Holidays in Manitoba
Located in the centre of Canada, Manitoba’s untouched natural beauty and urban elegance will captivate you, from its vibrant capital of Winnipeg to the Polar Bear capital of Churchill be prepared to be amazed.
Winnipeg, the gateway and capital city of Manitoba, has a great heritage and history which is preserved to be explored and from contemporary museums and entertainment to vibrant cultural events to excite. Winnipeg and its inhabitants embrace the four seasons and there is always something going on to enjoy, from live music and cultural performances to participating in one of its numerous festivals covering music, food, culture and outdoor activities. This city has much to offer that is unusual, such as the Hermetic Code tour of the Legislature building to wildlife spotting at Oak Hammock Marsh or bison at Fort Whyte Alive, to the unique Canadian Museum for Human Rights close to The Forks National Historic Site. A city that embraces life with artistic and energetic air and with a francophone and indigenous flavour.
Churchill, on the shores of the Hudson Bay is a frontier town reached only by plane or train and home to about 900 residents who embrace this environment. You would be forgiven for expecting Churchill to be a barren arctic landscape but you will be amazed by the numerous species of plants, birds and wildlife that is sustained in the tundra summer and winter.
Day 1 - Winnipeg: make your own way to the Hilton Suites Hotel or similar for your overnight stay.
Days 2-5 - Winnipeg/ Churchill: after your early morning flight up to Churchill, settle in to your accommodation, the excellent Lazy Bear Lodge. A fantastic base for exploring the natural wonders, the handcrafted log cabin is warm and welcoming and there's great on-site dining in the restaurant too. Rooms have a true log cabin feel and have two double beds, private bathroom, telephone and a television with cable movies. Over the course of this five day adventure, your guide will take you to places that offer the best opportunities to see polar bears, Beluga whales and other arctic wildlife. For a truly magical experience take to the water in a dry suit and snorkel with the Beluga whales. These gentle creatures fill the water with playful sounds and may even give you a nudge or two (this experience is payable locally). You'll spend time on the Churchill river and a jet boat will take you to the Seal River Estuary, one of the more remote polar bear viewing areas on the West side of the Hudson Bay. Back in Churchill, you will visit the historic Prince of Wales fort, see the Polar Bear Jail and go on the Cultural and Heritage tour that visits historic Cape Merry.
Day 6 - Churchill/Winnipeg: enjoy your last few hours in Churchill before your scheduled flight back to Winnipeg. Overnight at the Hilton Suites or similar.
Day 7 - Winnipeg: your tour ends when you check out today.
Departs: Selected dates in July & August.
Please note: weather conditions have a major influence on all activities in the North, so tour schedules and activities are subject to change at any time.
Minimum age 12 yrs.
• Winnipeg/Churchill round trip flights • Six night’s accommodation as detailed • Meals include breakfast each morning at the Lazy bear Lodge plus one dinner entrée from the Lazy Bear café menu. • Six to eight hour tour of Hudson Bay and Seal River • Boat tour on the Churchill River • Cultural and heritage tour of Churchill including the Polar Bear Jail • Naturalist guide • Transfers and baggage handling in Churchill
Call to book – Tel: 0844 871 665
Day 1 - Winnipeg: arrive in Winnipeg for your overnight stay at the Hilton Suites or similar.
Days 2-4 - Winnipeg/Churchill: Churchill, Manitoba, is a remote community, nestled on the shores of the Hudson Bay. It's so remote that you cannot drive to it, you can either arrive by plane or by train on the Muskeg Express, a two day journey from Winnipeg. Churchill has become known as the polar bear capital, as it is one of main points that polar bears gather to in order to wait for the ice to freeze the surface of the bay, enabling them to hunt for seals. After your scenic flight up to Churchill, arrive at your accommodation, Lazy Bear Lodge. Exactly what your minds eye would create when thinking of the perfect rural retreat, Lazy Bear Lodge is a quintessential creation, with wooden cabin-style rooms and a fantastic restaurant right on site and the warmest welcome you could wish for. All of the log cabin rooms simple in style and feature two double beds, private bathroom, telephone and a television with cable movies. You will spend two full days on the tundra tracking and observing the majestic polar bear with your naturalist tour guide/driver. Sometimes curiosity gets the better of the polar bears and they will come right alongside the vehicles to sneek a peek at their visitors. You will also enjoy a Cultural and Heritage tour, visiting the historic Cape Merry and the Polar Bear Jail.
Day 5 - Churchill/Winnipeg: grab those souvenirs before your scheduled flight back to Winnipeg and one night stay at the Hilton Suites or similar. Day 6 - Winnipeg: your tour ends upon check out.
Departs: Selected dates in October & November
Please note: weather conditions have a major influence on all activities in the North, so tour schedules and activities are subject to change at any time
Minimum age 12 yrs.
• Winnipeg/Churchill round-trip flights • Five night’s accommodation as detailed • Meals include breakfast each morning at the Lazy bear Lodge and one dinner entree from the Lazy bear Lodge menu • Two tundra vehicle excursions including lunch and beverages • Cultural and heritage tour of Churchill including the polar bear jail • Naturalist guide • Two-three mile dog mushing tour • Transfers and baggage handling in Churchill
Call to book – Tel: 0844 871 6650
Churchill is already known as the Polar Bear capital, but there is more to Churchill than just Polar Bears. During the winter months you will able to see Arctic Hare & Arctic Fox & if you can spot them Camouflaged Ptarmigan.
And the Polar Bears don’t just appear during the winter, You can also go Polar Bear viewing during the summer. Summer is also a great time to see & even swim with Beluga whales in Hudson Bay.
Considered to be one of the Top Three places in the world to see the Northern Lights, Churchill is known the world over for its light display. January to March with its long dark nights is usually the best time to see the lights, however summer is also a good time for viewings, the nights are shorter but warmer and are a great way to end your day.
The capital of Manitoba, Winnipeg is more than just a stopping point for those travelling to Churchill. As a stop on VIA rails Canadian train, Winnipeg has a vast history & is home to many different attractions.
For those interested in history there is the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Exchange District National Historic Site and The Forks National Historic Site, which is now home to market place with many unique shops and a wide choice of dining options.
For children there is the Fortwhyte Alive, where you can go canoeing, sailing, snowshoeing or sliding on the Richardson Rrrun Toboggan slide. And take a visit to Assiniboine Zoo Park, home to polar bears, muskox, wolves, moose and the rarer red pandas and snow leopards.
And for adults, Winnipeg is also home to the Therma by Nordik Spa-Nature and two casino’s
Time difference: GMT -5 hours
Currency: Canadian Dollar.
Language: English, French.
Flight time from the UK (London): Approximately 9 hours.
Arrival Airport: Winnipeg International Airport.
Entry details (for British passport holders): From the 29th September 2016, if you fly or transit through Canada, you must have an Electronic Travel Authoristaion (eTA). If you travel to the US, you must adhere to the US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP). Your passport must be valid for at least the duration of your stay. Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk