Going to see polar bears in “The Polar Bear Capital Of The World”, Churchill, Manitoba is by no means a cheap proposition. Most people go to Churchill as a part of a tour group but at certain times of the season you can book individual day tours with various companies.
For my trip to Churchill last September I booked a day tour for CAD$400 with Great White Bear Tour.
From the moment I checked in the night before my tour and met some of the friendly staff, without a doubt I knew I had chosen the right company.
I went on the first touring day for Great White and ended up in a group with only six other passengers. Although it was unusually warm for the bears to be out (still in the 30's) we were fortunate to spot a few of them.
Our first sighting came from a distance but we were able to get up close to witness two bears having fun with each other. We are told it is uncommon to see bears sparing with each other during a tour.
Although Great White tundra buggies which were in extremely good condition compared to the competition can hold about 36 passengers, they carry a maximum of 18 plus a tour guide on group tours.
While on the tundra we came across other buggies that I could tell were much more crowded. While this might be good for business it might not necessarily be good for the customers comfort and animal viewing.
Great White tundra buggies offer airline type seating for ride comfort, two huge slanted windshields for better viewing and a rear observation platform with see through flooring that is nice for taking pictures.
From my perspective, I do not know how you can go wrong in choosing Great White Bear Tour for such an experience of a lifetime.
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