Shedd Adventures 2014
Churchill (July 26 to August 3*)
Belugas and the arctic summer
"In my 20 years as a marine mammal veterinarian, I’ve cared for belugas in aquariums and in the wild, and I’ve learned that only by observing them in both settings can we gain the most complete understanding of these extraordinary animals. So I am thrilled to share this Shedd Adventure with you among the magnificent white whales—and much more wildlife—along northern Manitoba’s coast."
—Dr. Bill Van Bonn, vice president, animal health
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Saturday, July 26
Arrive in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and have dinner with Dr. Bill Van Bonn and your fellow travelers.
Sunday, July 27
Explore Winnipeg’s historical and natural areas, including FortWhyte Alive, featuring 640 acres of lakes, forest, marsh, meadow, farmland, and a 70-acre bison prairie. Then we board the Hudson Bay passenger train to Churchill.
Monday, July 28
Watch the terrain change as we roll north through prairie to dense boreal forest and ultimately tundra. We’ll stretch our legs to explore a waterfall and have lunch by a lake. We continue our comfortable train journey through the night.
Tuesday, July 29−Friday, August 1
We arrive at Churchill, gateway to the Arctic. Our four days of adventure include two Zodiac trips to see belugas in the Churchill River. More than 3,000 of these wondrous white whales spend the summer in the region, and our motorized rafts will put us at eye level with them. With an onboard hydrophone, we can listen to their many vocalizations. We’ll also explore Prince of Wales Fort, established in 1619 and site of one of the original Hudson’s Bay Company fur-trading posts. We venture into the wilderness again by Polar Rover to enjoy an outdoor cookout and watch for wildlife such as caribou herds, snowy owls, arctic foxes, ptarmigan in their dark summer plumage and possibly a distant polar bear.
Saturday, August 2
Your morning is free to explore main street shops featuring authentic Inuit crafts. We fly back to Winnipeg. If time permits, we’ll visit the Manitoba Museum, renowned for its exhibits about the natural and human heritage of the province.
Sunday, August 3
After breakfast, we catch our flights home.
Meet Bill Van Bonn, DVM, your Shedd Aquarium Guide
Bill Van Bonn, DVM, and Shedd’s vice president of animal health, has cared for marine mammals in aquariums and zoos as well as at field research sites around the world. He has more than 25 years of clinical veterinary experience, including as senior director of animal care at Shedd from 2004 to 2009 and as director of veterinary science at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, until his return to Shedd in 2013. He has been responsible for the medical needs of Cruz, Shedd’s blind sea lion, since the pup was found stranded on a Santa Cruz beach in 2012. Dr. Bill’s knowledge of marine mammals informs his sense of wonder and an enthusiasm for these creatures that is contagious.
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 Dr. Bill Van Bonn
• Most gratuities, airport transfers, permits and entrance fees, all taxes.
• 1 complimentary sponsor-level Shedd Aquarium membership per household
July 26 and Aug. 2: Fort Garry Hotel, the grande dame of Winnipeg's hotels.
July 27-28: The Hudson Bay passenger train, with private toilet and sink in each cabin.
July 28-Aug. 1: One of Churchill’s small but comfortable hotels in the center of town.
Journey cost, double occupancy
•$4,795* double occupancy (excludes airfare to Winnipeg)
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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.