Churchill Town & Tundra Polar Bear Safari (Adventurer) : FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are the maximum tour numbers?

What can I expect at the accommodation?

What kind of food is served on the tours? Do you cater for dietary requirements?

How long does it take to travel from Winnipeg to Churchill?

What do I need to bring?

Are there restrictions on luggage?

What are the average temperatures during your tours?

When is the best time to see Northern Lights?

What wildlife can I expect to see on the tours?

Am I able to stay in touch via phone or internet whilst on the tour?

 

What are the maximum tour numbers?

There is a maximum of 18 people for this tour.

What can I expect at the accommodation?

All Winnipeg accommodation is based at an airport hotel that is of 4-star standard.

Within the Riding Mountain National Park and Churchill areas, local guesthouses are utilised. These are of a basic, 2-star nature. As these can change dependent on seasonality, the name of the guesthouse will be advised prior to departure on your final documentation.

Accommodation is "run of the house" standard room with bath. Rooms vary according to size and location within a property with the assignment made by hotel management; we have no control over the room received.

What kind of food is served on the tours? Do you cater for dietary requirements?

All meals are included on this tour.

Delicious, home-cooked meals are prepared daily. Breakfast may consist of hot and cold cereals, muffins, fruit, toast, pancakes or eggs. Lunch may consist of homemade soups, sandwiches, fresh biscuits, burgers, or salads. Dinner can include anything from chicken, to baron of beef, fish or pasta and regional cuisines such as bison and arctic char. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juices are available throughout the day.

Special dietary requirements can be accommodated with prior notice.

How long does it take to travel from Winnipeg to Churchill?

There are no roads to Churchill but on this tour, we drive overland via the Riding Mountain National Park for 2 days and then fly from Manitoba. The flight time is approximately 1 hour.

Flight time from Churchill to Winnipeg is approximately 2 hours.

What do I need to bring?

  • Walking/hiking footwear
  • Windbreaker and nylon pants or waterproof jacket and pants
  • Short and long-sleeved t-shirts
  • Bug repellent and/or bug jacket
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Lip balm and moisturiser
  • Long pants and warm sweater

We recommend all guests bring a reusable water bottle and binoculars for wildlife viewing if they have them.

Are there restrictions on luggage?

Standard commercial airline baggage limit of 1 checked bag of 23kg and hand luggage of 7kg. Excess luggage can be stored at the Winnipeg accommodation.

What are the average temperatures during your tours?

The average Churchill temperatures in Celsius are as follows:

July: High 17 Low 6 
August: High 17 Low 6 
October: High 1 Low -7 
November: High -11 Low -18

When is the best time to see Northern Lights?

It is possible, given the right conditions, to see the Northern Lights in any month of the year. Maximum darkness is preferred, so generally long, cold, clear winter nights are best, but excellent viewing possibilities do present themselves from July through May. Though the optimal viewing season is generally from January to March, it's a lot more fun working with cameras in the warmer months at 10°C instead of -40°C, and the Northern Lights can be equally spectacular on a good night.

What wildlife can I expect to see on the tours?

  • Arctic fox
  • Arctic hare
  • Beluga whale
  • Black bears
  • Moose
  • Plains bison
  • Polar bear

Am I able to stay in touch via phone or internet whilst on the tour?

As you will be staying in hotels for your journey, facilities such as phone and internet will be available, however the coverage may be limited, and costs may be payable for the use of these facilities.