Winnipeg is the gateway to the Cape Churchill region, and you'll fl y into Winnipeg to start your holiday. It is the capital of Manitoba, and where most state residents live. An old Aboriginal trading post before the arrival of Europeans, it's now a multicultural city, famed for its urban forests and parks. Hotel Fort Garry HIGH We use the elegant Hotel Fort Garry, one of the original and most characterful trans- Canadian railway hotels. It is the kind of hotel that has marble fl oors and a piano bar - it feels a little like a step back in time when you walk in. Facilities here include a fi tness centre and gym. Winnipeg 128 Polar Bears Polar bears are surely the most beautiful of the world's bears. Standing nearly two metres tall at the shoulder and weighing an average of 600 kilogrammes, the males are powerful and fearless. They are expert hunters with a highly acute sense of smell. they can detect a scent 32 kilometres away! They have no natural enemies and no fear. You may see young adult males play- fi ghting, solitary adult males lumbering across the tundra and mothers with young cubs. The interaction between polar bears in October and November is fascinating and your guide will ensure that you see and learn as much as possible. Fact! After dark you need to turn your eyes towards the sky since the Northern Lights are spectacular in this area, with the highest intensity of Arctic auroral activity said to occur over this region. Talk to an expert 0845 130 6982 Tundra vehicles All of our Polar Bear trips go out on the tundra in specially designed tundra vehicles with heaters and toilet facilities on board. Lunch and refreshments are provided on board too, to maximise your bear- viewing day. As well as bears you may also see Arctic fox, caribou, snowy owls and ptarmigan. With a maximum group size of 15, in a vehicle that can accommodate up to double this number, you will have ample room for viewing and photographing the bears.
Churchill Churchill is the ' Polar Bear Capital of the World' and the only human settlement where polar bears can be observed in the wild - it lies right in the bears' migratory path. Our tours here are planned for October and November, at the time of the annual migration towards the Cape Churchill area. The bears generally spend the summer along Churchill's coastline. As winter approaches they begin to move towards the Cape, which is where the sea freezes over fi rst and as soon as the ice is thick enough, the bears head north where they spend the winter hunting. lorem tellus. Churchill hotel MID The hotels we use in Churchill will be small, clean and functional ( they are not luxurious!). They are however warm and comfortable with en- suite facilities, and close to the town's amenities. Hospitality here is good, providing a good base for a polar bear adventure. lorem tellus. Tundra Lodge MID Tundra Lodge is unique - a remarkable mobile hotel that is placed in an area of high bear density at the beginning of the Polar Bear season. It has 32 rooms ( although group sizes are limited to a maximum of 28) and each room is a single compartment. There are shared shower and toilet facilities as well as a lounge and dining area from where you can observe bear activity while relaxing in Tundra Lodge's modest surroundings. During your time spent on the tundra you will have unparalleled opportunities for polar bear viewing. Inquisitive bears often approach the lodge which is equipped with rows of windows and observation decks to accommodate your own curiosity. This unique location, combined with the opportunity for half- day excursions around the tundra in an on- site tundra vehicle, affords some of the best possible wildlife experiences in the Churchill area. Early booking is strongly recommended for the Tundra Lodge trips due to their huge popularity and the limited availability of space. THE AMERICAS | CANADA Or visit us on the web www. wildlifeworldwide. com129 ITINERARY Day 1 Depart London for Winnipeg ( via Toronto) and transfer to the graceful Hotel Fort Garry for your fi rst night's accommodation ( D) Day 2 After fl ying to Churchill, you'll spend four days in the arctic wilderness, looking for polar bears. Staying in the Tundra Lodge affords you wonderful chances to be close to the bears ( BLD) Day 6 Return to Winnipeg and your original base at Hotel Fort Garry ( BL) Day 7 Depart for the UK ( B) Day 8 Arrive home Departure dates 11 Oct - 18 Oct 2010 15 Oct - 22 Oct 2010 19 Oct - 26 Oct 2010 23 Oct - 30 Oct 2010 27 Oct - 3 Nov 2010 31 Oct - 7 Nov 2010 4 Nov - 11 Nov 2010 8 Nov - 15 Nov 2010 12 Nov - 19 Nov 2010 ( Dates subject to change) Flight inclusive cost per person From £ 4595 Single room supplement From £ 175 What's included Flights ( fl ight inclusive package only), transfers, meals as indicated, two nights hotel accommodation and four nights in the Tundra Lodge Tour code WCLA Max group size 28 TUNDRA LODGE ADVENTURE Highlights . Total immersion in the world of the polar bear . Stay overnight in the arctic wilderness . Excursions in tundra vehicles, to get even closer! This is an extraordinary adventure to see polar bears. You'll stay in the Tundra Lodge, a mobile hotel that moves around the arctic tundra, according to the highest bear density at the beginning of the polar bear season. Staying in the icy wilderness at night is a real treat - where else can you watch the sunset across the snow in the home of the polar bear. Your excursions during the day will be in the tundra vehicles, so you can get close to these amazing creatures. This is complete immersion into the world of the polar bear! GROUP TOUR