Polar Bears in Churchill Photo Tour

Polar Bears in Churchill, Canada

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About This Trip

Every October and November, polar bears congregate in the Churchill area to await the return of the sea ice and access to their preferred prey: the ringed seal. This high concentration of polar bears is the perfect opportunity for photographers and wildlife lovers to experience bears, arctic foxes, caribou, and snowy owls in their habitat. We will spend 3 nights at the Churchill Northern Study Centre along the Hudson Bay coastline. We tour the Wildlife Management Area for 3 1/2 days: 2 days on private van tours and 1 day on a tundra vehicle in the Wildlife Management Area, with an additional 1/2 day van trip into town on our arrival day.

The tundra vehicles have an outside observation deck for photography and heated interior. These vehicles take us places a regular vehicle can not go indside the massive and varied Churchill Wildlife Management Area. While on our private van with a local guide we will see more bears and also pause for other arctic wildlife. We will be allowed to venture out of the van to photograph handheld or with tripod as long as our local guide feels it is safe. This allows eye level perspective photography.        At the Northern Studies Centre we are immersed in the beauty of the reserve area and we will meet researchers also staying at the Centre for the season. There is astar dome for enjoying the night sky from inside . The outside deck is perfect for night photography and seeking the Northern Lights. 

This trip is limited to 6 guests and you will be accompanied by photography host, Gregory Sweeney as well as local professional guides. .

Key Information


  1. Churchill
  2. Manitoba, Canada


  1. Limited to 8 guests


  1. Polar Bears, fox species, snowy owl, caribou, rugged landscapes, local art murals, ptarmigan, water views, coastline
  2. 2 days in a private van with local professional guide.
  3. 1 day on tundra vehicle in Wildlife Management Area

Trip Dates

  1. 22 October - 27 Oct 2021 -New Dates 


  1. $3,800 (USD) pp
  2. *1 space left - Contact Us to receive our detailed trip guide.*

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  1. Flights from/to Churchill from Winnipeg
  2. Hotel single room at Winnipeg airport before/after Churchill (discount for sharing)  
  3. Transfers to/from Northern Studies Centre to airport
  4. 4 nights at Northern Studies Centre in shared room, most meals
  5. 1 day tundra vehicle excursion
  6. 2 days private van with guide
  7. Northern Studies Centre membership, tour, photographer mentor and tour leader
  8. Policies Link

Not Included

  1. Airfare to Winnipeg
  2. Meals in Winnipeg, dinner on last day in Churchill
  3. Alcohol and special beverages
  4. Gear and rented clothing
  5. Gratuity,donations, phone & internet charges, laundry

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Travel Planning

  1. Guests should arrange to fly into Winnipeg airport (YWG) on 29th October
  2. Trip fee includes a room at a hotel on airport property on 29th October  
  3. The flight to Churchill will on the morning of the 30th
  4. On November 2nd we will take an evening flight back to Winnipeg after dinner in town. Then stay in the airport hotel that night. 
  5. Guests can arrange return flights home on 3 November. 


    October 29: Meet in Winnipeg airport hotel

    October 30:Flight from Winnipeg to Churchill. Transfer to Studies Centre and tour of facility. Possible 1/2 day excursion in town.

    October 31: Morning departure for private van tour to photograph arctic wildlife and bears

    November 1: Morning departure for private van tour to photograph arctic wildlife and bears

    November 2: Bear buggy for the day in the Wildlife Management Area.

    November 3: Breakfast, transfer to airport for mid day flight to Winnipeg. Airport hotel - some guests maybe have connecting flight to home

    November 4: Guests depart for home

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Our photo safaris are for photographers and non photographers who want to get up close to large marine life. All of our trips are to destinations proven to be reliable for great encounters. Gregory Sweeney is on hand to help guests with camera gear and techniques before and during the trips. We have been hosting Shark Scuba trips on the MV Dolphin Dream for 10 years.