Ultimate Lords of the Wilderness

Grizzlies and Polar Bears in their Natural Habitats

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Traverse from the far west coast of Canada all the way to Hudson Bay to view grizzly bears and polar bears at the ideal viewing time. For just a special few weeks each year, witness both polar bears and grizzly bears in their natural habitat. From the lush and abundant Great Bear Rainforest, to the barren arctic tundra of Churchill, no safari better represents Canada’s immense diversity. Expert naturalist guides provide the story of these great animals as you focus on viewing and photography. For the true wildlife enthusiast, this is a vacation you will always remember.

  • Starting From

    $9,390 USD

    per person
  • Trip length

    12 days

    11 nights
  • Hot Spots
    Vancouver, Campbell River, Black Creek, Winnipeg, Churchill
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The Ultimate Bear Viewing


Once a year grizzly bears gather in the Great Bear Rainforest to gorge themselves on Salmon. This is the most exciting and easiest time to see grizzlies in their natural habitat.

The Best Possible View


The highlight of travelling to Canada’s north to view polar bears is the moment when a curious bear comes up to the specialized tundra buggy to say hello – there is no greater thrill than being so close to such a powerful animal.

An Epically Wild Adventure


Grizzly bears and polar bears are not the only wildlife you will see on this unforgettable adventure. With orca whales on the West Coast to Arctic fox on the tundra, your camera will be working overtime!

YOUR TRIP
DAY-BY-DAY

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

VIEW MAP List days
Day 01

Bear Viewing Adventure Begins in Vancouver

Welcome to our hometown – a famously lovely west coast city, surrounded by mountains and ocean.

Overnight at the Vancouver Airport

Overnight at The Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel. This hotel is the only soundproofed, luxury hotel and spa conveniently located within Vancouver's International Airport. The hotel is situated directly above the US departures terminal - a two-minute stroll from the luggage carousels, no shuttle is required. Features include a self-service check-in kiosk in the hotel lobby, floor-to-ceiling views, diverse dining choices and an indoor pool, health club and spa.

Day 02

Fly to Campbell River

This morning you will depart Vancouver and fly to Campbell River to start your grizzly bear experience.

Flight from Vancouver Airport to Campbell River

(1 of 2 activities)

Enjoy a short but scenic flight over the Strait of Georgia as you make your way from Vancouver to Campbell River.

Arrive in Campbell River

(2 of 2 activities)

Upon arrival in Campbell River, check into your downtown hotel. Campbell River is a busy oceanside community, and is a launching point for wilderness adventures into the surrounding rainforest and mountains. It also offers an excellent local museum and kilometers of paved oceanside walking trails.

Day 03

Up Close with Grizzly Bears

Your Knight Inlet Lodge experience begins.

Fly to Knight Inlet Lodge

(1 of 1 activities)

A thrilling, 30 minute float plane flight flies you to Glendale Cove and Knight Inlet Lodge. Upon arrival, you'll receive a welcome orientation then head out for your first guided activity. At this time of year, the normally solitary grizzly bears congregate along rivers to feed on migrating salmon. You'll watch the bears from a specially designed viewing platform, giving you rare photographic opportunities and a chance to immerse yourself into their natural habitat. Although bear sightings can vary, it is not uncommon for there to be up to 40 bears within 6 miles of the lodge at this time of year. Enjoy a delicious dinner tonight with new companions, and an evening presentation by one of your guides.

Overnight at the Knight Inlet Lodge

Knight Inlet Lodge is a floating haven for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. This unique accommodation is nestled within a wild area of the BC coastline, offering spectacular scenery and wildlife right on your doorstep. Relax after days of adventure, and enjoy meals featuring the local catch of the day. The lodge is a simple yet modern one story facility, featuring guest rooms with comfortable queen size beds plus private washrooms with showers. The team at Knight Inlet operate with sustainability in mind, and are champions of grizzly bear and salmon conservation in Knight Inlet.

Day 04

Grizzly Bear Viewing at Knight Inlet Lodge

Your Knight Inlet Lodge experience continues.

Knight Inlet Lodge Activities

(1 of 1 activities)

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading out for another day of guided adventure. Activity options include kayaking, hiking, or a scenic boat tour of Knight Inlet in addition to more guided grizzly bear viewing.

Day 05

Knight Inlet Lodge/Campbell River to Vancouver

Travel back to Vancouver today.

Depart Knight Inlet Lodge

(1 of 3 activities)

Get up early to soak in the fresh wilderness air, perhaps spotting a grazing deer or two as you sip your coffee. Today you fly back to Campbell River by float plane.

Flight from Campbell River to Vancouver Airport

(2 of 3 activities)

Enjoy the scenic flight over the Strait of Georgia as you make your way from Campbell River on Vancouver Island back to Vancouver.

Private Transfer from Airport

(3 of 3 activities)

A private vehicle and driver will meet you at the airport and take you in comfort to your Vancouver hotel.

Overnight in Vancouver

Overnight in a Superior level hotel, such as the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. Superior Hotels are perfect for travelers wanting great value plus more upscale accommodations. Exceptional service, location, and quality characterize these properties.

Day 06

Discover Vancouver

Spend the day relaxing in Vancouver. Ask us about booking a sightseeing tour for you – walking tours, bike tours, food tours, and nature tours are available to suit all interests.

Explore Vancouver

(1 of 1 activities)

Surrounded by mountains and ocean, Vancouver is one of the few cities in the world where a typical day might include a relaxing sail, round of golf, and an evening enjoying the nightlife on Granville Street or in Yaletown. Chinatown, Gastown, and Granville Island are some of the most popular spots. If you love a physical challenge, try the Grouse Grind. Capilano Suspension Bridge is also a favourite destination for locals and tourists alike. Open year-round, daytime views are not for the faint of heart. We suggest renting a bicycle and cycling around our famous Seawall and Stanley Park. Stop at English Bay for the ocean view and a bite to eat, or head to Robson Street to shop at the trendy stores. Later, catch the tram to the top of Grouse Mountain for a cocktail at sunset.

activities

Day 07

Vancouver to Winnipeg

Spend a leisurely morning in our beautiful West Coast city, before boarding a flight to Winnipeg. Meet your group and guide this evening, before your polar bear adventure begins early tomorrow morning.

Private Transfer to Vancouver Airport

(1 of 3 activities)

A private driver will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport in time for your flight.

Meet Your Guides - Evening Information Session

(2 of 3 activities)

This evening, meet your host and group of fellow polar bear enthusiasts for a Q&A session. On your trip, you'll enjoy a small group experience (maximum of 22 guests) led throughout by dedicated and knowledgeable guide.

Suggested Winter Clothing Rental

(3 of 3 activities)

To ensure you are comfortable in Churchill's cold temperatures, ask us about how you can book winter clothing rentals. Options include Canada Goose parkas and snow pants, plus Baffin snow boots. We highly recommend you do this early, as availability is limited!

Day 08

Winnipeg to Churchill

Head north to the remote town of Churchill, located on the western edge of the Hudson Bay.

Overnight in Churchill

Overnight in simple yet comfortable hotel such as the Tundra Inn – a cozy, family run property located in the northern town of Churchill.

Day 09

Encounters with Polar Bears

Get almost nose-to-nose with one of the most feared predators in the world on your first day of your Tundra Buggy adventure.

Note: The order of events on your trip will vary at the discretion of your guides – based on their expert knowledge of wildlife behavior at the time and their desire to give you the best experience possible

Day 10

Encounters with Polar Bears

Another day out on the Tundra! With an expert guide and the convenience of small groups your experience will be truly memorable.

Day 11

Dogsledding Adventure – Return to Winnipeg

Another day of activities today in Churchill before returning to Winnipeg.

Day 12

Depart Winnipeg

Your lords of the wilderness trip comes to an end today.

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options.
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HERE'S WHAT YOU GET

To make sure that your holiday is full of only good surprises, here's a comprehensive list of what is (and isn't) included in your package.


Accommodations

  • 2 nights in a floating resort (Knight Inlet Lodge)
  • 1 night accommodation in a 3-star hotel (Campbell River)
  • 3 nights accommodation in 4-star hotels (Vancouver)
  • 2 nights accommodation in 4-star hotel (Winnipeg airport)
  • 3 nights accommodation in 3-star hotel (Churchill)

Knight Inlet Lodge Experiences

  • Welcome Orientation for Wildlife Viewing
  • Naturalist-led Grizzly Bear Viewing Tours
  • Scenic Boat Ride of Glendale Cove
  • Use of Kayaks on Organized Estuary Tours
  • Naturalists Services
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Optional Extra Tours: Additional Bear Viewing, Interpretive Hike of the Kwalate River Valley, Wildlife Tracking, Bald Eagle and Bird Watching Excursions of the Kwalate River Valley, Wildlife Tracking, Bald Eagle and Bird Watching Excursions

Polar Bear Experiences

  • Escorted tour of Churchill and Area
  • 2 Full Days on the Tundra Buggy (including lunch)
  • Itsanitaq Museum
  • Parks Canada Interpretation Center
  • Cultural Presentation
  • Dogsledding

Meal Inclusions

  • All meals and snacks at Knight Inlet Lodge (including complimentary house wine with dinner)
  • All meals while in Churchill

Transportation Inclusions

  • Private transfers between Vancouver airport and hotels
  • Roundtrip airfare between Vancouver and Campbell River
  • Roundtrip Float Plane between Campbell River and Knight Inlet Lodge
  • Transfers to and from the airport, hotel and float plane in Campbell River
  • Roundtrip airfare between Winnipeg and Churchill (light meal provided onboard)

Other Inclusions

  • Wilderness Tourism Association Habitat Conservation Fee
  • Rain gear at Knight Inlet Lodge (if required)
  • Digital Travel Documents
  • Gratuities for guides at Knight Inlet Lodge
  • Gratuities for private transfers (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support – from the time you book, you will be assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator with whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.
  • The following flights: - Your home to Vancouver - Vancouver to Winnipeg (one way) - From Winnipeg to your home
  • Meals, except as indicated
  • Winter Clothing Rentals (available for Churchill if required)
  • Gratuities for your guides, hotel and transfer staff
  • Trip Cancellation and Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Canadian Sales Taxes

SEASONAL RESTRICTIONS

  • Knight Inlet Lodge Grizzly Bear Package: Seasonal habitats for grizzly bears are set by changes in food availability and sightings will vary from year to year.
  • Churchill: Dog Sledding experience may be offered as a dog-carting excursion depending on weather.

PRICES & DATES

This trip is available for departures between September and October.

Starting From

$9,390 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, September 2020 departure and our base class.

We offer a range of packages across all four seasons. Please speak with one of our travel advisors about personalizing your trip and getting a comprehensive quote.

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