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Belugas and Bears

A Multi-Sport Adventure

to the Sub-Arctic Zone of Churchill, Canada

July 22nd-28th, 2020


In the summer of 2018, our Blue Water Ventures scouting team traveled to the  sub arctic zone of northern Canada, destination Churchill.

We slowly meandered towards the sleepy little town of Churchill as our driver had seen a polar bear en route to the airport.


Churchill is known as the “Polar Bear Capital of the World” however in July,  encounters are less frequent than in the fall. Each day we were there, polar bears were seen near town or lumbering along the edges of the Hudson Bay.

Polar bears, the largest carnivore on earth that traverses land is classified as a marine mammal.

The local community reveres the white bear and a unique culture around the presence of this apex predator of the arctic has evolved.

We will have the opportunity to meet members of the first nation people learning about their cultural traditions and customs as we explore this remote region of the world. 

Living on the edge of the arctic unaccessible by road, The Inuit, Dene and Cree  as well as others who have settled in the region follow the pulse of tides, dramatic weather patterns and seasonal migrations.

 

What brought us to Churchill was the hope to “experience” the beluga whales and we certainly did!  During the late summer months, over 3000 belugas find refuge in the Churchill Estuary where they feed, molt and give birth.  

While their primary predator, orcas are occasionally seen, the belugas seek refuge in the shallow water that is rich in capelin, a type of smelt that provides much of their diet.

As you glance towards the  estuary, what you think are whitecaps are actually  surfacing belugas. Known as the "canaries of the sea" for their  elaborate vocalization,

beluga whales  are  seen daily and may be heard singing when a hydrophone is dropped into the chilly  sub arctic water.

 

We can guarantee that you will see beluga whales while in Churchill but we can not guarantee the sighting of polar bears in the wild  although chances are good!

Our exciting and varied itinerary can be reviewed here: Detailed Itinerary

 

Dates:  July 22nd-July 28th, 2020

July 21st Arrange your flight to Winnipeg and overnight on your own, we will provide hotel recommendations

July 22nd: Arrange your 9:30am Calm Air flight to Churchill where our trip officially begins at the Churchill Airport

July 27th: Arrange your 6:45pm Calm Air Flight from Churchill to Winnipeg, accommodations included in Winnipeg

            July 28th: Optional visit to the Leatherdae International Polar Bear Conservation Centre, afternoon flights back home that you arrange

 

Trip Costs

14-16   Participants: $3695       12-13 Participants:  $4075       9-11 Participants: $4725

 

ACTIVITIES, ACCOMODATIONS and MEALS INCLUDED
2 Zodiac tours to View Belugas

1 Fort and Beluga tour hike with a guard and interpretive historian

Boat ride where we listen  to the "canaries of the sea”  using a hydrophone

1 Tundra Buggy Tour fully narrated as we search for arctic wildlife

1 Kayaking tour among the belugas

1 Paddle board (SUP) tour among the belugas

2 Beluga Boarding sessions with Zodiac support
1 Dog CartIng tour or Local town tour
1  naturalist-led hike to explore the flora and fauna
Entrance fees into  museums and lectures as described in itinerary.

Pool Party!!!

5 Nights accommodations in Churchill

1 Night accommodations in Winnipeg on July 27th

6 Hearty continental breakfasts and  4 lunches

All tips for our Canadian Guides

Ground Transportation services while in Churchill

 

Not Included

Airfare to Winnipeg then onward to Churchill

Trip Insurance

Overnight accommodations in Winnipeg on July 21st

Airport transfers  while in Winnipeg

Dinners and 3 lunches In Churchill, lunch in Winnipeg

Alcoholic beverages

Wetsuit or mask/snorkel rentals

Optional  shuttle then tour of the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre in Winnipeg (we highly recommend this!)

Evening attempt to see the Northern Lights, chances are less in July

but we can help arrange this outing if conditions look favorable.

 

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We feel that the price of our 2020 program is extremely reasonable and competitive. We worked hard to keep the costs down.

To review the cost of other outfitters offering  similar itineraries with the same overnight accommodations in Churchill

please visit  More Options or a very high end lodge in the area at: Another Option

 

A complete package of information, all of which can be found on the website, will be sent to you before our trip departure.

 

Thank you for joining us on our exciting new trip destination to the Sub Arctic!

 

Until the Canaries of the Sea Sing! 


Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist 
Blue Water Ventures
phone: 831-459-8548
www.bluewaterventures.org
email: bluewaterventuressc@gmail.com
127 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060