2023 Polar Bears & Beluga Whales

Aug. 3 – 9, 2023

Tour Operator: Orbridge (Additional tour details available fall 2022)
Price: From $5,995 (airfare additional)
Tour Length: 7 days
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Join a special opportunity to witness the diverse wildlife and pioneering spirit of the Canadian Arctic in summer.

On this seven-day journey, discover the beauty and magnitude of Churchill, Manitoba—a remote town on the banks of the Hudson Bay renown for hosting polar bears and beluga whales.

When people think of whale watching excursions, they envision fleeting glimpses of magnificent creatures off in the distance. On this journey, guests are delighted to get amazingly close to a multitude of friendly and vocal beluga whales while exploring the Hudson Bay by flat-bottomed boat or skiff. During the summer, these curious mammals are often found in warm-water estuaries and river basins, making this an ideal place to see them.

Also during summer, polar bears can sometimes be spotted lazily roaming for food on land and along the shoreline, conserving their energy during the warmer months while waiting for the ice to form again.

The expert guidance of an Orbridge Expedition Leader and a local naturalist, plus exclusive educational experiences—including presentations from Assiniboine Park Zoo and Churchill’s Northern Studies Centre—distinguish this program.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Arrive Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada / Assiniboine Park Zoo
  • Day 2 : Winnipeg / Flight to Churchill / Cultural and Heritage Tour
  • Day 3 : Churchill / Boat Tour / Prince of Wales Fort / Dog Mushing
  • Day 4 : Churchill / Hudson Bay Coastal Tour
  • Day 5 : Churchill / Arctic Crawler™ Experience / Itsanitaq Museum
  • Day 6 : Churchill / Flight to Winnipeg
  • Day 7 : Depart Winnipeg


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a Carolina Alumni member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or become a Carolina Alumni member online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

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All prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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