Location: Churchill, Manitoba (Hudson Bay) Canada

Beluga Whale Expedition

Free-diving with beluga whales and exploring Canada’s arctic tundra

Photo © Andy Murch

Big Fish Expeditions Beluga Whale Adventure

Join me in Hudson Bay and swim with the world’s most loved white whales. Each summer when the pack ice breaks up, up to 50,000 beluga whales move into the aquamarine waters of Hudson Bay to feed, socialize and breed. Come and snorkel with one of nature’s iconic species and explore Canada’s rugged tundra that is home to polar bears, arctic foxes and many migrating bird species.

Why Come with Big Fish Expeditions?

BFE trip leader Andy Murch first visited Churchill in 1998. Over the years, he has accumulated a wealth of local knowledge and developed a deep passion for the belugas, polar bears and all other wildlife that inhabit this remote region of the sub-arctic.

Andy is the only global expedition company owner to receive a Manitoba Guiding License that permits him to take small groups out onto the tundra to enjoy the full range of experiences that Hudson Bay has to offer.

An accomplished, award winning photographer, Andy’s beluga images have appeared in Canadian Geographic and countless other books and magazines around the world. He is always happy to offer advice to his guests on the best way to capture images of Churchill’s exotic flora and fauna.

THE ENCOUNTER

Free-diving with beluga whales and exploring Canada’s arctic tundra
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2019

DATES
CANCELLED DUE TO NEW CANADIAN CETACEAN INTERACTION REGULATIONS CANCELLED

PRICE (USD)
$3,150 + 5% Goods & Services Tax (GST) per person double occupancy


$4,050 + 5% GST per person single occupancy

LEADER
Andy Murch

Swim with beluga whales
Polar bears swimming in water

DETAILS

ACCOMMODATION
Polar Inn, Churchill

EXPERIENCE LEVEL
Snorkeling experience only

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING

  • 2 piece 7mm wetsuit or a drysuit for snorkeling with the beluga whales.
  • Fins, mask, snorkel and a neoprene hood and booties.
  • Warm clothing for exploring the tundra. Summers are generally warm and sunny but can become cold if it is overcast.
  • Telephoto lens for possible polar bear sightings and capturing other topside wildlife near the shore.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Four mornings on a zodiac chasing belugas with a knowledgeable and Dedicated Captain.
  • Afternoon Tundra Tours looking for polar bears and other arctic animals.
  • Armed guard during all tundra tours.
  • One full day tour with lunch looking for polar bears, arctic foxes, caribou and other wildlife aboard the world famous Tundra Buggy.
  • Night excursions to view the Northern Lights (solar activity permitting).
  • Six nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Churchill on beautiful Hudson Bay.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Wet/drysuits and snorkelling gear (wetsuits can be rented)
  • Flights from Winnipeg
  • Lunch and dinner

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY
http://www.calmair.com/
Calm Air flies on most days between Winnipeg and Churchill. Space on flights is limited so book early!

Via Rail Winnipeg-Churchill For those guests with time to spare, two-day trains make the epic trek north through Canada’s vast northern wilderness. Train may not be working.

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

ITINERARY AND DAILY DIVE SCHEDULE

Day 1 Arrive, Check into the lodge and explore the small but lively town of Churchill. Once everyone has arrived, we will take a quick run out to Cape Merry to watch the belugas heading in and out of the Churchill River.
Days 2-5 Mornings: After a hearty breakfast at the lodge, we will don drysuits or wetsuits (available for rent) and venture into Hudson Bay aboard purpose built zodiacs. When we locate the whales (it doesn’t take long), we will slip into the water with masks, snorkels and fins and swim with the pod at close quarters.

Afternoons: After warming up back at the hotel and grabbing a bite to eat, we’ll jump in our six seater van and head out for a drive through the tundra to spot wildlife such as polar bears, foxes and other arctic species.

After Dark: On nights with high Solar activity, we will head out of town to a picturesque area with no light pollution to enjoy and photograph the world famous Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

Day 6 On our last day of the trip, while our snorkeling gear dries out, we will join a full day tundra tour on the world famous Tundra Buggy; a high sided vehicle that ventures right into polar bear territory and affords amazing views over the vast expanses of arctic tundra.
Day 7 Fly out or take the overnight train back to Winnipeg.
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