Current Photo Tours 2018/2019 Schedule 

       - Costa Rica Photo Tour - Feb 7th to 16th, 2018

         - Weekend with the Wolves Photo Tour March 2nd to 4th, 2018

             - Polar Bear Photo Tour Oct 27th to Nov 1st, 2018

                   - Our New 2018/2019 Tour Brochure is being updated Dec 31, 2018



Polar Bears Photo Tour - "Canada's Arctic Gateway"


Polar Bear Photo Tour -  Frequently called “Lords of the Arctic”, these spectacular animals are huge. Male polar bears can grow to more than 600 kg (1,320 lbs) and stand 3.05 meters (10 feet) tall. But don’t let their massive size fool you – these white bears can move with surprising speed and agility.

    With a highly acute sense of smell, they are also skilled hunters that can pick up a scent from over 30 kilometers away, and can detect the presence of seals under three feet of snow and ice. Polar bears have no natural enemies and consequently no fear.

     I would like to invite you to join me as we photograph the Polar Bears in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada’s Arctic Gateway. This is one of my favourite excursions and I’m excited to share our Polar Bear experience with you. During our trek we will have opportunity to photograph the polar bears via tundra buggy (three full days out out the tundra) via helicopter and while touring the Churchill region. Seeing the bears up-close as they wait and prepare to head further north as Hudson Bay freezes is an experience you will never forget. I look forward to traveling with you to Canada’s northland at the end of October.

                                                                                                                        James Cowie


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Polar Bears Churchill Photo Tour Itinerary - October 27th to November 1st, 2018

Day One: Saturday October 27th, 2018  Our Air Canada flight departs London International Airport at 9:00 a.m connecting via Toronto to Winnipeg, Manitoba arriving at 2:00 p.m. We will met our Churchill host at the Winnipeg airport and transfer via motor coach to the Hilton Suites Hotel. We will have some time this afternoon to relax then meet this evening for our Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day Two: Sunday October 28th, 2018 Breakfast, check-out and transfer back to Winnipeg Airport for our morning flight to Churchill. We will meet our guide at the airport and transfer to our hotel the Aurora Inn. Later this morning with will have a roads and tracks townsite tour and visit the Eskimo Museum. Then after lunch our optional helicopter tour will be offer. A great chance to fly over the tundra to observe the bears from above and if Hudson Bay is froze over a chance to see the bears hunting (waiting at air holes) in the ice for seals. Dinner this evening then a digital slide presentation by one of Churchill’s naturalist photographers. Please note if weather does not permit we will arrange alternate day for helicopter excursion. Over night Aurora Inn. (B), (L), (D).

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Day Three:  Monday October 29th, 2018 Breakfast then out for a full day exploring the tundra and looking for the polar bears. Our group has exclusive use of our own Tundra Vehicle. We will explore along the shore and inlands looking for the polar bears. We will serve a picnic lunch onboard our vehicle. Our tundra vehicle has pull down windows, and outside back deck and a window seat for each of our photographers. This evening we will return to Churchill for dinner and this evening have a northern lights outing. Overnight Aurora Inn.  (B) (L) (D)

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Day Four:  Tuesday October 30th, 2018  Early breakfast then out for our second full day exploring the tundra and looking for the polar bears. Our Tundra Vehicle will cover another part of the inland and bay shore today. We will serve a picnic lunch onboard our vehicle with plenty of warm drinks onboard. This evening we will return to Churchill for dinner and weather permitting a northern lights outing. Overnight Aurora Inn.  (B) (L) (D) 

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Day Five:  Wednesday October 31st, 2018  Happy Churchill Halloween ... Breakfast then out for our third full day exploring and photographing the Polar Bears. Each day as we explore the tundra we will have opportunities to photograph other arctic wildlife in the region and birds. Lunch today will be another picnic lunch of hot soup and sandwiches served onboard our vehicle. This evening dinner, check-out of our hotel and evening flight back to Winnipeg. Overnight Hilton Suites Hotel. (B) (L) (D) 

Day Six:  Thursday November 1st, 2018  Breakfast and some time to relax this morning before we check-out of our hotel and transfer back to Winnipeg airport for our return Air Canada flight to Toronto and our connecting flight to London. (B)

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Guests on our Polar Bear have the option to join the tour in London or Toronto. Upon request we can arrange other connection points.

Prior to our departure we will be sending out a pre tour book filled with tips on packing for Canada’s North and ideas for camera gear and how to deal with the cold. 

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Churchill has an average temperature of -12 C to -15C this time of year. Believe it or not for such a cold place we don’t spend much time outside in the elements. Our tundra vehicle is warm, self contained with a washroom, pull down windows and a back observation deck. Please keep in mind warm foot-ware, hats, gloves, coats and snow pants are a good suggestion. 


The cost of our Polar Bear Photo Tour is $6375.00 per person CAD plus HST based on double occupancy and includes airfare departing from London or Toronto, plus air taxes of $128.22 CAD. Our tour price also includes airfare from Winnipeg to Churchill. You may choose the optional Helicopter excursion when registering for an additional $350.00 plus HST. Single supplement is not available for our Polar Bears tour.

Includes:

- Round trip Air Canada airfare departing from London, International or Pearson

- Other departure points can be arrange upon request. (price may vary due location)

 - Return airfare via CalmAir Winnipeg to Churchill, Manitoba

- 2 Nights Accommodations Hilton Suites Hotel pre and post Winnipeg, 

- 4 Nights Accommodations Aurora Inn Churchill

- Breakfast, lunch & dinner included each day of the tour (3 lunches on tundra vehicle)

- All airport transfers in Winnipeg and Churchill

- Transportation while in Churchill

- 3 days on our own private Tundra Vehicle with window seat for each photographer

- Admissions to Eskimo Museum and Naturalist Slide Presentation

- Photo Workshops

- Tour hosted and escorted by photographer James Cowie

Excludes:

- Optional Helicopter Excursion - May be selected when registering for $350.00 plus HST.

- Items of a personal nature, laundry, phone calls, etc.

- Local guide tips and gratuities,

- Alcoholic beverages,

** Schedule may vary according to weather or traffic

A $650.00 CAD non refundable deposit is due at the time of booking, balance due August 24th, 2018.

Tourcan Vacations recommends the purchase of travel and health insurance as tour takes us out of the province.


Please click on link below to be linked to our secured tour registration.


Click here to Register for our Polar Bear Photo Tour

Click here to download Polar Bears Photo Tour Brochure


If you have any other questions or require booking assistance please contact:

Padma Rao at Photo Tour Trekkers / Tourcan Vacations
Inside Sales Specialist
1-800-263-2995 ext 2672 or 416-391-0334 ext 2672
or by email padma@tourcanvacations.com 
 
James Cowie at Photo Tour Trekkers / Tourcan Vacations
1-800-263-2995 ext 2688 or 416-391-0334 ext 2688
or by email james@tourcanvacations.com 
 
Tourcan Vacations 5799 Yonge St. Suite 1001, Toronto, ON M2M 3V3
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