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Polar Bears of Churchill
Additional tours are being offered on the following dates:
November 3 - November 8, 2012 NEW
Activity Level: Mildly Active
Come face to face with the world’s largest land carnivores—on their own turf! The remote seaport town of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, becomes “polar bear central” in October and November when the bears return and wait for the Hudson Bay to freeze. This yearly ritual offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to observe and photograph a species whose very survival is threatened by the forces of global warming.
Tour highlights include:
- Arrive in Winnipeg then journey to Churchill, Manitoba, an area known for a rich trade past, vast tundra and the 1,200 polar bears that trek there in the fall
- Get up-close-and-personal with polar bears from the safety of a heated, restroom-equipped Tundra Buggy; watch the bears from the vehicle’s large windows or rear viewing platform
- Thrill to a dogsled ride through the northern boreal forest; meet a team of huskies and learn about their importance to the history, heritage and culture of this remote region
- Learn more about the area’s culture and history with tours to the Cape Merry National Historic Site, the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre, the Eskimo Museum and more
- Enjoy field lectures and presentations on local wildlife
This six-day excursion to North America’s polar bear capital offers a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for the active traveler. Don’t be left behind!
$4,995 land only
Single Supplement: $6,995
Friends & family are welcome—you don't have to be a UW graduate to travel with UW Alumni Tours!