Polar Bear Expedition by Train

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See polar bears by train in Canada

Take the train to Churchill, the heart of polar bear country. On this escorted trip, see polar bears in the wild on a specially designed Tundra Buggy. Learn more about the North during immersive tours, and experience a thrilling dog sled ride.

Close-up polar bear encounters

Overnight journey through the arctic tundra by train

Watch polar bears from the comfort of a Tundra Buggy

Unique activities such as dog sledding and cultural tours

Small group size

Suggested length

8 days / 7 nights


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  • Arrive in Winnipeg
  • 1

    Arrive in Winnipeg

    Your polar bear adventure begins! Time permitting, we recommend you head to Winnipeg's Manitoba Museum. Alternatively, explore The Forks market, one of the city's most popular gathering places and a great place to purchase souvenirs from Canadian artisans.

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    Train Journey to Churchill Begins

    With your guide and group, make your way to Winnipeg's Union Station and begin your northern rail adventure.

  • Train Journey to Churchill Begins
  • Onboard VIA Rail
  • 3

    Onboard VIA Rail

    Read a book, relax, and enjoy the company of your fellow guests, as you travel further north.

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    Arrive in Churchill

    Arrive in Churchill - one of the best places in the world to view polar bears in the wild.

    • Churchill Town and Area Tour
    • Cultural Presentation
    • Dog Sledding Adventure
  • Arrive in Churchill
  • View Polar Bears Up Close
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    View Polar Bears Up Close

    The moment has finally come - after a hotel pick up, board a Tundra Buggy and start your search for polar bears.

    • Tundra Buggy Adventure
  • 6

    Explore Churchill

    Today you'll discover the fascinating fur trade history of Churchill, and learn more about Inuit culture and polar bear research. 

    • Parks Canada Centre Visit
    • Itsanitaq Museum Visit
    • Polar Bears International House
  • Explore Churchill
  • Another Tundra Buggy Adventure
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    Another Tundra Buggy Adventure

    Head out for another exciting day on the Tundra, searching for polar bears.

    • Tundra Buggy Adventure
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    Depart from Winnipeg

    Much too soon, you bid farewell to the Canadian North as you depart from Winnipeg.

  • Depart from Winnipeg
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Comfort Level

Hotel Accommodations

3 Star

Activities and Wildlife Viewing

Fully Guided


Most meals included
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Insider's tip

Manitoba has a slower pace of life and some of the friendliest people in Canada. While you may know it for its Polar Bear viewing, it's rich and culture and has some great festivals and events. If you prefer nature, the 1110,000 lakes will definitely have something to offer you!

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What's included

Hotel accommodation
Sleeper train experience in a private cabin
Meals whilst onboard the train
All meals whilst on your polar bear tour
Polar Bear viewing from a specialized Tundra Buggy
Unique guided activities such as dogsledding, cultural tours and more
Train station transfers
Flight from Churchill to Winnipeg
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Frequently asked questions

All of our overnight train journeys feature a private cabin on board the train. In addition, you'll typically enjoy the train's viewing areas, common lounges, and dining cars where you can socialize with fellow travelers.
The polar bear migration is a special occasion, and it offers visitors a high probability of seeing the bears in the wild. Our specialized tour operators know the landscape extremely well, and will take you to places where bears are commonly spotted. There is no guarantee of a sighting, however.
The best time to see polar bears is in October and November, during the annual fall migration. The polar bears congregate on the shore of Hudson Bay near Churchill waiting for the water to freeze so the annual seal hunt can begin.
When you’re not out looking for polar bears there are opportunities to learn about northern Manitoba’s Indigenous culture, history and wildlife by visiting the Itsanitaq Museum, the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre and joining evening talks with a local expert. There’s also a chance to go dog sledding.
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