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Bears, Belugas & Borealis Photo Tour August 20th to 25th, 2024

Photo Tour - "Canada's Northern Light Adventure"

Polar Bears - Belugas Whales and the Northern Lights - What a combination, what a great selection of photo opportunities. Churchill is the best place to maximize your opportunities for northern lights. This is because Churchill is located directly beneath the Van Allen Belt, a layer of energy-charged particles that wraps the earth's polar regions. Steaming off as solar flares, the particles are carried by solar wind trapped in the earth's magentic field to create the aurora. We will go deep into the boreal forest for our night photography opportunities.

Polar Bears and Beluga Whales ... over 3,000 beluga whales gather at the mouth of the Churchill River. Our motorized zodiacs we will put you at eye level for up-close and unique photographs of these magnificate marine mammals. While out on the surrounding tundra and shores we will be in search of the polar bear. This time of year the colourful tundra makes a great backdrop.

I would like to invite you to join me as we photograph the Bears, Belugas & Borealis and enjoy the changing colours of the tundra. 

 

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Bears, Belugas & Borealis Photo Tour Itinerary - August 20th to 25th, 2024

Day One: Tuesday August 20, 2024 Our Air Canada flight departs London International Airport connecting via Toronto where we will meet up with connecting guests then on to Winnipeg, Manitoba arriving mid afternoon. We will transfer to our hotel to the Marriott located walking distance from the airport. We will have some time this afternoon to take a photo walk around the folks in Winnipeg. We'll return to our hotel late in the afternoon for time to relax then meet this evening for dinner and a briefing of our tour.

Day Two: Wednesday August 21, 2024 Breakfast, check-out and check in at the airport for our flight to Churchill. We wil be met at the airport by our local guides and drive to our lodge for check-in and opportunity to freshen up. We then head to the port to board our charter to photograh and experience the beluga whales. Thousands of beluga whales arrive at the mouth of the Churchill river annually to feed and use the shallow waters and gravel river bed to clean themselves of algae. This is a great up-close encounter with the whales. We suggest you bring a small waterproof camera to capture a few below the water surface shots. Then back to Churchill for lunch and a 4x4 tour along the shore looking for polar bears, birds and other wildlife. This evening we will visit Cape Merry for sunset photography. Dinner, time to relax and tonight aurora opporunities. Overnight Polar Inn and Suites. (B) (L) (D)

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Day Three: Thursday August 22, 2024 - Breakfast then out for another full day of roads and tracks exploration via our 4x4 vechiles. We will spend time along some the back roads you never know where you will find the bears. Then onto Lyon's Park and a photo shoot at Miss Piggy, one of Churchills most famous landmarks. We will explore and look for wildlife along Polar Bear Alley and Styggee Creek. Todays lunch is at the Churchill Nature Study Centre. We will continue to explore the back country photographing wildlife, landscapes and bears. We will visit the Whale Racks and Polar Bear holding centre. This evening we will hike out to the Ithaca for sunset photography. Dinner at the Seaport and evening Aurora opportunities. Overnight at the Polar Inn and Suites. (B) (L) (D)

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Day Four: Friday August 23, 2024  Breakfast then drive to the flats, this is a unique location over looking the bays. Many interesting buildings and items to photograph. We visit here during our winter tours but August is great weather to walk around and explore. We will then travel down Goose Creek Road for wildlife and nature encounters. Later this morning we will have will another oppiortunity to photograph the Belugas on our 3 hour charter along the Churchill River. During our excursion we will visit the Prince of Wales Fort on the far side of the Churchill river. More great landscape and nature opportunities ... and possibly more bears. Late this afternoon we will return to our lodge time to relax before dinner. This evening we travel to the boreal forest for more Aurora Viewing Nights Under Lights. Overnight Polar Inn and Suites. (B) (L) (D)

Day Five: Saturday August 24, 2024 Breakfast then head out for our final photo shoot in Chruchill, including some of the amazing murals painted on the buildings around the village. SeaWalls Churchill was created with the intention to educate and inspire a community to protect the oceans, but what transpired was more powerful than that. It was the story of a small town on the edge of the Arctic being reminded of their own value and worthiness in this world. Late this afternoon we wil head to the airport and check-in for our return flight to Winnipeg. Overnight Marriott Hotel. (B) (L)

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Day Six: Sunday August 25, 2024 Breakfast, check out and depart for the airport for our return flight to Toronto and London. Our Air Canada flight departs mid morning for our return trip home to Toronto and connecting flight to London region arriving late afternoon. What a trip, what an adventure. (B)

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Guests on our Bears, Belugas and Borealis tour have the option to join the tour flying out of London, Toronto or any other requested point. 

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.

Churchill has an average temperature of 20C to nightime lows of 10C this time of year. Sunsrceen, wide brimmed hat, and bug spray are a must this time of year. We will be spending quite some time outside and travelling via 4x4 vehicles to obtain great photo opportunities of the bears, whales, birds, landscapes and the northern lights.

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The cost of our Bears, Belugas & Borealis Photo Tour is $6,975.00 per person CAD plus HST based on double occupancy and includes airfare departing from London or Toronto, plus air taxes of $351.40 CAD. Our tour price also includes airfare to Churchill. Single supplement is available for this tour for an additional $895.00 CAD plus HST.

A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is due at the time of booking, balance is due 60 days prior to departure. We recommend the purchase of travel and health insurance as this tour takes us out of the province.

You may also choose to pay over 12 monthy payments through our Uplift finance program estimate -  $660 per month. You select 12 month payment option under the payment section during registration.

Includes:

  • Round trip Air Canada airfare departing from London International or Pearson International
  • Other departure points are available upon request. (price may vary due to air departure point)
  • Return airfare via CalmAir Churchill to Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 2 Nights Accommodations Mariott Hotel pre and post Winnipeg, 
  • 3 Nights Accommodations Polar Inn Suites Churchill
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included as per the itinerary
  • All airport transfers in Winnipeg and Churchill
  • Transportation while in Churchill
  • 2 Beluga charters during our visit
  • Our own private local photographer guide
  • One night of viewing at Nights under Lights. Weather will determine the evening.
  • Admissions to Eskimo Museum
  • Photo Workshops and Tour hosted and escorted by photographer James Cowie

Excludes:

  • Items of a personal nature, laundry, phone calls, etc.
  • Local guide tips and gratuities,
  • Alcoholic beverages,

** Schedule may vary according to weather

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