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POLAR BEAR MOTHER & NEWBORN CUBS SAFARI

Highlights

  • Be one of only a few dozen photographers and guests annually to see newborn polar bear cubs emerge from their dens.
  • Witness awe-inspiring Northern Lights at night.
  • Unique tracked, heated and small vehicles offer unprecedented, comfortable access to the polar bear denning habitat located within Wapusk National Park.

Polar Bear Mother & Newborn Cubs Safari
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WITNESS THE JOY OF NEWBORN POLAR BEAR CUBS EMERGING FROM DENS FOR THE FIRST TIME

Immerse yourself in the world’s largest polar bear denning region for one of the rarest wildlife experiences on our polar bear photo safari. Be one of the select few who witnesses newborn polar bear cubs and mothers, safely, at a close range. Feel the exhilaration as the cubs take their first steps in the snow as their mothers introduce them to the world.

With unique, heated vehicles, this lodge-based expedition provides unprecedented and comfortable access to denning habitats. Enjoy shimmering Northern Lights at night after days of observing and photographing precious moments between polar bear mothers and their cubs.

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Trip Details

2023
2024
  • Price

    CAD $29,318* (tax included)
    *per person, based on double occupancy. Flight pricing is subject to change

  • Location
    Wapusk National Park, Manitoba
  • Air Package
    Flights from Winnipeg, MB (YWG) to Churchill, MB (YYQ) available
  • Dates

    2023 Dates - February 23rd - March 9th 

    Interested in a private trip?

    Call for details | 1 (877) 614-9990

  • International Gateway

    Winnipeg, MB (YWG)

  • Group Size
    11 (Lodge capacity: 24)
  • Transportation
    Vans on tracks, train
  • Average Temperature
    -40°C to -20°C (-40°F to -4°F)
  • Daylight
    11 hours
  • Location
    Wapusk National Park, Manitoba
  • Air Package
    Flights from Winnipeg, MB (YWG) to Churchill, MB (YYQ) available
  • Dates

    TBC. Waitlist Available!

    Interested in a private trip?

    Call for details | 1 (877) 614-9990

  • International Gateway

    Winnipeg, MB (YWG)

  • Group Size
    11 (Lodge capacity: 24)
  • Transportation
    Vans on tracks, train
  • Average Temperature
    -40°C to -20°C (-40°F to -4°F)
  • Daylight
    11 hours

Trip Itinerary

Due to schedule changes from the COVID-19 pandemic this itinerary has changed. Please contact us for this year's itinerary.

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Day 1

Arrive in Winnipeg, Manitoba and transfer to an airport hotel. Once settled into your hotel, join your Arctic Kingdom Expedition Leader and become acquainted with your travel companions. Clothing swap out will be at 7 PM followed by a briefing at 8 PM served with complimentary appetizers and a drink.

Day 2

This adventure begins with an early morning flight to Churchill, Manitoba. On arrival, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Following lunch, you will transfer to the remote countryside, outside of town, to enjoy an afternoon of snowshoeing with a local guide. That evening, join the group for dinner followed by a private cultural evening with wine & cheese at the Aurora Yurt outside of town for a Northern Lights experience, if the conditions allow. Transfer back to the hotel for a good night's sleep.

Day 3

Gather for a group breakfast, followed by visits to Parks Canada Center and Polar Bears International. Group dinner to follow. After dinner, transfer to the train station where you will board the evening train to Chesnaye, then transfer to the Newborn Polar Bear Cub Lodge, assisted by your Expedition Leader.

 
Day 4-12

Spend these days witnessing the grace and majesty of mother polar bears in their natural habitat while their cubs tumble and explore. On snowmobiles, guides will scout the polar bear's dens in advance.

When they find their dens, they radio the location to our heated, tracked vans offering unprecedented and comfortable access to denning habitats. On some days, we'll enjoy visits to known denning locations, while on other days, we may seek new, unknown dens. Travel time from the lodge to the dens will vary, but you can generally expect a 20 to 60 minute or more drive. Wildlife viewing, including caribou and ptarmigan, is also possible.

Enjoy hot dinners at the lodge, and if the conditions are right, watch the dancing Northern Lights at night.

Day 13

Transfer back to Churchill where you will receive a town tour followed by a group lunch. You will then travel to the Northern Studies Center, where you will partake in a tour of their state-of-the-art eco-friendly facility. Dinner to follow. After dinner, check into your hotel for the night.

Day 14

Enjoy a group breakfast before checking out of the hotel. You will then transfer to the airport to fly to Winnipeg and overnight at the hotel.

Day 15

Wake up in Winnipeg and have one last group dinner prior to departing Winnipeg for home.

Accommodations

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NEWBORN POLAR BEAR CUBS LODGE

A refurbished naval communications base, the Newborn Polar Bear Cub Lodge stands almost 100 m/ 300’ on top of an old beach ridge, located just south of Churchill, Manitoba. Isolated in the middle of the tundra, the lodge is as self-sufficient and “off grid”. This rustic lodge provides some of the world’s best access to polar bear mothers and newborn cubs in Wapusk National Park.

Features:

  • Single, double and quad rooms are available
  • Wood-burning fireplace in the central lounge
  • A sauna is available, but please note showers are not available, due to remote location
  • Electric power provided by onsite generators

Included

  • Meals: All meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) while in Churchill & The Lodge
    Appetizers and a drink will be provided during your briefing at 8 PM on day 1
    Accommodations:
    10 nights, Newborn Polar Bear Cub Lodge
    2 nights, hotel in Winnipeg
    2 nights, hotel in Churchill
    Round-trip train ticket from Churchill, MB to Chesnaye, MB

Not Included

  • Round-trip flights to Winnipeg, MB and between Winnipeg and Churchill, MB
  • Meals enroute to/from the lodge, unless noted
  • Tips, gratuities, personal expenses
  • Travel, medical and evacuation insurance
  • Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in Winnipeg or Churchill

FAQs

With over 20 years of Arctic and expedition experience, we at Arctic Kingdom have been asked all kinds of questions. We understand that many of our guests have never partaken in an experience quite like our safaris nor have visited the Arctic before. We want to take this opportunity to make each of our guests feel comfortable and well prepared for their upcoming safari.

We’ve compiled a list of the top questions paired up with answers based on our knowledge and experience. Visit our FAQ page for all of your questions and answers:

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My expectations have been wildly surpassed. This is the most amazing adventure I have ever had in my life.

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