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Polar Bears of Churchill Photography Expedition


Polar Bear Sow and cub walking on ice along the Hudson Bay near Churchill Manitoba.

This polar bear sow and her cub wait for the ice to form along the coast of the Hudson Bay near Churchill, Manitoba. Churchill is known as the polar bear capital of the world with close to a thousand polar bears migrating through seasonally! Image by trip leader Jason Williams

 

“I want to take a moment to give a “shout out” for Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris and their polar bear expedition to Churchill, Manitoba. Our guides were knowledgeable, friendly and always looking to improve our experience. I returned home with nearly 5000 images captured over five days including those of polar bear, red fox, ptarmigan, Arctic hare, raptors and landscapes. Would I recommend them for your polar bear experience? Yes, and with five stars!” – Ed, Arizona

Large boar polar bear walking along the beach along the Hudson Bay near Churchill Manitoba

Polar bear along the Hudson Bay near Churchill, Manitoba. Photo by Jason Williams

 Our Photography Expedition to Churchill, Manitoba will focus on studying and photographing the arctic scenery and abundant wildlife of the Hudson Bay with an emphasis on polar bears. Known as the polar bear capital of the world, Churchill is home to one of the largest single populations of polar bears on earth. This makes Churchill one of the best places in the world to photograph polar bears due to their seasonally high concentration and our ability to access those areas. Between 900 and 1000 of these graceful animals congregate, or migrate through, the area  in and around Churchill waiting for the Hudson bay to freeze. Not only will you spend the week in the middle one of the densest concentrations of polar bears in the world, you will also have an opportunity to view and photograph the Northern lights, have close encounters with red and arctic fox and if we’re lucky snowy owls and gyrfalcons. Our expedition will be based out of the Churchill Northern Studies Center, an active research and education facility situated 23 km east of the town of Churchill right on the tundra. This modern facility provides comfortable, dorm style accommodations (4 guests per room) overlooking the tundra with complete access to the center’s library, recreation room, observatory and outside viewing deck. This exclusive polar bear tour is limited to 6 guests allowing us to customize each day around the interests and desires of each person on the trip.

 Included:  Professional wildlife photographer/naturalist guides, 2 nights lodging in Winnipeg, flights to and from Winnipeg to Churchill, all ground transportation, 4 nights lodging at the Churchill Northern Studies Center, most meals, (Guide gratuities and transportation to Winnipeg, Manitoba is not included)

Group Size: 6 Guests

Duration: 6 nights/7  Days (From Winnipeg, Manitoba)

2018 Availability: October 28-Nov 3, November 4-10, and Nov 12-17. 

2019 Dates will be announced sometime after our 2018 departures – Please contact our office to be on our waiting list!

 

Cost: $5400.00 per person (price based on double occupancy in Winnipeg – single supplement is 200.00 for a private room on nights 1 and 6 – All rooms at the CNSC are bunk style with 4 per room)

 

 

Private: Call for pricing and availability

 

Full Tour Itinerary:

Day 1 – Meet your guide and the rest of the group at your hotel in Winnipeg for a pre-trip orientation at 7pm. (No meal included)

Day 2 – Grab an early breakfast together at the hotel and then transfer to the airport for our early Calm Air flight to Churchill, Manitoba. We arrive in Churchill mid-morning and immediately begin scouting for wildlife. Opportunities to see polar bears will abound all the way to our remote tundra base camp at the Churchill Northern Studies Center! We will be welcomed by the study center staff upon arrival and given a brief orientation of the center before lunch. After we get our gear together and dressed to be outside we will take a quick tour of Churchill and the surrounding area where we will spend the rest of the day photographing wildlife and interesting scenery.  We will dine together at the center and then have a 1 hour seminar on the tips and tricks to photographing polar bears, arctic scenery and other wildlife. (Light breakfast at hotel, field lunch, dinner at CNSC)

Day 3 – This is a full day in the field exploring the remote tundra and coastline of the Hudson Bay in search of bears and other arctic wildlife. We will access some of the densest seasonal populations of polar bears anywhere on earth. We will have opportunities to observe, study and photograph bears in a variety of landscapes and distances. The polar bear photography and viewing opportunities in this area are unprecedented. We will arrive back at the Study Center with time to relax and process photos before dinner. After dinner we will meet for another optional presentation or movie to wind down. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided).

Day 4–5 Full days in the field tracking polar bears and searching for other area wildlife, especially the arctic and red fox.  Another great dinner at the center followed by another evening together with optional presentations or a film screening. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

Day 6 – Enjoy our last breakfast at the center together before heading out for another full day in the field. We will spend the whole day with yet more polar bears, fox, other wildlife and scenery before meeting our evening Calm Air flight back to Winnipeg. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided)

Day 7 – Breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the airport or other continuing travel. (Breakfast)

 

Note from your guides:

The above itinerary is only an outline and is definitely flexible. We believe that the best adventures and the rarest experiences on earth can only be had by being open to changing plans and using our instincts to find those rare opportunities. If the sky is clear and the Northern Lights are raging outside………we might have to make a sandwich and run for the door. If we hear about a great wildlife sighting like a whale washed up on the beach being fed on by several bears……we might miss dinner. We especially like to have the ability to calibrate our expeditions and tours to your areas of interest. This is your Rare Expedition and as such we will do whatever if takes to make your time with us special. We are not really a ‘tour’ company, we are an experience company. To us life is what you make of it. It can be viewed from inside a tour bus, where you are safely protected behind glass or experienced on the ground with the cold Hudson Bay wind in your face. We prefer experience! We hope you can join us on this once in a lifetime trip to see one of the most majestic animals alive on earth today.

 

Cancellation Policy:

We have a 60 day cancellation policy for this expedition. Cancellations made outside 60 days will be refunded less a 25% cancellation fee. For cancellations made within our cancellation policy’s stated times for your reservation we will retain 100% of the trip cost. We highly recommend purchasing trip insurance to protect you from incurring these costs in the event of an emergency. Due to the high cost of operating this expedition and the strict cancellation policies of our partners, these terms are non-negotiable and strictly enforced. Thanks for your understanding!