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    Manitoba Saskatchewan

    The great outdoors beckons in both Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and there’s so much to explore. Rolling prairies, aboriginal heritage, abundant wildlife and warm hospitality define the heartlands of Canada. Golden Saskatchewan, with its swaying wheat fields, is brimming with history, whilst Manitoba is a vibrant province and, is home to Churchill, renowned as the polar bear capital of the world.

    • Churchill, Hudson Bay, Manitoba

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    • Regina, Saskatchewan

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    • Polar Bears, Churchill, Manitoba

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    • Winnipeg, Manitoba

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    • River Landing, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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    • Waskesui Lakes, Saskatchewan

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    A Haven for Wildlife

    Saskatchewan boasts two national, three provincial and 110 regional parks, which are teeming with birds as well as white-tailed deer, moose, beaver, black bear, otters and, in the Churchill River area, bald eagles. Get up close whilst hiking or biking on dry land or take a boat or kayak on one of the many rivers and lakes. With 10,000 lakes in Manitoba, there’s a host of water-based activities, including white-water rafting, fishing and wilderness paddling, with a chance to see moose, elk, Arctic fox and caribou. Manitoba’s Churchill tundra beckons for an unforgettable experience viewing the mighty Great White Bear, more familiarly known as the polar bear.

    Outlaws and Pioneers

    Southern Saskatchewan’s Big Muddy Lake region was home to the outlaw Butch Cassidy. Visit cave hideouts where stolen horses were hidden and explore the network of tunnels under the streets of Moose Jaw, used by gangsters and bootleggers during the 1920s prohibition era. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Academy offers a fascinating insight into the history and work of the famous Mounties, while the Western Development Museums in Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Yorkton and North Battleford pay tribute to Saskatchewan’s early pioneers and immigrants. Manitoba’s original inhabitants came from six different nations, leaving a rich legacy, best appreciated at the Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site and Manitoba Museum.

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  • Manitoba: Polar Bear Adventure

    Begins and ends in Winnipeg, Manitoba

    7 Days / 6 Nights

    Departures: October and November

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    Your Escorted Tour includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 6 nights as specified
    • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Polar Bears

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    • Northern Lights, Manitoba

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    Day 01

    Arrive Winnipeg

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Upon arrival, transfer to Inn at the Forks. Enjoy the evening at your leisure and relax before the start of your adventure. 

    Hotel: Inn at the Forks (no meals)

    Day 02

    Winnipeg

    Discover why Manitoba’s capital city is often called the "Gateway to the West" during an afternoon sightseeing tour. The evening welcome cocktail reception and dinner is held at the Manitoba Museum, which houses artifacts donated by the famous Hudson’s Bay Company; one of the oldest commercial enterprises in the world. The highlight of the museum is Nonsuch; a replica of the 17th-century ship responsible for the founding of the Hudson's Bay Company in 1670.

    Hotel: Inn at the Forks (Dinner included)

    Day 03

    Churchill's Cultural Heritage

    An early private charter flight takes you to Churchill - 'Polar Bear Capital of the World'. This area is only accessible by boat, plane or train and has a population of only 950! Upon arrival take a guided tour which includes the village of Churchill. Located on the shores of Hudson Bay at the mouth of the Churchill River, Churchill is situated at the juncture of two eco-regions – the boreal forest to the south and the Arctic tundra to the north. This remote location allows a thriving Arctic wildlife population, including waterfowl, beluga whales, seals and polar bears. Your accommodation for the next three nights is at the Lazy Bear Lodge, the largest log building in Manitoba. It is built in a style reminiscent of the fur trade era, handcrafted from fire-killed logs. Dinner tonight is at the lodge. 

    Hotel: Lazy Bear Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 04

    The Polar Bears

    This morning, visit the Eskimo Museum to view one of Canada's oldest, and most comprehensive collections of Inuit artifacts and sculpture. Indigenous peoples have lived here for centuries, and the museum displays one of Canada's finest collections of Inuit art and artifacts. Next you climb aboard a specially designed tundra vehicle for a full-day excursion into the heart of bear country in search of the magnificent Polar Bears. Each autumn, small groups of polar bears migrate from frigid inland locations to Churchill, the staging area for their winter food-hunting season, so this viewing is in their natural habitat. From the safety of your vehicle, you'll have unrestricted views of the bears as they go about their daily business. Your expert naturalist guide shares insights into the conservation efforts in place to protect these beautiful animals from environmental factors which threaten their survival. After dinner at the lodge this evening, a well-known arctic photographer gives a special presentation featuring his acclaimed work.

    Hotel: Lazy Bear Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 05

    Arctic Wonderland

    Today you have a second chance to explore the subarctic plains with a naturalist pointing out the local wildlife. White snowy owls with a wing span of up to five-feet perch on high, falcons cruise over bushes, white arctic foxes trot across the flats, all looking for unsuspecting prey. Warm up by the roaring fire back at the lodge this evening.

    Hotel: Lazy Bear Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 06

    Dog Sledding

    Your Manitoba experience continues with a closer look at the sport of dog sledding, a popular local pursuit in the Manitoba wilderness. You'll see a demonstration by dog trainers before climbing aboard a sled yourself for a ride with your canine drivers. After lunch, a private charter flight takes you back to Winnipeg for a final overnight stay and farewell dinner.

    Hotel: Inn at the Forks (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 07

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute solvenier shopping or sightseeing before you transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £5282 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

  • Hudson Bay Odyssey

    Winnipeg

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    • Polar Bears of Churchill

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    • Churchill Tundra Buggy

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    The magnificent polar bear is one of the world’s most magical creatures. Growing up to eight foot from nose to tail and weighing up to 1,300lbs, they hold a colossal presence in nature. Adapting to life in a cold climate, their black skin is hidden beneath a thick layer of water-repellent, translucent fur, keeping them insulated from the extreme temperatures, and their unique paws function as snow shoes with claws which have evolved to aid in climbing steep icy banks. Solitary by nature, Polar Bears wander the ice alone, with the exception during the breeding season.

    Churchill, Manitoba is renowned as the ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World’. Nestled on the Western shore of Hudson Bay 650 miles north of Winnipeg, every autumn bears gather along the waters edge anxiously waiting for the sea ice to form. This ice field will be home to the bears for the winter, providing a relatively safe environment that is rich in food.

    Observing the polar bear is a once in a lifetime experience, and must be conducted under professional supervision to protect the welfare of the bears and their natural environment.

    Duration: 7 days/6 nights

    Begins and ends in Winnipeg

    Day 1

    Explore Winnipeg at leisure, before joining your fellow travellers and adventure specialist for dinner.

    Day 2

    Today you commence your expedition with a flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, then on to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge; one of Canada's most exclusive polar bear viewing properties. Enjoy a guided hike exploring the coastline in search of the ‘Great Ice Bear’ before discussing life in Canada's Arctic over dinner.

    Days 3, 4 & 5

    This experience is centered on the magnificent polar bear, so your time at the Lodge will be spent viewing the magnificent creature on morning and afternoon excursions. Dinner is enjoyed each evening, offering opportunity to discuss the days’ sights with fellow travelling companions.

    Day 6

    After flying back to Churchill, the remainder of the day is at leisure to see the sights or take an excursion tour. Your flight back to Winnipeg will take place this evening.

    Day 7

    Your adventure finishes following a delicious breakfast in Winnipeg.

    Departures Winnipeg, from August to September

    Prices

    From £6319 per person based on two adults sharing a standard room. Includes flights from Winnipeg, 6 nights accommodation and meals shown.

    This tour is often taken as a component of a longer itinerary; therefore international flights are not included.

    Great Ice Bear

    Winnipeg

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    • Tundra Buggy

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    • Polar Bears

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    The magnificent polar bear is one of the world’s most magical creatures. Growing up to eight foot from nose to tail and weighing up to 1,300lbs, they hold a colossal presence in nature. Adapting to life in a cold climate, their black skin is hidden beneath a thick layer of water-repellent, translucent fur, keeping them insulated from the extreme temperatures, and their unique paws function as snow shoes with claws which have evolved to aid in climbing steep icy banks. Solitary by nature, Polar Bears wander the ice alone, with the exception during the breeding season.

    Churchill, Manitoba is renowned as the ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World’. Nestled on the Western shore of Hudson Bay 650 miles north of Winnipeg, every autumn bears gather along the waters edge anxiously waiting for the sea ice to form. This ice field will be home to the bears for the winter, providing a relatively safe environment that is rich in food.

    Observing the polar bear is a once in a lifetime experience, and must be conducted under professional supervision to protect the welfare of the bears and their natural environment.

    Duration: 7 Days/6 Nights

    Begins and ends in Winnipeg

    Day 1

    Explore Winnipeg at leisure, before joining your fellow travellers and adventure specialists for dinner.
    Dinner included

    Day 2

    Today you fly from Winnipeg to Churchill, then on to Dymond EcoLodge; one of Canada's most exclusive polar bear viewing properties. Enjoy a guided hike before discussing life in Canada's Arctic over dinner.
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

    Days 3 & 4

    Time at the Lodge will be spent viewing the magnificent polar bears on guided walks, with plenty of photo opportunities and expert staff on hand to answer questions. In the evenings you'll enjoy dinner, informative lectures and perhaps dazzling displays of the Northern Lights.
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

    Day 5

    Following an aerial tour back to Churchill, the remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this frontier community. Choose to see the sights, join a helicopter tour or perhaps try dog sledding.
    Breakfast and dinner included

    Day 6

    Wake early this morning for a spectacular journey across the ice in a tundra vehicle. Expert guides will take you up-close to the polar bears - a wonderful finale to this extraordinary adventure. This evening fly back to Winnipeg.
    Breakfast and lunch included

    Day 7

    Enjoy breakfast before making your way to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
    Breakfast included

    Departs Winnipeg, from October to November

    Prices

    From £6319 per person based on two adults sharing a standard room. Includes flights from Winnipeg, 6 nights accommodation and meals shown.

    This tour is often taken as a component of a longer itinerary; therefore international flights are not included.

    Birds, Bears and Belugas

    Winnipeg

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    • Polar bears of Churchill

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    • Churchill Belugas

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    • Polar bear within the flora and fauna

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    • Enjoy a variety of guided tours

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    The magnificent polar bear is one of the world’s most magical creatures. Growing up to eight foot from nose to tail and weighing up to 1,300lbs, they hold a colossal presence in nature. Adapting to life in a cold climate, their black skin is hidden beneath a thick layer of water-repellent, translucent fur, keeping them insulated from the extreme temperatures, and their unique paws function as snow shoes with claws which have evolved to aid in climbing steep icy banks. Solitary by nature, Polar Bears wander the ice alone, with the exception during the breeding season.

    Churchill, Manitoba is renowned as the ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World’. Nestled on the Western shore of Hudson Bay 650 miles north of Winnipeg, every autumn bears gather along the waters edge anxiously waiting for the sea ice to form. This ice field will be home to the bears for the winter, providing a relatively safe environment that is rich in food.

    Observing the polar bear is a once in a lifetime experience, and must be conducted under professional supervision to protect the welfare of the bears and their natural environment.

    Duration: 8 days/7 nights

    Departs and ends in Winnipeg

    Day 1

    Explore Winnipeg at leisure, before joining your fellow travellers and adventure specialists for dinner.

    Day 2

    Today it’s a flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, before journeying onward to Seal River Heritage Lodge, where you stay for the next five nights. Experience a guided tour of the breathtaking Hudson Bay Coast before enjoying dinner.

    Days 3, 4 & 5

    Over these days, expect to see hundreds of whales on during a marine tour, experience the sheer vastness of the Arctic’s flora and fauna on a walking tour and see the Hudson Bay on a custom made Tundra Tracker - or perhaps even by sea kayak. If you prefer to observe at a distance, partake in the wildlife photography sessions, photo presentations and lectures, the bird watching with an expert guide or simply relax by the fireplace with a hot drink.

    Day 6

    Following an aerial tour back to Churchill, the remainder of the day is at leisure to explore. Your flight south to Winnipeg takes place this evening.

    Day 7

    Your adventure comes to a close following a delicious breakfast in Winnipeg.

    Departs Winnipeg, from July to August

    Prices

    From £6900 per person based on 2 adults sharing a standard room. Includes flights from Winnipeg, 7 nights accommodation and meals shown.

    This tour is often taken as a component of a longer itinerary; therefore international flights are not included.