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Lords of the North: Ecology of Hudson Bay's Polar Bears

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Program #6290RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Start of Program
Oct 18, 2013
Independent arrival and transfers to the program hotel, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Dinner is at 6:00 pm. Check-in after 3:00 p.m.
You will be staying at the Humphry Inn & Suites that night.
Location: Winnipeg, MB
Nearest city or town: Winnipeg
Nearest highway: Trans Canada Highway
Nearest airport: Winnipeg International Airport

End of Program
Oct 25, 2013
Program ends at the airport in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Approximate arrival at airport is 2:00 pm. Independent departures from Winnipeg, MB.
You will be staying at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre the night before.
Location: Churchill, MB
Nearest city or town: Churchill
Nearest highway: Only accessible by air or rail travel.
Nearest airport: Churchill
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: This full-service hotel is located in downtown Winnipeg near Centennial Concert Hall, The Forks, MTS Centre and the Winnipeg Convention Center. With exemplary service, thoughtful amenities and a prime location, Humphry Inn & Suites has you covered for superior hotel accommodations in Winnipeg.

Contact info:
260 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 1A9 Canada
phone: 877-486-7479
web: www.humphryinn.com/

Room amenities: Workspace with desk, office chair and phone and high-speed Internet access. Coffeemakers with complimentary coffee and tea, hairdryer, iron and ironing board and cable TV. Microwaves and refrigerators in every room.

Facility amenities: Heated indoor salt water pool, large whirlpool spa and steam room, fitness center, gift shop & convenience store. Complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access and complimentary newspaper. The facility offers a 24-hour business center with computer, printer, copy and fax services; a 24-hour lobby coffee bar and 24-hour laundry facility.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel for rates
Contact hotel directly for current rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM

Type: Field Station

Description: Founded in 1976, the Churchill Northern Studies Centre is an independent, non-profit research and education facility located 23 km east of the town of Churchill, Manitoba. The Centre provides accommodations, meals, equipment rentals, and logistical support to scientific researchers working on a diverse range of topics of interest to northern science. In addition to research, the Centre facilitates a wide range of educational programming ranging from general interest courses for the visiting public to university credit courses for students. The Centre is ideally situated along the Hudson Bay seacoast at the meeting of three major biomes: marine, northern boreal forest, and tundra. To the east lies Wapusk National Park which protects the inland denning area of the polar bear. Farther to the southeast lies the Hudson Bay Lowland, the largest peatland in North America. Because of this complex of biomes, one can see a tremendous diversity of plants, birds, mammals and human cultures. Active biological research station. Polar bear resistant facility with window bars and security lighting.

Contact info:
1 Launch Road
Churchill, MB R0B 0E0 Canada
phone: 204-675-2307
web: www.churchillscience.ca

Room amenities: Each room accommodates up to four guests in two bunk beds (upper and lower). Guests with mobility concerns may request a lower bunk. There is individual closet space, a small writing desk, bedside shelves and individual reading lamps. The dorm is often filled to capacity during the summer research season and the fall polar bear season. Rooms are gender specific, although husbands and wives can sometimes be accommodated in one room during slow periods.

Facility amenities: The Churchill Northern Studies Centre is an active research facility in the heart of polar bear country. Bunk-bed dormitories with two to four guests per room, shared washrooms (separated by gender) with private showers. High-speed internet, fitness room, gift shop and library. Clean, modern facilities in a new state-of-the-art green building. Scenic views from all rooms. Second floor outdoor deck for safely watching wildlife and northern lights. Enjoy hearty, home-cooked meals with guests and visiting scientists in the on-site cafeteria. SPECIAL MEALS NOTE: Gluten free and most other special dietary requests can be accommodated at the CNSC with advance notice.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Separate female and male washrooms are equipped with toilets, sinks, and private showers.

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7 nights of accommodations
19 meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
2 Flights during the program


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