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$9,395 to shoot polar bears — on camera

Travel Deal for July 30, 2013

vicky vacay deal of the dayWildlife lovers from around the world have been converging in and around Churchill, Manitoba for decades. The attraction is the large and curious number of polar bears who routinely approach vehicles carrying humans, allowing for some unforgettable moments and magnificent photographs.

You can live that dream with Churchill Wild, whose Polar Bear Photo Safari package features tailored expeditions to suit every shooter. Photographers will be able to capture images of the most stunning Arctic wildlife that resides in Manitoba, including polar bears congregating on the shores of Hudson Bay.

The six-night package costs $9,395 per person and includes:

  • Four nights at Seal Heritage Lodge, a remote lodge outside of Churchill (includes charter flight to the property)
  • Two nights in Winnipeg at the Four Points Sheraton
  • Round-trip airfare between Churchill and Winnipeg
  • Meals
  • Glorious photography moments.

The package is available for dates in October and November, with some November dates already sold out. Visit Churchill Wild’s Dates & Rates webpage for details. Gets Eccentric in Winnipeg

When you’re back from the wild, you may want to complement your experience with a visit to Winnipeg’s wilder side. Robert Galston, a contributor from the Spectator-Tribune, detailed “8 Eccentric Ways to Enjoy Winnipeg” and included a couple of off-the-beaten-track spots.

Galston suggests you stop in at the Woodbine Hotel for a drink.

He writes: “The oldest bar in Western Canada, the Woodbine first opened in 1878, when Winnipeg was still a muddy village centred around steamboat landings and trails dotted with Red River carts. Today, the Woodbine is one of the friendlier Main Street bars, and on weekend evenings country bands can often be heard. With no stage, the band crowds into the corner by the bar, playing for a packed house. Vendor orders are made at the bar, then picked up at a different counter in a separate room in the front of the building. It’s a strange system, which has everything to do with oppressively byzantine and antiquarian liquor regulations in this province. Yet, when it’s 1:30 am, and you’ve got a thirst to conquer, it does the job.”

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Book the Churchill Wild Polar Bear Photo Safari: Visit the tour operator’s website or telephone 1-866-846-9453 (toll free) or email

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