Northern Lights & Polar Bears

N-2025-E

Northern Lights & Polar Bears Caravan

You are scheduled to arrive at Forest Hills RV Park located 82 km (50 miles) north of the Canada/USA Border from Hwy #4 in North Dakota USA to Hwy #5 in Manitoba, or 13 km south of Carberry, MB on Hwy #5 on Sunday, September 14, 2025, with a Meet & Greet at the Sand Hills Casino at 4:30 pm.

On Monday, we will have a drivers’ meeting in the morning followed by a tour of Spud Plains Farm.  The Welcome Dinner will be at the Sand Hills Casino that evening.  Tuesday, we tour the Royal Canadian Artillery Museum at CFB Shilo with lunch at Rick’s Restaurant at the Shilo Golf Course.

Then we are on our way to Neepawa, MB., where you will tour a working Dairy Farm, a working Canola Seed Farm, and the Farmery Estate Brewery.   For those golfers in the group, prepare to get in a good game of golf or time to hike or bike. Next will be Dauphin where you will visit the Dauphin Railroad Museum, a tour of the Dauphin Ukrainian Church – old and new with a wonderful, catered dinner.  A morning guided tour of Riding Mountain National Park will be spectacular with the changing colors of autumn.  The rest of the day is for you to tour, hike or shop in the RM National Park.

Swan River is eagerly awaiting your arrival and will feature a tour of the Swan River Valley Historical Museum.  Dinner will be at Madaco Restaurant.  A tour of the Spruce Products Limited sawmill and Pretty Valley Honey Bee farm are in the making.  Then, we’re off to The Pas with a day tour of Round the Bend Farm, with bison, chickens, cows and fishing.

A free day for you to tour Clearwater Lake will feature their purple sand and you can hike one-half mile to see the deep crevices that formed when rock masses split away from shoreline cliffs. 

          Next is Flin Flon -- the home of Josiah Flintabattery Flonatin, the only city named after a science fiction character.  He guards the entrance to the city, so you need to be on your best behavior in order to enter.  Flin Flon is the home to The Hundred Stairs/Bomb Shelter.  In 1935, these stairs were built for pedestrians as a short cut to get to downtown.  They were rebuilt in 1993, but is there exactly 100 stairs??  Come and count for yourself!  A visit to the Rotary Wheel a log pavilion that features a center firepit that is idea for social functions and will be the location for a group dinner.

            The next stop is Thompson, Manitoba to McCreedy Campground.  We will have a few days there before we hop aboard the VIA rail train to Churchill.  For those with pets, the campground owners will feed and care for our felines, dogs and others.  You will have time to do your laundry, get your RV ready to leave it for 6 days while we are in Churchill.   We’ll have a group lunch at 11:30 am and then at 4:30 pm we will board the VIA rail train to Churchill. Frontiers North Adventures will be our tour guides for an absolutely amazing experience.  We’ll send you a list of MUST things to bring to Churchill.  A full four days of activities are planned and include two days of Tundra Buggy Experience and TWO NIGHTS at the Tundra Lodge -- the only place to see those amazing Northern Lights & Polar Bears!!  We will visit a Churchill resident and dog sledding expert, and get a ride on a dog sled cart (only because there isn’t supposed to be snow when we are there, but!).  We’ve added in all the meals and gratuities for all events while in Churchill – makes life easier for everyone.  Enjoy the train ride to and from Churchill as this will be a great time for viewing the Northern Lights. 

          Then it’s a day’s drive to Grand Rapids for a quick overnight stay, then off to the Town & Country Campground in Winnipeg, Manitoba.         

          We will carpool to the amazing Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, and visit The Forks.  Sunday, we’ll be off to the Assiniboine Zoo for a tour of “A Journey to Churchill” and lots of polar bears.  An amazing Finale Dinner will be served on Sunday, October 12, 2025 and a farewell breakfast on Monday morning as we say our “so longs and we’ll see you down the road.”

                Bruce & Gail Harrower

                Volunteer Leaders

 

Schedule is subject to change without notice

Caravan Number:  N-2025-E

Caravan Name:  WBCCI Northern Lights & Polar Bears Caravan

 

Est Start Date:  September 14, 2025

Start Location:  Forest Hills RV Park, Carberry, MB.

 

Est Stop Date:  October 13, 2025

Stop Location:  Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

Total Number of Nights:  29

Number of Stops:  11

 

Leaders & WBCCI #:  Bruce & Gail Harrower, WBCCI #4478

Cell phone:  204-781-1987

Email:   northernlights.polarbears@gmail.com

 

Mailing address:  WBCCI Northern Lights & Polar Bears Caravan

                              c/o Bruce & Gail Harrower

                              23 Village Drive

                              Ste. Anne, Manitoba, Canada  R5H 1H4

 

Co-Leader & WBCCI #:  TBA

 

Maximum RV Units/With Leader:  20, or equivalent to 40 people

Minimum RV Units/With Leader:  15, or equivalent to 30 people

 

Kitty Fees for 2025 – to be confirmed

 

2024 Kitty Fee w/2:  $12,600.00 CAD or $9,990.00 USD

2024 Kitty Fee w/1:  $7,600.00 CAD or $5,990.00 USD

2024 Guest (each):  $5,600.00 CAD or $4,500.00 USD

           NOW INCLUDES TWO (2) NIGHTS AT THE TUNDRA LODGE,

ALL MEALS, AND GRATUITIES IN CHURCHILL

 

Deposit Amount:  $1,000.00 CAD or USD when requested by leaders

 

 

 

 

Make Checks (Cheques) Payable to: 

          WBCCI Northern Lights & Polar Bears Caravan

 

Dates of Payments:

  1. Payment #1- due on or before November 21, 2024

RV w/2 – 2024 was - $7,000.00 CAD or $5,400.00 USD

RV w/1 – 2024 was - $4,000.00 CAD or $3,000.00 USD

 

  1. Payment #2- due on or before April 14, 2025

RV w/2 – 2024 was - $4,600.00 CAD or $3,590.00 USD

RV w/1 – 2024 was - $2,600.00 CAD or $1,990.00 USD

 

          Kitty Fee Payment methods:

 

  1. By personal checks (cheques) with payment #1 and #2 to be made by post-dated check and both checks mailed to caravan leaders at the above address by November 11, 2024 to arrive no later than November 25, 2024.

 

  1. In Canadian Funds, by E-transfer on or before due dates of payments shown above.

 

  1. In US Funds, by Zelle transfer on or before due dates of payments shown above.

 

  1. In US Funds, by credit card payment to WBCCI headquarters on or before the dates of payments shown above.

 

Cancellation Fee: 

          As we are using a provider for a unique experience on this caravan and with much of the cost fixed, the economics are overly sensitive to having a full caravan.  If we do not have a complete group as planned, then it makes it prohibitively expensive for the remainder of the group.  Our cancellation and refund policy has been updated as shown.  Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended, but not mandatory.

 

          Deposit Refund – refund of 50% up to January 2, 2025

                   NO REFUND on or after January 3, 2025

 

      

 

 

 

          Payment #1:

Full refund up to February 1, 2025 – providing a replacement has been secured

                   Refund less $500.00 plus any non-recoverable costs on or after

                   February 2, 2025 - if a replacement is not secured

         

          Payment #2:

                   Refund less $500.00 plus any non-recoverable costs on or after

                   April 16, 2025 - if a replacement is not secured

                   

Cancellations and refund requests received on or after February 1, 2025, will be processed after the completion of the 2025 caravan.

 

All cancellations and refunds are subject to caravan leader’s discretion.