Northern Lights Tour – 8 Days / 7 Nights
A faint glow appears on the horizon. The spectacular Northern Lights! Slowly, soft curtains of color shimmer across the northern sky. The colors bend and weave and slowly begin to fade. The night sky darkens again. You have just witnessed a display of awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights). Churchill is one of the best places in Canada to witness the Northern Lights and with this tour you can experience this awesome phenomenon! You can view the Northern Lights from the back deck of a wide-bodied, comfortable Tundra Buggy. During the winter, the buggies are moved to an appropriate area, far from the lights of the community, and park in a safe spot that provides an excellent backdrop for Aurora photos. The buggies are heated and have on-board washroom facilities. This exciting outing is different from any other viewing experience. You will also have the opportunity to glide across the snow-covered tundra on a sled pulled by a team of dogs, and feel the sun on your face and wind in your hair during an interpretive snowshoeing afternoon! This adventure also coincides with the Hudson Bay Quest, an authentic 400 km dogsled race!
Day 1 – Winnipeg
Welcome to Winnipeg! Take a taxi to your hotel to check-in. Meet and greet event with other passengers will take place tonight in the hotel’s lounge.
Overnight – Inn at the Forks
Day 2 – Winnipeg
Today you will visit the Manitoba Museum and Planetarium. Here, you will participate in an introductory photography clinic and receive tips on how to best capture the aurora. You will also take part in an interactive program lead my museum interpreters that illustrates the traditional lifestyles of the Inuit people and view award winning dioramas.
Overnight – Inn at the Forks
Day 3 – Winnipeg to Churchill
Depart Winnipeg in the morning and fly to Churchill. Guests will participate in the tour of the town and area upon arrival and stop for a visit at the Eskimo Museum. This evening, enjoy dinner at the Hudson Bay Quest banquet.
Overnight – Tundra Inn
Day 4 – Churchill
Today is a very exciting day! You will head to the starting line of the Hudson Bay Quest, a 400 kilometer dogsled race. You will be able to cheer on the competitors as they start the race. You will then participate in an afternoon dogsledding program. The evening consists of Northern Lights viewing and photographing from the comfort of the Tundra Buggy.
Overnight – Tundra Inn
Days 5 & 6 – Churchill
Over the next couple of days, guests will be participating in daily activities such as local Inuit culture and wildlife presentations, snowshoeing program, and extensive nightly northern lights viewings from a Tundra Buggy.
Overnights – Tundra Inn
Day 7 – Churchill to Winnipeg
Today you say goodbye to Churchill and depart on a flight to Winnipeg. Tonight’s hotel is conveniently located at the Winnipeg Airport, making your journey home a little easier tomorrow.
Overnight – Sheraton Four Points – Winnipeg Airport
Day 8 – Winnipeg/Home
You have been on an amazing adventure to view the Northern Lights. We hope this is one of many visits to Canada!
- 3 nights – Winnipeg
- Visit to the Manitoba Museum & Planetarium for a photography clinic
- 1 lunch in Winnipeg
- Round trip air between Winnipeg and Churchill
- Churchill area sightseeing tour, including a visit to the Eskimo Museum
- Dinner at the Hudson Bay Quest banquet
- 4 nights – Churchill
- Participate in the start of the Hudson Bay Quest to cheer on the competitors
- Afternoon dogsledding program
- 3 evening Tundra Buggy tours to view the Northern Lights
- Daytime snowshoeing program and wildlife presentations
Dates & Rates – 8 days / 7 nights
- Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
|Travel dates||Land Only|
|February – March 2019||on request|
COMING SOON: This section will include detailed information about the hotels in this tour, along with a PDF of the hotel brochure.
CUSTOMS/IMMIGRATION – PLEASE NOTE: ALL U.S. CITIZENS MUST HAVE A VALID U.S. PASSPORT FOR TRAVEL TO OR FROM CANADA AS OF JANUARY 08, 2007.
You clear Canadian Customs and immigration at your first point of entry into Canada. Customs and Immigration clearance is generally a quick and simple process. Please note that Non-citizens should carry a valid passport and check with their local Canadian Council for visa requirements.
If transfers are included in your tour package, vouchers have been provided. Present your vouchers to the bus driver.
Be casual and comfortable. Comfortable shoes are a must. We suggest flat shoes with rubber soles on the train, as this makes getting around easier and safer.
We are pleased to pass your requests to our hotels, but we cannot guarantee that the hotels will be able to accommodate these requests. Please keep in mind, that often hotels are filled to capacity.
Electricity is on the same current in Canada as in the states – 110 volts. If you are traveling on VIA Rail, bedrooms have a small sink and outlet for small appliance use like razors.
HOTEL CHECK-IN TIMES
When planning your daily activities, please keep in mind that your hotels are generally not available for check in until mid afternoon. If you arrive and cannot check in, we suggest you leave your bags with the hotel bell desk and go off to explore the city!
Based on your tour service selections, Cartan has reserved and paid for these tour services. Services, which you elect not to use, are not refundable. In the event a service cannot be used for reasons beyond your control, a refund will be issued provided the service supplier has agreed that they will refund or credit Cartan Tours. Based on the service suppliers’ refund to Cartan Tours, requests for qualifying refunds must be made in writing and will be processed less a $35.00 handling fee.
Incidental charges such as valet, telephone calls, beverages, and room service must be cleared before leaving the hotel. If you have made calls with a credit card or called collect, you may still have charges to clear. The hotels will appreciate your clearing them before you leave.
Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Canada. To avoid carrying large amounts of cash, we suggest you use your credit cards. Change the amount of money you feel you will need for general day-to-day activities. We find you get the best rate of exchange when you exchange money at a bank. Most people find it convenient to change money at the airport bank when they arrive.
GOODS AND SERVICES TAX
Cartan Tours pays GST on all taxable inclusions; however, we are not required to pay GST on hotel stays for non-Canadian visitors. Thus, there is no GST rebate due on hotel rooms reserved and paid by Cartan Tours.
Tipping percentages and policies are as in the States. A very acceptable tip for a meal is 15%. When dining, always check to ensure the service charge has not been added to your bill. You will see a tax charge that averages 12 – 17%. Service, if charged, should also be listed. Although menus frequently specify their policy on tipping, if unsure, feel free to ask.
It is customary in Canada to leave a small tip for the chambermaid. We suggest $1.00 per room per night. Baggage handling we suggest $1.00 – $2.00 per bag.