Baobab Expeditions has a trip for polar bear encounters // © 2011 Baobad Expeditions
Polar bears are best seen in their natural environment — the Arctic, where ice, the midnight sun and snow-capped mountains provide a breathtaking journey that can be difficult for the average traveler to navigate. For those who want to experience the adventure that the tundra has to offer with extra security, ease and comfort, Baobab Expeditions offers a solution.
Baobab Expeditions takes its travelers on a six-day expedition, first making a two-day trip to the Hudson Bay near Churchill, Manitoba, to see the region’s extraordinary polar bear population. No need to fear the cold — the expedition provides tundra buggies that glide across the tundra, complete with propane heating and dual-pane, frost-free windows to better watch the bears. Guests are also treated to a magnificent view of colorful Arctic plants and hundreds of Beluga whales. A picnic lunch and snacks are served onboard each day and a tour guide narrates the trip with information about the polar bears and their environment. Besides watching the bears and other Arctic wildlife, passengers visit Cape Merry, previously a fur-trading post, the port of Churchill, the Manitoba Conservation’s Polar Bear Holding Facility, which allows residents of Churchill to coexist with the bear population during the bears’ autumn migration; and the Eskimo Museum to see Inuit carvings, ancient kayaks and ancient tribal artifacts.
The expedition also offers the possibility of seeing the famed Northern Lights. The tundra buggy provides a clear window to watch for the celestial light show — advise clients to look for a white glow in the sky which precedes a dazzling array of colors.
On the last day of the trip, dog-sledding experts take travelers out for an exciting day of dog-sledding as they share stories of their own adventures on the sled. After sledding, passengers depart for Winnipeg, Manitoba, and head home.
The expedition’s starting rate of $5,894 per person includes return flights from Winnipeg to Churchill, accommodations, all meals in Churchill, professional guide services, entrance fees and activities, a one-year membership to Polar Bear International and all taxes and services.