6290
Manitoba
Lords of the North: Ecology of Hudson Bay's Polar Bears
Learn about the ecosystems of Hudson Bay from a polar bear expert, enjoying lectures and seeing unique Arctic species in their natural habitat.
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8 nights
21 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Winnipeg, MB
D
The Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre

Afternoon: Arrivals and transfers to the program hotel. Check-in is 3:00 p.m. Meet your group leader between 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. to pick up your program packet.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
2
Manitoba Museum, Human Rights Museum
Winnipeg, MB
B,L
The Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre

Breakfast: Hearty breakfast served buffet style in elegant surroundings - includes hot and cold items; juice, coffee/tea.

Morning: Set sail on a thrilling voyage of excitement and discovery at The Manitoba Museum. The Manitoba Museum’s Award-winning Galleries tell the story of Manitoba through the ages, from the northern Arctic coast to the southern prairie grasslands. The universal interrelationship of people and their environment comes to life in displays of artifacts and specimens, and in the dramatic walkthrough settings that seem to make time stand still. An interactive program, led by Museum Interpreters, will give you an understanding of the traditional lifestyles of the Inuit people. Learn about the Inuit as hunters, gatherers and fishers and their seasonal dependency on migratory game. The artifact study and gallery tour focusing on the Arctic/Sub-Arctic gallery will demonstrate how the limited resources of fur, skin, stone and bone were integral to their way of life.

Lunch: At the museum.

Afternoon: The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), Canada’s first national museum in 50 years, opened in September 2014. The dreamers who brought the project to fruition began by asking many Canadians for their ideas. People said they wanted the Museum to address human rights issues in Canada and the world, events that showed Canada’s commitment to human rights including failures as well as successes, and ongoing debates about human rights. The impressive building was designed by an American architect, Antoine Predock. It stands on historic Treaty One land where archaeologists have discovered more than half a million objects tracing human activity back over 6,000 years. Led by Museum Interpreters, learn about Aboriginal concepts of humanity and human shared responsibilities, perspectives of indigenous people, how and why climate change has become a human rights issue in the North, and much more.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare, or join your group leader for dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY
3
Assiniboine Zoo, Polar Bear Conservation, Fly to Churchill
Churchill, MB
B,L,D
Churchill Northern Studies Centre

Activity note: We travel between Winnipeg and Churchill with a commercial carrier – Calm Air. The capacity is between 30 – 42 depending on the aircraft. There are 2 main aircraft types used – ATR 42-300 Turboprop (max capacity 42) and the Dornier 328 Jet (30 pax).

Breakfast: Breakfast to go.

Morning: Meet an expert from the International Polar Bear Conservation Center (IPBCC) and visit the new Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. As the sea ice continues to diminish, scientists anticipate an increased number of polar bears in need of help. Hear about how the Centre is preparing for the challenges ahead and the unique and invaluable role it will play in establishing and coordinating polar bear rescue efforts. This role includes transitioning orphan polar bear cubs to life as animal ambassadors, actively participating in education of visitors to polar bears and polar bear conservation, and conducting research that assists in the conservation of polar bears in the wild. The IPBCC and Journey to Churchill are world class developments that will bring together researchers and the public towards the common goal of maintaining healthy Arctic ecosystems.

Lunch: Box lunch.

Afternoon: Flight is scheduled to depart Winnipeg at 4:00 p.m and arrive in Churchill at 8:30 p.m. Check-in to the Churchill Northern Studies Centre followed by a group safety briefing and orientation. The Centre is an active research facility in the heart of polar bear country. Polar bear resistant facility with window bars and security lighting.

Dinner: At Churchill Northern Studies Centre a light meal will be served after arrival.

Evening: Orientation to the centre.

DAY
4
Polar Bear Viewing, Tundra Buggy, Bears
Churchill, MB
B,L,D
Churchill Northern Studies Centre

Activity note: The Tundra Buggy® trip is six hours in duration. The vehicle is pretty large, so when it is not moving there is enough space to walk around and go on the back deck to take pictures. We will have our lunch on board with hot cocoa and coffee and there are washroom facilities on board. There is a flight of wooden stairs that goes up to a landing that connects all the tundra buggies. To get on the buggy itself, there are no steps involved, as the buggies are level with the docking point.

Breakfast: At Churchill Northern Studies Centre.

Morning: Travel out onto the tundra to view polar bears from specially designed Tundra Buggies®. Travel into the Churchill Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for wildlife viewing and photography. Venturing out on a set of established trails to minimize the impact on the tundra, the Tundra Buggy® will take you into areas with a high probability of wildlife sightings. These areas are the best locations in the Churchill area to experience wildlife in their natural environment.

Lunch: Lunch onboard the Tundra Buggy.

Afternoon: Polar bear viewing continues during the afternoon. The Churchill Wildlife Management Area is the largest wildlife management area in Manitoba - almost 850,000 hectares - and is the summer resting area for the province’s yearly polar bear visitors. Polar bears aren’t the only residents of this subarctic habitat - the Churchill WMA boasts a wide variety of plant-life and wildlife all year round for visitors to see.

Dinner: At Churchill Northern Studies Centre.

Evening: The evening program begins at 8:00 p.m. with a lecture "Polar Bears 101". Learn about the polar bear population in Churchill, polar marine ecology, and marine mammals.

DAY
5
Eskimo Museum, Town of Churchill, Conservation
Churchill, MB
B,D
Churchill Northern Studies Centre

Breakfast: At Churchill Northern Studies Centre.

Morning: Travel by bus in and around the town of Churchill for an area visit. Watch out for arctic foxes and arctic hares!

Lunch: Lunch in the town of Churchill at participants' own expense. The cost is approximately $15 - $20.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon in Churchill, Manitoba - Polar Bear Capital of the World. Explore the Eskimo museum, home to one of the oldest and most comprehensive collection of Inuit artifacts and sculpture in Canada. The Museum is dedicated to advancing knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of Northern culture and history with an emphasis on the Canadian Inuit. Next we visit the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre, located in the Churchill Heritage Railway Station. Exhibits, information and audio-visual presentations focus on the history of the fur trade and exploration of human and natural history.

Dinner: At Churchill Northern Studies Centre.

Evening: This evening's presentation will focus on research and conservation.

DAY
6
Polar Bear Viewing, Cultural Presentation
Churchill, MB
B,L,D
Churchill Northern Studies Centre

Activity note: The Tundra Buggy® trip is six hours in duration. The vehicle is pretty large, so when it is not moving there is enough space to walk around and go on the back deck to take pictures. We will have our lunch on board with hot cocoa and coffee and there are washroom facilities on board. There is a flight of wooden stairs that goes up to a landing that connects all the tundra buggies. To get on the buggy itself, there are no steps involved, as the buggies are level with the docking point.

Breakfast: At Churchill Northern Studies Centre.

Morning: Another fun-filled day of polar bear viewing on the tundra. Also, look for arctic fox and other northern wildlife in their natural environment.

Lunch: Lunch on the Tundra Buggy.

Afternoon: Bear viewing and interpretation on habitats, species behavior and conservation issues continues.

Dinner: At Churchill Northern Studies Centre.

Evening: This evening's cultural presentation will focus on Aboriginal Heritage.

DAY
7
Current Research, Dogsledding, Challenges for the Future
Churchill, MB
B,L,D
Churchill Northern Studies Centre

Activity note: Participants are not required to be "mushers". Dress warmly, moderate amount of walking/standing. Warming hut and outhouse on site.

Breakfast: At Churchill Northern Studies Centre.

Morning: Embark on a dogsledding excursion into the boreal forest; offering an authentic experience that reflects the culture and history of Manitoba’s north. The dogsled was the most convenient way to travel across the snow; from fur traders to mail delivery, and is still used by many locals. There are typically two people per sled, each riding in the “basket” of the sled while the musher guides the dogs from a standing position on the back runners. Some sleds offer the ability for one of the two guests to stand on the runners also. The musher will make the determination as to whether or not the guest requesting to stand is fit enough to do this safely. There is no running alongside the sled!

Lunch: Lunch at the centre.

Afternoon: A presentation will highlight the "How's and Why's of Polar Bear Research" at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre.

Dinner: At Churchill Northern Studies Centre.

Evening: This evening's presentation will focus on the Challenges for the Future. Then we wrap up with festivities at the centre - wine and traditional food tasting including arctic char, caribou and homemade bannock served with locally made jams and jellies.

DAY
8
Fly to Winnipeg, Farewell Dinner
Winnipeg, MB
B,L,D
Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites

Activity note: We travel between Churchill and Winnipeg with a commercial carrier – Calm Air. The capacity is between 30 – 42 depending on the aircraft. There are 2 main aircraft types used – ATR 42-300 Turboprop (max capacity 42) and the Dornier 328 Jet (30 pax).

Breakfast: Breakfast at the CNSC.

Morning: We say goodbye to the Churchill Northern Studies Centre and transfer to the airport for our flight to Winnipeg. Flight scheduled to depart at 10:05 a.m.

Lunch: Bag lunch from CNSC.

Afternoon: Our flight from Churchill is scheduled to arrive in Winnipeg at 2:50 p.m. (subject to change). Free time to explore on your own or relax at the hotel.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel in Winnipeg.

DAY
9
Program Concludes
Winnipeg, MB
B

Breakfast: Share a final breakfast together in Winnipeg. Independent departures from Winnipeg.

Morning: Independent departures from Winnipeg as per individual travel plans. Check-out is 12:00 noon. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.






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