Churchill Polar Bears - Photo Tour

A unique opportunity to photograph the King of the Arctic in its natural habitat with an expert photographic guide on hand.

Itinerary Summary

7 Days
Oct - Nov 2020
Arctic Canada
Small Group Safari
Duration Price When Destination Type
7 Days Oct - Nov 2020 Arctic Canada Small Group Safari
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About this trip

This Churchill-based photo tour gives you plenty of time in close proximity to the King of the Arctic, coupled with an intensive focus to help you make the most of the opportunity to get some incredible photos. You’ll start in Churchill, where we will head out for three full days on the tundra at the edge of Hudson Bay, where polar bears congregate each autumn waiting for the 'big freeze' and the winter hunting season. Specially-designed tundra buggies take us into the heart of their natural world, with plenty of space for equipment and to spread out to get just the right shots. On-site guidance from our expert photographer guide is complemented by evening lectures on how best to capture the wonder of Arctic wildlife, most notably the famed Churchill polar bears, through the camera’s lens.


What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • See polar bears as they congregate on the edge of Hudson Bay.
  • Expert photography guidance and advice.
  • Chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
  • Opportunity to take to the skies in a helicopter flight over the tundra.

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A specialist led 7 day set departure

from $8,336 per person sharing, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Winnipeg

Arrive in Winnipeg and get ready to start your adventure. Meet your expert photographer guide and fellow travellers at an orientation dinner before getting some rest.

Overnight: Fort Garry Hotel (D)

Day 2

Winnipeg - Churchill

Fly to Churchill this morning. This hospitable outpost town, originally a fur-trading post, is the base for your adventure. This evening we enjoy a lecture on Arctic photography and the northern environs by our Expedition Leader, who is both an expert photographer and naturalist.

Overnight: Churchill (B, L, D)

Days 3-5


Sometimes large adult males may turn their attention toward us, approaching within feet or even lifting their massive paws on the side of the vehicle to peer inside.   Out on the white expanse of the tundra you may also spot other northern wildlife, including Arctic fox, snowy owl, ptarmigan and gyrfalcon. Meanwhile, in addition to sharing photography advice, your Expedition Leader will provide a captivating interpretation of the animal behaviour and natural phenomena you are observing. Each evening, as dusk descends to envelop the wild northern landscape, you meet for dinner, followed by presentations on wildlife or local native cultures. If the night skies are clear and you’re fortunate enough to see the dancing colours of the Aurora Borealis, you’ll head for a place away from the lights of town to capture this magical event on camera.

Overnight: Churchill (B, L, D)

Day 6

Churchill - Winnipeg

Your return flights are scheduled to depart in the mid-late afternoon to offer as much time as possible to explore Churchill. If you wish, you may opt to visit nearby Cape Merry, a promising spot for photographing fox, hare and Arctic birdlife. Alternatively, stay in town for some last-minute shopping to pick up native handcrafts and souvenirs. Other optional adventures available this morning include a dog-sled excursion and helicopter flight over the tundra. You enjoy a farewell lunch in Churchill or dinner together in Winnipeg, depending on your flight schedule.

Overnight: Churchill (B, L, D)

Day 7

Depart Winnipeg

After breakfast, it's time to depart Arctic Canada and say goodbye to the polar bears of the north. Transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.



This is a small group safari departing on set dates, with approximately 15 travellers. A very important feature of our polar bear trips is the limited group size. Nature is always best experienced in smaller groups and it is particularly important on this trip, so our guests have plenty of room on board the tundra vehicles for polar bear photography.

Talk to one of our specialists for further details on our Arctic Canada safaris.