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 15, 2024 with a Meet & Greet at the Sand Hills Casino at 4:30 pm.
On Monday, we will have a driver's 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. 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. An afternoon guided tour of Riding Mountain National Park will be spectacular with the changing colors of autumn.
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 tour of the Sam Waller Museum dedicated to preserving the history and artifacts of this region of northern Manitoba. Displays include First Nations, Fur Trading Mining & Transportation. A day at 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. For those golfers in the group, prepare to go on the links at Halcrow Lake Golf & Country Club.
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.
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 on 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 13, 2024 and a farewell breakfast on Monday morning as we say our “so longs and we’ll see you down the road.”
Bruce & Gail Harrower
Schedule is subject to change without notice
Start Date: September 15, 2024
Start Location: Forest Hills RV Park, Carberry, MB.
Stop Date: October 14, 2024
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
Caravan Status: Standby Registrations Only
Mailing address: WBCCI Northern Lights & Polar Bears Caravan
c/o Bruce & Gail Harrower
23 Village Drive
Ste. Anne, Manitoba, Canada R5H 1H4
Maximum RV Units/With Leader: 20, or equivalent to 40 people
Minimum RV Units/With Leader: 15, or equivalent to 30 people
Kitty Fee w/2: $12,600 CAD or $9,990 USD (EST)
Kitty Fee w/1: $7,600 CAD or $5,990 USD (EST)
Guest (each): $5,600 CAD or $4,500 USD (EST)
Deposit Amount: $1,000 CAD or USD when requested by leaders
NOW INCLUDES TWO (2) NIGHTS AT THE TUNDRA LODGE, ALL MEALS, AND GRATUITIES IN CHURCHILL
Make Checks (Cheques) Payable to:
WBCCI Northern Lights & Polar Bears Caravan
Dates of Payments:
1. Payment #1 - due on or before November 24, 2023
RV w/2 - $7,000 CAD or $5,400 USD
RV w/1 - $4,000 CAD or $3,000 USD
2. Payment #2 - due on or before April 15, 2024
RV w/2 - $4,600 CAD or $3,590 USD
RV w/1 - $2,600 CAD or $1,990 USD
Kitty Fee Payment methods:
- 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 10, 2023 to arrive no later than November 24, 2023.
- In Canadian Funds, by E-transfer on or before due dates of payments shown above.
- In US Funds, by Zelle transfer on or before due dates of payments shown above.
- In US Funds, by credit card payment to WBCCI headquarters on or before the dates of payments shown above.
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.
Deposit Refund – refund of 50% up to January 2, 2024
NO REFUND on or after January 3, 2024
Full refund up to February 1, 2024 – providing a replacement has
Refund less $500.00 plus any non-recoverable costs on or after
February 2, 2024 - if a replacement is not secured
Refund less $500.00 plus any non-recoverable costs on or after
April 16, 2024 - if a replacement is not secured
Cancellations and refund requests received on or after February 1, 2024 will be processed after the completion of the 2024 caravan.
All cancellations and refunds are subject to caravan leader’s discretion.