On arrival at Winnipeg you will be met by your zoologist escort and local guide who will drive you to your first nights accommodation, level – boutique hotel (Hotel Fort Garry). This hotel has been a Winnipeg landmark since 1913 and is superbly positioned for you to spend the rest of the day exploring the nearby Forks or the vibrant Exchange District. Our evening meal will be at our accommodation or a nearby restaurant.
Today after breakfast we will leave Winnipeg and fly even further north to Churchill with Calm Air. When we arrive our new local guide will meet us and transfer us to our accommodation, level – Arctic lodge / Eco-lodge (Bear Country Inn). This afternoon you will explore the cultural and historical side of Churchill and visit attractions like Cape Merry and the Polar Bear Compound. Lunch will be taken in one of the many cafes in Churchill and our evening meal will be a real welcome to the far north with local delicacies like Arctic Char available in the accommodation.
Today after our breakfast we will have our first glimpse of the beluga whales as they gather in the mouth of the Churchill River. The freshwater water helps them moult their skin and rid themselves of parasites. The boat tour will last around three hours and in this time we will be treated to the sights and sounds of the belugas. There can be thousands of them here along the banks of the Hudson Bay at this time of year and the noise they make is enchanting. They are called the sea canaries of the north and the hydrophone on the boat will enable you to listen in. The boat will make a stop at the historic Fort Prince of Wales which makes for outstanding photographs. The afternoon will allow you time to visit some more sites in Churchill like the world famous Gypsy Bakery and the Eskimo museum. Our evening meal will be either our accommodation, level – Arctic lodge / Eco-lodge (Bear Country Inn) or a local restaurant.
Arctic Wildlife Management Area
After breakfast today we will use a Tundra Buggy to enter the rarely visited Wildlife Management Area. Here we have a great chance to spot some very interesting Arctic animals such as ptarmigan, Arctic foxes, snowy owls and sometimes caribou and even polar bears. Although polar bears are rare here in the summer they can be seen if you keep a keen eye for them. Once again our evening meal will be either our accommodation, level – Arctic lodge / Eco-lodge (Bear Country Inn) or a local restaurant.
After breakfast we will head on to the water once again. This is a brilliant and very special chance to get up close and personal with the most curious of all whales. We will have two hours to snorkel with the beluga whales. We will head out into the bay on a small boat and once we locate a pod of the beluga whales we will slip into the water and hold onto the rope which is towed behind the boat as we move along with the whales. There is no snorkelling experience needed and we wear Arctic wet suits which keep you very warm. Being underwater you will hear and see the whales as they come very close to you check you out. Our well deserved evening meal will be back at our accommodation, level – Arctic lodge / Eco-lodge (Bear Country Inn) or a local restaurant where we will share experiences of this once in a lifetime experience!
Early this morning we will be joined by an expert birder who will take us out on a half day birding trip to find some of the very rare Arctic birds such as short-eared owls, Ross gull, Arctic terns and 200 more. Lunch and our evening meal will be either at our accommodation, level – Arctic lodge / Eco-lodge (Bear Country Inn) or a local restaurant.
Today is our last chance to get up close to the beluga whales as we get into our kayaks and join a pod on their terms. There is no previous kayaking experience needed as we do not go very fast and there is a boat with us in case of any accidents. Paddling alongside the beluga is an amazing experience and they genuinely seem more interested in you than you do in them as they scan you with one eye and then flip to scan you with the other. We will once again enjoy our evening meal in either at our accommodation, level – Arctic lodge / Eco-lodge (Bear Country Inn) or a local restaurant.
After breakfasts we have our last chance to get on the water as we aim to find the Floe Ice (subject to the ice conditions) most of the ice has melted by now but we may have the chance to go through the huge pieces of ice as they break away from each other and begin to melt. This can make on of the most spectacular pictures you will ever take, especially if we spot a polar bear or one of the many Arctic seals on a piece of ice. After this trip we will be transferred to the airport to catch our return flight to Winnipeg where we will stay overnight in the same accommodation as day one, level – boutique hotel (Hotel Fort Garry). Our evening meal will be here or a local restaurant as we look back over the last week.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your return flight home.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.