7931
Manitoba
Into the Arctic Skies: Aurora and Astronomy in Churchill
Come for the chance to fulfill a dream and witness the Northern Lights beneath the brilliant skies of Churchill, Manitoba.
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Program No. 7931RJ
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9 days
8 nights
21 meals
8 B 6 L 7 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Winnipeg, MB
D
The Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00-5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel at 6:00 p.m. will be a buffet; coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the schedule labeled “Free Time” and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, making new friends among fellow Road Scholars, or simply relaxing. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

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

Activity note: Walking up to 1.5 miles on pavement and in museum, some standing; snow covered, icy terrain. Dress warmly in layers.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel includes hot and cold items; juice, milk, coffee, tea.

Morning: We will transfer by coach to immerse ourselves in the stunning beauty of Aurora Borealis by watching Experience the Aurora, a live Planetarium presentation at the Manitoba Museum. Over seven month in the Arctic Circle, a photography crew captured image of the Aurora. The results are spectacular. This immersive presentation shares the science behind the Aurora and tells the story of a team’s quest to photograph this spectacular phenomenon.

Lunch: Lunch at the Manitoba Museum will be soup, sandwich and beverage. Other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Coach exploration of Winnipeg including the Manitoba Legislature and the Forks.

Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare.

DAY
3
Fly to Churchill, Safety Briefing & Orientation
Churchill, MB
B,L,D
Churchill Northern Studies Centre

Activity note: The flight to Churchill is approximately 1 hour 40 minutes. Walking up to 1 mile on pavement, snow covered, icy terrain. Dress warmly in layers.

Breakfast: Breakfast to go to make our early morning flight to Churchill; muffin, fruit, yogurt and coffee.

Morning: Early departure for the airport (5:30 a.m.) for our scheduled flight to Churchill, departing from Winnipeg at 7:00 a.m.

Lunch: Lunch at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre is cafeteria style with several options for starters, entrees, desserts. Coffee, tea, water. As we are a working research centre, all guests are expected to assist with dishwashing and clean-up.

Afternoon: Arrive in Churchill and transfer to the Churchill Northern Studies Centre for a safety briefing and orientation.

Dinner: Dinner is served cafeteria style, with options for starters, entrees, desserts. Coffee, tea, water. As we are a working research centre, all guests are expected to assist with dishwashing and clean-up.

Evening: After dinner, there will be a welcome by CNSC staff and introductory lecture at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre.

DAY
4
Walk Churchill Research Range, Natural History, Sky Watching
Churchill, MB
B,L,D
Churchill Northern Studies Centre

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles, some standing. Dress warmly in layers.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) is served cafeteria style. As we are a working research centre, all guests are expected to assist with dishwashing and clean-up.

Morning: Short outdoor guided walk of former Churchill Research (Rocket) Range. This will give you a better idea of how well your clothing holds up to the wind and cold temperatures

Lunch: Lunch at CNSC

Afternoon: Natural history videos.

Dinner: Dinner at CNSC.

Evening: Evening lecture and sky watching.

DAY
5
Snow Ecology, Snowmobile Trip, Snowshoeing
Churchill, MB
B,L,D
Churchill Northern Studies Centre

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles, on slippery, snowy or ice covered terrain. Dress warmly in layers as we will be spending several hours outside.

Breakfast: Breakfast at CNSC.

Morning: A presentation at the centre will examine snow ecology.

Lunch: Lunch at the CNSC.

Afternoon: Embark on an exhilarating snowmobile excursion into the boreal forest - snow sampling demonstration, snowshoeing and photography.

Dinner: Dinner at CNSC.

Evening: Evening lecture and sky watching.

DAY
6
Film Screening, Dogsledding, Sky Watching
Churchill, MB
B,L,D
Churchill Northern Studies Centre

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile, on slippery, snowy or ice covered terrain. Dress warmly in layers as we will be spending several hours outside. Participants are not required to be "mushers". Warming hut and outhouse on site.

Breakfast: Breakfast at CNSC.

Morning: This morning we will enjoy a screening of locally-filmed major motion picture "Snow Walker" or Cannes Film Festival winner "Fast Runner".

Lunch: Lunch at CNSC.

Afternoon: In the afternoon we will embark on a dogsledding excursion into the boreal forest with a local musher; offering an authentic experience that reflects the culture and history of Manitoba’s north. The dog sled 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. There is no running alongside the sled!

Dinner: Dinner at CNSC.

Evening: Evening lecture and sky watching.

DAY
7
Parks Canada Centre, Eskimo Museum, Sky Watching
Churchill, MB
B,D
Churchill Northern Studies Centre

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles, on slippery, snowy or ice covered terrain. Dress warmly for the interpretive walk in the morning.

Breakfast: Breakfast at CNSC.

Morning: We will embark on a guided interpretive walk of the Churchill area.

Lunch: Lunch on your own to experience local cuisine or if you prefer we will supply you with a bag lunch in the morning.

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: Evening social with wine sampling and featuring local wild game and other unique local cuisine (arctic char, caribou and homemade bannock served with locally made jams and jellies). An Aboriginal Cultural Presentation with special guests will be part of our final evening.

Evening: Final lecture and sky watching.

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

Activity note: The flight to Winnipeg is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Breakfast: Breakfast at CNSC.

Morning: A morning presentation and activity and wrap up at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre.

Lunch: Lunch at CNSC.

Afternoon: Free time at the centre.

Dinner: Final dinner at CNSC.

Evening: Our evening flight departs from Churchill for Winnipeg at approximately 8:15 p.m. Check-into hotel in Winnipeg.

DAY
9
Program Concludes
Winnipeg, MB
B

Activity note: Check-out is 12:00 noon.

Breakfast: Hot breakfast at the hotel. Program concludes.

Morning: Departures from the hotel in Winnipeg after breakfast as per individual travel plans. Check-out time 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. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!