Tundra Buggy Lodge Polar Bear Viewing

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Stay at Tundra Buggy Lodge surrounded by polar bears

Travel to the heart of polar bear country and stay in specially designed accommodations at the Tundra Buggy Lodge. This immersive experience allows guests to wake up and see bears right from their window, interact with onboard researchers in the evenings, and gaze at the winter night sky, away from the lights of town.

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Aerial view of the Tundra Buggy Lodge on the snow

Three nights at the Tundra Buggy Lodge

The Tundra Buggy Lodge, situated in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area, consists of two sleeping units, a lounge, and dining hall. It's the perfect place to view bears from morning till night.

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What’s Included

Hotel accommodation
Three nights at the Tundra Buggy Lodge
Wildlife viewing from a specialized Tundra Buggy
Unique guided activities such as dogsledding, cultural tours and more
Train station transfers
Flights between Winnipeg and Churchill
Electronic travel documentation package
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Frequently Asked Questions

The peak bear viewing months in Churchill are October and November as the bears wait for the ice to freeze on the Hudson Bay. But you can see the bears and other wildlife (like beluga whales) throughout the summer.

The polar bear migration is a special occasion, and it offers visitors a high probability of seeing the bears in the wild. Our specialized tour operators know the landscape extremely well, and will take you to places where bears are commonly spotted. There is no guarantee of a sighting, however.

A tundra buggy is a large, heated, all-terrain safari vehicle specially designed to travel over taiga and tundra landscape where polar bears live.

Polar bear viewing season is October and November, and temperatures vary widely, from daytime highs of 6°C (43°F) in October to nightime lows of -11°C (12°F) or colder in November. With windchill it can feel more like -20°C (-4°F). Guests can rent winter gear including boots and warm jackets. Also, keep in mind that on the Tundra Buggy tours you’ll be inside the heated safari vehicle all day.

When you’re not out looking for polar bears there are opportunities to learn about northern Manitoba’s Indigenous culture, history and wildlife by visiting the Itsanitaq Museum, the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre and joining evening talks with a local expert. There’s also a chance to go dogsledding.

No problem! We can arrange for clothing rentals to be waiting for you when you arrive.

Family friendly tours geared towards kids and adults are available. Ask your vacation advisor for more information on these special trips.

Sample Itinerary

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Arrive in Winnipeg
Day 01

Arrive in Winnipeg

Your trip begins in Winnipeg, central Canada's largest city. Get excited for your polar bear adventure at an information session led by your hosts.  

  • Meet Your Group and Guides
Winnipeg to Churchill
Day 02

Winnipeg to Churchill

Enjoy a scenic flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, over the tundra and plains of the North.

  • Fly to Churchill
  • Churchill Town and Area Tour

    On this Churchill interpretive tour, view and photograph the Polar Bear Holding Facility, historical Cape Merry, and an impressive Inukshuk.

  • Itsanitaq Museum Visit

    Learn about Inuit culture at the Itsanitaq Museum. The museum's collection of Inuit carvings and artifacts are among the finest and oldest in the world.

Journey to the Tundra Buggy Lodge
Day 03

Journey to the Tundra Buggy Lodge

Two exciting activities fill your day, before a transfer takes you to the Tundra Buggy Lodge for your first night stay.

  • Dogsledding Adventure

    Meet a local Métis musher for an authentic dogsledding experience. Hear incredible tales of Arctic racing before embarking on your own race through the boreal forest.

  • Parks Canada Centre Visit

    Discover Churchill's intriguing history through Parks Canada Centre's wildlife dioramas and interactive exhibits.

Onboard the Tundra Buggy
Day 04

Onboard the Tundra Buggy

Today is your first full day searching for polar bears.

  • Tundra Buggy Adventure

    Your journey takes you through Churchill Wildlife Management Area's extensive trail network in search of polar bears. 

  • The Tundra Buggy Experience

    You'll travel in comfort throughout the Churchill Wildlife Management Area onboard a large, specialized Tundra Buggy vehicle. While a Tundra Buggy can hold up to 40 passengers, your smaller group size means you'll enjoy plenty of room. A hearty picnic lunch will be served onboard. 

Onboard the Tundra Buggy
Day 05

Onboard the Tundra Buggy

Head out for another exciting day out on the tundra looking for bears.

  • Tundra Buggy Adventure

    Enjoy another extraordinary day on board the Tundra Buggy. As well as polar bears, you may see arctic fox, ptarmigan, and snowy owl.  

View polar bears, then return to Winnipeg
Day 06

View polar bears, then return to Winnipeg

Take your final photographs of Churchill's wildlife, before heading south.

  • Tundra Buggy Adventure
  • Fly back to Winnipeg
Depart Winnipeg
Day 07

Depart Winnipeg

After checking out of your hotel, depart Winnipeg at your leisure.


Get your personalized quote as prices vary by departure date, activities, and hotel class. Prices shown are our lowest rates per person, based on double occupancy, and exclude taxes.
Polar Bear Safari
Hotel Accommodations
3 Star
Activities and Wildlife Viewing
Fully Guided
Most meals included
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What Our Customers Say

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It was amazing to see Polar Bears up close

It was amazing to see Polar Bears up close and personal in their environment. The frosting on the trip was seeing the Northern Lights. Amazing!

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