Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group, Private

Classic Polar Bear Adventure (7 days)

Natural Habitat Adventures

Winnipeg, Canada To Winnipeg, Canada

Valid for Departures: 14 Oct 2020 - 19 Nov 2020

Classic Polar Bear Adventure (7 days)

Day 2

Winnipeg / Churchill, Canada

Day 6

Churchill—Dog Sledding / Winnipeg, Canada

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Winnipeg, MB Canada
Hotel Fort Garry Dinner

Our Churchill polar bear tour begins in Winnipeg. Once a center of fur trade and a Canadian Pacific Railway boomtown, today Manitoba's capital is a cultural and commercial center at the eastern edge of Canada’s vast prairies. Transfer to the historic Fort Garry Hotel, grande dame of Winnipeg hospitality and one of the city’s most prestigious landmarks. Meet your Expedition Leader at a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 2
Winnipeg / Churchill, MB Canada
Churchill Hotels Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Fly by chartered plane to Churchill this morning. This hospitable frontier town, originally a Hudson's Bay Company fur trading post, is our base for adventure. On the 6-day trip we head to the tundra this evening for our first glimpse of the bears, though we often see them from the bus as we leave the airport, even before boarding our Polar Rover. Our 7-day trip opens with an evening presentation on polar bears and the northern environment by our professional naturalist staff.

Day 3
Churchill, MB Canada
Churchill Hotels Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Custom-built Polar Rovers are our mobile means for spending time among the bears. Though they can accommodate up to 35 passengers, we take a maximum of 16, ensuring everyone a window seat and plenty of space. Our Expedition Leaders know the best places to observe polar bears, which congregate each fall in the region as they wait for Hudson Bay to freeze, signaling the start of the winter seal-hunting season. As we watch them interact, we're delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. From the warmth of our big vehicle, we may see mothers with cubs, young males play-fighting, or a lone bear ambling over the tundra in solitary majesty. Our Expedition Leader interprets all we observe, explaining the bears’ behavior and how they thrive in such a harsh environment. In the evenings, we meet for dinner and presentations on wildlife and local cultures.

Day 4
Churchill, MB Canada
Churchill Hotels Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Custom-built Polar Rovers are our mobile means for spending time among the bears. Though they can accommodate up to 35 passengers, we take a maximum of 16, ensuring everyone a window seat and plenty of space. Our Expedition Leaders know the best places to observe polar bears, which congregate each fall in the region as they wait for Hudson Bay to freeze, signaling the start of the winter seal-hunting season. As we watch them interact, we're delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. From the warmth of our big vehicle, we may see mothers with cubs, young males play-fighting, or a lone bear ambling over the tundra in solitary majesty. Our Expedition Leader interprets all we observe, explaining the bears’ behavior and how they thrive in such a harsh environment. In the evenings, we meet for dinner and presentations on wildlife and local cultures.

Day 5
Churchill, MB Canada
Churchill Hotels Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

On the 7-day trip, we tour historic Churchill, then head out to the tundra for evening bear viewing and dinner aboard the Rover. During the day we may explore the coast road on a drive to Cape Merry, often spying Arctic fox and Arctic hare. Keep a close eye out for them, as their winter-white coats offer excellent camouflage later in the season when the ground is white. If the skies are clear, our nighttime tundra excursion might reveal one of nature’s most exhilarating experiences—a chance to view the northern lights away from the glare of town. Though never predictable or promised, the auroral display often starts as a pale glow in the northern sky, then the lights begin to flicker and dance in shimmering curtains of color, most typically green but occasionally red or violet. On the 6-day trip (your nighttime tundra journey takes place on Day 2), there’s free time in Churchill or an opportunity for an optional helicopter excursion over the vast expanse of frozen tundra before boarding the flight back to Winnipeg.

Day 6
Churchill—Dog Sledding / Winnipeg, MB Canada
Fort Garry Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Our return flight to Winnipeg is scheduled to depart mid- to late afternoon, offering as much time as possible for exploring Churchill today. A highlight this morning is an authentic dog sled ride. We meet a local musher and his team, spending time with the lively and affectionate dogs before taking turns riding behind them on an exhilarating trot through the boreal forest. If time permits, you may be able to pick up last-minute locally made handicrafts or take an optional helicopter tour over the tundra before we depart. We'll have a farewell lunch together before flying back to Winnipeg, where a final reception concludes our adventure together.

Day 7
Winnipeg, MB Canada
None Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.

Please note: On the 6-day trip, our sled dog excursion takes place on Day 5 with a return to Winnipeg that afternoon, and flights home scheduled for Day 6. On the 7-day trip, the nighttime tundra trip occasionally alternates between Day 4 and Day 5. Itineraries may vary slightly, but inclusions are the same.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Adventure
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

The World’s Most Coveted Small-Group Polar Bear Expedition

When you're standing on the outdoor platform of our Polar Rover, the chill Arctic air feels invigorating. But even more thrilling is the sight of a huge polar bear. Sometimes they are silhouetted against the horizon, slowly moving shadows on the vast expanse of tundra. On other occasions, one may wander right up alongside us. Safely elevated above him, you’re nonetheless just feet away as you peer down at his shaggy, cream-colored bulk. Noticing us, he stops, sniffs and turns his face our way, curious. Awed, we draw in our breath, surrounded by the silence of the tundra. The big bear ambles, then halts again. He rises on his haunches to peer at us more deliberately. We grin like kids, filled with delight. We watch. We wonder. Minutes go by, perhaps an hour, who knows? Out here among the bears, time stands still. Join us in Churchill for one of nature's most wondrous wildlife encounters!

Look for Wild Polar Bears

On our flagship polar bear trip, meet the world’s greatest concentration of these Arctic carnivores as they wait for Hudson Bay to freeze and seal hunting season to begin

Custom Tundra Vehicles

With huge windows and see-though steel mesh flooring on the outdoor observation platform, our custom Polar Rovers get you safely close to view polar bears in their wild habitat

Experience Northern Culture

Meet a local musher and his team, experience an authentic dog sled ride through the boreal forest, and enjoy cultural presentations from Churchill residents

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations, services of Nat Hab's professional Expedition Leader(s) and assistants, Polar Rover excursions, dog sledding excursion, evening wildlife and cultural presentations.

  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on final day, cold-weather gear including a parka and boots during your trip, most gratuities, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day.

  • All activities and entrance fees, all taxes, permits and service fees. Round-trip private charter flights from Winnipeg to Churchill.

Not Included

  • Travel to and from the start and end point of your trip, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees (if any), optional activities, items of a personal nature.

  • Airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes (if any), optional travel protection and medical evacuation insurance.

About Us

Natural Habitat Adventures has been a leader in responsible adventure travel & ecotourism since 1985. From our world-class polar bear tours in Churchill to our small-group Galapagos cruises, from Alaska grizzly bear adventures to African safaris, our professional guides reveal the world’s most extraordinary nature sites. As Conservation Travel Partner to World Wildlife Fund and the world's first 100% carbon neutral travel company, we offer eco-conscious expeditions from Antarctica to Zambia with a multitude of adventures in between!

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HIghly recommended

By: wh


Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2013

Fabulous, fabulous trip to the Galapagos. Every detail perfect. Guides exceptional. A trip we will never forget.

Belize

By: Bobbie


Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2014

We had a wonderful trip to Belize with NatHab.  We stayed in gorgeous places and had the best guide anyone could hope to have. We would definitely go with NatHab again.  Everyone in our group of 10 had been on many trips with them.  This was our first, but definitely not our last.
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Bemis

Well run operation!

By: CTAH


Reviewed on: 16 Nov 2015

We were very impressed at how NatHab ran the trip. All details were covered and everything went like clockwork. Our guide, Brad, was very knowledgeable and helpful to all. He made sure everyone was well taken care of and all needs were met. We would definitely recommend NatHab!
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Kellogg

Incredible Trip & Organization

By: Torie


Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2016

Both hotels we stayed in were great. I have some allergy restrictions and all of the food provided was outstanding and they took such great care of me. My expedition leader was fantastic. He was so passionate about his job, he was friendly and funny and always went out of his way to make sure everyone was happy and safe. The most important part, the trip itself, was everything I wanted it to be. Even though it was much warmer than it was suppose to be, between the 3 days on the rover, we saw 35 bears. We even saw 3 different kinds of fox and some snowy owls. It was quite the magical experience, especially for a Floridian. The lectures after each day were also very nice. The trip was organized and fun and I'd recommend it to everyone.
Travel Advisor:  Doria Gomez

Tanzania safari

By: Franz


Reviewed on: 18 Feb 2017

Actually we worked with East African Safari Ventures which was fantastic!
Travel Advisor:  Janie Bullard

Natural Habitat Adventure

By: Carla


Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2017

This is my 2nd or 3rd trip with NatHab and there will be many more. Professional staff, kind, knowledgeable and always there to please everyone on the trip. A great group.
Travel Advisor:  Barbi Lazarow

Greenland

By: Tammy


Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2017

I can't even begin to explain how amazing this trip was. Our guides were so knowledgeable, caring and fun. I loved the staff too! It's incredible that a basecamp was set up in such a remote area. Words can't describe the experience. All I can say is, "wow"!
Travel Advisor:  Honey Mistry

NatHab is top-notch at a reasonable price.

By: Al S


Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2017

Excellent. This was my eighth NatHab tour, and i have enjoyed them all. they carefully represent the physical level required, describe the food and accommodations accurately, all the while finding the best wildlife viewing opportunities.
Travel Advisor:  Anne Johnson

Greenland

By: greenland


Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2017

Excellent! I felt very taken care of.
Travel Advisor:  Terri Netzel

Polar Bears, Churchill Manitoba.

By: Vicki & Malcolm


Reviewed on: 13 Nov 2017

Amazing, above and beyond what we'd dreamed of or expected. Tour Guide Teresa Whipple, driver Lindsay and Rover driver Michael....excellent staff for NatHab. They all are people persons, and full of knowledge, caring and great fun.
Travel Advisor:  Coleen Noble

Exceptional tour

By: rb


Reviewed on: 28 Dec 2017

The tour leader was conscientious, thorough, pleasant to deal with, and provided a great tour experience.
Travel Advisor:  Paula Kay Eastham

Secluded Botswana

By: Cathey


Reviewed on: 28 May 2018

We were very pleased with Natural Habitat Adventures ( Nat Hab). We were met at the airport in Johannesburg. From that time on we were always met and ushered through each country's system. Our accommodations met or exceeded our expectations. The meals were very good. Our expedition leader Francis was very knowledgeable about both birds and animals. He could track wild life from the vehicle while driving along, and then go off road to find it. He was friendly and helpful. Our tour coordinator Olivia was wonderful. Her cheerfulness, helpfulness and kindness were greatly enjoyed. We saw lots of animals including everything we expected to see. It was great trip.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Hough

Borneo

By: Borneo


Reviewed on: 11 Sep 2018

Natural Habitat does an amazing job taking clients into remote areas and educating them on conservation and nature. Their leaders are amazing.
Travel Advisor:  Terri Netzel

NatHab Could not have done a better job

By: Kdg


Reviewed on: 22 Sep 2018

Great guides, well paced itinerary, good value. Will do more with this company. Way exceeded my expectations.
Travel Advisor:  Meg Harrison

Safari

By: Liz


Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2018

For the most part everything went off without issue but we never heard from the company during our month long trip to see if things were going well. We travelled to 6 different countries and many flights and road transfers. Would have been nice to hear from the organizers of the trip.
Travel Advisor:  Natasha Rhodes

Polar Bear Experience

By: DaveB


Reviewed on: 23 Nov 2018

Good expedition, deliveried on Polar Bears in their own habitat. Were able to experience and important event in a Polar Bear's lives- migation back to the pack ice.
Travel Advisor:  Gay Johansen

Polar Bears in Churchill

By: Mary


Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2018

This was a wonderful trip. All our guides and helpers were incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. We had a great time and learned many things too.
Travel Advisor:  Amy Rectenwald

Polar Bear Trip

By: Deb


Reviewed on: 30 Nov 2018

They had all aspects of our trip covers. Top notch guides great acommodations. We were well taken care of,
Travel Advisor:  Amy Rectenwald
Not Recommended

should not have gone

By: sunsfanatic


Reviewed on: 07 Dec 2018

went on Town and Tundra adventure to see polar bears. cold came in early and all polar bears left before we got there so we wound up seeing 2 arctic hares and a red fox (which we have by our house). Wind chill was -50 each day. No heat in sleeping rooms in Tundra lodge, just some heat in the hallways. Have to go outside in -50 wind chill to get to lounge car and/or dining room, and to bathroom if you are in lounge car or dining. Only one of the 4 days did they use 2 rover vehicles where there were only 16 in each as advertised so everyone could have a window---maybe because there was nothing to see anyway. The night before we got a phone call from Nat Hab saying if we cancelled we would get a 50% credit on another trip. In retrospect we should have cancelled and eaten the other 50%. Not even a lecture on polar bears.Pre trip day in Winnipeg was excellent.. Charter plane flight better than expected.
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Africa Safaris Fall 2018

By: Cosmo bucket list


Reviewed on: 26 Jan 2019

Natural Habitat did an excellent job of organizing one month of African Safaris for us. Working with one operator proved to be the correct way to go and everything worked seamlessly. We travelled through 7 countries which translates to lots of connections and planning. The private conservancies were definitely the way to go to get the up close encounters with the animals. The conservancies use of local guides and giving back to the development of the local communities was great to see. The remote mobile Asilia Camps were well run and some of our favourites.
Travel Advisor:  Natasha Rhodes

Natural Habitat Adventures, Whale Shark Tour

By: Dave


Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2019

This tour included unforgettable close encounters with whale sharks and (unplanned) manta rays. In addition, NHA provided opportunities for me to witness many other forms of wildlife as well as unique geologic features. For someone who’s interested in natural history, this tour exceeded my expectations. I felt very fortunate that Fernando, one of the tour leaders, happened to be a birder. While only two in the group (including me) shared this interest, Fernando made a special effort to take me aside and point out a great many bird species, most of which I’d never seen. His expertise and consideration added greatly to my overall experience.
Travel Advisor:  Diana Gardner

Great operator

By: Heidi D


Reviewed on: 15 Aug 2019

Fantastic guides, perfect accomodation, very attentive and pro.

Travel to the Pantanal

By: Leslie


Reviewed on: 12 Aug 2019

I am always happy to travel with Natural Habitat. You pay a little more and it is so worth it!
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

In the end, everything was perfect

By: SAI


Reviewed on: 25 Aug 2019

Our guide, Zapa, was fabulous. We learned from him, we had a great time with him, and by the end, we all felt like family. Nat Hab made one mistake, but went out of their way to fix it, and in the end, it was a perfect trip.
Travel Advisor:  Jane Rosenkrantz

Brwon Bears of Alaska

By: Leslie


Reviewed on: 13 Oct 2019

This was a photography tour and we were fortunate to have several Natural Habitat guides join us. They were all excellent photographers and were very generous with their advice. I have taken several Natural Habitat trips but I like the photographer trips best.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

For eco travel they are the best

By: Cindy G


Reviewed on: 13 Nov 2019

We have travelled with Nat Hab several times now. If you want to travel to a place and get a good dose of culture and history, but a really in depth understanding of ecology and wildlife biology, as well as have optimum wildlife interactions and viewing, you cannot do better than Nat Hab. They are simply the best.
Travel Advisor:  Ashley Newhaller

If you want to learn/see nature, go with NatHab

By: Karen


Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2019

Love the format of this company’s trip. Small groups, very knowledgeable guides and customer focused.
Travel Advisor:  Meg Harrison

Escape the Real World and see the Polar Bears!

By: Nancy


Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2019

My husband and I loved the NHA tour to Churchill to view the Polar Bears. Given that it was affiliated with WWF, we felt they had the best interest in preserving the sanctity of the polar bears' environment and knew just what to do to allow us to observe the animals yet not interfere. We loved taking a one week trip that felt so relaxing b/c we decided to completely unplug. Since we were so remote, in such a different environment, and because wifi and cell service is spotty, we completely disconnected. Best thing we ever did on a vacation. We will do that more often now, but it's natural up on the edge of the Arctic!
Travel Advisor:  Karen Upchurch

Churchill

By: Traveller


Reviewed on: 05 Nov 2019

Phenomenal. This company employed local people. They spread the money across the town by using a different eating establishment each day. Local folk were on hand for talks about the area. Our leader went out of his way to make the northern experience an unforgettable one. Definitely more than 5 star!
Travel Advisor:  Randy Raphael

Good

By: Luisa


Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2019

Very well organized.
Travel Advisor:  Paddy Graetz

Polar Bears in Churchill

By: Leslie


Reviewed on: 02 Dec 2019

I have traveled with natural Habitat several times. I particularly enjoy the photography trips because the trip leaders are always very helpful.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

Uganda gorilla trip

By: Bkl


Reviewed on: 21 Dec 2019

Overall the trip was outstanding and amazing. Our guide, Richard de Gouevia, was nothing less than amazing in his guidance and photography knowledge. This trip was advertised as a photography gorilla trek and Richard did not disappoint. His knowledge of photography was mind boggling and he was not a afraid to share that knowledge with the group. He was a wonderful, unexpected asset on this trip. My only concern with this trip were the air arrangements. Information given to them was not added to the ticket. But a great trip!
Travel Advisor:  Brenda Staben

Mexico Monarchs

By: Alice


Reviewed on: 19 Jan 2020

Everything was perfect
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Iceland

By: Koba


Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2020

Well organized. Great food. Interesting trips and events. Open bridge. Friendly staff. Experienced and knowlegable guides.
Travel Advisor:  Neelam Dwivedi

Met Expetcations

By: Mike


Reviewed on: 11 Mar 2020

Natural Habitat did a good job of planning our trip although I thought the detailed itinerary could have been improved to eliminate some tedious time in the van. ON the other hand the staff, leaders, and other personnel were outstanding.
Travel Advisor:  Linda de Sosa