Canada: Polar Bear Photography Holiday
A fantastic Polar Bear Photography Holiday, enjoy unique opportunities to observe these magnificent creatures
What Makes Me Mighty Fine
- An action-packed, nine day, small group, photography break, with five day trips on the Tundra Buggy searching for stunning Polar Bears in their natural habitat
- Pick up expert photography tips from a professional photographer who will accompany you for five days of your holiday
- Find out all about the local creatures from a wildlife specialist and gain first-hand knowledge of the Polar Bears from a Polar Bears International expert
- Visit the state-of-the-art Parks Canada Centre where you’ll learn about Canada’s National Parks through a fully interactive experience
- Photograph the captivating Northern Lights (weather permitting)
Are you an amateur photographer keen to take the shot of a lifetime? On our Polar Bear Photography Holiday you’ll have the chance to capture breathtaking images of polar bears as they gaze on you, just inches from your camera lens.
On this Polar Bear Photography Holiday, head out into the stunning Arctic, in a small group of no more than 20, searching for these majestic creatures. Travel on the all-terrain, all-weather Tundra Buggy for five days, accompanied by an expert photography guide who knows the correct settings, angles and locations to ensure you capture some truly mesmerizing pictures.
Enjoy access to the government-protected Churchill Wildlife Management Area, allowing you to get up close to the bears. Have your camera poised as you encounter remarkable wildlife such as the Arctic Fox, Arctic Hare and, of course, the awe inspiring Polar Bear. Learn from a passionate Polar Bears International professional who will come on board for a day to share his expert knowledge with you and answer all your questions.
Spend less time getting there and more time taking shots as you stay at the Tundra Buggy Lodge, strategically placed in one of the best bear spotting locations. You’ll eat and sleep here for the duration of your five day Polar Bear search. Awake to the stunning bears standing outside your window.
When you are not looking for the bears, you will be treated to informative lectures, slide shows and video presentations, courtesy of your knowledgeable guide, who will ensure you find out everything you need to know for you Polar Bear Photography Holiday. Head out onto the observation platforms at either end of the lodge to capture images of the striking wildlife by night and perhaps, the magnificent Northern Lights.
If you love wildlife and photography then this once-in-a-lifetime Polar Bear Photography Holiday is ideal for you! You’ll be amazed by the images you capture and inspired by the fascinating knowledge you gain.
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Still in need of a little guidance? Take a look at our Canadian holiday ideas for help finding a great break in Canada. If you fancy a more activity-led trip, take a peek at our photography tuition holiday ideas or bear watching holiday ideas. Alternatively, give us a call on 0333 800 2033 or speak to us via online chat (available during office hours).
Day 1 - Arrive in Winnipeg
Arrive at Winnipeg airport where you’ll be greeted by an expert photography guide who will accompany you throughout your Polar Bear Photography Holiday. Take the short, two minute walk to your hotel and get some rest for your exciting adventure which begins tomorrow.Meals included:Dinner
Day 2 - Explore Churchill and its Museums
Today begins with a short flight to Churchill, ‘The Polar Bear Capital of the World’. On arrival, you’ll be taken on a four hour tour exploring some points of interest in and around the town including Cape Merry, Port of Churchill and the Manitoba Conservation’s Polar Bear Holding Facility, or ‘Polar Bear Jail’ as it is known locally.
Why not get some photography practice during your free time this afternoon by visiting a few local attractions? The Eskimo Museum and Parks Canada Interactive Centre are both included in your holiday price so you can visit them at leisure. Both offer a great opportunity to get some practice shots in before heading out in search of the bears.
Late afternoon you will be transferred to the Tundra Buggy Lodge at ‘Polar Bear Point’ on Hudson Bay, which has been expertly positioned in the midst of the Arctic landscape for optimum polar bear spotting. You will spend the next few days of your Polar Bear Photography Holiday with a small group of like-minded photographers, so this may be a good opportunity to get to know each other and perhaps swap some tips and tricks.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 3 to 6 - Your Tundra Adventure
Today you will begin your exciting Tundra Buggy Adventure! Have your camera and binoculars at the ready as you set off in search of stunning Arctic wildlife. Your five day excursion will see you travel through the government-protected Churchill Wildlife Management Area, allowing you to get up close and capture awe-inspiring images of the magnificent Polar Bears. Your professional photography guide will aid and assist you, giving you advice on metering, exposure and shutter speed, allowing you to shoot fantastic pictures of the beautiful bears.
On your Polar Bear Photography Holiday, you will also receive expert guidance from a Polar Bears International professional who will join you for one day to teach you about these fascinating creatures. Your guide will also be knowledgeable about other wildlife such as the Arctic Fox, Ptarmigan, Caribou and Snow Hare and will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about them. Each day is different aboard the Tundra, so you’ll always find new experiences to thrill and inspire.
When you return to your lodge in the evening, you may be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of the phenomenal Northern Lights. Your expert photography guide will also be able to assist you when shooting the stunning Aurora and can provide helpful tips and techniques such as the correct use of white balance. When you are all done for the day, sit down and share your stories and photos or take in some of the fascinating wildlife and nature presentations offered by your guide.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 3 to 6 - Polar Bear: Fact File
Polar Bears are stunning creatures. They stand up to 10 feet tall on their hind legs and an average male weighs between 350kg and 750kg, with the largest, on record, weighing a staggering 1,002kg. Known as Ursus maritimus, which is Latin for ‘maritime bear’, they spend most of their time at sea.
There are estimated to be up to 25,000 bears in the world today, however this vulnerable species has become an international icon due to the fear of extinction through global warming. The bears are easily recognized by their striking fur which is white against their tan skin but actually transparent when you get up close. It tends to yellow as they age and can go green when they are kept in humid, artificial conditions in captivity.
These majestic, snowy-coloured animals feast on Bearded Seals, Muskox, Caribous, birds and even other Polar Bears. They have a fantastic sense of smell and can sniff out a Bearded Seal up to a mile away.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 3 to 6 - Other Wildlife You May See on your Polar Bear Photography Holiday
Also known as the white fox, this striking animal is common throughout the Arctic tundra. Fascinatingly, their fur changes from brown in the summer to white in the winter. They are quite small creatures, usually only about 34 inches on average.
The Arctic Hare, or Polar Rabbit, can be found in polar and mountainous habitats. And despite their relatively small stature, some are known to weight up to 15 pounds! Arctic Hares have thick fur coats and keep warm by burrowing. They look very similar to rabbits, except for their shorter ears, and often travel alone, running at a rate of up to 40mph.
Known as one of the world’s largest and most attractive owls, the Snowy Owl is a Tundra favourite. Boasting pristine white feathers, this beautiful animal has large yellow eyes and weighs around six pounds. And with a wing span of up to 5.4’, they can fly extremely low, particularly when hunting for prey.
This beautiful falcon is the largest of its species. It is usually found in the Arctic, however it can be found in other areas of the Northern Hemisphere too. Gyrfalcon vary in colour from white to brown.
The Ptarmigan, or Logopus as it is commonly referred to, is a small grouse which has adapted to cold weather in its boreal forest home. Ptarmigans often have a snowy white plumage and this allows them to blend into the snowy, winter backdrop.
Caribous are a type of reindeer, traditionally found in cold areas such as the tundra. These animals are endangered and, at least one subspecies is already extinct. Caribous vary in colour and size, with no particular identifiable shade. Both sexes grow antlers but those of the males are typically larger than the females.
Snow HareMeals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Snow Hare has large, furry hind feet which protect them from the cold and leave a distinctive trail. In winter their fur turns from a rusty brown to a snowflake white to camouflage them. Snow Hares are distinguishable due to the small black tufts which grow behind their ears.
Day 7 - Day Five on the Tundra
Make the most of your last day on your Polar Bear Photography Holiday and, hopefully, get some final shots of the resident Polar Bears. As evening draws in, head back to Churchill where you will board a flight to Winnipeg. You will then return to the Four Points Hotel for your final evening in Canada. Be sure to share your amazing pictures with your fellow photographers, you never know they might have captured something you missed!Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 8 to 9 - Departure and Overnight Flight
Depending on your flight time, you may get the chance to spend a little longer in the charming city of Winnipeg. If so, why not take a few last pictures to round off your trip?
You will then board your overnight flight home. Hopefully you will have captured some unmissable moments on camera and will never forget the fantastic sights and sounds of your Polar Bear Photography Holiday.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Return international flights from London Heathrow (details of regional departures on request)
- Domestic flights between Winnipeg and Churchill
- Five nights’ accommodation on-board the Tundra Buggy Lodge
- Two nights’ accommodation in a standard room at the Four Points by Sheraton
- Services of a professional photography guide and a member of Polar Bears International
- The following activities and excursions, as per the itinerary:
- A visit to the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre
- A visit to the Eskimo Museum in Churchill
- A tour of Churchill and the surrounding area
- Five, full day Tundra Buggy safaris
- Meals as per the itinerary
- Travel Insurance (this can, however, be arranged for you. Simply speak to our travel team for a competitive quote for comprehensive cover)
Please call our friendly advisors on 0333 800 2033 for pricing on this holiday.