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Guests embarking on a water tour through Hudson Bay
Guests photographing beluga whales swimming by their boat
Guest photographing a ground hog from a distance
Beluga whales swimming in Hudson Bay
Guests on a dog mushing ride
Beluga whales swimming by viewing vessel while guests take photographs
Polar bear peeking in a window of Lazy Bear Lodge's Arctic Crawler
Excited guests encountering breaching beluga whale while kayaking
Lazy Bear Lodge's Arctic Crawler
Guests kayaking through Hudson Bay
Guests walking through buildings during a heritage tour
Guest surrounded by beluga whales while kayaking
Guests kayaking on Hudson Bay
Bears walking through tall grass
Guest kayaking next to beluga whales
Guest on board water vessel taking close-up photos of beluga whales swimming past
Polar bears sun bathing on the coastline
Guests watching a polar bear on the coastline from the water
Guests enjoying a dog mushing tour
Polar bears frolicking in the grass
Assiniboine Park Zoo's underwater viewing tunnels with polar bear swimming
Boat cruising through Hudson Bay at sunset
Colorful pink and red flowers
Polar bear walking over rocks
Two polar bears walking over rocky coastline
Pod of beluga whales breaching
Lazy Bear Lodge's Arctic Crawler out on tour
Guests embarking on a water tour through Hudson Bay
Polar bear crossing sign
Guest photographing a ground hog from a distance
Stone monument outside Fort Churchill
Guests on a dog mushing ride
Polar Bear jail
Polar bear peeking in a window of Lazy Bear Lodge's Arctic Crawler
Inukshuk manmade stone landmark
Lazy Bear Lodge's Arctic Crawler
Miss Piggy Plane Crash
Guests walking through buildings during a heritage tour
Guests on water tour through Hudson Bay
Guests kayaking on Hudson Bay
Guest kayaking next to beluga whales
Polar bears sun bathing on the coastline
Guests enjoying a dog mushing tour
Assiniboine Park Zoo's underwater viewing tunnels with polar bear swimming
Colorful pink and red flowers
Two polar bears walking over rocky coastline
Lazy Bear Lodge's Arctic Crawler out on tour
Polar bear crossing sign
Stone monument outside Fort Churchill
Polar Bear jail
Inukshuk manmade stone landmark
Miss Piggy Plane Crash
Guests on water tour through Hudson Bay
Polar Bears & Beluga Whales

Polar Bears & Beluga WhalesItinerary

ITINERARY NOTE: You are embarking on an adventure where daily activities will be determined by weather, opportunities to view wildlife, and other various elements that make up the incredibly diverse Arctic summer. Guests will receive a daily itinerary while in Churchill, which will be flexible and updated frequently. The itinerary below is a general listing of activities and excursions that may happen during any part of the program.

Day 1: Arrive Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada / Assiniboine Park Zoo
Welcome to Canada! Join fellow travelers for a warm welcome, then step out for a special evening reception in the Assiniboine Park Zoo's underwater viewing tunnels. Observe polar bears and seals as they swim in the crystal clear pools above you. A three-course meal with wine is served under the dancing Northern Lights in the Aurora Borealis Theatre. Following dinner, enjoy a presentation on the magnificent polar bears.
Overnight: Fort Garry Hotel & Spa (R,D)

Day 2: Winnipeg / Flight to Churchill / Cultural and Heritage Tour
Arrive in beautiful Churchill after a morning flight and transfer to the Lazy Bear Lodge. Enjoy a Cultural and Heritage Tour where you'll have guided site visits of the town's waterfront area, Miss Piggy Plane Crash, Polar Bear "Jail," and Cape Merry.
Overnight: Lazy Bear Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 3: Churchill / Boat Tour / Prince of Wales Fort / Dog Mushing 
Board Zodiac boats with your Orbridge Expedition Leader for a three-hour tour of the Churchill River/Hudson Bay area to learn more about the 60,000 beluga whales that inhabit the area. Visit the Prince of Wales Fort, built to protect the business interests of the Hudson's Bay Company. After lunch, you may choose to explore the area on foot, including several galleries and shops carrying local indigenous art from the Canadian Arctic, or you may select to participate in one of the following two optional excursions available for purchase:

A) 3-Hour Kayaking Tour ($160 per person): Includes a single or double kayak, paddles, wet suit, life jacket, transfers, and an experienced guide. This is an intermediate-level kayaking excursion and includes limited instruction. It is not recommended for beginners.

B) 3-Hour Beluga AquaGliding™ ($200 per person): Take advantage of an exciting and unique way to see beluga whales, getting up close and personal without being submerged underwater. Climb atop an AquaGlider™—a floating mat secured to a watercraft—for a tour around the bay. (A dry suit and all necessary equipment will be provided.)

Optional excursions must be booked in advance through our Guest Services team. Availability is limited. Excursions and pricing are subject to change and non-refundable within 90 days of departure.

This evening, meet an energetic team of sled dogs and their experienced handler. Learn about these industrious animals and the important role they play in the heritage of this remote region. Then, get ready for your own exciting dog mushing experience.   
Overnight: Lazy Bear Lodge (B)

Day 4: Churchill / Hudson Bay Coastal Tour
Today we explore the Hudson Bay area during a full-day water excursion aboard a custom designed wildlife-viewing vessel—led by your naturalist leader and boat captain. The shoreline of this entire area is a rich ecosystem of life, home to a diverse group of animals. Polar bears, belugas, caribou, and more than 270 species of birds have been recorded. Harbor, bearded, and ringed seals also thrive here and are the polar bears' primary food source when the bay is frozen. Stop at Seal River, a favorite polar bear gathering spot.
Overnight: Lazy Bear Lodge  (B,L)

Day 5: Churchill / Arctic Crawler™ Experience / Itsanitaq Museum
Grab your camera, board your expedition vehicle, and head to stark yet beautiful landscapes, stopping to enjoy the scenery and search for wildlife. Your expert naturalist will provide details on the wildlife, vegetation, and ecosystem of the Arctic tundra. After lunch, visit the well-known local Itsanitaq Museum to learn more about the indigenous population and its rich history and culture. While downtown, take some free time to explore on your own. 
Overnight: Lazy Bear Lodge  (B,L,D)

Day 6: Churchill / Flight to Winnipeg
After breakfast, visit the Churchill Northern Studies Centre before transferring to the airport for a charter flight to Winnipeg for a farewell reception with your fellow travelers.
Overnight: The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel (B,L-aloft,R)

Day 7: Depart Winnipeg
Enjoy breakfast, then bid a fond farewell to Canada and head to the airport for flights home.  (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, R = Reception

(Itinerary subject to change.)

Activity Level:

Moderate

Guests should be sure-footed on stairs, ramps, and small vessels, and able to walk on uneven ground without assistance. Skiffs provide the mode for much of the exploration on this program, and guests should be sure-footed to enter/exit the vessel.