The Kingdom of the Ice Bear! 2014 dates are now available - join us this year in the Polar Bear Capital of the World.
The Great Canadian Travel Company was the first tour business to offer tourists the opportunity to visit Churchill and see these magnificent animals in the natural habitat, and since 1980 we have hosted over 15,000 passengers!
Back in the late 1970s, Len Smith and Roy Bukowski operated the now famous Tundra Buggies, offering trips to photographers to get close up and personal with Polar Bears; in conjunction with Len and Roy we started to offer tours to more conventional travellers and from those days the destination has grown to become one of Canada's tourism icons.
The town of Churchill is nestled on the western shore of Hudson Bay about 600 miles north of Winnipeg. Every autumn polar bears gather along the water's edge, anxiously waiting for the sea ice to form. Once the bay freezes over, the hungry bears move out onto the ice where they will spend the winter hunting seal.
Each of our tour programs is designed not only to introduce you to the many fascinating features of the sub-arctic, but also to maximize the time you have to spend in the region. We look forward to welcoming you to the Polar Bear Capital of the World - the season is short and the bears are waiting!
And now, for those unable to join the annual migration in October and November, we are offering tours to see the bears in Spitsbergen in the High Arctic during our summer months. From expedition cruise vessels, we are able to explore the remote and daunting coastline of these remote islands in search of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. For those who want to travel in the summer time, Spitsbergen Polar Bear tours may be the perfect answer.
A six-day escorted tour to Churchill, Manitoba!
For thirty-two years we have offered our signature Polar Bear Experience tour; during this time, thousands of visitors from around the world have joined us in watching the magnificent Polar Bears in their natural habitat. And now, it's your turn!
A six day introduction to polar photography!
Venture north to Churchill with one of our favourite polar photographers! In an intimate small group setting you will be able to spend quality time out on the tundra experiencing the world famous Polar Bears in their natural habitat. Not only will you be on a small-group adventure to Canada's stunning north, you will have introductory photography tips for cold weather shooting, as well as a group escort with years of northern photography experience.
10 Day Expedition Cruise
Sailing around this remote island group will astonish you. Spitsbergen's rugged mountains, ice caps, glaciers and periodic remains of trough mining and whaling settlements offer a unique arctic experience.
A wonderful way to come north and enjoy the polar bears!
Discover the Polar Bears of Churchill on this exclusive get-away! Witnessing the migration of the “King of the Arctic” is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and this special tour will allow you to immerse yourself in their sub-Arctic habitat.
Eight day Escorted Tour
This wonderful tour to Seal River Eco-Lodge will take you into the northern wilderness for exceptional wildlife viewing, ecological interpretation, fascinating day excursions and delectable food.
A day trip to view the amazing polar bears of Churchill!
Short on Time? This package offers you the perfect solution, including return airfare from Winnipeg and a full day on the Tundra to experience Churchill and view the Polar Bears in their natural habitat.
6 jours/5 nuits
Depuis les 32 ans que nous offrons la tournée Polar Bear Experience, des milliers de visiteurs sur le plan global (des quatre coins du globe) se sont joints à nous afin de partager l'aventure de voir ces animaux majestueux dans leur habitat naturel. Et maintenant, c'est à votre tour! Soyez des nôtres!
Seven day Escorted Wildlife Tour
Your exclusive wildlife adventure will take place on the coast of Hudson Bay, within the Cape Tatnam Wildlife Management Area. What will make your adventure so unique is the high concentration of mother bears and cubs in this region.
8 Day Arctic Expedition Cruise
A fantastic alternative to Churchill for those wanting to see polar bears in the summer time! From closeup encounters with huge icebergs and glaciers, to the variety of unique wildlife that share this harsh land, this is a voyage of nonstop highlights.
7 Day Guided Tour
We are thrilled to offer travelers an extraordinary polar bear adventure – a stay at the Great White Bear Tundra Lodge, situated outside Churchill on the arctic tundra itself. On this one-of-a-kind polar bear tour, guests remain in the domain of the polar bear to experience sunset across the snow and ice.
Seven-day Guided Wildlife and Cultural Tour
Summer in Churchill is the perfect time to enjoy the roughly 60,000 beluga whales that descend on the Hudson Bay each year. In fact, summer is when the wildlife action is hottest with polar bears leaving the pan ice that covers most of the Hudson Bay during the winter and finding places to hunt along the shore.