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Manitoba

Sitting in the heart of North America, the central province of  Manitoba is the undiscovered treasure of Canada. Defined by its prairie lands, aboriginal heritage, spectacular wildlife and unequalled hospitality, the Heartlands slow the pace of this magical country.

Manitoba is bursting with a vibrant new energy. Its cultural diversity stems from the original inhabitant blend of six nations, which today have encouraged a vast array of festivals, cuisines and ethnic attractions.

The roots of the province are embraced as an important part of local heritage. A living history of colourful re-enactments can be enjoyed at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site and, named as one of Canada’s three leading museums, The Manitoba Museum vividly portrays Manitoba’s history and also boasts a planetarium, science centre and a replica of the 17th century trade ship Nonsuch.

The boreal forests, prairie vistas and Arctic tundra create a natural diversity unseen in any other location across the globe. The province's 10,000 lakes are perfect for whitewater rafting, fishing, boating, wilderness paddling and kayaking. Wildlife watching opportunities abound too, drawing visitors to see moose, elk, Arctic fox, caribou and whitetail deer, and of course to Churchill, known as the polar bear capital of the world.

 

Average Max/Min temperatures °c
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Winnipeg -13/-22 -10/-21 -2/-13 9/-2 18/5 23/11 27/14 26/12 19/7 11/1 -1/-9 10/-17
Flight duration from the UK: Winnipeg 12 hours
Manitoba time zone: GMT minus(-)6 hours

Fairmont Winnipeg

Winnipeg


superior first class

Location

Located in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, where marvellous shopping and stunning cityscapes can be enjoyed. Step outside The Fairmont Winnipeg and the city is at your feet. The hotel is conveniently located just 6 miles from Winnipeg Airport.

Accommodation

Having recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation, the 340 guestrooms now portray an elegant, upscale décor, in keeping with Fairmont’s exceptionally high standards. Large windows in all rooms provide great views of this historic city and home comforts include fluffy bathrobes, thick warm duvets, plush feather pillows and coffee-makers. Fairmont Gold guestrooms occupy floors 18 and 19, providing additional amenities and access to a private lounge with a personalised concierge service.

Facilities

The Velvet Glove, named in the top 100 restaurants in Canada, has a quaint Manitoban flare, an elegant atmosphere and a contemporary setting. Guests can relax in the Lounge at The Fairmont with a glass of wine or shake things up with the perfect martini. Sitting high above the city on the 21st floor is a state-of-the art fitness centre, aptly named On Top of the World, which offers a salt water poolm hot tub and steam room.

Prices

From £47 per person per night based on twin occupancy of a Fairmont room. Other room categories available on request.

Manitoba: Polar Bear Adventure


7 Days/6 Nights

Begins and ends in Winnipeg

Departures

October and November

Your Tauck Itinerary includes:

• Round trip scheduled flights
• Accommodation for 6 nights as specified
• 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 5 dinners
• Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
• Services of a Tauck Tour Director

DAY 1 ARRIVE WINNIPEG

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Upon arrival, transfer to Inn at the Forks. Enjoy the evening at your leisure and relax before the start of your adventure.
Hotel: Inn at the Forks

DAY 2 WINNIPEG

Discover why Manitoba’s capital city is often called the "Gateway to the West" during an afternoon sightseeing tour. The evening welcome cocktail reception and dinner is held at the Manitoba Museum, which houses artifacts donated by the famous Hudson’s Bay Company; one of the oldest commercial enterprises in the world. The highlight of the museum is Nonsuch; a replica of the 17th-century ship responsible for the founding of the Hudson's Bay Company in 1670.
Hotel: Inn at the Forks
Dinner included

DAY 3 CHURCHILL'S CULTURAL HERITAGE

An early private charter flight takes you to Churchill - 'Polar Bear Capital of the World'. This area is only accessible by boat, plane or train and has a population of only 950! Upon arrival take a guided tour which includes the village of Churchill. Located on the shores of Hudson Bay at the mouth of the Churchill River, Churchill is situated at the juncture of two eco-regions the boreal forest to the south and the Arctic tundra to the north. This remote location allows a thriving Arctic wildlife population, including waterfowl, beluga whales, seals and polar bears. Your accommodation for the next three nights is at the Lazy Bear Lodge, the largest log building in Manitoba. It is built in a style reminiscent of the fur trade era, handcrafted from fire-killed logs. Dinner tonight is at the lodge.
Hotel: Lazy Bear Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 4 THE POLAR BEARS

This morning, visit the Eskimo Museum to view one of Canada's oldest, and most comprehensive collections of Inuit artifacts and sculpture. Indigenous peoples have lived here for centuries, and the museum displays one of Canada's finest collections of Inuit art and artifacts. Next you 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. Each autumn, small groups of polar bears migrate from frigid inland locations to Churchill, the staging area for their winter food-hunting season, so this viewing is 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. Your expert naturalist guide shares insights into the conservation efforts in place to protect these beautiful animals from environmental factors which threaten their survival. After dinner at the lodge this evening, a well-known arctic photographer gives a special presentation featuring his acclaimed work.
Hotel: Lazy Bear Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 5 ARCTIC WONDERLAND

Today you have a second chance to explore the subarctic plains with a naturalist pointing out the local wildlife. White snowy owls with a wing span of up to five-feet perch on high, falcons cruise over bushes, white arctic foxes trot across the flats, all looking for unsuspecting prey. Warm up by the roaring fire back at the lodge this evening.
Hotel: Lazy Bear Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 6 DOG SLEDDING

Your Manitoba experience continues with a closer look at the sport of dog sledding, a popular local pursuit in the Manitoba wilderness. You'll see a demonstration by dog trainers before climbing aboard a sled yourself for a ride with your canine drivers. After lunch, a private charter flight takes you back to Winnipeg for a final overnight stay and farewell dinner.
Hotel: Inn at the Forks
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 7 JOURNEY HOME

There may be time for some last minute solvenier shopping or sightseeing before you transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Breakfast included

Prices

From £5282 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

Polar Bear Adventure - Great Ice Bear


7 Days / 6 nights From Winnipeg

The magnificent polar bear is one of the world’s most magical creatures. Growing up to eight foot from nose to tail and weighing up to 1,300lbs, they hold a colossal presence in nature. Adapting to life in a cold climate, their black skin is hidden beneath a thick layer of water-repellent, translucent fur, keeping them insulated from the extreme temperatures, and their unique paws function as snow shoes with claws which have evolved to aid in climbing steep icy banks. Solitary by nature, Polar Bears wander the ice alone, with the exception during the breeding season.

Churchill, Manitoba is renowned as the ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World’. Nestled on the Western shore of Hudson Bay 650 miles north of Winnipeg, every autumn bears gather along the waters edge anxiously waiting for the sea ice to form. This ice field will be home to the bears for the winter, providing a relatively safe environment that is rich in food.

Observing the polar bear is a once in a lifetime experience, and must be conducted under professional supervision to protect the welfare of the bears and their natural environment.

Day 1

Explore Winnipeg at leisure, before joining your fellow travellers and adventure specialists for dinner.
Dinner included

Day 2

The adventure begins! Today you'll fly from Winnipeg to Churchill, then on to Dymond Lake Lodge; one of Canada's most exclusive polar bear viewing properties. Enjoy a guided hike before discussing life in Canada's Arctic over dinner.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Days 3 & 4

Time at the Lodge will be spent viewing the magnificent polar bears on guided walks, with plenty of photo opportunities and expert staff on hand to answer questions. In the evenings you'll enjoy dinner, informative lectures and perhaps dazzling displays of the Northern Lights.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 5

Following an aerial tour back to Churchill, the remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this frontier community. Choose to see the sights, join a helicopter tour or perhaps try dog sledding.
Breakfast and dinner included

Day 6

Wake early this morning for a spectacular journey across the ice in a tundra vehicle. Expert guides will take you up-close to the polar bears - a wonderful finale to this extraordinary adventure. This evening fly back to Winnipeg.
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 7

Enjoy breakfast before making your way to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Breakfast included

Departures: October 26th & 29th and November 1st, 4th, 7th & 10th 2015.

From £5349 per person based on two adults sharing a standard room. Includes flights from Winnipeg, 6 nights accommodation and meals shown.

This tour is often taken as a component of a longer itinerary; therefore international flights are not included.

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