2017 Tours
"Off the Beaten Path" Birding

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Basic Itinerary (subject to change according to weather conditions):

Day 1 Tuesday (June 20, 2017)

Arrive by VIA Rail or Calm Air. Luggage transfer to Aurora Inn. Head out to the coast of Hudson Bay where we will look for shore birds and sea ducks. Make our way into town and check into the hotel. Stop for lunch at Gypsy's Bakery (included). After lunch, walk up the Churchill River shoreline looking for Red-throated Loon, Jaeger, courting Arctic Tern on ice floes and other shore birds. Return to town for a short orientation. Dinner on own. This evening visit the Harbours Board Ponds by the historic Churchill Grain Port. Observe a wide variety of shore birds, nesting Arctic Tern, various ducks, with always the chance of spotting the elusive Ross's Gull.

Day 2 Wednesday (June 21)

In the morning we will take a brief look at the Harbours Board Ponds for any newcomers. Then head out to Twin Lakes, a glacial kame extending into the Boreal Forest, looking for Boreal Chickadee, Spruce Grouse, and various other forest residents. We will have lunch in the field (included) and return to town by 4 PM.

Evening trip to Cape Merry to look for King Eider and Harlequin Ducks.

Day 3Thursday (June 22)

Head for the Hudson Bay coast at low tide to scan the tidal flats for Hudsonian Godwit, Sanderling, Semipalmated Plover, and Long-tailed Jaeger. Enjoy lunch in the field and continue on to various coves and bays as the tide rises. Visit inland lakes (Taiga & Tundra areas) to look for nesting Pacific Loon, Smith's Longspur, and Short-eared Owl. Return to town by 4 PM. Time to visit some shops and have dinner on your own.

Day 4 Friday (June 23)

(Please check out of your rooms prior to departing on tour.)

Depending on ice conditions, a Zodiac trip out onto the Churchill River Estuary (between ice floes) to observe Beluga Whales and Birds! Later, travel the Goose Creek Road along the Churchill River, looking for Warbler, Gray Jay, Osprey & Merlin.

Lunch is in town on your own. Some free time to visit the shops and the Eskimo Museum.

Farewell Dinner (included).

Transfer (including luggage) to the airport.

*** To depart by Rail add extra night at $160 DBLB, $140.00 SGLB. Calm Air departs Friday, June 23 at 8:15 PM or Saturday, June 24 at 7:00 PM. ***

Tour Cost includes:

  • Land only
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 lunches/1 Dinner
  • All ground Transportation/Transfers and 4 days of Touring as listed
  • 2 hour Floe Ice Tour
  • Full Interpretation with local Naturalist Guides
  • Polar Bear Security
  • Fantastic Birding!!!

Tour Cost does not include:

  • Transportation to/from Churchill
  • meals (except as listed)
  • gratuities
  • taxes
  • alcohol
  • items of a personal nature

Tour will have not less than 2, not more than 10 participants.

Tour Cost - per person

  • Canadian based on double occupancy: $2,350.00
  • Single Supplement: $250.00
  • Add 5% GST to all Tour costs.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us or call if you have any questions.