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Polar bear with cubs


An unforgettable adventure

Imagine spending three days and three nights in a one-of-a-kind lodge out on the Canadian tundra in the middle of polar bear habitat. That’s just one highlight of our expedition from Winnipeg to Churchill, on the western edge of Hudson Bay and famously known as “the polar bear capital of the world.”

Besides this rare opportunity to watch polar bears up close in their natural environment during their fall migration, we’ll also have the chance to visit Winnipeg’s historic, cultural and nature venues and learn about the dramatic climatic changes the Arctic is experiencing. Join us on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure!


October 26–November 3, 2023


9 days


From $12,695 per person

Trip size

36 participants

Minimum age

18 years
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Faculty leader

A different kind of classroom

With renowned Stanford faculty and scholars leading the way, every Travel/Study trip is a one-of-a-kind educational experience.

Lynn Orr, '69

Energy Science and Engineering

Lynn has worked on energy research for his entire career in both academic and administrative positions, including a two-year assignment as Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy.

“Professor Orr gives approachable, interesting lectures that will leave you inspired to learn more about the area you’re visiting.”

— Gretchen Wyatt, ‘92


Journey to Churchill

Kick off our adventure with an exploration of historic Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba. See rare Inuit art objects at the Manitoba Museum and talk with members of the Polar Bear Rescue Team at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Then fly to Churchill for our journey to the Tundra Buggy Lodge on the edge of Hudson Bay, where we come face to face with polar bears in the wild.

  • Winnipeg, Canada

    Arrive in Winnipeg and check in to our hotel, one of Canada’s landmark railway hotels, before collecting our gear for the upcoming exploration of Churchill.


    Fort Garry Hotel

  • Winnipeg

    After breakfast, enjoy Lynn’s first lecture before transferring to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. Continue to the Forks National Historic Site for lunch and a short exploration of the area before walking back to our hotel. This afternoon our visit to the Assiniboine Park Zoo includes a special behind-the-scenes tour of its “Journey to Churchill” exhibit and a chance to meet with the Polar Bear Rescue Team at the zoo’s Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre. Enjoy a private reception and dinner at the “Gateway to the Arctic” exhibit where polar bears swim above us in an underwater passage.


    Fort Garry Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Winnipeg

    This morning, head to the Manitoba Museum for a private curator-led tour of the Hudson Bay Company Collection to explore Inuit art objects rarely seen by the public. Continue to the Manitoba Legislature Building where we learn of the intricacies of the Hermetic Code with a Canadian architectural historian who talks about its secrets, symbols and significance.


    Fort Garry Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Winnipeg / Churchill

    Depart early this morning on our flight to Churchill. Upon arrival, go on a tour of Churchill that includes Cape Merry, a look at an inuksuk (boulders stacked in the indigenous tradition) at Town Beach and a visit to Manitoba Conservation’s Polar Bear Holding Facility, where polar bears who wander into town are kept until they can be released back into the wild. After lunch, attend a private presentation at the Parks Canada Visitor Centre. Continue to our hotel to check in and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.


    Tundra Inn or Polar Inn

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Churchill / Tundra Buggy Lodge

    Begin this morning with an exhilarating dogsled excursion on a custom-made sled, which will be hosted and led by a local resident and dog sledding expert. In the afternoon, transfer to the Tundra Buggy Lodge, where the concentration of polar bears in the region is highest. The lodge will be our home for the next three nights. We will be joined by the lodge staff and experts from Polar Bears International for briefings and informational talks about the polar bears in their natural habitat.


    Tundra Buggy Lodge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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    Tundra Buggy Lodge

    For the next two days enjoy full day Tundra Buggy adventures in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area where we search for polar bears, arctic foxes, snowy owls and other wildlife meandering slowly around the tundra. Partake in a homestyle lunch served directly on our Tundra Buggy before heading back in the late afternoon. During dinner, keep an eye out for polar bears, as they are known to walk right by the lodge while folks are eating. Participate in a post-dinner lecture or venture outside to possibly catch sight of the northern lights (weather permitting).


    Tundra Buggy Lodge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Tundra Buggy Lodge / Churchill / Winnipeg

    After breakfast, depart for our last full day on the Tundra Buggy exploring polar bear country before transferring to the Churchill airport for flights back to Winnipeg.


    Four Points by Sheraton

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Winnipeg / Home

    After breakfast take a shuttle to the airport for flights back to the U.S.

    Included meal: Breakfast

Trip details

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“Remarkable to see polar bears in their environment…and for us to be their zoo. My fellow travelers were an interesting mix, with my learning from them as well as the faculty experts. Incredible access to understand what research is being done and what needs to be accomplished.”

— Tracy Field, ‘83


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The price of your trip covers a comprehensive educational program in addition to meals, accommodations, tours and excursions. Continue reading for a full list of what’s included.

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