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.

Suggested length

8 days / 7 nights


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When to go

October – November

Time on train

2 days, 2 nights

Highlights of your trip

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

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Go dog sledding in Churchill

Enjoy an authentic dog sledding experience with a local Métis musher. Hear tales of Arctic racing, meet the pack of lovingly cared-for sled dogs, then feel the exhilaration of racing a team.

Trip Itinerary

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Arrive in Winnipeg
Day 01

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.

  • Meet Your Group and Guides

    This evening, meet your host and group of fellow polar bear enthusiasts for a Q&A session. On your trip, you'll enjoy a small group experience (max. 22 guests) led by a knowledgeable guide. 

Train Journey to Churchill Begins
Day 02

Train Journey to Churchill Begins

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

Onboard VIA Rail
Day 03

Onboard VIA Rail

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

Arrive in Churchill
Day 04

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

    On this Churchill interpretive tour, view and photograph the Polar Bear Holding Facility, historical Cape Merry, and an impressive Inukshuk.

  • Evening Cultural Presentation

    Hear the stories of a Churchill resident, such as a local trapper, and learn what it's like to live in the Northern reaches of Canada.

  • Dog Sledding Adventure

    Meet a local Métis musher for an authentic dog sledding experience. Hear incredible tales of Arctic racing before embarking on your own race through the boreal forest.

View Polar Bears Up Close
Day 05

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

    Your journey takes you through Churchill Wildlife Management Area's extensive trail network in search of polar bears. 

Explore Churchill
Day 06

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

    Discover Churchill's intriguing history through Parks Canada Centre's wildlife dioramas and interactive exhibits.

  • Itsanitaq Museum Visit

    Learn about Inuit culture at the Itsanitaq Museum. The museum's collection of Inuit carvings and artifacts are among the finest and oldest in the world.

  • Polar Bears International House

    Visit Polar Bears International House, hear from a PBI representative, and learn about ongoing polar bear research in the region.

Another Tundra Buggy Adventure
Day 07

Another Tundra Buggy Adventure

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

  • Tundra Buggy Adventure

    Enjoy another extraordinary day on board the Tundra Buggy. As well as polar bears, you may see arctic fox, ptarmigan, and snowy owl.  

  • Fly back to Winnipeg
Depart from Winnipeg
Day 08

Depart from Winnipeg

Much too soon, you bid farewell to the Canadian North as you 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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These are examples of the places you can stay on this trip. Please get in touch to discuss your options and to check availability.
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Tundra Inn

Example of a Comfort hotel in Churchill

The Tundra Inn is a charming, family-run hotel located in the northern town of Churchill. With comfortable accommodation and complimentary amenities, this is the perfect place to relax before or after your arctic adventure.

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What’s Included

Hotel accommodation
Sleeper train experience
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
Electronic travel documentation package
Personalized Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support

Frequently Asked Questions

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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Black Friday Special

Free Hotel Night + Hotel Upgrade + Fine-Dining

Enjoy a free hotel night in select destinations — as well as a complimentary hotel upgrade — during your qualifying 2023 train vacation. Plus, we'll include a fine-dining experience!

Travel between January 1 – October 31, 2023

Capacity is limited to the first 50 guests who book before November 30, 2022. Get in touch today to secure your spot.

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Insider Tips

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!

Shannon B


Canadian Insider

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