tour company did magnificently. Rather than have us stuck at Rankin Inlet Airport (in a small room, without enough seats and nothing in the way of food) for 10 hours they managed to find two buses and two local guys to drive us so we got a look around the area and met local Inuit people, saw (and bought!) their handcrafts. They also managed to arrange for a very nice lunch and dinner for us. Hats off to them!!! We would certainly recommend them to others.