Polar Bears in Churchill Photo Tour

Polar Bears in Churchill, Canada

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About This Trip

Every October and November, polar bears congregate in the Churchill area to await the return of the sea ice and access to their preferred prey: the ringed seal. This high concentration of polar bears is the perfect opportunity for photographers and wildlife lovers to experience bears, arctic foxes, caribou, and snowy owls in their habitat. We will spend 4 nights at the Churchill Northern Study Centre along the Hudson Bay coastline. We tour the area around Churchill for 3 1/2 days: 2 days in private vehicles driving and 1 day on a tundra vehicle in the Wildlife Management Area, with an additional 1/2 days if schedule allows on our arrival day and departure day.

The tundra vehicles have an outside observation deck for photography and heated interior. These vehicles take us places a regular vehicle can not go indside the massive and varied Churchill Wildlife Management Area. While in our private vehicles we will see more bears and also pause for other arctic wildlife. We will be allowed to venture out of the vehicle to photograph handheld or with tripod as long as it is safe. This allows eye level perspective photography.        At the Northern Studies Centre we are immersed in the beauty of the reserve area and we will meet researchers also staying at the Centre for the season. There is a star dome for enjoying the night sky from inside . The outside deck is perfect for night photography and seeking the Northern Lights. 

This trip is limited to 6 guests and you will be accompanied by photography host, Gregory Sweeney.

Key Information


  1. Churchill
  2. Manitoba, Canada


  1. Limited to 6 guests


  1. Polar Bears, fox species, snowy owl, caribou, rugged landscapes, local art murals, ptarmigan, water views, coastline
  2. 3 full days for photography with up to 2 more partial days      

Trip Dates -

  1. 23 October - 28 Oct 2021


  1. $4,500 USD 

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  1. Flights from/to Churchill from Winnipeg
  2. Transfers to/from Northern Studies Centre to airport
  3. 4 nights at Northern Studies Centre in shared room, most meals
  4. 1 day tundra vehicle excursion (if available for 2022) 
  5. rental vehicles   for photo drives
  6. Northern Studies Centre membership, tour, photographer mentor and tour leader
  7. Policies Link

Not Included

  1. Airfare to Winnipeg
  2. Hotel and Meals in Winnipeg - beginning and end of trip
  3. Alcohol and special beverages
  4. Gear and rented clothing
  5. Gratuity,donations, phone & internet charges, laundry

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Travel Planning

  1. Guests should arrange to fly into Winnipeg airport (YWG) on 23rd October
  2. Trip fee includes a room at a hotel on airport property on 28th October  
  3. The flight to Churchill will on the morning of the 24th
  4. On October 28th we will take an afternoon flight back to Winnipeg. Then most guests will need to stay in the airport hotel that night. 
  5. Guests can arrange return flights home on 29th October. 


    October 23: Meet in Winnipeg airport hotel

    October 24:Flight from Winnipeg to Churchill. Transfer to Studies Centre and tour of facility. Possible 1/2 day excursion.

    October 25: Morning departure for day drive to photograph arctic wildlife and bears

    October 26: Morning departure day drive to photograph arctic wildlife and bears

    October 27: Bear buggy for the day in the Wildlife Management Area (if available).

    October 28: Breakfast, photograph from vehicles, transfer to airport for mid day flight to Winnipeg. Airport hotel - some guests maybe have connecting flight to home

    October 29: Guests depart for home

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About Us

Our photo safaris are for photographers and non photographers who want to get up close to large marine life. All of our trips are to destinations proven to be reliable for great encounters. Gregory Sweeney is on hand to help guests with camera gear and techniques before and during the trips. We have been hosting Shark Scuba trips on the MV Dolphin Dream for 10 years.