For those passionate about responsible tourism and wildlife, our Conservation Journeys provide an immersive wildlife adventure with a keen focus on conservation and education.
Back in 2015 we introduced Conservation Journey: Polar Bears, a conservation-focused departure hosted with our partners at Polar Bears International. Since then, these trips have been very well received by our guests, so in 2021 we are growing the franchise and introducing Conservation Journey: Belugas Whales! This new departure is co-hosted with Ocean Wise, the global ocean conservation organization.
Our Conservation Journeys feature three very special experiences that separate them from our other adventures:
1. Your tour will be accompanied by a professional scientist
Who better to learn about polar bear or beluga whale conservation from? You will have the benefit of exploring Churchill with an experienced scientist who is there to provide insights and answer any questions you may have—talk about an exclusive experience!
Now, who are these accomplished scientists joining our tours?
Conservation Journey: Polar Bears is joined by leading Polar Bears International scientist, Dr. Steven Amstrup, who has worked tirelessly for more than 30 years to discover the wonders of polar bears. Among his long list of accomplishments, he led the team who contributed to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior declaring polar bears as a threatened species.
Conservation Journey: Beluga Whales is joined by Ocean Wise's veteran beluga whale researcher and ocean scientist, Dr. Valeria Vergara. For over 18 years, Dr. Vergara has designed and conducted studies on beluga whales and other marine mammals, accomplishing the first-ever research to document how beluga calves develop the incredibly rich vocal range of this species.
2. We dedicate a portion of revenues to both Polar Bears International and Ocean Wise
Left photo ©Simon Gee, Right photo ©Valeria Vergara
That's right! Partial proceeds from our Conservation Journey trips will go toward these fantastic organizations in support of their programs and conservation efforts. This means not only can you learn directly from the scientists of these organizations, but you can also feel good about directly supporting the worthy causes they stand for.
3. experience exclusive access to wildlife research infrastructure
All Conservation Journey: Polar Bears guests will get a behind-the-scenes tour of Tundra Buggy® One, the mobile research station we provided Polar Bears International with to study polar bears in the wild. Buggy One is outfitted with tools and equipment that enable polar bear scientists to study bears and broadcast live polar bear footage with audiences around the world!
Meanwhile, all Conservation Journey: Beluga Whales guests will be treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Beluga Boat, a vessel documenting the daily goings-on of belugas in the Churchill River, equipped with above and below water cameras allowing viewers around the world to see the belugas up close via live stream.
The ultimate goal of our Conservation Journeys is for guests to experience the incredible wildlife of Canada's North and inspire them with this simple truth: there are easy, tangible steps we can each take in our daily lives to protect these vulnerable species and the habitats they rely on. Together, our actions can make a difference and ensure these animals are conserved for future generations to see.
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"This trip exceeded my expectations. Truly a trip of a lifetime! To see polar bears in their habitat with expert interpretation by our guide and driver was a thrill. We chose Frontiers North because we were impressed by their ecological footprint and concerns. They respect and protect the bears."
– 2019 Conservation Journey: Polar Bears guest