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Take a Zodiac ride surrounded by curious Belugas
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Explore the Hudson Bay coast at low tide
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Watch the aerial acrobatics of Arctic Terns at close range
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Photograph breeding shorebirds, ducks and Pacific Loons
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Search for Arctic Foxes and Arctic Hares among wildflower-filled tundra

Churchill in Summer

The Hudson Bay coast around Churchill springs to life in late June with the onset of the short sub-Arctic summer. We have planned our trip to coincide with the mass congregation of Beluga whales in the Churchill River Estuary, the peak of breeding season for birdlife and tundra wildflower blooming.

There’s nowhere else on Earth where you can get so readily close to the curious and highly sociable Beluga. On our two boat and zodiac excursions, great photos are almost guaranteed, and we’ll have the added bonus of hearing the bizarre clicks, squeaks and whistles of echolocating Belugas through underwater hydrophones. Belugas can also be seen during coastline walks, which we’ll enjoy, especially at low tide when shorebirds like the handsome Hudsonian Godwit take advantage of the expanded feeding territory. Arctic Terns swoop and dive nearby, ever vigilant of antagonistic Parasitic Jaegers. Gaudy Common Eiders and Long-tailed Ducks are easily observed just offshore.

Our tundra excursions take us into prime breeding territory for several shorebirds where we’ll witness behaviours and vocalizations rarely exhibited during migration. Elegant Whimbrels, Stilt Sandpipers, and American Golden-Plover are special sights, along with Red-necked Phalaropes and Pacific Loons in small lakes and ponds.

While hiking the tundra, we’ll be ever on the lookout for Willow Ptarmigan, Arctic Foxes and Arctic Hares. In their summer finery, these resident animals can blend remarkably well with the surrounding tundra, which bursts into colour as tiny, yet hardy, wildflowers come into bloom.

Just south of the adjacent treeline of the Boreal forest, resident Gray Jays and Spruce Grouse breed alongside summer visitors like Blackpoll and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

This small group tour with like-minded inquisitive travellers allows an enriching visit to the gateway to the Arctic at a time when the land and waters are at their annual peak of life and activity under 18 hours of full daylight.
Quest Nature Tours Birding

Canada | 6 days
Quest Nature Tours

Dates:
Jun 29 - Jul 04, 2018
Cost:
C$3774.75 (Incl. C$200 gratuities and 5% GST)
Group Size:
10 - 18 participants

Includes:
Hotel accommodation in Winnipeg for one night based on double occupancy, roundtrip airfare from Winnipeg to Churchill, single-sex quadruple rooms in Churchill at Churchill Northern Studies Centre, gratuities for services provided by Quest, ground transportation in Churchill, meals as described in the itinerary, park entrance fees in Churchill, services of Quest naturalist leader Ian Shanahan. Gratuities of C$200 and 5% GST are included. 

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in Winnipeg
Day 2: Flight to Churchill, begin exploring
Day 3: Boating among Belugas in the Churchill River Estuary
Day 4: Breeding birds, mammals and tundra wildflowers
Day 5: Belugas by zodiac; boreal forest birds
Day 6: Evening flights to Winnipeg, depart
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Your Tour Leader

Ian Shanahan guides throughout Canada and internationally from the Tropics to the Arctic. Over 13 seasons as an interpretive naturalist in Ontario’s Presqu’ile and Algonquin Parks, his initial passion for birds spread to all life forms. Now, Ian captures his nature explorations through writing, sketching and photography.

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Quest Nature Tours Birding

Canada | 6 days
Quest Nature Tours

Dates:
Jun 29 - Jul 04, 2018
Cost:
C$3774.75 (Incl. C$200 gratuities and 5% GST)
Group Size:
10 - 18 participants

Includes:
Hotel accommodation in Winnipeg for one night based on double occupancy, roundtrip airfare from Winnipeg to Churchill, single-sex quadruple rooms in Churchill at Churchill Northern Studies Centre, gratuities for services provided by Quest, ground transportation in Churchill, meals as described in the itinerary, park entrance fees in Churchill, services of Quest naturalist leader Ian Shanahan. Gratuities of C$200 and 5% GST are included. 

WHAT THEY SAY:

"The tundras come alive in the summer!"

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