Polar Bear Rover Adventure, Churchill Manitoba
CURATED ECO EXPEDITION
CURATED ECO EXPEDITION - POLAR BEAR ROVER ADVENTURE
This is an exclusive ThirdHome Group Eco Expedition onboard The Polar Rover to experience the natural tunda habitat of the Bears (with maximum attendance of 10-12 passengers). This journey has a set determined departure date along with specific excursions and regional opportunities that are planned for a private group. NO keys are required for this journey. Please refer to fees section in details below.
*** CAST YOUR VOTE FOR AN EXPEDITION DATE ***
Based on an overall "majority vote" from our members by an RSVP count from those who are interested in joining on a 2018 expedition with us, we will determine the final departure date. Please cast your vote for your preferred expedition date from below the 2018 options below ***
TENTATIVE THIRDHOME GROUP DATES for 2018:
ADVANCE RSVP NOW! Once a date is solidified, we will then communicate with each member and at that time a DEPOSIT will be required to confirm your spot on this expedition. Due to the exclusivity of this group expedition & limited availability - please RSVP to Liz Bates by JUL 31, 2017
ECO EXPEDITION: POLAR BEAR ROVER Itinerary in brief:
6 Nights / 7 Days
DAY 1: WINNIPEG, MANITOBA
Our Churchill polar bear expedition begins in Winnipeg. Once a fur-trading post and boom-town for the Canadian Pacific Railway, today Manitoba's capital is its 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 and orientation this evening.
DAY 2: WINNIPEG & CHURCHILL
Fly by chartered plane to Churchill this morning. This hospitable frontier town, originally a Hudson Bay Company fur-trading post, is our base for adventure. We will embark out onto 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 environs by our professional staff of naturalists and scientists. Overnight at the Tundra Lodge on wheels.
DAYS 3 & 4: POLAR BEAR VIEWING
Uniquely designed Polar Rovers are our mobile means for spending time among the bears. Though they are built to accommodate up to 35 passengers, we take a maximum of just 16, ensuring a small group experience so that everyone has a window seat. Our Expedition Leaders know the best places to observe polar bears, which congregate in the region each fall 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 vehicle, we may see mothers with cubs, young males play-fighting, or a lone bear ambling over the tundra in solitary majesty. Our knowledgeable Expedition Leader offers interpretation along the way, explaining the bears’ behavior and how they thrive in such a harsh environment. In the evenings, we'll meet for dinner and presentations on wildlife or local cultures. Overnight at the Tundra Lodge on wheels.
DAY 5: EXPLORING CHURCHILL & EVENING ON THE TUNDRA
On the 7-day trip we tour historic Churchill, then head out to the tundra for evening bear viewing and dinner aboard the vehicle. During the day we may visit explore the coast road en route to Cape Merry, where we often see Arctic fox and Arctic hare. 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 they are never predictable or promised, the auroral display often starts as a white glow in the northern sky, then begins to flicker and dance in shimmering curtains of color. 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 our flight back to Winnipeg. Overnight on the Tundra Lodge on wheels.
DAY 6: CHURCHILL & WINNIPEG
Our return flights are scheduled to depart in the mid- to late afternoon, to offer as much time as possible for exploring Churchill today. Pick up last-minute native-made handicrafts and souvenirs or, if time permits, take an optional helicopter tour over the tundra or an authentic dog sled excursion. We enjoy a farewell lunch in Churchill before flying back to Winnipeg, where we have a final reception before our adventure concludes. Overnight in Churchill standard hotel accommodations.
DAY 7: WINNIPEG DEPARTURE
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.
Northern Wilderness Sled Dog Excursion - An introductory sled dog excursion is available on your polar bear trip. Experience the thrill of gliding through the Borealis wilderness behind a team of working huskies on an exhilarating ride!
TO INQUIRE FOR MORE DETAILS & CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THIS EXPEDITION - please contact:
Liz Bates - Director of Travel & Concierge Services
* Images and photography are courtesy of Natural Habitat *
Single Family Home with 1 level
1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1 square feet
1 guest maximum
In lieu of the normal ThirdHome exchange fees, this private expedition journey is a full-pay travel option and the monetary cost will be quoted to the member upon inquiring. This journey does not require a specific number of keys.
Activities of Interest
Places of Interest
- Winnepeg & Churchill
- Polar Bear Tundra
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