Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Client Report: Polar Bear Watching in Churchill, Canada

Recently very good clients of ours, Lorraine and Bill, took a trip to Churchill, Manitoba, in northern Canada. They answer questions about their trip and describe its highlights...

Why did you decide to travel to Churchill?

We decided upon the trip to Churchill as we both wanted to see Polar Bears in the wild. The time for Polar Bear activity around Churchill is for about 6 weeks only, around November, so we decided to risk the cold and go for it.

What was the highlight of your trip?

The highlight of the trip came on days 2 and 4 when we were transferred to the tundra buggy launching area; on both days we saw numerous Polar Bears. We also saw an Arctic Fox, a Red Fox and a group of Ptarmigan. The Polar Bears sometimes come up right alongside the buggy so you had a really close look at them and were able to get some good photographs. Binoculars were necessary to view wildlife at a distance.

What would be your top tip for visitors?

The top tip for this trip is to make sure that you dress very warmly indeed, with a couple of layers. The temperature in Churchill during our stay was -12°C, but as there was a 53kph north wind blowing, this reduced the temperature to around -22°C!

On day 3 we were taken to the outskirts of Churchill where we participated in a dog sleigh ride on a mile long circuit for around 15-20 minutes. You need to dress especially warmly for this activity as there is a bitingly cold wind during the ride.

Out of all of the trips you have booked with us, which stands out?

One of the highlights was the China and trans-mongolian/siberian rail journey we undertook from Beijing to Moscow over 11 days in 2010; the scenery was stunning to say the least.

Why do you use Robert Broad Travel to book your holidays?

We have used Robert Broad Travel for all of our numerous worldwide adventures since 2004. We have found that their knowledge of destinations is exemplary and nothing seems too much trouble for them. All the itineraries have worked out as planned and we cannot think of anything that did not meet expectations. We have holidays planned with RBT next year for Australia and India.

We are able to offer a comprehensive 6 day polar bear watching experience from £3726 per person + flights

Price includes:

• 2 nights accommodation in Winnipeg
• 3 nights hotel accommodation in Churchill
• Return airfare between Winnipeg & Churchill
• 2 full days of polar bear viewing on a Tundra Buggy
• Churchill and area tour
• Entrance to the Eskimo Museum
• Slide presentation
• Dog sledding excursion

Click here for more details on this tour

If you are interested in seeing polar bears in the wild contact Robert Broad Travel on 01543 258631. Nathan has experienced this trip first hand and is here to help plan your Churchill adventure, call or e-mail

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