Explore Toronto and Niagara's wineries before you head to Churchill, known as the "Polar Bear Capital of the World". where aproximately 900 of these enormous bears congregate in the fall and wait for the Hudson Bay to freeze. You'll meet several of these animals up-close and on their turf on your Great Ice Bear adventure at the Dymond Lake Eco-Lodge and on your Tundra Buggy adventure. This Dymond Lake Eco-Lodge tour takes you to the very edge of the Boreal forest, where the Land of Little Sticks gives way to the great tundra plain. The Eco-Lodge is ideally located to take advantage of several ecosystems providing easy access to the Boreal Forest, Taiga (The Land of Little Sticks), and the Tundra. Of course, the Hudson Bay, home to the Great Ice Bears is just outside the front door. The remote fly-in destinations (the only ones on the Hudson Bay) ensure that your wildlife encounters take place in an exclusive pristine setting while enjoying all the creature comforts of home in a world-class true wilderness lodge. Walking with wild polar bears is a safe and wildly exciting experience that is sure to offer lasting memories.
Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel in Toronto. Your driver will meet you at the arrivals gate with a sign with your name to greet you before accompanying you for the transfer.
Enjoy a shared excursion with a professional tour guide to the renowned Niagara escarpment to discover the wines of the region, as well as the quaint town of Niagara-on-the-lake. This deluxe guided wine tour includes a delicious lunch at the world famous Queenston Heights restaurant overlooking the beautiful Niagara Escarpment. To complement the entrée, three flights of wine from various Niagara wineries are served. Once lunch is completed the tour continues to Chateau des Charmes Winery for a full guided tour with wine tastings. The second winery is a founding Niagara Winery, Inniskillin. You will enjoy tasting of both red and white wines and the featured ice wine. After Inniskillin, journey via the historic Niagara parkway to the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Free time is provided to shop and browse this pretty town, the original Capital of Upper Canada. Enjoy a relaxing ride back to your hotel at the end of the day.
Flight from Toronto to Winnipeg (Not included).
Arrive in Winnipeg where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at the Four Points Sheraton at the Winnipeg Airport.
At 7:00 pm this evening, a dinner will be held at the hotel where you will meet your group and your adventure specialist. You'll need your rest tonight for your early morning departure to Churchill.
Enjoy a short flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, where an expert staff member will meet you at the airport and provide you with instruction sof the morning transfers. It is also time to pick up your winter gear if you are renting.
You will be transferred by fixed wing aircraft to the Dymond Lake Lodge. This exciting flight takes you out over the historic Churchill River, and then northwest up the rugged Hudson Bay coast to Canada's most exclusive Polar Bear viewing properties. Keep a sharp eye out en route for possible sitings of caribou, moose, seals, wolves and the Great Ice Bears. Upon your arrival, your hosts will provide a tour of the Lodge and get you settled into your room. A thorough orientation on travelling in polar bear country will be provided prior to any outings. This day includes a guided hike on the rugged and starkly beautiful coastline, an interpretive slide show featuring the wildlife of Hudson Bay, and hopefully a clear night for viewing the Aurora Borealis. Dymond Lake Lodge features a heated Aurora Dome for northern lights observation. All this will be topped off with a lunch and dinner where your hosts and guides will regale you with tales of life and adventures in Canada's Arctic. There will also be local presenters on hand to provide guests with an insight into the local cultures and traditions.
This evening, you will be provided with a $30 dinner voucher to use at a choice of local restaurants.
In the coming days, your breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. with the first walking tour generally leaving at 9:30 a.m. Once you've fuelled up with one of the legendary full course breakfasts, you'll be eager to bundle up and head out into the snow. Should there be a polar bear in camp, the walking tour is delayed for picture taking but no one ever seems to mind!The walks are comfortably paced as they are gearedtowards plenty of viewing and photo opportunities. They are guided by professional and knowledgeable tour leaders so you'll do a lot of learning along the way as well. Obviously the guides cannot allow the bears to approach too closely, and they are experts in keeping bears at a safe distance without sacrificing exciting viewing.
This morning you will head out for another trek through the tundra, in search of polar bears and other local wildlife, such as caribou, wolves and foxes. Each day, your lunches will be enjoyed back at the lodge, followed by a bit of time to relax. You will head back out around 2:30pm for more wildlife watching, and return to the lodge by 5:00pm for drinks and appetizers. Your delectable full-course dinners are served at 7:00pm.
After another hearty breakfast, it’s time to pack for the bush plane flight back to Churchill, say goodbyes and snap a few more pictures. After another exciting aerial tour, you'll arrive in Churchill where your bags will be stored for you until you can check into your hotel later in the day. You are then free to explore and wine & dine in this frontier community at your leisure. You will be provided with a $30 dinner voucher with listing of participating restaurants for your dining this evening. You will then head back to your hotel to rest up for your final day with the bears.
Today you will travel across the tundra in the famous Tundra Buggy for more polar bear viewing. Transportation by bus to and from the Tundra Buggy is provided at 8:00 am and 5:00 pm respectively, so do remember to grab some breakfast beforehand. Lunch "with the bears" will be prepared and served to you on the tour. Your flight south to Winnipeg is scheduled for this evening, and upon arrival, you will check into the Four Points Sheraton at the Winnipeg Airport for a night of rest before your outward flight.
Enjoy a short flight from Churchill back to Winnipeg this evening. Upon arrival, you will check into the Four Points Sheraton, conveniently located at the Winnipeg airport.
After a restful sleep you will pack your bags in preparation for your flight home. You will also enjoy a breakfast before your trip back to reality.
Hilton Garden Inn (3*) is centrally located in Toronto's Garden District, within walking distance to the Toronto Eaton Centre, Dundas Square and a number of theatres including Elgin & Wintergarden Theatre, Cannon Theatre, and Lorraine Kimsa. Modern decor and luxurious amenities adorn each of their many unique guest rooms and their facilities will enhance the stay of their guests. The Great North American Grill is located on their second floor serving freshly prepared breakfast, 24 hour room service, and has an evening lounge with full beverage service. Popular restaurants in the area include The Keg Mansion, Hard Rock Cafe, Milestones and numerous independent restaurants available through their concierge desk. Work out in the complimentary fitness center, relax in the whirlpool or take a plunge in the pool.
The Four Points by Sheraton Winnipeg International Airport(3.5*) is Winnipeg's only hotel connected to the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport by skywalk. This hotel offers first-class facilities and features 132 guest rooms and suites. The on-site restaurant serves quality offerings and has an extensive menu. After dinner, relax and unwind in the Local Heros sports bar. The property has a state of the art fitness centre as well as all of the services and amenities you would expect from a hotel of this standard.
Dymond Lake Eco-Lodge is located a short 30km (15 minute flight) north of Churchill on a strip of land bordered by Dymond Lake and the Hudson Bay. Boasting authentic wilderness lodge style, with all of the modern comforts one comes to rely on, the lodge is perfectly positioned in a high-traffic polar bear zone, meaning guests are sure to see the amazing bear in it's natural environment. The lodge's viewing tower offers a wonderfully safe environment for bear watching, while a guided trek on the nearby nature trails is also bound to prove successful.
At the Aurora Inn you can experience northern owned and operated hospitality in spacious 2 story loft apartments, featuring one queen or two double beds, within steps of Churchill's restaurants, bars, shopping and recreation facilities. Hotel and room facilities include Cable television, movie station, VCRs and/or DVD players, fully equipped kitchens with complimentary coffee and tea, complimentary laundry service, wheel chair accessible, automatic 24 hour telephone system with voice messaging and data ports, high speed wireless internet hot spot, high speed public access terminal, tour & u- drive information available from the front desk staff.
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