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Gratuities to local guides and drivers
Transfers are included from Winnipeg International Airport to your hotel in downtown Winnipeg. Discover why Manitoba’s capital city is often called the "Gateway to the West" during an afternoon sightseeing tour. Join us this evening for a Tauck Exclusive – a private, after-hours cocktail reception and dinner at the Manitoba Museum, housing artifacts donated by the famous Hudson’s Bay Company, one of the oldest commercial enterprises in the world and deeply intertwined with the history of Manitoba. The highlight of the museum is the historic ship the Nonsuch, a replica of the 17th-century vessel responsible for the founding of the Hudson's Bay Company in 1670. You'll get an introduction to cultural traditions of the First Nations at a dance performance this evening.
Everyone’s up early today for a private charter flight to Churchill, “Polar Bear Capital of the World,” accessible only by boat, plane or train – population approximately 950+! A guided tour upon arrival includes the village of Churchill – isolated in its remote location in northern Canada but thriving with Arctic wildlife, from waterfowl, beluga whales, seals and polar bears to vestiges of its position as a grain exporting town. It is along the shores of Hudson Bay, situated at the mouth of the Churchill River, at the juncture of two eco-regions – the boreal forest to the south and the Arctic tundra to the north. Your accommodations for the next three nights are at the Lazy Bear Lodge, the largest log building in Manitoba. It is built in a style reminiscent of the fur trading era, handcrafted from fire-killed logs. Dinner tonight is in the lodge.
Climb aboard a specially designed tundra vehicle for a full-day excursion into the heart of bear country in search of the magnificent "Polar Bears of Churchill." Each autumn, small groups of polar bears migrate from frigid inland locations to Churchill, the staging area for their winter food-hunting season; today you'll see them in their natural habitat. From the safety of your vehicle, you'll have unrestricted views of the bears as they go about their daily business, so keep your camera at the ready. Your expert naturalist guide shares insights about the conservation efforts under way to protect these beautiful animals from environmental and other issues that threaten their survival. You'll never forget what you see and what you learn today; it is definitely a Manitoba highlight!
First up – visit the Eskimo Museum to view one of Canada's oldest, and most comprehensive, collection of Inuit artifacts and sculpture. Indigenous peoples have lived out here for centuries, and the museum displays one of Canada's finest collections of Inuit art and artifacts, revealing insights about their hearty lifestyle. Head out for another half-day on the subarctic plains as our naturalist points out the local wildlife. White snowy owls with a four- to five-foot wing span perch on high, falcons cruise over bushes, white arctic foxes trot across the flats, all looking for unsuspecting prey like lemmings, who happen to be the lowest creature on the food chain out here. Warm up by a roaring fire back at your lodge tonight.
Your Manitoba adventure continues with a closer look at the sport of dog sledding, a popular local diversion out here in the Arctic wilderness. See a demonstration by dog trainers, then climb aboard a sled yourself for a ride with your canine drivers – another amazing day on the tundra. A private charter flight brings you back to Winnipeg this afternoon for a final overnight stay and farewell reception and dinner at the Inn at the Forks.
Fly home anytime; a transfer is included from the Inn at the Forks to Winnipeg Airport. Please allow 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport.
• Travel insurance can reimburse your for out of pocket expenses if your trip is canceled and some of it is non-refundable
• If your trip is interrupted – perhaps there is an emergency that requires you to return to your starting destination – expenses may be paid and arranged for you
• Medical coverage that we have at home, including provincial Canadian plans, typically pay only a portion of what medical care costs internationally.
We deal with Manulife Global Travel Insurance. We have carefully assessed travel insurance providers, and although these are not the cheapest policies – you do get what you pay for. Part of the reason that we have chosen them is their claims record, which was to pay out 96% of claims.
If you have insurance on your credit card, please note that very few have coverage that is applicable to fully cover your trip, there are often changes to coverage as you age, and often traveling companions are not covered.
Update - Please note: Policies are now available with Covid-19 coverage. As always details are important – ask us!
We know that travel is important; for many of our client’s travel is essential to their sense of well-being. Learning, relaxing, partaking in fulfilling experiences and filling up our memory bank is part of our identity.
Insurance can sometimes be the forgotten piece, but we can’t afford for it to be. Insurance needs to be integral to every travel plan because lets be real…risk is a part of life.
So, what is your risk tolerance? Are you ok to lose the investment in your travel plans? Are you prepared to be out of pocket for your medical expenses, which can mount easily into the hundreds of thousands, and even more?
This is a very personal, but important part of your vacation planning. Everyone is different in terms of what risks they are willing to take, and in terms of their personal health experiences and how that may affect coverage and pricing. Our ask – please put insurance into your planning, check the terms and conditions carefully, and give our insurance a chance. Please don’t travel without good insurance coverage!
All insurance policies have terms and conditions, please make sure you are aware and are comfortable with yours!
Buy wisely, have peace of mind, and travel well!
Updated: November, 2019
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