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Observing Polar Bears up close from the Tundra Buggy
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Seeing the many natural and cultural heritage specimens at the Itsanitaq Museum
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Viewing the starkness of the Churchill landscape and of Hudson Bay
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Trying dog-sledding for the first time
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Photographing gorgeous sunsets and sunlit clouds

Polar Bears of Churchill

Oct 27 - Nov 01, 2022

6 days | Canada | Alumni Expeditions

This tour is presented by the alumni associations of the University of Alberta, the University of Saskatchewan, Western University, McMaster University, McGill University, and York University. All are welcome!
 
Every autumn, a large number of Polar Bears gather on the shores of Hudson Bay waiting for the ice to form, impatiently milling about like passengers stranded at an airport. Many of them end up in the Cape Churchill area, about 25 kilometres from the northern town of Churchill. As soon as the bay freezes, the bears will leave the tundra and move out onto the ice to hunt Ringed Seals. But until the bears go back to their solitary ways, it is possible for groups of people, protected by specially designed all-terrain vehicles, to get safely within a few metres of these mammoth white creatures.
 
Our annual Polar Bear tour will be based in Churchill, Manitoba, the Polar Bear Capital of the World. We have reserved a Tundra Buggy® for two full days, so we can observe and photograph these great bears in safety and comfort as they interact with one another. We will visit the town of Churchill and will explore the boreal forest where we hope to see Red and Arctic Fox, Arctic Hare, Canada Jays, and Willow and Rock Ptarmigan. We will be lodging at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, a state-of-the-art facility which has recently completed a major renovation in celebration of 35 years of research and education. The Centre conveys a warm community feel and is located just a stone’s throw from our Tundra Buggy launch site!
 
Your host, Polar Bear expert Dr. Marty Obbard, provides riveting interpretation and context for our observations and rare insight into the behaviours of these amazing creatures.
Alumni Expeditions Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
C$6095 + 5% GST
Group Size:
12 - 18 participants

What’s included: 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; ground transportation in Churchill; most meals; park and museum entrance fees in Churchill; gratuities of C$150; services of Quest naturalist leader Dr. Marty Obbard

"You can't miss with an expert like Marty Obbard." Phyllis D.
"A well run trip" - Carolyn. B.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive Winnipeg
2Fly to Churchill, to the Northern Studies Centre and explore local area
3Up close with Polar Bears by Tundra Buggy®
4Learn about dog mushing, go on an exhilarating Tundra Dog Sled ride with huskies
5Enjoy a second day in the Tundra Buggy®, observing Polar Bears and more
6Fly to Winnipeg and depart Winnipeg
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Your Tour Leader

Martyn Obbard is an emeritus research scientist and the former resident bear biologist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and adjunct professor at Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario). His field work focused on Polar Bears and Black Bears, and he has published many papers detailing the demographics, genetics, and movements of these species.

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Alumni Expeditions Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
C$6095 + 5% GST
Group Size:
12 - 18 participants

What’s included: 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; ground transportation in Churchill; most meals; park and museum entrance fees in Churchill; gratuities of C$150; services of Quest naturalist leader Dr. Marty Obbard

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