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1. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5672 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I've read that october is a good month to visit the polar bears in Churchill and surroundings.
I've also read that prebooking well in front is advisable.
Does this aplly to everyting, that is trains, accomodation, tours etc? Is it possible to drive over there? How expensive is it, can it be done relatively cheap?
Any advice on this kind of trip is welcome.
Cheers, Michael.

2. Posted by Petra M (Budding Member 65 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

The best and most popular way to get to Churchill Manitoba is to fly there. You will most likely take a return flight from Winnipeg with Calm Air or Kivalliq Air. Canada is a huge country and northern Manitoba is sparsely populated so there is limited road access - so you can't drive there. There are train service with VIA Rail available but it is usually more expensive and it takes two nights. Yes, I would recommend prebooking just because you would get better pricing for everything. Because you are travelling to an area not easily accessable and not visited by many people (including Canadians) this will not be a cheap trip.

3. Posted by George L. (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Actually, VIA Rail has great all inclusive train packages to Churchill that include travel, accommodations, and tours to see the polar bears in a special (and funky) bus made especially for that purpose.

For more info:

Train packages to see the polar bears

VIA Rail Canada / Travel by train! Vacations, tours and tourism info

I thought November was the peak month? But with this crazy Canadian "winter" we're having - who knows?