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Frontiers North’s newest adventures takes guests from the sloping forests of Riding Mountain National Park to the treeless tundra of Churchill in search of Manitoba’s five biggest mammals: black bear, moose, bison, beluga whale and polar bear. This interpretive-guided tour will open your eyes to the Manitoba’s wild side.

This interpretive-guided journey begins in Winnipeg, the geographic center of North America.  From there we travel over-land to Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP) where bold boreal forest, expanses of meadows and lakes, lofty heights and deep gorges of the Manitoba Escarpment are home to moose, black bears, and a captive bison herd. 

After enjoying the serene landscape of Manitoba’s southern plains we’ll travel north to Churchill where the boreal forest gives way to the rugged and barren tundra and where we will set out in search of mighty polar bear and beluga whales. 

Primary activities include a guided buggy tour of RMNP; guided boat and zodiac beluga tour; cultural tours of Fort Prince of Wales, the Churchill Eskimo museum and Parks Canada Interpretive Centre; and a full-day Tundra Buggy ride into the Churchill Wildlife Management area to search for the magnificent polar bear and other arctic wildlife. 

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Dates

DatesCodeCapacityLodgingMealsTransportationSingle SupplementPrice
Aug 4 -
Aug 11 2015
B518 people2 nights Winnipeg, 2 nights Riding Mountain, 3 nights Churchill AllR/T Air$1,125$5,749
Code
B5
Capacity
18 people
Lodging
2 nights Winnipeg, 2 nights Riding Mountain, 3 nights Churchill
Meals
All
Transportation
R/T Air
Single Supplement
$1,125
Price
$5,749
All prices CAD. Plus applicable taxes.
All prices, inclusions, and dates may be subject
to change due to circumstances beyond our control.

Highlights

Itinerary

Day 1
Guests will arrive into Winnipeg by their own arrangement and check into the Four Points Sheraton at the Winnipeg Airport. In the evening our Frontiers North Guide will host a meet and greet for tour guests to further discuss the trip itinerary. 
Day 2
Following breakfast, we depart Winnipeg for Riding Mountain National Park. Guests will enjoy an escorted tour of the Parks Canada Centre in the afternoon before departing on an evening safari in the park - our first chance to search for moose, black bear and bison. Guests will enjoy an overnight stay at Honeycomb Bed & Breakfast. Itinerary Note: Time will be spent exploring Riding Mountain National Park and its surrounding areas. Wildlife activities each day will begin at first light. These activities will provide the opportunity to spot bison, black bear, moose, elk, deer and other wildlife.
Day 3
Guests will enjoy a morning safari in search of some of Manitoba’s largest land animals. In the afternoon, gusts will have time to relax at the resort or explore the surrounding area. In the evening we will depart on a dinner cruise aboard The Martese, a 95-passengner boat that tours beautiful Clear Lake. Guests will spend their final night at Honeycomb Bed & Breakfast.
Day 4
After breakfast we depart on the journey back to Winnipeg. Following lunch, we’ll depart Winnipeg by air arriving in Churchill in the early evening. Dinner in Churchill will be followed by an evening Parks Canada presentation. 
Day 5
Guests will enjoy breakfast at a family-run Churchill restaurant followed by a Roads & Trails program for the morning. In the afternoon, our first encounter with the beautiful beluga whales will take place on a three-hour boat tour on the Churchill River. We’ll meander up and down the river beside the whale pods offering excellent photography opportunities. The boat tour includes a stop for a walking tour at the historically and architecturally significant Fort Prince of Wales.
Day 6
Guests will start their day with a zodiac boat ride on the Churchill River. This gives guests a chance to get even closer to the beluga whales for incredible photographs and a unique view of the extraordinarily curious and friendly mammals. In the afternoon, we’ll join a local dog musher for an exciting dog-carting excursion. Guests will have a chance to meet the dog sled team and learn about this important local tradition. 
Day 7
Our last day is spent on a full day Tundra Buggy Adventure.  Guests will experience the vast and colorful beauty of the Churchill Wildlife Management Area. There will be plenty of photography opportunities as we travel through the tundra in search of the majestic polar bear. We’ll depart Churchill in the evening and check into the Four Points Sheraton in Winnipeg upon arrival.
Day 8
Guests may depart Winnipeg at their leisure.
  • Experience the contrast of the lofty heights and deep gorges of the boreal forest system of Riding Mountain National Park and the treeless desolate beauty of the tundra in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area
  • Well-paced day-to-day activities
  • A wide array of wildlife
  • Safaris in the Boreal Forest and Tundra ecosystems

What to Pack

  • 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 moisturizer
  • Long pants and warm sweater

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

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