Shedd Adventures 2013
Churchill (August 5 to 13)
Belugas and the arctic summer
Come to the beluga whale capital of the world on the shore of Hudson Bay! Motorized rafts on the Churchill River will take you among some of the thousands of belugas that spend the season here. The short arctic summer is ablaze with wildflowers and nearly nonstop daylight, giving you many opportunities to view other wildlife that might include caribou, snowy owls, arctic foxes and even polar bears.
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Aug. 5 — Arrive in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and have dinner.
Aug. 6 — Explore Winnipeg and begin the travel to Churchill.
Aug. 7 — Roll north through prairie to dense boreal forest and ultimately tundra and continue our comfortable train journey through the night.
Aug. 8 to 11 — Enjoy two Zodiac trips to see belugas in the Churchill River. Get eye level to the belugas on motorized rafts and listen to their vocalizations. Explore Prince of Wales Fort and enjoy an outdoor cookout. Watch for wildlife such as caribou herds, snowy owls, arctic foxes, ptarmigan and possibly a distant polar bear.
Aug 12 — Explore main street shops and fly back to Winnipeg.
Aug. 12 — After breakfast, we catch our flights home.
Meet Ken Ramirez, your Shedd Aquarium Guide
Ken Ramirez gets a chance to speak to belugas every day as executive vice president of animal care and training. Ken is a biologist and animal behaviorist with more than 35 years of experience in zoological animal care and training. He came to Shedd in 1989 to manage the training and husbandry programs for the marine mammals and other animals that would live in the Abbott Oceanarium, which opened in 1991. He developed Shedd’s animal training program, which is emulated by aquariums and zoos around the world. His consultant work has included the training of bomb- and narcotics-sniffing dogs. Ken’s expertise extends to marine mammals in the wild, and he has taken part in dramatic wildlife rescues in the United States and Canada.
Your journey includes
• R/T transportation between Winnipeg and Churchill (train and plane)
• All meals (except those taken aboard the train)
• Services of Natural Habitat Adventure expedition leaders and assistants
• Services of Shedd guide Ken Ramirez
• Most gratuities, airport transfers, permits and entrance fees, all taxes.
• 1 complimentary Sponsor level Shedd Aquarium membership per household
August 5 and 12: Fort Garry Hotel, the grande dame of Winnipeg's hotels.
August 6 – 7: The Hudson Bay passenger train, with private toilet and sink in each cabin.
August 8 – 11: One of Churchill’s small but comfortable hotels in the center of town.
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Journey cost, per person
• $4,795 double occupancy
• $595 single-room supplement
• $550 – $700 estimated airfare from Chicago
Aquarium membership included with your adventure
Continue your connection with nature after you return home. Each household with a Shedd Adventures traveler receives a complimentary Sponsor-level Shedd Aquarium membership.
Other travel opportunities
This trip is one of four offered through Shedd Adventures in 2014. See where else you could venture.