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Travel one way by overnight train and one way by air for a visit with Churchill’s famous polar bears known to many locals as the lords of the arctic. With a friendly expert guide, you spend two days on a specifically designed Tundra Buggy watching polar bears in their natural habitat. Time off the tundra is spent exploring the town, the Itsanitaq Museum and the Parks Canada Interpretation Centre. Experience the best of everything Churchill has to offer.


8 Days / 7 Nights

Arrive Winnipeg → 1 night Winnipeg → 2 nights VIA Rail → 3 nights Churchill → 1 night Winnipeg → Depart Winnipeg


  • Close-up polar bear encounters

  • Overnight journey through the arctic tundra by train

  • Watching polar bears from the comfort of a Tundra Buggy

  • Exciting activities to enjoy in the Canadian Arctic



Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized trip plan for you that matches your travel style, schedule and budget.

Day 1 – Arrive in Winnipeg
After checking in to your hotel, spend the day exploring the city. Head over to the Manitoba Museum, which has nine galleries displaying historical artifacts or to the Forks, a funky market which is one of the city’s most popular gathering places.

Overnight in Winnipeg.

Day 2 – Board VIA Rail
Today you board VIA Rail’s train from Winnipeg to Churchill. Watch the scenery change from wooded forests to plains to tundra as you leave the city and make your way North. The diverse scenery is breathtaking.

Overnight onboard the train.

Day 3 – Train Journey North Continues
Spend a quiet day riding the rails across Manitoba. This is a full day onboard the train and is a great opportunity to meet your fellow travelers. The scenery becomes more arctic and barren, and the feeling of crossing such a vast landscape is quite incredible.

Overnight onboard the train.

Day 4 – Explore Churchill
Your train arrives in Churchill this morning. You’re sure to get a good introduction to this community with a town and area tour. A visit to the Itsanitaq Museum will offer insight into the lives of the first settlers of the region. In the evening, a local will talk about the culture, history, and wildlife of the Churchill area.

Once you learn more about these fascinating and lovable creatures who inhabit the north, you’ll be anxious to get out and see them!

Overnight in Churchill.

Day 5 – Polar Bear Viewing by Tundra Buggy
Spend the full day in a Tundra Buggy with a knowledgeable guide, viewing polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. The Tundra Buggy guides know just where to go, and with hundreds of bears congregating in anticipation of the ice forming on the Hudson Bay, there are plenty of bears at rest and at play to spot.

Overnight in Churchill.

Day 6 – Dog Sledding Experience
Before heading out on your dog sledding excursion, you will enjoy a visit to the Parks Canada Interpretive Center, where you’ll learn more about the history, wildlife, and culture of the Churchill area. Then meet your dog team. Learn about their lives and histories, and then take on the wild tundra mushing your very own team! A real highlight on Canada vacation packages in the north.

Overnight in Churchill.

Day 7 – Return to Winnipeg
Spend the day onboard a Tundra Buggy and enjoy your last sight of the polar bears and Arctic wildlife. This evening fly back to Winnipeg and check-in to your hotel for a one-night stay.

Overnight in Winnipeg.

Day 8 – Depart from Winnipeg
Much too soon, your Canada vacation ends as you check-out from your hotel this morning and depart Winnipeg.

Note: Please note that the order of activities in Churchill may vary.


2020 Trip Start Dates
October 12, 21, 28
November 2, 9


Prices of this trip vary by departure date, hotel class and the choice of activities. Request your quote to check availability or to book this trip.

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