Polar Bear Tundra Adventure Churchill, Manitoba-Hudson Bay, Canada
Polar Bear Tundra Adventure Churchill, Manitoba-Hudson Bay, Canada November 2-7, 2015 Special Price! $4,999 Per person Double through January 21, 2015!
Come experience the best arctic wilderness adventure that Hudson Bay, Canada offers. Join your friends at Happy Trails Tours as we embark on a tour of a lifetime to see the Polar Bears in Churchill, Manitoba! Not only will this tour give you a polar bear experience but you‘ll also enjoy an area tour of Churchill that includes the Polar Bear Jail and Cape Merry. The Lazy Bear Lodge is the newest of the properties in Churchill and the atmosphere lends itself to the entire theme of the tour! Please read on to see what Happy Trails Tours is offering in this six day Polar Bear Tundra Adventure.Prices
$5489 Per Person Double or Triple
(Based on 10 travelers / 5 rooms) There are no price breaks for three people in a room. We may have single travelers willing to share a rooms so please let us know if you are interested in a double occupancy room. You won’t be in those rooms very much except to sleep and the savings can be substantial. Rooms are limited in Churchill. Availability is based on first-come, first-served.
Call for Registration Form 800-635-7779 or 218-744-4159
Your Polar Bear Tour Includes the Following:
Round-Trip Transportation from Duluth, Iron Range & Grand Rapids to Winnipeg, Manitoba
Round-Trip Airfare from Winnipeg to Churchill, Manitoba (Calm Air)
Round-Trip Shuttles to and from the airports (Both Winnipeg & Churchill)
Two Nights Lodging in Winnipeg (BW Charterhouse Inn downtown)
Three Nights Lodging at the Lazy Bear Lodge in Churchill
Ten Meals: 5 Breakfasts, Three Dinners, Two Lunches
Two Full Days on the Arctic Crawler Coach in Search of Polar Bears
Cultural and Heritage Tour . Polar Bear Jail . Historic Cape Merry . Eskimo Museum
A 3 Hour Dog Mushing Tour and a 2-3 Mile Run
Luggage Handling (except at the airport)- All US & Canadian Taxes
Deposits: $500 is due with registration and is non-refundable. 2nd deposit of $1000.00 is due January 20, 2015 and is also non-refundable. A third deposit of $1000.00 (Non Refundable) is due April 10, 2015. Balance is due August 10, 2015 (Non-Refundable). There is a $200 penalty applied to transfer or name changes. Should a cancellation occur, your airline ticket may be refunded as a credit voucher and used the following year.
Payment Methods: All payments must be made by personal check, money order or bank draft. No credit cards, please. The Lazy Bear Lodge does not accept any credit cards for group reservations. Credit cards are welcome for personal incidentals at the Lazy Bear Lodge once you are there but not for any payments.
Minimum/ Maximum People: We can go with as little as 10 travelers – at this time, 12 people is our max. Seating on the airplane and the polar bear tundra vehicles is limited as well.
Reservations:Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and seats are limited. Rooms are limited. We can only block 6 total rooms at the Lazy Bear. Confirmation of travelers and rooms to the Lazy Bear Lodge will be confirmed as they come in and non-refundable. Any refunds due to personal cancellations will have to go through your travel insurance.
Travel Protection Insurance: Travel protection insurance is HIGHLY recommended. Note: All monies paid on this tour are non-refundable. Insurance not only offers financial security but also peace of mind. Travel protection insurance also covers loss due to weather related causes that could affect our flight or travel plans.
Itinerary Day 1: November 2 -Early morning boarding in Duluth, Iron Range and Grand Rapids as well as, Sartell, Rice, Little Falls and Brainerd. Specifics on boarding (as to time and place) will be announced later. Because we generally have around 10-14 people on this tour, we will use a smaller motor coach type vehicle chartered through the Trobec Bus Company. This day is dedicated to traveling to Winnipeg with overnight lodging at the lovely BW Charterhouse Inn. They have an amazing restaurant where you can get dinner tonight. (All meals on your own today) NOTE: Our friends from central Minnesota will ride a round-trip shuttle vehicle the same day of departure and meet the group in Bemidji.
Day 2: November 3 -Breakfast included this morning. (Exact time we’ll leave Winnipeg for Churchill is pending on the airline schedule – and will be announced in late-September.) Board our shuttle ride to the Winnipeg Airport. We’ll fly on Calm Air directly to Churchill. Time and flight numbers are yet to be announced. Upon our arrival to Churchill, the hotel will pick us up from the airport and bring us to the hotel. Our lodging for the next three nights is the Lazy Bear Lodge. (www.lazybearlodge.comDinner is included tonight at the Lazy Bear. Folks may select off a limited menu. (Breakfast and Dinner included today)
Day 3: November 4 and Day 4: November 5 -Breakfast is included each morning at the lodge. Spend two full days on the tundra in search of the majestic polar bear. Each day you’ll explore more of the Hudson Bay coastline with a driver/guide who will lead you through our wildlife viewing area in search of arctic fox, arctic hare, camouflaged ptarmigan and, if you are lucky, the snowy owl and the gyrfalcon. Our tours will be spent on the comfortable Arctic Crawler tundra vehicle as we set out in search of bear. The Arctic Crawler is equipped with a propane furnace, bathroom facility, and a rear viewing deck so you can safely stand outside while photographing. Although we can accommodate as many as 40 on our tundra vehicle, we limit our group sizes to a maximum of 30 for your comfort and convenience. (Bring ample batteries for your camera & charger) One of your days on the tundra vehicle, you may travel just below the tree line in the boreal forest. On tundra viewing days we depart from the lodge at 8:00 a.m. A hearty lunch, hot drinks and snacks are always included. (2 Breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners)
Day 5: November 6Enjoy your breakfast this morning before enjoying one more day in Churchill before returning to Winnipeg. Cultural and Heritage Tour: A cultural and heritage tour will take you to historic Cape Merry, where the Churchill River spills into the bay, and several sites and short hikes along the coastline await our arrival. Cape Merry: Named after the 1712-1718 Deputy Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company, John Merry, Cape Merry is bounded by the Churchill River and the Hudson Bay. It has a wealth of history and natural beauty you won't want to miss. Polar Bear Jail: One way the citizens of Churchill care for their polar bear friends is to actually put them in "jail." When someone spots a polar bear too close to town, they call a special phone number, and the bear is humanely trapped and placed in the Polar Bear Jail until it can be safely transported back to the wild. You'll see the jail firsthand and learn about its amazing history as part of the tour. We’ve also include the Eskimo Museum…the largest number of Inuit artifacts in the world. (Please note: Our tours in Churchill may occur on different days than what is listed, but this is how it was done on our last tour to see Polar Bears and it all worked out quite well) In the late afternoon, we'll get ready to fly to Winnipeg. Our shuttle will bring us to the airport for our Calm Air flight. Time and flight numbers are yet to be announced. Upon landing in Winnipeg, our motor coach will be there to pick us up and shuttle us to the BW Charterhouse Inn . The rest of your evening can be spent at your leisure. (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Day 6: November 7 -Breakfast this morning is included - with a morning departure for home. Sit your seats back and relax as our driver brings us back home to Minnesota. This day is dedicated to travel with stops made as needed for meals and rest-stops. Winnipeg is 6 ½ hours driving time to Grand Rapids - not counting any stops, road conditions, or other delays. Estimated arrival to Gr Rapids is 6:30 pm; Hibbing is 7:15 pm ; Virginia is 7:45 pm; Eveleth is 8:15 pm; Duluth is 9:15 pm. Our friends from the central MN area will arrive home to Baxter area @ 8 pm; Little Falls @ 9:00 pm; Rice at 9:15 and Sartell @ 9:30 pm. (Breakfast included)
Changes: We reserve the right to adjust this schedule for the benefit of all traveling. If a change of hotel, restaurant or an attraction occurs, we’ll replace it with one of equal value or better. As always… we’ll inform you of any changes as we learn of them. Remember weather can play a part on seeing the bears. In 2010 we saw well over 50+ bears in the wild! There are about 1500 bears in Churchill so it’s not likely we won’t see them. The guides know right where to go! We also have TWO full days in search of bears…. one along the coastline and the other inland.
Disclaimer: Happy Trails Tours acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, theater, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Happy Trails Tours, INC and their respective employees, agents, representatives accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other default of any company or person in performing these services. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws or other causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of country in which they are provided. Happy Trails Tours INC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours/trips arranged by Happy Trails Tours. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.