Oh Canada: Polar Bear Tours
CHURCHILL, MANITOBA, CANADA – Following closely the arrival of migrating polar bears in far northern Manitoba in October and November are nature lovers who enjoy watching the spectacle. The humans are completely taken by these endlessly fascinating creatures of the wild.

Come autumn, you’ll find polar bears in their native habitat, gathered in large numbers along the water’s edge on the shores of Hudson Bay near Churchill, Manitoba. There, on the edge of town, they anxiously wait for the sea ice to form. Once the bay freezes over, the bears move out onto the ice where they will spend the winter.

Meanwhile, there is a splendid window of opportunity—from mid-October to mid-November—to observe these magnificent creatures first hand. The Great Canadian Travel Company, widely recognized as North America’s leading expert on travel to the arctic, has been operating polar bear watches since 1980 and offers a variety of trips to accommodate available travel dates and tight budgets.

You’ll observe polar bears up close and in total comfort and safety aboard a giant tundra vehicle, specially designed to permit visitors to get close enough to observe and photograph migrating bears.

Because the bears are so popular, bear-viewing tours tend to sell out quickly. The Great Canadian Travel Company is offering a selection of three, five, six and seven-day polar bear tours this fall.

The company’s classic six-day, five-night “Kingdom of the Ice Bear” program features departures that coincide with the peak migration season. This program is priced at $3,810 per person (based on double occupancy) and includes accommodations, round-trip airfare between Winnipeg and Churchill, and most meals. This tour is escorted by a naturalist guide. Available departures are scheduled for October 21, 26, 29 and November 3, 7, 10.

If you’re short on time, you can book a place on the three-day, two-night “Bear Country Adventure”. This program gives you the opportunity to “pop in on a polar bear” with a brief getaway totally different from anything else you’re likely to experience. It provides round-trip airfare between Winnipeg and Churchill, a full day excursion tracking bears in the tundra vehicle, two nights’ accommodation in Churchill, and most meals. Cost is $1975 per person (based on double occupancy) with available departures October 19, 25 and November 2 and 16.

There is also a special five-day, four-night tour which features rail travel from Winnipeg to Churchill, with air return (or vice versa). This program is priced at $1875. Contact the operator for departure dates for this air/rail program.

Other polar bear trips available this fall include a specialist-guided seven-day “Polar Bear Photographers Tour” priced at $6,195 (departures October 28 and November 1 and 8); and a seven-day guided “Tundra Lodge Adventure” priced at $6,695 (seven departures in October and November).

Reservations and additional information available from The Great Canadian Travel Company, 800-661-3830, www.greatcanadiantravel.com. The URL for the Polar Bear programs is http://www.greatcanadiantravel.com/tours/polar-bear-tours/.

Price From: $1,875
Via: GreatCanadianTravel.com