Como Friends Donors to depart for sold out trip to Churchill on November 11th!
Como Friends partnered with Schulke Travel, Frontiers North Adventures, and US Bank FlexPerks to offer the Polar Bear Adventure to our supporters. The below details a custom trip to observe the majestic polar bears in their natural habitat and opportunity to learn from researchers in the field about the animals’ behavior and species preservation efforts. Como Friends is planning future travel opportunities with details to be released in early 2014. To receive updates on the Como Friends’ Travel Program, please email your name and mailing address to [email protected].
The specially–designed trip for Como Friends’ supporters and advocates includes:
“It really was the trip of a lifetime,” says Como Friends board chair Anne Field, who traveled to Churchill with her husband Lit, two years ago. “We learned so much about the bears and about life on the sub-arctic. Moms with young cubs didn’t come very close to us but the males were not shy and milled about us when we parked in the polar rovers and tundra buggies. Bring a camera, warm layers and your sense of wonder.”
$5,787 per person (based on double occupancy) includes lodging, meals, in country airfare, transfers, tours, and dog-sledding experience. Airfare between the Twin Cities and Winnipeg is not included. $500 nonrefundable deposit is due upon registering.
The 2013 Polar Bear Adventure trip is FULL. To learn about future Travel Program trips please send your name, address and email to Caroline Mehlhop at [email protected]
November 11, 2013
Travel from the Twin Cities to Winnipeg. Evening orientation with group and tour leader. Overnight at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, located at the International Airport.
November 12, 2013
Early morning flight to Churchill. Upon arrival you will explore Churchill on a guided bus tour of local and historical points of interest, including such attractions as Cape Merry, Port of Churchill and Manitoba Conservation’s Polar Bear Holding Facility (weather permitting). Spend the afternoon visiting the Eskimo Museum. The museum contains one of Canada’s finest collections of Inuit carvings, kayaks and artifacts dating from pre- Dorset, Dorset, Thule, and modern Inuit times. Overnight in Churchill.
November 13, 2013
Full Tundra Buggy Adventure. The best way to experience an intimate encounter with a wild polar bear is on an authentic Tundra Buggy. All of Frontiers North Adventures’ Tundra Buggies are furnished with dual-pane frost-free windows and contain propane heating systems that closely resemble a cozy fireplace, with real flame (behind glass). Each day, you will board their world famous Tundra Buggies looking for polar bears and other wildlife out on the tundra. Picnic style lunches and refreshments will be served while you are bear watching and listening to presentations by the zoo tour leaders, the Frontiers North Interpretive leader, and members of Polar Bears International. Overnight in Churchill.
November 14, 2013
Morning dog-sledding excursion. Hosted by a local resident and dog sledding expert, you will learn about the history associated with dog sledding in Northern Canada. Enjoy an exhilarating ride behind a strong team of huskies on a custom-made sled (or cart, weather permitting). Join the mushers for hot chocolate and freshly made bannock after your ride and share their personal stories of their dog sledding adventures. Afternoon visit to the Parks Canada Centre. Walk back in time viewing exciting wildlife dioramas and fur trade exhibits. View a series of videos on the history, culture and wildlife of the area. You leave chock-full of natural and historical information from the Churchill region. Overnight in Churchill.
November 15, 2013
Second full day of a Tundra Buggy Adventure. Another fabulous opportunity to see polar bears, arctic fox and more from the comfortable environment of the tundra buggy! Evening flight back to Winnipeg. Overnight at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel.
November 16, 2013
Depart Winnipeg for travel back to the Twin Cities.