Take a Walk on the Wild Side with Monty Halls

GRIZZLIES AND POLAR BEARS IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT

Take a Walk on the Wild Side with Monty Halls

WILDLIFE PACKAGE

VANCOUVER | CAMPBELL RIVER | KNIGHT INLET LODGE | WINNIPEG | CHURCHILL 

Join our travel ambassador, marine biologist and wildlife expert Monty Halls, on this exclusive adventure in search of Canada’s amazing wildlife. Starting on Canada’s Pacific west coast you’ll watch grizzly bears as they feed on salmon in Knight Inlet, then head inland to the Polar Bear capital of the world and watch polar bears as they wait for the ice to form on Hudson Bay. See birdlife and wildlife that is not found anywhere else and with luck enjoy the incredible spine-tingling spectacle of the dancing skies as you see the Aurora Borealis in the heart of Canada. 

He will also be giving daily talks about wildlife and conservation, sharing photography tips and his own travel experiences after working for the BBC for over 20 years.

This once in a lifetime tour is limited to just 18 participants who will witness some of the most amazing wildlife in Canada. Early booking is STRONGLY recommended.

 

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11 Days
From £9999 Per Person

Price per person based on twin/ double share. Single traveller £11348 per person

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Your Itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10-11

Day 1 : London - Vancouver

Meet at London Heathrow Terminal 2 and check in for your early afternoon Air Canada flight to Vancouver. On board you can enjoy complimentary drinks and meals appropriate to the time of day along with an extensive range of seat back entertainment.

On arrival in Vancouver clear immigration, collect your bags and walk across the terminal to the luxurious Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel and check in. Meet Monty Halls, your fellow travellers and tour escort at 6pm for a welcome reception. The rest of the evening is yours to spend as you wish. For the energetic downtown Vancouver is a 25-minute ride away on the airport transit rail service.

Meals included today: Lunch & afternoon tea inflight.

Day 2 : Vancouver – Campbell River

Enjoy a leisurely Canadian breakfast this morning before heading to Vancouver Airport’s South terminal for your Pacific Airlines flight to Campbell River, where on arrival you will be transferred to the Comfort Inn & Suites hotel for your overnight stay.

Meals included today: Breakfast

Long known as the "Salmon Capital of the World”, Campbell River nestles on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island and is the gateway to many of the natural attractions of Canada’s Inside Passage and Pacific Rainforest region. Capture the spirit of Campbell River with a stroll in the sea breezes on Discovery Pier and you might see a salmon, eagle, or whale. Take in views of Discovery Passage, Quadra Island and, in the distance, the rugged Coast Mountain range of mainland British Columbia.

True to its heritage, Campbell River hosts a busy arts and culture scene. Drop by the community theatre, public art gallery, or the many local shops that feature works by local artists, including authentic First Nations' art, jewellery, and carvings. Step back in history at the Museum at Campbell River and Kwagiulth Museum.

Day 3 : Campbell River - Knight Inlet Lodge

After an early breakfast you’ll be transferred to the seaplane terminal for the one-hour flight to Glendale Cove. As you fly north east over the rainforest clad slopes on the islands that make up the Pacific west coast area you’ll be blown away by the amazing natural rugged beauty. Flying into Glendale Cove you’ll appreciate the remoteness of Knight Inlet Lodge, your home for the next couple of days and where you will enjoy some of the most amazing natural experiences possible.

Settle into your comfortable accommodation and enjoy a lunch of fresh local ingredients before your wildlife adventures begin.

Glendale Cove is home to one of the largest concentrations of grizzly (brown) bears in British Columbia. It is not uncommon for there to be up to 50 bears within 10 kilometres of the lodge at the time you will be there, when the salmon are returning to the river to spawn. Depending on conditions you’ll watch the bears (at a safe distance!) from tree and river stands, but predominantly from viewing platforms that enable the bears to be watched without them being disturbed. One thing is sure, the sight of the bears fishing is something you’ll never forget. From the mothers teaching their cubs the tricks, to the old timers, each with their own special ways of catching the salmon, you’ll be mesmerised from start to finish. During your stay you will also be able to enjoy a scenic boat ride on Glendale Cove, kayak, hike and look for birdlife and other wild animals. the opportunities for incredible photographs and wildlife spotting are immense.

Knight Inlet Lodge is a floating lodge with 18 guest rooms, dining room, lounge and interpretive centre. All rooms have 2 queen beds with private washroom and shower. The dining room seats 50 and there’s separate common area with comfortable seating and gas fireplaces where guests can mingle.

Meals Included today: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 : Knight Inlet wildlife viewing

A full day today enjoying everything the lodge has to offer, from bear viewing to kayaking and hiking to spot wildlife.

Meals included today: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 : Knight Inlet – Vancouver

If you’re up early this morning there’s an opportunity for a last chance to spot and photograph the wildlife, or maybe you’ll prefer a more leisurely breakfast before the mid-morning seaplane flight back to Campbell River’s Seaplane Terminal. Collect your luggage and then you’ll take a flight from Campbell River Airport back to Vancouver. Your accommodation tonight is at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel. For those who would like to spend the evening in downtown Vancouver, your tour escort will be available to assist with arrangements.

Meals included today: Breakfast

Day 6 : Vancouver – Winnipeg

Enjoy breakfast this morning before your flight to Winnipeg and your overnight stay at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel, Winnipeg Airport.

You’ll arrive early afternoon and there’s plenty of things to see and do in Manitoba’s capital. Perhaps you’ll head for The Forks; at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers this historic site is home to warehouses that have been converted to shops and restaurants. It’s also where you will find the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. Set in a futuristic new building close to the river it showcases the various fights for Human Rights around the world including Canada’s own indigenous population.  Close by you’ll find the Exchange District, an area known for its well-preserved, early 20th-century architecture and home to numerous art galleries and the Manitoba Museum. 

Meet your interpretive guide at 9pm this evening in the hotel for a welcome meeting and learn about your Polar Bear Adventure that starts tomorrow.

Meals included today: Breakfast

Day 7 : Winnipeg - Churchill

The second part of your Walk on the Wild Side starts today with an early morning flight north to Churchill, the “Polar Bear Capital” of the world and a great spot for viewing the Aurora Borealis when the conditions are right. On arrival you’ll be taken on a guided tour of the area to see the different aspects of this unique town and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. There may be the chance for an optional dog sledding trip, depending on conditions, before transferring to the Tundra Buggy Lodge, your home for the next two nights. 

The Tundra Buggy Lodge, located in the heart of polar bear country, offers a unique, immersive experience where you can fall asleep and wake up with polar bears right outside your window and, on a clear night, the northern lights dance above, unhindered from the lights of town. The Lodge consists of two accommodation units that can sleep up to 40 guests, a lounge and a dining hall. Outdoor viewing platforms connect each unit and allow for outdoor photography. Situated far from the lights of town, the Tundra Buggy® Lodge is the perfect place to view bears all day long and have optimal northern lights viewing at night (weather permitting). The Lodge is also equipped with exterior field lights that enable you to continue watching the bears even after the sun goes down!

The two accommodation units, named Hearne and La Perouse after two important figures in Churchill's history, each consist of 10 upper and 10 lower sleeping berths, each with a window, a reading light and four 110-volt electrical outlets. A sound-dampening curtain provides privacy by separating the berths from the aisle and each berth is equipped with a thermostat controlled heating unit, giving you the ability to adjust the berth temperature. Bedding, towels, and even earplugs are provided for your comfort. In addition, each 20-person accommodation unit has three bathrooms. The lounge, named Thanadelthur after another important Churchill figure is used for relaxation, presentations, wildlife and northern lights viewing and more. Thanadelthur has WiFi accessibility, a multi-touch SmartBoard screen, and a robust audio system. Mingle over wine and appetizers before dinner, socialise, play cards or board games, and read. After dinner, enjoy presentations by the staff and wildlife experts, including leading researchers from Polar Bears International. With panoramic views from the wall-to-ceiling windows and a roof-top observation deck for a 360° view of the tundra and wildlife or an unobstructed view of the northern lights, it’s a great place to swap stories and share images.  The Tundra Buggy Lodge dining hall, affectionately known as Dan's Diner, is where you will find Lodge chef Jared cooking up a storm of regional cuisine and hearty home-cooked favourites. Enjoy a filling breakfast to prepare for your day of wildlife viewing on the tundra, and a delectable dinner with fellow guests to end off a successful day. Breakfast may consist of hot and cold cereals, muffins, fruit, toast, pancakes or eggs. Lunch will be a picnic-style lunch of soup and sandwiches served on the Tundra Buggy.

Meals included today: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 : Bear viewing in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area

Enjoy your breakfast before taking to a Tundra Buggy to explore the Churchill Wildlife Management Area in search of Polar bears and other wildlife. With large panoramic windows and an outside viewing area these specially designed all-terrain vehicles offer the safest and most comfortable way of exploring the vast tundra region that the bears call home.

As the sun begins to set you’ll return to the Tundra Buggy Lodge to enjoy dinner, swap pictures and stories and listen to experts before perhaps catching the northern lights if conditions are good.

Meals included today: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

Day 9 : Polar Bears - fly to Winnipeg

Enjoy breakfast at the Tundra Buggy lodge, perhaps with a bear or two prowling outside the window of Dan’s Diner, then It’s another great day on the tundra full of wildlife and photography opportunities. late afternoon you’ll be taken to the airport in Churchill for an evening flight to Winnipeg with dinner served onboard. Your hotel tonight is the Four points by Sheraton across the road from the terminal building.

Meals included today: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10-11 : Winnipeg - London

Reminisce and enjoy a farewell breakfast this morning with fellow travellers and Monty before checking in for your afternoon Air Canada flight to Toronto and onwards to London. Arrive into Heathrow Airport around 08.30 today and say goodbye to your new-found friends and Monty Halls before continuing your journey homewards.

Meals included: Breakfast (Day 10) and dinner in flight.

 

 

 

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