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Belugas, Blooms and Polar Bears
A July visit combines all of the very best of Churchill: the tundra in full bloom, thousands of belugas, and polar bears returning in time for the ice to arrive.
Framed by the banks of two rivers, Winnipeg historically has been a vibrant hub for activity on the Canadian prairie. Your hotel is located next to the Forks National Historic Site, at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. Inn at the Forks – 2 nights (D)
Outside the city limits, the Oak Hammock Marsh features a restored prairie marsh along the migratory path for songbirds and waterfowl; biologists use the marsh visitors for data research. You will have a “bird in hand” as you release songbirds into the wind after they have been measured, weighed and banded. This afternoon, choose between the vault of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit Collection; or walking through the regions of the windswept prairies to the arctic coast of Manitoba. (L)
Your “Journey to Churchill” begins with a special behind-the-scenes visit to the Assiniboine Park Conservancy. Join a biologist for an in-depth study of the polar bear and the challenges facing this fabulous marine mammal. This afternoon, visit the Canadian Museum of Human Rights – an amazing state-of-the-art museum featuring media displays, and thought provoking dialogue. Four Points by Sheraton at the Airport (D)
An early morning flight delivers you into Churchill… famous for the migratory polar bears that pass through this remote village on the shore of the Hudson Bay. Beluga whales also congregate in the Churchill River, feeding and having their babies during the summer months. Spend the next few days exploring the area on land and sea… zodiac rides out into the river bring you up close to the belugas; and you just never know when you might see a polar bear. Visit with a local dog sled operator; and tour the area sites including Cape Merry, the Northern Studies Center and the Prince of Wales Fort. Ride out onto the spectacular tundra in a specially designed “tundra buggy.” Your days are full with activities, including a chance to kayak or snorkel with the belugas (add’l costs apply). Churchill lodging – 3 nights; Sheraton – 1 night (4L,4D)
With images of polar bears and belugas in your mind, it is time to return home.
|B||Generally a limited buffet or menu|
|FB||Full buffet or choice of menu|
|BR||Brunch, often buffet-style|
|L||Lunch, often several menu options|
|HT or AT||High or Afternoon Tea|
|D||Dinner, often several menu options|