When it comes to bucket-list activities, Canada has about enough adventures to keep you busy every single day of the year. But outside of visiting Lake Louise in Banff, canoeing through Algonquin or hiking part of the Bruce Trail, how much progress has the average Ontarian really made?
If you're looking for a truly unique travel experience, Classic Canadian Tours has an unbelievable day trip that promises to leave every coach excursion you've ever been on in the dust. It doesn't get much more once-in-a-lifetime (or Canadian, for that matter) than a Polar Bear Safari – a one-day whistlestop tour that whisks guests around Churchill, Manitoba to see these furry friends up close.
A bucket-list trip of such proportions might seem like a big undertaking. However, the Canadian tour provider is offering adventurous explorers a quick and efficient way to see polar bears in their natural habitat. The expedition begins with a non-stop flight from Calgary, Edmonton or Saskatoon with a naturalist on board who can provide valuable insights on this iconic mammal. From there, guests will board a Tundra Buggy for a 5-6 hour guided exploration and plenty of opportunities to snap some pictures of the polar bears at close range.
October and November – when the bears move from their summer habitat back across the packed ice that forms over Hudson Bay – are the prime months for observing the animals. Classic Canadian Tours has a number of dates, from October 20 to November 10, departing from Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatoon, so you can plan your polar bear safari this fall or tag your ultimate bucket-list adventure onto an existing trip out west.
Prices for 2019 are $1,915 per person, with round trip airfare on a chartered jet from Calgary, Edmonton or Saskatoon; breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine; experienced guides on hand; plus ground transfers in Churchill all included in the price.
There are few things we’ll travel out of our way for (1,960 kilometres to be precise) in the subarctic cold, but a trek to see polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba is definitely one that's worth the expedition.