This package is perfect for those with an adventurous spirit and who want the up-close encounter with a polar bear. On this amazing trip of a lifetime, you’ll have time to enjoy the charming town of Churchill while also having ample time out on the tundra buggies viewing the polar bears.
What is a Tundra Buggy, and why is it so popular with visitors to Churchill, Manitoba?
Simply put, Tundra Buggies are the best way to explore the Canadian arctic and see the wide variety of wildlife that inhabit the area. The polar bear has gained a lot of attention over the past few years due to a growing concern about the species' future. According to many experts, at least 5 of the world's 19 polar bear sub populations are disappearing. It is believed that human activities have led to an increase in annual, global temperatures. As a result, the sea ice that many bears call home has started to vanish. These findings are alarming, and many are feeling the urge to see polar bears in their natural habitat before it is too late. Luckily, Churchill, known as the "Polar bear Capitol of the World" and its surrounding area are used as migration paths for over 1,200 of these beasts. The Tundra Buggy offers tourists a chance to travel great distances and get a safe look at hundreds of these magnificent creatures.
Safety is key when in the presence of polar bears. Popular culture portrays the animal as cute and cuddly (think of Coca Cola's Christmas ads as an example). In all actuality, these are the world's largest land carnivores, and they can be extremely dangerous if approached without the proper precautions. Polar bears are neither territorial, nor overly aggressive. A well-fed bear will rarely attack a human. But if the animals are hungry (such as those that are migrating through Churchill to find a winter meal) they could act spontaneously.
The Tundra Buggy offers people safe passage through the Polar Bear's domain. The tires of the vehicle are heavily treaded and stand 5 and 1/2 feet tall. This ensures that the Tundra Buggy can move safely over arctic snow and ice and keeps passengers safely out of a polar bear's reach.
The body of the vehicle is very wide and allows people to get a clear view of their surroundings on either side. Guests are invited to stand on the open-air back end of the Tundra Buggy during stops. This allows you to safely get the closest view possible of a polar bear in its natural habitat.
Day 1 – Rapid City to Jamestown & points along the way – 460 miles
This morning our journey today begins as we depart the Black Hills and head east along I-90. The tour size is restricted to 12 passengers as we travel in the comfort of our 12 passenger Mercedes Sprinter. Regular rest breaks and meal breaks will be made along the way.
Overnight Jamestown area – Welcome Supper included today
Day 2 – Jamestown area to Winnipeg, MB – 320 miles
After breakfast we continue towards Winnipeg, Manitoba (Passports are required to enter Canada) and please have them ready for when we arrive at the border. Today we will arrive in Winnipeg and spend this evening in a comfortable hotel near the airport.
Overnight in Winnipeg – Breakfast included
Day 3 – Winnipeg to Churchill – Flight 2 hours
This morning we fly from Winnipeg to Churchill. On arrival we are transferred to our hotel and we can spend the rest of the day exploring First Nations culture. Suggested visits include the Itsanitaq Museum or visit the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre for an in-depth look at the history, wildlife and culture of Churchill. Enjoy a relaxing evening at our warm and welcoming Churchill hotel. (Please remember that accommodations in Churchill are basic but functional)
Overnight in Churchill – Breakfast included
Day 4 – Polar Bear Viewing from Churchill
This morning we board our Tundra Buggy, a specially designed vehicle made for polar bear research and viewing. Spend the day searching for wildlife – polar bears gather here along with many other arctic animals. This is why you’ve come to Churchill, so be sure to have your camera ready!
Overnight in Churchill – Breakfast included – Tundra Buggy Lunch
Day 5 – Churchill to Winnipeg – Flight 2 hours
Today we spend another exciting day today aboard a Tundra Buggy. If you didn’t catch that perfect photo yesterday, today is your second chance! This afternoon we return to Churchill, where you have some more time to explore before being transferred to the airport for an evening flight back to Winnipeg.
Overnight in Winnipeg - Breakfast & Tundra Buggy Lunch included
Day 6 – Winnipeg to Jamestown area – 320 miles
After our breakfast this morning we head south to the border (Passports required) and then back to Jamestown, ND. Comfort breaks and meal breaks will be made along the way.
Overnight Jamestown Area – Breakfast and Farewell Supper Included
Day 7 – Jamestown area to Black Hills, SD – 460 miles
After breakfast we head back to the Black Hills of South Dakota with comfort & meal breaks along the way.
Starts: Tuesday October 22nd 2019
Ends: Monday October 28th 2019
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