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Von's Polar Bear Adventure - Nov. 08

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A November 2008 trip to Churchill by MilwVon

Walking Towards Our Buggy Photo, Churchill, Manitoba More Photos
Quote: Churchill, Manitoba is known as the Polar Bear Capital of the World, being the most accessible way to see polar bears in the wild. After months of researching and planning, I ventured far into Canada to experience them in their natural habitat.

Churchill Nature Tours

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Attraction | "The BEST Tour Company in Churchill"

Churchill Nature Tours Photo, Churchill, Manitoba
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Ecotourism is a booming business and in Churchill, Manitoba it is the polar bears that bring tourists in from around the world for approximately six weeks every fall. After learning about tour packages to Churchill, I started my research nearly a year out before my adventure. There are several tour companies who package four to six day adventures in Churchill so it is important that you figure out what you really want to do during your time there and find the operator who packages the best to see and do, at the most affordable price. Prices do range significantly, as do the quality of the tour leaders/guides and the activities added above the main attraction . . . viewing polar bears from a tundra ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 7, 2008

Churchill Nature Tours

Erickson, Manitoba
(204) 636-2968

Day One in Churchill 11/2/08

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Along Hudson Bay Photo, Churchill, Manitoba
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After a hectic day of travel, our group of 21 arrived safely in Churchill by mid morning Sunday. Thank goodness for "falling back" the night before as we all needed the extra hour's sleep. We have a very eclectic group, with roughly a third from the UK, USA and Canada each. I was amazed at the number of folks that cross "the pond" to come to the Polar Bear Capital of the World . . . Churchill, Manitoba.Upon our arrival, our tour guide Steve provided us with a thorough tour of the town, highlighting everything of importance . . . where NOT to go due to safety issues with bears in town . . . where to go shopping for gifts and souvenirs . . . and where we'll be dining for most of our meals wh...Read More

Day Two Tundra Buggy 11/3/08

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Our First Bear on the Tundra  Photo, Churchill, Manitoba
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OMG was it incredible! We were out of the tundra buggy launch pad by 9:00a and within a mile or so, we experienced our first bear. He was very close to the path, on a slightly elevated lakeshore. When we first pulled up he was just laying there, but it was clear they are very curious animals. He lifted his head and looked over at us several times. Seemingly bored with us, he started to roll around in the snow bring about the first oooohhhhs and aaawwwwws of our two days on the tundra.From there, the day only got better as we had a very active morning of bear viewing . . . including a momma and two cubs. At first they were completely out of sight, but someone on the buggy noticed the mov...Read More

Day Three Tundra Buggy 11/4/08

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More Buggies Arrive Photo, Churchill, Manitoba
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It was a remarkable day in spite of, or maybe because of the snow blizzard! A storm came in from Alberta, and the forecast was for upwards of a foot of snow and winds exceeding 50mph. Weather is a funny thing because the bears like it cold, the colder the better and the snow really doesn't affect them much. They don't care for the high winds however, so we had a few things working against us for the bear viewing day out on the tundra:1. The air temp was around 30F which is warmer than bears like it, making them a bit lethargic in general. (Probably why we saw so many laying around yesterday and rather limited in their general activities . . . and NO sparring.)2. With the whiteout con...Read More

Aurora Inn

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Hotel | "Wonderful Accommodations!"

Aurora Inn Photo, Churchill, Manitoba
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For our three nights in Churchill, the Aurora Inn served as our home away from home. Admittedly, I was a bit curious about the condition of a motel property that is so far from the rest of civilization, and in a town without a lot of options. I was pleasantly surprised as the comfort and amenities provided the guests. Churchill Nature Tours did well by selecting the Aurora Inn as the packaged accommodations for their tour guests.All of the units utilized by our tour group were two level condominium type units. When you entered your room the first thing noted would be the large living space to include a dinette area and full kitchen. The sofa and chair were in good repair and were a co...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 9, 2008

Aurora Inn
P.O. Box 1030
Churchill
(204) 675-2071

Dining at Gypsy's Bakery and Cafe

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Gypsy's Cafe & Bakery Photo, Churchill, Manitoba
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As the sign states on their rooftop Gypsy's is "THE PLACE TO BE IN CHURCHILL." Our tour group operator Churchill Nature Tours had all of our meals while in Churchill taken care of by Gypsy's. When we were "in town" our breakfasts and dinners were at Gypsy's. Our tundra buggy tour picnic lunches were prepared by them as well. Churchill Nature Tours must be highly regarded as everyone there knew our guide Steve and he seemed to enjoy his conversations with them.Gypsy's is a mix between a cafeteria line type operation (breakfast and lunch) and sit-down diner (dinner). For our group, we had our choice of anything on the ala carte menu for breakfast, including selections from their fresh d...Read More