Polar Bear Mothers and Newborn Cubs
A sight rarely seen! Witness newborn polar bear cubs emerging from their dens as their mother introduces them to the world.
Be one of only a few hundred in the world to see newborn polar bear cubs emerge from their den. 'Shimmering and awe inspiring northern lights. Unique tracked heated vehicles offer unprecedented and comfortable access to polar bear denning habitats. Witness newborn polar bear cubs emerging from their dens as their mother introduces them to the world ' a sight rarely seen and only by a few hundred people in the world.
Adjacent to Wapusk National Park and the world's largest polar bear denning area, this lodge-based expedition led by Arctic Kingdom Expeditions offers a unique opportunity in North America to see, virtually guaranteed, polar bear cubs and their mothers in their natural habitat. With a rare operating permit from Parks Canada, Lodge guides brings visitors as close as 100 metres to the bears, while you learn about various aspects of the bears' dens, habits and life cycle. Other wildlife viewing opportunities include ptarmigan, arctic foxes, caribou herds and wolves in addition to night time viewing of the Aurora Borealis.
Where We Sleep: Outpost Lodge The Lodge is a beautifully refurbished navy communications base which stands 300 feet on top of an old beach ridge located about 40 miles south of Churchill, Manitoba,Canada.
The Lodge is in the middle of the tundra, isolated with the nearest neighbour being 40 miles away. It is completely self-sufficient complete with a wood burning fireplace to relax with fellow guests. The Lodge can accommodate up to 18 guests. There are some rooms available as singles, but most rooms are up to 4 people to a room. Internet is available.
Group Size: 8
Average Temperature: -20 to -40 Celsius
Daylight: 11 Hours
Day 1: Winnipeg Arrive in Winnipeg, Manitoba and transfer to the Four Points Sheraton Hotel a short walk from the airport. You will be met by your Arctic Kingdom Expedition Leader and the rest of the group for a welcome dinner.
Day 2: Winnipeg > Churchill > Chesnaye > Outpost Lodge We meet in the morning for our flight to Churchill. On our arrival in Churchill we will have an opportunity to explore while we wait for our 7:30pm train departure for Chesnaye. The train ride is approximately 2 hours in duration until we reach our train stop at Chesnaye. At Chesnaye, we disembark and will transfer to our waiting tracked vehicles for the 30min ride to the Lodge. We should arrive at the Lodge around 10pm.
Days 3-8: Outpost Lodge Daily Sorties for mother polar bears and newborn cubs.
After 7am breakfasts, we depart around 8.30am daily in the heated tracked vehicles in search of polar bear dens. Our scouts will go ahead and radio the vans where the locations of the dens are. In some cases, we go to where dens are already known to be, and on other days a new den could be found. Patience will be rewarded with anywhere from 1 to 3 newly born cubs with their mother polar bear at the mouth of a den. After dinner, take a peek at the night sky and see if the shimmering northern lights have made an appearance above the trees.
Day 9: Outpost Lodge > Chesnaye > Churchill > Winnipeg Our week with mother and newborn cubs comes to an end. We leave early in the morning for the train ride back to Churchill, and onwards with an afternoon flight to Winnipeg.
•1 night Winnipeg •7 nights Lodge •Return train ticket from Churchill to Chesnaye •All meals at Lodge
Pricing (per person) $AUD
Booking conditions A 20% deposit is required at time of booking.
Full payment is due 150 days prior to departure. • It is a condition of joining this expedition that you must be insured against medical and personal accident risks and have search and rescue coverage.
A 20% deposit is required at time of booking. Full payment is due 150 days prior to departure.
• It is a condition of joining this expedition that you must be insured against medical and personal accident risks and have search and rescue coverage.
Not included • Meals in Winnipeg
• Any meals en route to/from Lodge
• Satellite phone usage
• Internet usage extra
• Personal Expenses
• Travel and Medical Insurance, Baggage Insurance • Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in Lodge, Churchill or Winnipeg.
• Meals in Winnipeg • Any meals en route to/from Lodge • Satellite phone usage • Internet usage extra • Tips/Gratuities • Personal Expenses • Travel and Medical Insurance, Baggage Insurance
• Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in Lodge, Churchill or Winnipeg.