Polar Bear Tours
Tours and Tour Operators in Churchill, Manitoba
The typical visit to Churchill during polar bear season includes two days on the tundra buggies, a dogsled tour, helicopter tour and town & area bus tour. Other attractions often included in the itineraries are a visit to Parks Canada Visitor Centre and the Eskimo Museum.
If you are travelling to Churchill for bear season and are not a seasoned independent traveller, I would strongly recommend booking with one of the main tour providers. They offer charter air service and pretty much take care of everything. However, if you want a little adventure, book a trip up on the train stay for about a week – you will need to meet some locals in the first couple days or you will get a little bored – and explore Churchill. I would recommend a trip to the Royal Canadian Legion around five pm.
In the summer, visitors usually join the whale watching/Prince of Wales Fort boat tour and then add another day of sea kayaking or snorkelling with the beluga whales. Summer itineraries usually include a town & area bus tour, a walk-about town and sometimes a half-day trip on a tundra buggy. Walking tours of the west peninsula of the Churchill River are now being offered and are highly recommended.
It is a lot easier to travel to Churchill independently in the summer. Call ahead to book a snorkelling adventure or zodiac but other than that, I would still just show up and see what happens. But that’s me.
Here is a list of tour companies serving Churchill Manitoba:
Polar Bear and Wildlife Viewing
Seal River Lodge – Located fifty miles north of Churchill, this remote lodge specializes in eye-level polar bear viewing and photography tours. Highly recommended by Polar Bear Alley… www.churchillwild.com
Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge ChurchillWild’s most southerly lodge located near the mouth of the Nelson and Hayes Rivers. Near the summering area of western Hudson Bay’s polar bears, specializing in mothers and cub viewing during the summer months. www.nanukpolarbearlodge.com
Dymond Lake Lodge – Dymond Lake is a 15 minutes flight north of Churchill. This ChurchillWild Lodge provides a great overview of the sub-arctic, its landscape, wildlife and, of course, polar bears. Tour includes a day on the Tundra Buggies as well. http://www.churchillwild.com/adventures/great-ice-bear-adventure
Great Canadian Travel – Manitoba-owned adventure travel company offering polar bear tours and Churchill summer packages. www.greatcanadiantravel.com
Tundra Buggy Adventure/Frontiers North – Largest tundra vehicle company offering polar bear tours in Churchill. www.tundrabuggy.com
Lazy Bear Lodge Tours – Group packages and day-trips. In summer, bus tours, boat tours to view whales and visit Prince of Wales Fort, kayaking, snorkelling. Also, features the Lazy Bear Tundra bus tours to view polar bears in the fall. www.lazybearlodge.com
Town and Area Tours/Day-Hikes
Nature 1st Tours – Day tours, bus and hiking. Specializing in birding tours and nature walks. Group bookings, polar bear security and step-on guide service available. www.nature1sttours.ca
North Star Tours – Churchill’s original tour company. Specializing in town and area tours by bus.