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.
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
14-16 Participants: $3695 12-13 Participants: $4075 9-11 Participants: $4725
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
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
Airfare to Winnipeg then onward to Churchill
Overnight accommodations in Winnipeg on July 21st
Airport transfers while in Winnipeg
Dinners and 3 lunches In Churchill, lunch in Winnipeg
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.
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
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
127 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060