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Polar Bear Express

Polar Bear Express

Canada's Northeastern Ontario is blessed with a depth of cultural vibrancy, from the traditions of the Indigenous Anishinaabe and Mushkegowuk, to those of the people who arrived later from the four corners of the Earth. This tour takes you to a sparsely populated land of forests, tranquil lakes and muskeg.

When Europeans were looking for a way to reach the riches to the north and west, it was this intricate network of lakes, rivers and pathways they paddled and portaged to the shores of Lakes Huron & Superior and James Bay and beyond.  They looked into the very face of nature and learned from indigenous people to become one with it.  You can do the same today. You can embrace nature and travel along some of the same lakes and rivers to see the incredible countryside the way the Voyageurs saw it and how the Anishinaabe and Mushkegowuk have seen it since the beginning of time. As beautiful as the land, the waters and the sky of Northeastern Ontario are, it could very well be the people you meet, the friendships you make and the cultures you encounter that create the most lasting memories.


  • Valid Passport Required

  • Escorted

  • 2-Hour cruise aboard the Chi-Cheemaun

  • Manitoulin Island

  • Wildlife Tour and lunch at Cedar Meadows Resort

  • Polar Bear Express excursion

  • Tour of Cree Village

  • Moose River Boat Tour

  • Polar Bear Habitat & Heritage Center

  • Guided city tour of Toronto

  • Toronto Harbor Cruise

  • CN Tower Observation Deck

  • Corning Museum of Glass

  • 13 Meals Included

  • Motorcoach Transportation

  • Hotel Accommodations

  • Requires Extended Amounts of Walking

Day 1

Stops will be made for rest and lunch before arriving at our lodging for the evening in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This evening you will have dinner on your own.

Day 2

This morning we begin traveling northward to the Georgian Bay at Tobermory where we will board the Chi-Cheemaun (Big Canoe) for a two-hour cruise to South Beymouth. Lunch will be included in Owen Sound. Touring across Manitoulin Island, the world's largest island completely surrounded by fresh water (Lake Huron), will lead us to our lodging for the evening in Sudbury.

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Day 3

After breakfast at the hotel we depart for Cedar Meadows Resort located in Timmons, Ontario. Here we will enjoy a northern wildlife journey where we can interact with friendly bison, deer and elk on a spectacular wildlife reserve located along the banks of the mighty Mattagami River. Our guided journey through this amazing animal habitat takes place on a tractor-drawn wagon while local biology experts share their vast knowledge of the area's wildlife, history, and ecology. Lunch will be included at the resort before departing for Cochrane, the location of our lodging for this evening. Cochrane is the southern shipping port of all freight and passengers headed for the Arctic Circle.


Day 4

Rise early and "All Aboard" the Polar Bear Express for our trek into James and Hudson Bay Territories. There are no roads to this northern region, only rail and plane can access Moosonee. Located on the edge of the Arctic, getting to Moosonee and Moose Factory is half the fun. Riding the train presents a rare opportunity to photograph some of Northern Ontario's most pristine wilderness. This evening we will enjoy a traditional meal at the Cree Cultural Interpretive Centre consisting of goose, moose fry, fish, bannock, and side dishes.

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Day 5

Since time immemorial the Cree People of the Moose River have been welcoming visitors. Since their first contact with European explorers in 1673, the Moose Cree First Nation People have hosted many people from many walks of life from around the globe. The Cree time-honored traditions have been shared with visitors by showcasing their hospitality. Today we will be shuttled, by little motorboats, to Moose Factory to visit all the historical sites on Moose Factory Island. After lunch on our own, we will set out for a boat tour of the Moose River to the waters of the James Bay. Upon completion of the boat tour, we will be dropped off in Moosonee for our train ride back to Cochrane. Arrival at the hotel will be late this evening.


Day 6

After breakfast we will depart for the Polar Bear Habitat and Heritage Village. Here, we'll see Polar Bears in their natural habitat. Inukshuk, Ganuk, and Henry thrive on 7 hectares of pristine, natural environment that features the world's largest enclosed lake. Our lodging this evening will be in North Bay.


Day 7

Relax in air-conditioned comfort as we tour along the Ontario countryside to our next overnight in lovely Toronto. Upon arrival we will have a guided city tour. After dinner on our own, we will enjoy a harbor cruise.


Day 8

This morning we will travel to the observation deck of the giant CN Tower, considered to be the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. This signature icon to Toronto's skyline was declared one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1995. Our lodging this evening is in Mount Morris, New York.


Day 9

This morning we will visit the Corning Museum of Glass in the heart of the lovely Finger Lakes region. Arrival home is scheduled for late afternoon.


Additional Info

This tour includes an area of Ontario that is relatively undeveloped. While the motels we use are clean and safe, they may not provide all the amenities that would be expected at our usual first class properties. In addition, "Polar Bear Express" is the name of the train providing service between Cochrane and Moosonee.

For Your Information

A passport is required for ALL travel between the U.S. and Canada.
If you are bringing children on the tour other than your own, customs is requiring that you have a registered letter of approval from their parents.

Please note

Our intention is to run each tour as originally planned and published. However, if deemed necessary to do so, Perkiomen Tours reserves the right to make changes to tour components, schedules or itineraries without prior notification.

Tips for Perkiomen motorcoach drivers and tour escorts are not included in the price of this tour. We feel that these gratuities should be extended on an individual basis and dictated by the level of service provided.

Motorcoach seating is assigned at the time of reservation but can not be guaranteed. Although we do our best to keep each traveler in the seat assigned at the time of reservation, there are times that it is necessary to move seat locations. Please be sure to verify your final seat number(s) with the driver at the time of boarding. Daily seat rotation is practiced on most multi-day tours. Seat rotation will be explained by your driver or tour escort.

Perkiomen Tours recommends that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance for your tour. Travel Insurance is purchased directly by you from a third-party of your choice. One option is Travel Safe Insurance. You can purchase insurance directly from Travel Safe through our website.

To fully participate in this tour may require extended amounts of walking. There may be steps, inclines, uneven surfaces or extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitation should take this into consideration.

CB=Continental Breakfast, B=Full Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details Times
Allentown - Motorcoach Calvary Temple Church
3436 Winchester Rd., Allentown, PA 18104
Easton - Shuttle William Penn Hwy Park & Ride, near pole A-10
Rt 33, Easton, PA
Montgomeryville - Shuttle Quality Inn
678 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville, PA 18936
Pennsburg - Motorcoach Perkiomen Tours Office
875 Main St, Pennsburg, PA 18073
Reading - Shuttle Homewood Suites
2801 Papermill Rd, Reading, PA 19610
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