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
LET’S PERSONALIZE THIS TRIP

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.

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Day 1 View Map

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 2 View Map

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 South to Campbell River

(1 of 2 activities)

This scenic and quick flight is the easiest way to get from Vancouver to Campbell River.

Grizzly Bears of Knight Inlet

(2 of 2 activities)

Canada's best grizzly bear viewing location, Knight Inlet Lodge, is nestled in a quiet cove on the emerald waters of Knight Inlet in British Columbia.Fly to Campbell River and check in to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the “Salmon Fishing Capital of the World”.

Day 3 View Map

Up Close with Grizzly Bears

Your Knight Inlet Lodge experience begins.

Knight Inlet Lodge – Up Close with Grizzly Bears

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Get ready to begin an exciting day of grizzly bear tours, adventure, and relaxing (of course!) The flight heading for Knight Inlet Lodge takes roughly 30 minutes. Spend the rest of the day participating in one of several activities available at the lodge, including kayaking, hiking, and wildlife viewing or spend the day on a grizzly bear tour. This time of year, the usually solitary bears gather on the rivers to hunt spawning salmon.

Day 4 View Map

Grizzly Bear Viewing at Knight Inlet Lodge

Your Knight Inlet Lodge experience continues.

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Knight Inlet Lodge

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Your grizzly bear viewing at the rustic Knight Inlet Lodge continues. Relax in the vast west coast wilderness, choose a lodge activity, or go grizzly bear viewing accompanied by an experienced guide. The choices are limitless!

Day 5 View Map

Knight Inlet Lodge/Campbell River to Vancouver

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'll have another opportunity to go bear viewing before you fly back to Campbell River.

Flight from Campbell River to Vancouver Airport South

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Relax during this scenic flight from Campbell River to the Vancouver Airport South.

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 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel. This hotel is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, a short walk from the trendy shops of Robson Street, art galleries, theaters and dining options. Enjoy well-appointed rooms, have a bite to eat at the relaxed hotel restaurant, or sip a cocktail at the bar. Additional amenities include a fitness center, on-site restaurant, pub, swimming pool and jacuzzi.

Day 6 View Map

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.

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Vancouver in Summer

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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.

Day 7 View Map

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 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 Polar Bear Tour in Winnipeg

(2 of 3 activities)

Discover Winnipeg before meeting your interpretive polar bear guide this evening. Visit the Forks – Winnipeg’s gathering place with nine acres of activity, restaurants, shopping and interactive fun.

Recommended Winter Clothing Rental

(3 of 3 activities)

To ensure you are comfortable in Churchill's cold temperatures, ask us about 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 8 View Map

Winnipeg to Churchill

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

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Winnipeg to Churchill

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Flying over the tundra the bird’s eye view is spectacular! Enjoy a guided tour of the town, including a visit to the Itsanitaq Museum – a memorable introduction to the unique culture of the north. In the evening, enjoy a cultural presentation featuring life in Churchill.

Day 9 View Map

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.

Insider Tip

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

Polar Bear Viewing and Arctic Activities

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Why is Churchill the Polar Bear Capital of the World? Large numbers of polar bears congregate near town each fall while they wait for ice to form on Hudson Bay. Exploring on the Tundra Buggy, seeing the bears at close quarters is almost guaranteed!

Day 10 View Map

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.

Polar Bear Viewing and Arctic Activities

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It's another great day out on the Tundra in search for Polar Bears today. You'll learn interesting facts about the area's geology and history as you go along on this once in a lifetime adventure.

Day 11 View Map

Dogsledding Adventure – Return to Winnipeg

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

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Dog Sledding Excursion

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Learn about dog sledding today – you’ll even get to mush your own team of dogs. This afternoon visit the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre, where you learn more about the history, wildlife, and culture of Churchill. Fly back to Winnipeg for an overnight stay.

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Depart Winnipeg

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

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Leaving Winnipeg

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Your polar bear experience ends as you check out from your Winnipeg hotel this morning.

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options.
Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Modern hotel bathroom featuring a large glass-paneled shower and single sink with counter space.
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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)
  • Documentation package
  • 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.

Seasonality at Grizzly Bears of Knight Inlet

Grizzly feeding patterns are not set by date but rather by changes in food availability. Bears tend to move inland for the months of July and August, but this timing is estimated and may change slightly year-on-year. While fewer bears are usually seen during these months, summer guests will get the warmest and sunniest days, and the best chances to see whales!)

SEASONAL RESTRICTIONS

  • Churchill: Dog Sledding experience may be offered as a dog carting excursion depending on weather.
  • The following flights (but make sure to ask for help):
    • 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.

PRICES & DATES

This trip is available for departures between September and October.

Starting From

$9,390 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, September 2019 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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