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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 £53 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 Tauck tour.
Hotel: Inn at the Forks

DAY 2 WINNIPEG

Discover why Manitoba’s capital city is often called the "Gateway to the West" during a sightseeing tour before joining us for our welcome 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 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 CULTURAL HERITAGE IN CHURCHILL

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. Following your town tour, a lifelong First Nation resident shares stories and lore about daily life here, past and present. 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, where the excitement for your upcoming Manitoba vacation adventures really heats up!
Hotel: Lazy Bear Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 4 THE POLAR BEARS OF CHURCHILL

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. 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 vacation highlight! After dinner at the lodge this evening, a well-known arctic photographer gives a special presentation featuring his work – you'll find your armchair travels memorable!
Hotel: Lazy Bear Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 5 A PARADE OF ARTIC LIFE

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.
Hotel: Lazy Bear Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 6 DOG SLEDDING/FLY TO WINNIPEG

Your Manitoba vacation continues with a closer look at the sport of dog sledding, a popular local diversion out here in the Manitoba wilderness. See a demonstration by dog trainers for some fascinating insights, then climb aboard a sled yourself for a ride with your canine drivers. After lunch in a popular local eatery in Churchill, a private charter flight brings you back to Winnipeg this afternoon for a final overnight stay and farewell dinner at the Inn at the Forks.
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 back to the airport for your flight home.
Breakfast included

2014 Prices

From £5101 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season.
Other prices available on request.

The Polar Bears of Churchill


6 Days/5 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. We offer a range of tours, each with varying inclusions and durations, but we suggest the five night Kingdon of the Ice Bear tour shown below. 

POLAR BEAR ADVENTURE TOUR 

DEPARTURES
October 25th & 30th and November 2nd & 8th 2014.

Day 1

Enjoy a day exploring Winnipeg.  This evening, enjoy a short welcome reception and meet your fellow travellers.

Day 2

Fly from Winnipeg to Churchill, where you will be met by your naturalist guide and taken to your hotel. A welcome dinner will be enjoyed this evening.
Breakfast and dinner included

Day 3

Today you get your first glimpse of the mighty polar bears. Take to the giant Tundra Buggy, allowing you to get out across the ice, accompanied by knowledgeable guide, providing narration and answering all your questions.
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 4

The morning includes a cultural tour of the town and surrounding areas, visiting local places of interest. The afternoon can be spent at the Eskimo Museum or Parks Canada Display.
Breakfast included

Day 5

A second full day is spent out on the tundra observing the behaviour of the Great White Bear and its relationships with other wildlife species. Following a farewell dinner, you fly back to Winnipeg.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 6

Back in Winnipeg, enjoy a final breakfast at your hotel.
Breakfast included

Price

From £2999 per person based on two adults sharing a standard room. Includes flights from Winnipeg, accommodation and meals as show.

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

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