Polar Bears of Churchill

Churchill, Canada, is known as the polar bear capital of the world! Each fall, about 1,000 of these fascinating creatures congregate around this seaport town while they wait for wintertime’s sea ice to form over the Hudson Bay. Join us on an unforgettable adventure to be part of this extraordinary annual phenomenon—with the special opportunity to observe, photograph and learn about these magnificent Lords of the North.


Dates: October 21 – 26, 2024

Deposit: $500

Land Only (transfers not included):$7,995

Please note, all prices are for a standard, double room unless listed otherwise.

Your Tour Price Includes:

  • 5 nights in ideally situated and comfortable accommodations
  • Round-trip airfare between Winnipeg and Churchill
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches (2 are picnic-style), and 4 dinners, including a special private welcome reception and three-course dinner at Assiniboine Park Zoo
  • Full guiding services of an Orbridge Expedition Leader and a local naturalist
  • All excursion transportation and entry fees
  • All gratuities
  • Airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested time
Travel Dates: October 21 – 26, 2025

Tuesday, October 21, 2025

Upon arrival to Winnipeg Richardson International Airport an Orbridge representative will assist with your transfer to the hotel.

This evening meet with fellow travel companions for a special reception in Assiniboine Park Zoo’s underwater viewing tunnels where polar bears and seals swim in crystal clear waters above the tunnel walkways. Adjourn to the Aurora Borealis Theatre for a three-course dinner with wine served during a Northern Lights display. After dinner enjoy a presentation on the magnificent polar bears.

Accommodation: Fort Garry Hotel & Spa


Wednesday, October 22, 2025

Check out of the hotel this morning followed by the group flight to Churchill. Transfer to Lazy Bear Lodge in time for lunch at the café.

Afterward set off on a guided Cultural and Heritage Tour to visit the town’s waterfront, Miss Piggy Plane Crash, Polar Bear “Jail” and Cape Merry. Return to the lodge to check in, unpack and familiarize yourself with the property.

Accommodations: Lazy Bear Lodge


Thursday, October 23, 2025

This morning head out into the stark and beautiful landscape aboard Lazy Bear’s Arctic Crawler™ for a guided wildlife excursion. Your expert naturalist will provide insight on the Arctic tundra’s wildlife, vegetation and ecosystem. Have your camera ready as photography opportunities are plentiful.

After lunch visit the well-known local Itsanitaq Museum to learn more about the indigenous population and its rich history and culture.

Accommodations: Lazy Bear Lodge


Friday, October 24, 2025

Today enjoy a second opportunity to observe and photograph polar bears. Take advantage of the Arctic Crawler’s™ large viewing deck and its tall windows. Participate in field presentations and interpretations by your Orbridge Expedition Leader and local guide. Appreciate the scenery and search for wildlife, perhaps catching sight of the arctic hare, snowy owl, ptarmigan or arctic fox living in this rugged area.

Later meet an energetic team of sled dogs and their experienced handler. Learn about these industrious canines and the important role they play in the heritage of this remote region. Then bundle up for your own exciting dog sled experience.

Accommodations: Lazy Bear Lodge


Saturday, October 25, 2025

After breakfast continue to the Churchill Northern Studies Centre to gain insight into the unique arctic ecosystem and the environmental research in progress. Enjoy lunch at the Centre then transfer to the airport for the charter flight to Winnipeg.

This evening gather with fellow travel companions one final time for a farewell reception to celebrate the exciting week exploring Churchill.

Accommodations: The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel


After breakfast make the short walk from the hotel to the airport for flights home.


B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner


Fort Garry Hotel & Spa, Winnipeg, Canada/ Day 1

After an exciting day of exploration, retire to this landmark property in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, featuring high-tech amenities and a modern mix of contemporary style and Old World elegance.

Lazy Bear Lodge, Churchill, Canada  / Day 2-4

This remarkable, handcrafted log lodge will provide cozy comfort during your stay. The friendly staff and scenic surroundings make this property memorable. Get cozy in the comfortable lounge and feast on homemade northern cuisine at the Lazy Bear Café.

Lodge rooms are small, but cozy, with limited counter and storage space for belongings. Each room has two double beds, one luggage rack, one small clothes rack, a small desk, one small nightstand, and a small bathroom shelf large enough to hold a few small items. We recommend packing light and carefully utilizing available space.

Additional lighting sources in the lodge rooms are limited. Consider bringing a small portable reading lamp or flashlight if you prefer stronger light.

The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel, Winnipeg, Canada / Day 5-6

Located next to the Winnipeg airport terminal, this boutique property provides beautifully appointed accommodations and thoughtful amenities. The hotel’s restaurant, Blue Marble, uses locally produced ingredients to create an unforgettable dining experience

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