Your Escorted Tour includes
- Round trip scheduled flights
- Accommodation for 6 nights as specified
- 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 5 dinners
- Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
- Services of a Tauck Tour Director
Northern Lights, Manitoba
Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Upon arrival, transfer to Inn at the Forks. Enjoy the evening at your leisure and relax before the start of your adventure.
Hotel: Inn at the Forks (no meals)
Discover why Manitoba’s capital city is often called the "Gateway to the West" during an afternoon sightseeing tour. The evening welcome cocktail reception and dinner is held at the Manitoba Museum, which houses artifacts donated by the famous Hudson’s Bay Company; one of the oldest commercial enterprises in the world. The highlight of the museum is Nonsuch; a replica of the 17th-century ship responsible for the founding of the Hudson's Bay Company in 1670.
Churchill's Cultural Heritage
An early private charter flight takes you to Churchill - 'Polar Bear Capital of the World'. This area is only accessible by boat, plane or train and has a population of only 950! Upon arrival take a guided tour which includes the village of Churchill. Located on the shores of Hudson Bay at the mouth of the Churchill River, Churchill is situated at the juncture of two eco-regions – the boreal forest to the south and the Arctic tundra to the north. This remote location allows a thriving Arctic wildlife population, including waterfowl, beluga whales, seals and polar bears. Your accommodation for the next three nights is at the Lazy Bear Lodge, the largest log building in Manitoba. It is built in a style reminiscent of the fur trade era, handcrafted from fire-killed logs. Dinner tonight is at the lodge.
The Polar Bears
This morning, visit the Eskimo Museum to view one of Canada's oldest, and most comprehensive collections of Inuit artifacts and sculpture. Indigenous peoples have lived here for centuries, and the museum displays one of Canada's finest collections of Inuit art and artifacts. Next you climb aboard a specially designed tundra vehicle for a full-day excursion into the heart of bear country in search of the magnificent Polar Bears. Each autumn, small groups of polar bears migrate from frigid inland locations to Churchill, the staging area for their winter food-hunting season, so this viewing is in their natural habitat. From the safety of your vehicle, you'll have unrestricted views of the bears as they go about their daily business. Your expert naturalist guide shares insights into the conservation efforts in place to protect these beautiful animals from environmental factors which threaten their survival. After dinner at the lodge this evening, a well-known arctic photographer gives a special presentation featuring his acclaimed work.
Today you have a second chance to explore the subarctic plains with a naturalist pointing out the local wildlife. White snowy owls with a wing span of up to five-feet perch on high, falcons cruise over bushes, white arctic foxes trot across the flats, all looking for unsuspecting prey. Warm up by the roaring fire back at the lodge this evening.
Your Manitoba experience continues with a closer look at the sport of dog sledding, a popular local pursuit in the Manitoba wilderness. You'll see a demonstration by dog trainers before climbing aboard a sled yourself for a ride with your canine drivers. After lunch, a private charter flight takes you back to Winnipeg for a final overnight stay and farewell dinner.
There may be time for some last minute solvenier shopping or sightseeing before you transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
From £5282 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.