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“Nothing BUT First Class Treatment”

Classic Canadian Tours Polar Bear Safari
Ranked #11 of 44 Tours in Calgary
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

If Leaving on time, being served hot meals (both ways, by really friendly people), informative lectures, and just generally not being disappointed in ANYTHING is your idea of a great way to handle a tour....then this will definitely be a treat for you...can't come up with one negative thing to say....WELL DONE....Yeah I'd do that again!!!!

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Reviewed November 10, 2013

I agree with the other reviews. It was a fabulous day. Classic Canadian Tours really do put on a first class trip. We went out of Edmonton to Churchill and yes it was a long day but worth every minute. The 2 hour flight both ways went quickly as you were served hot meals both ways and the zoologist, Les Stegenga, and naturalist, Brian Keating were great educating us on polar bears as we flew. They continued to impart knowledge on the tundra buggies and the driver was excellent too. We saw about 25 male polar bears through the course of the trip. No females/cubs and yet the driver said the past few days that is all they saw. It was awesome to see these beautiful, healthy creatures in the wild. We saw an artic fox as well. I have done safari's to Africa which were amazing too but it is great as a Canadian to do a safari in Canada as well. It is a lot of money but if you get the chance it is a once in a lifetime thing to do.

1  Thank haywoods
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

Our day began early, with our flight leaving Edmonton about 6:15am. It was just over a two hour flight to Churchill. Once there we were transported by buses to the Tundra Buggy site. On our drive we could see two different polar bears walking on the ice along the edge of the Hudson Bay. We were so excited, not knowing that more up close and personal views were coming our way.

Once we loaded onto our buggy we spent about five hours touring around the tundra seeking out the bears. It wasn't hard - in the end we saw about 25 in all; some were sleeping, one was quite skittish and ran away and lots were just walking around. We were able to see one bear out on the ice testing it. It walked one way and pounced down on the ice, then would walk in a different direction and pounce down again. Once in a while it went for a swim as it broke through the ice. We were also able to see two juveniles sparring, standing high on their hind legs pushing and shoving each other. Other wildlife seen were two arctic foxes and an arctic hare.

Our buggy driver, Bob, was excellent. He was very good at finding the wildlife. (One of the foxes just looked like a grey rock and Bob found it and pointed it out to us!) He was careful driving through the "potholes", was patient when we wanted to get the better picture and answered a lot of questions from the guests. Our tour guides, Les and Brian were great at explaining the biology and behaviour of the polar bears, and talking about the history of Churchill.

The food on the plane and on the buggy was good. We had a hot breakfast of quiche and hash browns, lunch was hot soup and a sandwich, and dinner was chicken and rice. We did bring a few snacks with us (oranges, treats, biscuits) and that helped throughout the day.

After the buggy ride, we went to town to have about one hour of shopping time. It was cold walking around but we just ran from store to store shopping and getting warm. We were able to pick up some souvenirs and then we were on our way home.

Advice for your trip: wear layers, my husband had jeans and I wore winter pants, hat, scarf, gloves, etc. There is a fire place in the buggy that you can warm up next to. Bring a good quality camera with a good quality card that will work well in low light and to take 'shutter' pictures. We also had binoculars which was good for some of the bears that were in the distance. Bring a few snacks and if you want to barter for higher priced soapstone carvings, bring cash, it seemed to help with bringing the price down. It was good sitting in the front of the buggy because you could talk and ask question more easily with the driver.

The one day trip was worth every penny spent and all of the other travellers were like minded - knowing that we were a part of something special. We were lucky to have a good weather day and it helped to make the viewing of wildlife that much better. I would recommend this trip in a heartbeat.

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Reviewed November 1, 2013

Another one off the bucket list! A great day, super service from beginning to end. Excellent meals on the flight by Canadian North and good service on plane. Very knowledgeable driver on tundra buggy.

1  Thank Jager41
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

We left Edmonton early (06:30) on 20 October for a 1-day trip to Churchill, MB. The purpose was to see Hudson Bay, the northern sights and polar bears. We saw all of that and more. Add to the list: artic hares, willow ptarmigan, and a snowy owl. It was an outstanding adventure. The food was good. Dress in layers because it can get cold when bears are spotted and the windows are lowered in what was once - a warm vehicle. We had many natural history lessons and learned much.

2  Thank woodmister
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