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Join author & animal communicator
"Mary J. Getten" & "Gayle Lawrence "
Journeys of Discovery Travel
on an Artic summer wildlife adventure
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Belugas, Bears, Birds & Blooms
Churchill Manitoba Canada
Week 1 July 23 - 30, 2017- Full
Week 2 July 30 - Aug 4 - Full

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Accessible only by air and rail, Churchill, Manitoba, internationally known as the “Polar Bear Capital of the World”, is located
on the shores of Hudson Bay. The area is home to a myriad of wildlife from majestic and massive polar bears, caribou, red
and arctic fox, moose and wolves. Tundra and taiga provide habitat for many native birds, including a variety of hawks and
falcons like the Gyrfalcon and Peregrine Falcon. Snowy Owls are common, as are Tundra Swans, terns and gulls. Avid
birders search for Harlequin Ducks and the rare Ross’s Gull for the potential sighting of a lifetime.

But there is more that will amaze you! During the months of July & August, the Churchill River is teeming with several
thousand beluga whales who migrate into the warm shallow waters to give birth and feed on small fish. Known as
"Canaries of the Sea", for their chirps and whistles, these friendly and inquisitive creatures will capture your heart as you
enjoy their whale song by boat, zodiac, kayak, or - for the more adventurous -
by joining them in the water for a snorkeling adventure!

Grab your camera, pack your sense of adventure and love of all things wild and join Mary J. Getten
and Gayle Lawrence for an Artic summer wildlife experience like no place else on earth!
Video: John Dickinson    Photo credits: Bobbi Dickinson
    Trip Itinerary:
    Day 1 July 23, 2017 – Depart your home city to Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Transfer to The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel or similar.
    Overnight in Winnipeg.

    Day 2 July 24 – Domestic flight from Winnipeg to Churchill.
    This morning board your flight to Churchill. Upon arrival enjoy a Town
    and Area Tour that will give you a brief but thorough introduction to the
    community, local culture and its historical treasures including: Cape
    Merry, Miss Piggy, the Polar Bear jail and the Churchill Northern Studies
    Centre & all the Wildlife that comes with it. Walking is required to
    experience some sites.  Overnight at the Polar Inn, our home base for 5
    nights - continental breakfast included each morning

    Day 3 July 25 – Estuary tour Beluga Whales and polar bears
    Only in Churchill can you get this up close and personal with the
    captivating Beluga Whales as we go whale watching  into the mouth of
    the Churchill River. Here you will have the chance to encounter
    hundreds of beluga whales as we also keep an eye out for polar bears
    on the rocky shoreline or perhaps taking a swim to cool off.

    For the more adventurous sign up for a snorkeling experience with
    beluga whales (Cost: $175.00 USD) all equipment and wet suits included
    "Reservations must be made in advance to confirm availability"

    For the less adventurous, spend the afternoon at "Wapusk Adventures"
    with a local dog sledding expert (Cost: $76.00 USD per person -
    minimum of 5 at this price). Tour the kennels then head out for a ride on
    a summer sled through the Boreal forest.  
    Overnight Polar Inn

    Day 4 July 26 – Getting to Know Polar Bears
    Today you will enjoy an exciting land excursion in a Tundra Buggy - the
    best way to get out into the wild to see polar bears in their natural
    habitat and other wildlife! Safe and snug in a cozy buggy you’ll be ready
    for a personal encounter with a wild polar bear.

    This afternoon explore town on your own. Visit the Eskimo Museum and
    the Parks Canada Visitor Center. Overnight Polar Inn

    Day 5 July 27 – Estuary tour beluga's and polar bears
    This morning will be especially exciting as you board a Zodiac for a
    surface-level encounter with the belugas. You are sure to have an
    incredible experience as you take these boats into the beluga estuary.
    Hopefully we'll also see polar bears hanging out on the coastline rocks.
    Overnight Polar Inn

    Day 6 July 28  – As the tides permit we'll have an opportunity to kayak
    with the beluga whales. Kayaking has you sitting right on top of the
    water with the beluga's who are very playful and curious No previous
    kayak experience is necessary so beginners join in the fun.
    Overnight Polar Inn

    Day 7 July 29 - flight from Churchill to Winnipeg
    Return flight will be scheduled for mid- to late afternoon to allow time to
    pick up last-minute native handicrafts and souvenirs. Or if time permits
    take an optional helicopter tour over the tundra to spot belugas or
    polar bears from the air with "Hudson Bay Helicopters" (Cost: 1 hour
    flight, $423.00 USD per person - minimum of 3 at this price)
    Overnight Grand Winnipeg Hotel or similar

    Day 8 July 30 - Depart Winnipeg to your home city

    NOTE: Tours are scheduled around High or Low tides and times change
    daily. What days we do what tours and whether morning or afternoon
    will be determined by the tide schedule. All tours are dependent on
    water and weather conditions as the water levels change.

    Viewing Wildlife: As these are wild animals and encounters and
    sightings are on their schedule not ours, we cannot make guarantees
    on what wildlife or frequency of sightings you will have.
Tour cost per person:  $2,549.00 USD
Trip cost based on a group of 16 guests in double room   
Single supplement: $410.00

Price in USD is guaranteed unless the USD / CD exchange rate
drops 5% or more by the final payment deadline.

5 nights lodging Polar Inn in double room / continental breakfast
2 beluga whale watching and polar bear estuary tours
Kayak tour with beluga whales
Tundra buggy land tour
Churchill Cultural and Historic town tour
Winnipeg hotel 2 nights (pre and post stay)
shuttle from airport in Churchill to Polar Inn
Farewell Group Dinner

Does Not Include:
International flight to Winnipeg, Canada
flight Winnipeg to Churchill
Approximate flight cost: $950.00 USD / price can vary depending on exchange rate
Meals not specified
Items of a personal nature, drinks, phone calls,
Travel insurance / tips to guides
optional activities not included in the tour itinerary / additional cost

To request additional information or questions:  
Email: :  Gayle Lawrence
Journeys of Discovery Travel


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