VENTflash #203/Summer Discount Extended for Polar Bears of Churchill! July 05, 2016

Posted by Victor Emanuel


Victor Emanuel

Victor Emanuel started birding in Texas 70 years ago at the age of eight. His travels have taken him to all the continents, with his areas of concentration being Texas, Ari...

Dear friends,

In mid-May I announced a Summer Discount for our upcoming Polar Bears of Churchill tour, October 23-28, 2016: $500 off all registrations received by July 1. You may be interested to know that we have extended the discount to September 1. The fee for this tour is $5,195 in double occupancy from Winnipeg; register by September 1 and pay $4,695. If you’ve ever wanted to see Polar Bears in legendary Churchill, I encourage you to take advantage of this offer now as this tour will not be offered again for at least two years.

Male Polar Bears sparring

Male Polar Bears sparring, Churchill — Photo: Brian Gibbons

Churchill, Manitoba is the world’s premier site for observing and photographing Polar Bears. VENT offered the very first Polar Bear tour in October 1980, a tour I co-led with the late author Peter Matthiessen. At the time, the idea of a trip designed for the sole purpose of seeing and studying Polar Bears was so unique that our tour earned a segment on the television show CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt. For most of the last 35 years, VENT has continued taking people to Churchill to witness the seasonal gathering of the bears along southwest Hudson Bay, an event I regard as one of nature’s greatest spectacles.

This tour spends most of three days in Churchill where, for several weeks each fall, there are more Polar Bears than any other place in the world. Traveling aboard Tundra Buggies, you will see numbers of these magnificent creatures at very close range, including mothers with cubs and enormous males. The diversity of birds is light, but the species that remain are among the far north’s most alluring species such as Common Eider, Gyrfalcon, Willow and Rock ptarmigan, Purple Sandpiper, Snowy Owl, and Snow Bunting.

Among the reasons I recommend the VENT tour to Churchill:

Bob Sundstrom

Bob Sundstrom

* Our tour fee includes internal round-trip airfare from Winnipeg to Churchill and back.
* The tour fee is considerably less expensive than what is offered by other operators.
* We have chartered a full Tundra Buggy exclusively for the VENT group so everyone has his own window.
* You could see 20–30 bears per day!
* This tour will be led by longtime VENT leader, Bob Sundstrom, who possesses years of experience leading Polar Bear tours.
* This tour will not be offered again for at least two years.

Polar Bears of Churchill, October 23-28, 2016 with Bob Sundstrom; $5,195 in double occupancy from Winnipeg (fee includes internal air ticket); Register by September 1, 2016 and receive a $500 discount.