Polar Bear watching holiday, Canada

“Our only six day, tailor made polar bear watching holiday in Canada with everything included. Just pack your wildlife wanderlust, and a good camera.”

Highlights

Churchill | two days of polar watching safaris | dog sledding | aboriginal peopleís culture

Description of Polar Bear watching holiday, Canada

This polar bear watching holiday in Canada takes you to the little seaport of Churchill, in Manitoba. It lies on the shores of Hudson Bay, where polar bears come each October and November, ready for the cold weather that freezes the waters of the bay. Once this happens, the bears move onto the ice to hunt for seals.

We use a tundra buggy on this polar bear watching holiday, which is a safe and comfortable way to travel through the bearsí territory, providing lots of chances to see them up close, too. You will be staying in a hotel throughout, and polar bear watching is combined with other activities in Churchill, a small community with an interesting history and culture, for a perfectly balanced holiday.

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Departure information

This 5 night itinerary departs on various dates from 11 Oct - 3 Nov. Other departure dates, durations and tours are also available (Polar bear viewing is only possible in October & November)
Our top tip:
Hunting polar bears is still legal for certain Aboriginal Peoples. Donít be too quick to judge, but read up on this before you go.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
Standard hotels.
Included:
Flights, accommodation, all meals, acitvities, guides.
Solos:
Solos welcome. Surcharge for own room.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type

Tailor made holidays

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more individual trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments, with the flexibility to plan a trip at your own pace. Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips, with most services being provided on a private basis.

Responsible tourism

Polar Bear watching holiday, Canada

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

The operators of this trip strive to inspire their guests with quality wildlife and nature experiences in a sustainable and responsible manner, as well as sharing their experiences with wildlife enthusiasts the world over. As such, they set up the Polar Bear Cam on top of a Tundra Buggy to beam live images and video footage of polar bears onto the internet. This footage has also been aired by National Geographic.

Education: Each autumn the operator hosts polar bear researchers to conduct video-conferences with groups of students at zoos, and other educational institutions to spread polar bear awareness and the conservation message. In October 2004, a select group of students from around the globe took part in a Polar Bear Science Camp, intended to stimulate creative and critical thinking and to generate in the students "Ambassadors of the Arctic".

Human impact research: The operator sponsored a comprehensive, decade-long study conducted by Dr Jane Waterman of the University of Central Florida, designed to evaluate if any significant human impacts on Churchill's polar bear population exist as a result of ecotourism operations and, if so, what sorts of measures could be implemented to mitigate or minimize such impacts.

As a result of these actions the operator has been recognised with awards from The Travel Manitoba (Ecotourism / Sustainable Tourism Award 2004 & 2005), Polar Bears International (2004 Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award) and The Foundation for Ocean Research (2004 John Stoneman Award).

2 Reviews of Polar Bear watching holiday, Canada

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Reviewed on 04 Nov 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Being on the tundra with the bears

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Read the instructions you get before you go about clothing etc.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fascinating insight into the relationship between people, the environment they live in and how they accommodate some very intimidating wildlife

Reviewed on 06 Nov 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Watching the polar bears playing and posing for us.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Have a good camera.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Great experience.

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