Frontiers North Adventures
Frontiers North Adventures
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Frontiers North Adventures is a family business that has been operating in Canada's North for three decades, delivering unique itineraries and amazing experiences to travelers from around the world. Our programs are designed for small groups of guests with specific interests in experiential travel, photography, wildlife, culture and adventure.
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
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roamnbears
Colorado Springs, CO54 contributions
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Life got in the way of me writing this review sooner, but the delay should not detract from the awesome experience we had with Frontier North. We could not have asked for a better experience. Everything went like clockwork. We were busy from the moment we touched down in Churchill to when we returned to Winnipeg. We saw SO many bears. I had hoped to see one, and we saw more than a dozen. We also learned so much about the indigenous people and local history. Accommodations were basic, but comfortable and clean. I believe Frontier North actually built, or bought, the hotel where we stayed, and two of our restaurants were directly across the street from the hotel, so super convenient. Food was good. Our tour guide, Ward, also arranged for us to take a helicopter tour. The Polar Bear International researcher who accompanied us on the Tundra Buggy educated us so much about the interdependency of the plants and animals in the ecosystem. Our Tundra Buggy driver, Jim, was the very best!
Written 28 April 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. It is wonderful to hear that despite the delay in writing your review, your enthusiasm for your adventure hasn't waned. We're thrilled that you had such a fantastic time in Churchill. We are delighted that everything went smoothly for you, from accommodations to dining and tours. We will be sure to pass along your kind words to Ward, Jim, and the rest of our team. They always strive to make each experience as memorable as possible. Thank you again for choosing Frontier North for your adventure, and we hope to welcome you back for more amazing experiences in the future!
Written 29 April 2024
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Nancy B
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Apr 2024 • Couples
My husband and I had planned a trip to see the polar bears on the Classic Churchill Polar Bear Adventures through Frontiers North Adventures from October 20-25, 2024. Regrettably, I've learned that I require a knee replacement, which can't be scheduled until mid-summer, followed by several months of recovery. Due to this unforeseen circumstance, we won't be able to go on our trip in October.

We've respectfully requested a refund of our $1500 deposit from Frontiers North, but they've declined our request quoting their terms and conditions. While we are aware of their regulations, considering that October is a prime viewing season we're confident that our reserved spots will be easily filled. We requested that we receive a refund of our deposit when/if our spots are filled, and they declined, again stating it was against their policy.

We had hoped for more flexibility and understanding given our unique situation, especially since our cancellation doesn't result in any financial loss for them. Retaining our deposit would actually be a gain for them, making their decision not to refund quite disappointing.

We strongly advise exploring other tour companies if you're planning a trip to Churchill to view the bears. Since there are several options available, we recommend choosing a company known for its flexibility and understanding of unforeseen circumstances.
Written 26 April 2024
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We understand that your cancellation is unexpected and out of your control. However, Frontiers North Adventures does not refund for such circumstances, which is clearly stated within our terms and conditions and communicated with guests when booking with our team. As discussed with you privately, in these circumstances we are willing to transfer your deposit to a future trip or assist with a travel insurance claim. Please reach out if you'd like to discuss further. Regards, Frontiers North Adventures.
Written 29 April 2024
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George D
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Nov 2023 • Family
We went with FN on tour to see the polar bear migration - a first class operation ! Very very professional - our guides JP and Duane were very informative and a ton of fun
Great chance to experience Churchilll and the bears !
Can't recommend them enough - flawless trip !
Written 20 December 2023
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Hello George, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and leave us a review. We're thrilled to hear that you found our operation to be first-class and our guides, JP and Duane, to be both informative and a ton of fun. We hope you will visit us again sometime. Kind regards, Frontiers North Adventures
Written 3 January 2024
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Kris_K_D
Gig Harbor, WA1 385 contributions
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Nov 2023 • Friends
I read about Frontiers North Adventures in a Travel + Leisure article which sparked my interest in their Subarctic Polar Bear tour. I’m so glad I looked into it, as I never knew this kind of polar bear-focused adventure existed. The tour I selected included lodging, meals, ground transportation, and a roundtrip chartered flight to Churchill. Travel to and from the departure point was not included.

I had an absolute blast! I came home exhausted from being in an extended state of excitement during my time in Churchill. I enjoyed the town tour and both days in the Tundra Buggy.

Frontiers North cannot guarantee what you’ll see on a tour with so many variables at play. We were fortunate to have about a dozen polar bear sightings (including three individual cubs), as well as a wolf, snowy owl, and a ptarmagin. We were also lucky to have beautiful cold weather while out in the Tundra Buggy.

Lodging in Churchill is basic, but my stay was comfortable and pretty great. My room included a kitchen, which was convenient.

Long story short, my time with Frontiers North was spectacular! So much so, that I’m considering another tour in the future, with a different focus.
Written 29 November 2023
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Hi Kris, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with Frontiers North Adventures! We're thrilled to hear that you had a spectacular time on our Subarctic Polar Bear tour in Churchill. It's wonderful to know that you found the tour, accommodations, and overall experience enjoyable. We appreciate your understanding of the unpredictable nature of wildlife encounters and are delighted that you were fortunate enough to witness numerous polar bears, including three cubs, along with other fascinating creatures like a wolf, snowy owl, and a ptarmigan. Thank you once again for choosing Frontiers North Adventures, and we look forward to the possibility of hosting you on another subarctic blast! Kind regards, Frontiers North Adventures
Written 20 December 2023
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jonmcwhite
Columbus, OH85 contributions
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Nov 2023 • Couples
We took the train from Winnipeg to Churchill to rendezvous with Frontiers North for their Polar Bear Adventure. Upon arrival at 9 AM we had a bus tour of some of the sites of Churchill including the Polar Bear Jail. That is where troublesome bears are housed until the bay ice freezes and they can be released out onto the ice to hunt. We also visited the Insanitaq museum which shows Churchill's history and indigenous people's stories and artifacts. We collected a few more visitors at the airport and went to lunch at the Seaport Restaurant. After lunch we experienced Polar Bears International's exhibit and were given a talk about the bears unique migration and biology as related to Churchill and the ecology of the sea ice. We experienced the coldest part of the tour when we went out to Cape Merry and stopped at the Battery. We had no opportunity to change into warmer clothes yet and we couldn't manage to stay out in the cold for very long. We stopped for some shopping and then proceeded to our hotel, the Aurora Inn. Diner was at the Tundra Inn Pub & Grill.

The next morning started early with breakfast at 7 AM at the Tundra Pub. At 8 AM we boarded to minibus to get out to the Tundra Buggy Dock to board our ride out to see the bears. We spent the day in our spacious heated vehicle complete with lavatory and picnic lunch onboard. While the vehicle is in motion, you can get bumped around a bit depending on the terrain. The windows drop down from the top so you can use your camera directly out the window. The driver will stop and turn off the engine at which time you are allowed out onto the back viewing deck. You also cannot use the restroom while the vehicle is moving. It is important to not dangle anything out the window or over the side of the viewing deck. No use of selfie sticks! We saw more than a dozen bears including a mom with triplets. We also saw arctic fox and ptarmigan. We returned for dinner at the Ptarmigan Restaurant at 5 PM and then went to a presentation by a local indigenous trapper who explained his life and upbringing as well as his current family business.

A little later start at 8 AM for Tundra Pub breakfast followed by a 10 AM presentation at the Parks Canada Visitor Center located in the train station. Discussion of the history of the region from the indigenous people to the Hudson Bay Company and it was fascinating. Skulls of a Black Bear, a Grizzly and a Polar Bear were used to show the differences in diet and needed strength of bite. Both the Black Bear and the Grizzly being omnivores have teeth designs for chewing, whereas the Polar Bear has even molars designed for slicing and shredding their nearly strict carnivore diet. The Polar Bear skull also has more space for the chewing muscles that provide the amazingly strong bite they use on their prey. There was even a beaver felt hat to show what almost led to their extinction just for European fashion style. We followed this with lunch at the Ptarmigan Restaurant.

After lunch we had a short break at the hotel before loading up again for the Wapusk dog yard where we experienced sledding actually on snow. In Alaska we had done dog team but in May/June they were using wheeled vehicles with at least 6 guests and much larger teams of dogs. On this day they had just changed over to the actual sleds on snow with teams of 6 dogs. They have a specially designed sled where the first guest sits in front, the second guest can stand on the runners or sit if they prefer, and the actual musher is behind them. They call the experience the Ididamile. The owner also gave us a talk on the current state of affairs with dog racing which unfortunately doesn't seem very positive. We had a great time and returned for dinner at the Tundra Pub.

Our last day started early again with 7 AM breakfast at the Tundra Pub and 8 AM transfer to the Tundra Buggy Dock. We had another full day on the tundra bringing our bear total to over 30. We saw more arctic fox and were treated to a sandwich lunch with soup. After departing the Tundra Buggy, we were taken directly to the airport for a charter flight back to Winnipeg. The Calm Air flight was smooth and quick with a charcuterie board snack on the way. The charter arrival was very easy, and we were soon on our way to the Lakeview Signature by Windham Hotel right at the airport. We got situated and then wandered down to the Sports Bar where we met our tour manager and many other guests for a farewell drink.

This is not an inexpensive tour, but again, there is nowhere else in the world where you can be virtually guaranteed to safely get up close to this amazing apex predator. I forgot to mention that on our second night on the train we were able to see the best aurora we have ever experienced right through the train windows. This has to be a bucket list tour if wildlife is your thing.
Written 19 November 2023
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Hello, Thank you for sharing your detailed experience with Frontiers North Adventures' Polar Bear Adventure. We are delighted to hear that you had a memorable and enriching journey. Your account of the various activities, from the bus tour of Churchill's sites to the educational visits at the Polar Bear Jail and Insanitaq museum, gives a vivid picture of the cultural and natural aspects of the region. It's fantastic that you had the opportunity to witness not only polar bears but also other wildlife like arctic fox and ptarmigan. Thank you for choosing Frontiers North Adventures, and we hope to welcome you back for another incredible adventure in the future! Best regards, Frontiers North Adventures
Written 20 December 2023
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Kells
United Kingdom21 contributions
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It was everything we could have possibly hoped for!

Potentially we were really lucky to encounter the bears that we did but I am sure it was in no small part down to the experience of our guide. He was knowledgeable and had a fabulous personable way of imparting this knowledge, whilst also managing to keep all of the coach both engaged and relaxed. We saw 12 bears and cubs in total, including a mum with three cubs (extremely rare) and had a male come right up to the buggy to inspect us! Seeing the bears in their natural habitat was more beautiful than I could have imagined. The lunch provided was also good quality and they catered for dietary requirements made known in advance.

Although the buggy is heated make sure you layer up because you’ll be opening the window frequently for view and photo ops.

If I had planned better I would also have arranged a northern lights tour.

You only need minimal time to mooch around the town because it is very small.
Written 16 November 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us and leave us a review. We are so thrilled to hear that you had some exceptional polar bear sightings and enjoyed your experience out on the Tundra Buggy® with us. Kind regards, Frontiers North Adventures
Written 20 November 2023
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Linda S
Phoenix, AZ632 contributions
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Nov 2023 • Family
This was definitely one of the best trips of our lives. So many polar bears!
The itinerary was well planned and communicated. The staff worked hard to ensure they knew when we were coming and when we were leaving Winnipeg, our starting point. They communicated the itinerary in a number of ways. They worked hard to make sure we were sufficiently dressed for this very cold trip. We met with fellow tourists in our group the night before heading to Churchill and the morning of, which gave us a chance to meet a few people who we would be spending the next several days with. The charter flight to Churchill was flawless. Our hotel in Churchill was not fancy, but it was very clean, very comfortable and very quiet. Every single meal we had in Churchill (and Winnipeg) was perfect. Really. Breakfast buffets, hearty salads and soups, great sandwiches and entrees. Our tour guide Ian was fantastic. Very experienced, friendly, helpful and very protective of us in polar bear areas. The Tundra buggy is amazing and we saw dozens of polar bear, we also saw red foxes, arctic foxes and ptarmigan. We went dog sledding, listened to speakers about polar bears, trapping and dog sledding. Went to a beautiful museum in Churchill. And we enjoyed our fellow travelers so much. I feel like we have 2 dozen new friends. This is a trip of a lifetime.
Written 14 November 2023
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Hi Linda, It sounds like you had an absolutely incredible and memorable trip and it is heartwarming for us to hear this has been one of your favourite trips. All the things you have written here are things that we hope guests will enjoy and we are elated to hear that you made many new friends in your group. We hope you will visit us again someday. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and leave a review with us. Kind regards, Frontiers North Adventures.
Written 14 November 2023
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Jodi B
70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Well organized, more than comfortable, felt totally safe and taken care of the whole trip. Lunch was excellent. Driver was Mark and very entertaining and knowledgeable, we saw sooooo many bears and they came up nice and close for us. A great day and even better experience.
Written 12 November 2023
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Hello, Thank you for leaving us a review. We are thrilled to hear that you felt looked after on your adventure with us and enjoyed the expertise of Tundra Buggy Driver Marc. Kind regards, Frontiers North Adventures
Written 14 November 2023
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Ellen Louise C
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We recently did a polar bear tour with Frontiers North. I can't say enough good things about this trip. Alex was our guide and Luke was our driver and both were FANTASTIC. We learned so much spending time on the sub-arctic tundra and seeing polar bears in the wild was amazing. Frontiers North was highly organized, the food at the Tundra Buggy Lodge was excellent, and the Tundra Buggy was a unique experience. Would highly recommend for anyone wanting to see polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba.
Written 11 November 2023
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are elated to hear that you enjoyed the expertise of our staff memebers Luke and Alex. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your experience at the Tundra Buggy Lodge and in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area. Kind regards, Frontiers North Adventures
Written 14 November 2023
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Donna W
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Fantastic, wonderful, well organized. I am 82 years old and this was on my bucket list before covid so finally was able to make it up to Churchill to spend the day viewing those magnificent polar bears. It was a easy trip and not hard for any senior who would want an opportunity to experience the polar bears up close in their natural habitat.
Written 9 November 2023
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Hi Donna, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are so elated that we could be apart of your experience crossing Churchill off your bucket list. We are glad you had the chance to view wild polar bears out on the tundra. Kind regards, Frontiers North Adventures
Written 14 November 2023
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