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Polar Bears of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, Photography Tour


  November 7th to November 12th, 2024

  5 nights/6 inclusive days  |  Maximum of 12 participants, and a minimum of 6 participants

  $6,738 USD per person sharing  |  $7,503 USD per single person
 All inclusive except airfare
  The deposit for this photography tour is $750. Make a deposit, or pay your tour balance here

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  Arrival and departure airport: Winnipeg, Manitoba [YWG]
  Arrival window: By late afternoon on Day 1
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Polar Bears of Manitoba photo gallery
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This photo tour will run with one or more participants. Please note that our group limit is not a requirement!  12 places are available at this time
  Updated: Tuesday the 21st of May, 2024

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Photography Tour Overview:
Churchill, Manitoba is considered to be the Polar Bear capital of the world, so why not join our Polar bear photo tour and see for yourself?! The bears linger around Churchill while waiting for Hudson Bay to freeze over, and two of our three and a half days in Churchill will be spent out on the tundra in pursuit of great images of the bears. Other wildlife in the immediate vicinity include the Red and Arctic Fox, the Arctic Hare and various wildfowl. We'll also set up tripods after dark to catch the Aurora Borealis [northern lights] as they'll most likely bless us with their appearance during our stay. You'll also have the opportunity to go dog sledding [or dog carting based on the amount of snow coverage], pictures of which we'll arrange for the best effects. Lastly, there's an optional helicopter ride that will take you to additional remote areas where Polar Bears forage in differing habitats than those we are able to access during our days on the tundra buggy. As with all of our photography tours, early and late shooting is scheduled for each day.


Our itinerary . . .
But first things first! We suggest that you set your camera's clock to the local time, as your images will then synchronize with the times in our included photo tour field notes.

Day 1  |  Winnipeg
Please arrive in Winnipeg by early evening. Those folk arriving early on day 1, or the previous day, are welcome to join John late morning on day 1 for a Winnipeg photography option covering several locations in the vicinity of the Red River. Dinner as a group is included this evening - as are all meals during this photography tour - during which John will present an orientation and collection of images shot on a previous photography tour in and around Churchill.
Winnipeg, 1 night

Day 2  |  Winnipeg to Churchill
After breakfast we'll take a morning flight to Churchill, Manitoba, on Hudson Bay. Following hotel check-in and lunch we'll take a cultural and heritage tour which will likely, and hopefully, be interrupted by wildlife sightings such as Red Fox and Polar Bear. We'll spend three nights in Churchill which is also a prime spot to photograph the northern lights, i.e. the Aurora Borealis, with ample opportunities to set up tripods and capture some stunning night skies.
Churchill, 3 nights

Day 3  |  Churchill: Day on the tundra
Breakfast, then at dawn we'll be heading out for a full day photo tour out on the tundra. The prime objective will be the Polar Bears, and our tundra vehicle driver will maneuver for the best possible shots of the bears throughout the day. Red Fox sightings are common too.

Day 4  |  Churchill: Hudson Bay and dog sledding et cetera
Dawn at the Inuksuk monument on the edge of Hudson Bay, then following breakfast the day will be partly taken up with dog sledding and more. The remainder of the day will be split between those that want to take a helicopter ride - see 'optional' below - and those joining John to explore nearby inlets for birds, bears and hopefully a foraging Red or Arctic Fox. The Arctic Hare is also often seen in and around Churchill.

Day 5  |  Churchill: Day on the tundra, and a late return flight to Winnipeg
We'll pretty much duplicate day 3 inasmuch as we'll take another full day tundra tour followed by our evening flights back to Winnipeg. The included dinner on the last night of our photography tour will feature an 'It's You!' presentation of clients in action on this tour by John.
Near Winnipeg airport, 1 night

Day 6  |  Departure day
As there isn't any photography scheduled for the day of departure on this trip, your flight home can be arranged for any time today. Transport to the airport is included unless you’re staying on for a day or more.

Please note that the scheduled excursions above may be shuffled to take the best advantage of light, weather and other tour logistics.

Photo Tour Photographer/Leader: John Baker, Travel Images Photography Tours
The preceding itinerary is a copyrighted work by John Baker Photographer LLC, and Travel Images Photography Tours




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Exertion level: This photography tour is classified as 'non strenuous'

A majority of images are accessed from the tundra buggy, or in proximity of our van

In every other respect this photography tour is considered non-strenuous to mildly strenuous


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Photography Tour Cost, Deposit, Cancellation Policy and Enrollment Guidance

Trip Cost: $6,738 USD per person double occupancy.

Trip Cost: $7,503 USD per person, single occupancy . . . The single supplement of $765 is included in this single occupancy rate

  • The rate is completely all-inclusive. See below.

  • The deposit for this photography tour is $750. Make a deposit, or pay your tour balance here

  • As we are using a local supplier, room sharing discounts do not apply. All other discounts do apply.

  • The tundra buggy operator will require that each participant agree to their own terms and conditions.

Cancellation policy: Go here


Enrollment guidance: Go here



Included in the Trip Cost: The following items are included in the trip cost . . .

  • Photography instruction throughout the trip by John

  • Round trip airfare Winnipeg-Churchill-Winnipeg

  • Winnipeg and Churchill airport transfers

  • All meals and non-alcoholic drinks from dinner on day 1 to dinner on day 5

  • All accommodations with private facilities [en-suite], which includes 3 nights in Churchill and 2 nights in Winnipeg

  • 2 full-day tundra buggy tours: Interpretive-Guided Tundra Buggy excursion: Each day, we depart early and board a tundra vehicle in search of polar bears and other wildlife out on the tundra.

  • Picnic style lunches and refreshments are included while out on the tundra

  • Churchill regional tour: Included is a guided bus tour of local and historical points of interest surrounding Churchill, plus Cape Merry, Port of Churchill and Manitoba Conservation's Polar Bear Holding Facility (weather permitting)

  • Dog Sledding: Hosted by a local resident and dog sledding expert, you will learn about the history associated with dog sledding in Northern Canada. Enjoy an exhilarating ride behind a strong team of huskies on a custom-made sled (or cart, weather permitting)

  • Eskimo Museum: The museum contains one of Canada's finest collections of Inuit carvings, kayaks and artifacts dating from pre- Dorset, Dorset, Thule, and modern Inuit times.

  • Parks Canada Interpretive Centre: Walk back in time viewing detailed and exciting wildlife dioramas, fur trade exhibits. View a series of videos on the history, culture and wildlife of the area.

  • Local minibus excursions guided by John

  • All ground transportation

  • Field notes describing the time, place and subject of each photo stop

  • Images of clients 'in action' during the trip which are uploaded onto our website via a 'client only' web page.

Not Included in the Trip Cost: The costs for these items are the responsibility of each participant . . .

  • Transportation costs incurred going to or from the gateway airport

  • Pre or post tour accommodation costs

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Entrance fees or costs related to optional sites or activities not included in the itinerary or a part of the trip such as a helicopter ride

  • Baggage fees

  • Medical costs

  • Personal items such as the hotel mini-bar, laundry et cetera

  • Incidental charges incurred at our accommodations such as movie rentals, internet and phone

  • Baggage and/or travel insurance

  • Passport or visa expenses

  • Airport departure taxes, if applicable.

Optional, and not included
Helicopter ride on day 4: Estimated at around $550-$600 CAD per person for a 60 minute excursion.


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