Polar Bear High Season is a world-famous event. The town is filled to capacity. Package tour groups have already glommed onto much of the available hotel space. If you intend to travel up there independently, you need to make your arrangements at least a year in advance, at least for hotel space. The number of rooms is limited and you can't camp out.
The local hotels are listed under Accommodations. Book well in advance. The Winnipeg-Churchill flights are filled to capacity during polar bear high season because tour packagers reserve blocks of seats. At least for now, you can also take the train from Winnipeg. You also need to plan in advance to take individual tours on the tundra buggies. This is done through
Tundra Buggy Tours, Ltd. (see above for address and various phones and fax numbers, by season.) I have information from 1994. Although the prices have probablyk risen, my info will still give you an idea of how much to budget.
During October through November, a full day (8:00-5:00) tour costs $130 U.S. per adult, $95 U.S. per child under 13. To spend a night in the tundra buggy lodge is $250.00 U.S. per night per person. A 25 percent deposit for Individual tours is required no later than 30 days after confirmation. Final payment is required 30 days prior to tour departure. Suggested month for making individual reservations on the tundra buggy day trips for the following fall fall is July. Individual tours include transfers from your hotel to the tundra buggy and Safari vehicles, lunch and refreshments.
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