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“Warm Tundra Inn welcome in chilly Churchill”
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Tundra Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Churchill
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 July 2013

We (2 couples) stayed at the Tundra Inn on a March trip to Churchill, made to fulfill long-time interests in overnight train travel and in search of the Aurora Borealis. Both objectives were fulfilled, and the Tundra Inn was an ideal base of operations for our time in Churchill. Belinda provided much valuable assistance in making advance arrangements for aurora viewing from a Tundra Buggy and for a dog-sledding excursion, assembling a package deal of which several guests took advantage. She and the rest of the staff were very helpful in providing tips and suggestions about their home town on the shores of the frozen (in March) Hudson Bay. The center-of-town location is perfect for walking at most a few blocks to anything you might want (diner, grocery store, Eskimo museum, "beach", train station)--a key consideration for a carless visit when temperatures are mostly below 0F.

Accommodations at the Tundra Inn were roomy (ample space for boots, parkas, camera gear, etc.), clean, and comfortable. The serve-yourself contentinal breakfast was basic and convenient. I use the "very good" rather than "excellent" rating only to let those TripAdvisor readers who look for luxury spas know that the Tundra Inn is not one, but that's not why one goes to Churchill. The Tundra Inn is an excellent basic motel, well-run, welcoming, and comfortable. We would stay there again should our travels take us back to Churchill.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Tundra12, Marketing Coordinator at Tundra Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2013

Hello VacationRoaming!

Thank you so much for your review. We're glad that you got to experience all the things that you had hoped to while you were visiting Churchill. This past winter was an excellent time for viewing the aurora borealis!

Thanks for including such important details in your review about our hotel - no we are definitely not a luxury spa, but as you've pointed out, people generally don't come to Churchill for facials and massages! They come for Northern Lights, Belugas and - most famously - the polar bears.

We hope you can come visit again in the future to see what else Churchill has to offer.

Tundra Inn Staff

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Reviewed 26 July 2013

Seeing the Aurora Borealis has always been on my bucket list. Reviewing the group tours, I did not have the resources to make this happen, but The Tundra Inn accomodated this quest! Belinda offered a 2 night tour from the Tundra Inn with an Aurora Tour and a dog sledding tour I could afford in March 2013. However I had the most spectacular view of the Aurora behind the hospital just a very short walk from the Tundra Inn.
The Tundra Inn is clean and friendly. The help yourself breakfast nook was a BIG plus. Groceries are VERY expensive in Churchill.
Belinda was a great host and has great management skills.. She reminded us patrons about our flight times, tour times, and was a great concierge overall.

Go to Churchill. Bring some warm clothes or rent them. Don't stay inside. Be adventurous.
The Tundra Inn made it very easy to solo. You have no excuse....
Susanne Frisco

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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Tundra12, Marketing Coordinator at Tundra Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2013

Hi Susanne,

Thank you for your review. It's wonderful that you were able to check the Aurora off your bucket list! We do realize that travelling to Churchill is quite cost-prohibitive, so we do what we can to make coming here as affordable as possible - the packages we offer have been a great success thanks to travellers like you!

Thank you also for encouraging others to visit! Churchill is a town that must be seen and experienced to truly understand why so many have fallen in love with it!

Happy future travels to you!

Tundra Inn Staff

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Reviewed 26 July 2013

After a week with the Ice Road Truckers, what better than a flight to Churchill for some out of season relaxation and Northern Lights and what better place to stay than Belinda's Tundra Inn. Bigger place than you expect but feels like a home with a wonderful welcome. Big rooms, warm, cosy with lashings of hot water. Plenty of good info and advice from Belinda and a thoroughly good place to stay. Restaurants nearby, albeit you'll need to be well wrapped up. Great place. Do go.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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Tundra12, Marketing Coordinator at Tundra Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2013

Hello rdfTrip!

Thanks for your great review! We're glad that you had a nice, relaxing time in Churchill and that you enjoyed the Tundra Inn. It seems that after a week with Ice Road Truckers, a cozy and warm stay is exactly what is needed!

We hope to see you again in the future!

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Reviewed 17 July 2013

Our family headed north March 2-10, 2013 instead of south for Spring Break, wanting to try a train trip and have a chance to see northern lights. We heard about Churchill from various sources -mostly for its polar bears in the fall, when it must be a very busy place. We were not looking for a busy place, though. We come from Montana USA so the cold temps were not daunting, though we did feel out of place at the airport, dressed as arctic explorers in down parkas, among all the Montanans heading south. We flew to Winnipeg to start our journey north, took the train for 2.5 days north to Churchill, spent 3 days (2 nights) at Churchill, and rode the train 2.5 days back to Winnipeg. Some fellow travelers opted to fly home from Churchill to allow themselves a few extra days in Churchill, but we chose the train both ways. Belinda at the Tundra Inn arranged a package for two nights lodging, one night out on the Tundra Buggy to (hopefully) see the aurora borealis, and one afternoon with a local dogsled racer. This fit well with the train schedule, arriving on Tuesday morning and leaving Thursday evening.

At the Tundra Inn, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in a plainly furnished, clean room with 2 comfortable queen beds, TV, small refrigerator, desk, and plenty of hot water. A bit stuffy, but who would want to open the window at this time of year? The comfortable lobby had sofas, tables, and chairs, and a computer for internet access. The adjoining kitchen had a full size refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea pots, REAL plates and utensils, etc. - better variety than usual in hotels elsewhere, rather more family-style. We also made use of the laundry machines - another great amenity. The common areas of the inn are decorated with lots of local art. Belinda had one of her beautiful quilts hanging behind the front desk, and a nice selection of moccasins, mittens and other items displayed for sale. The Tundra Inn does a good job of giving visitors a sense of place.

Churchill is a small town and we had no difficulty finding our way around - the young woman who picked us up at the train station gave us all a tour to point out the two cafes and other important spots, like the Eskimo Museum, bank, post office, grocery store, etc. all within a couple of blocks of the Tundra Inn. We walked up to the rocky "beach" overlooking (frozen) Hudson Bay, checked out the old Anglican church, Trading Post, Wapsuk National Park visitor centre in the Train Depot. We especially liked the Eskimo Museum operated by the Catholic Church - full of beautiful Inuit carvings and interesting displays (also the best gift shop in town).

We were very fortunate in timing of our Tundra Buggy tour, enjoying a calm, relatively warm (-13F) couple of hours out under a bright and ever-changing aurora borealis. The bus reminded me a bit of Harry Potter's Night Bus. It is a monster bus-like vehicle on huge tires, made on the frame of an airport fire truck. It took about an hour to crawl and bounce our way out of town to a dark clearing. There was camaraderie among the dozen or so visitors from all over the world, most of us photographers. The Tundra Buggy was outfitted with cushy sofas along the sides and a long coffee table in the middle, propane fireplaces fore and aft, a restroom and a snack area. Our driver warned us he would be looking about for polar bears, and if he called, we were to IMMEDIATELY without picking up our cameras re-board the Tundra buggy and pull up the stairs. These, by the way are steep and made of steel, no simple thing to negotiate in the freezing dark. Fortunately, this didn't happen.

Our dogsled experience the following afternoon was similarly fortunate as to the weather, which warmed up to about 10F and calm. The host was David Dailey, a native Metis Churchill dogsledder and aircraft mechanic. He was very friendly and well spoken on behalf of his dogs, his sport, and his community - one of the best interpretive presenters I have seen. We learned about dogsled racing and his philosophy (on racing and other matters) and got to ride around the track through the scrubby, frozen forest on his special dogsled which has a seat in front for one rider, a space behind it for another to stand, and a third space on the runners behind that for the musher. This is great (for the riders) compared to using a normal sled, because you get to stand or sit above ground level - much more comfortable. Warning, however - if you are seated in front, watch out for occasional flying dog poo! These dogs really enjoy running, and Dave was very good at sharing his passion for the dogs and dogsled racing with us.

This package (2 nights at the Tundra Inn, one night on the Tundra Buggy, and one afternoon with the dogsledder) created by Belinda provided a wonderful combination of experiences and creature comfort for us, tailored to the short time we had to spend in Churchill. We enjoyed it so much we are considering making the trek north again - perhaps in summertime to see beluga whales in the bay, and (probably) experience some extreme insect life among the wildflowers of the tundra. Not so sure about the fall polar bear gathering - too many other tourists in close proximity with large carnivores for me!

The train was the big expense for this trip. It being the low season, it was a was a short train with just one sleeper car, and that was only about 1/3 occupied with 8 or nine passengers. The coach car was also lightly occupied. The dining car was good because you could sit at the tables and look out windows on either side of the train. In the cabins you only have a window on one side. This is a slow trip north from Winnipeg, with lots of stops along the way, so the train is always slowing down or slowly speeding up. On the way up there was a long stop in daytime at Thompson, with time to walk into town (2 km) for a couple of hours. We went to Safeway at the local mall and brought back groceries. Food service on the train was limited to microwaved pre-packaged meals. No elegant dining, strictly utilitarian. We had a 3-bunk cabin, which in daytime had 2 arm chairs and a couch, and a small sink and airplane-style toilet. Shower down the hall. The rocking of the train makes life on board interesting. In our cabin there were cupboards and a closet, plus space under the couch/bunk to store stuff. The staff was friendly and helpful. It was not set up as a tourist train at all - not a map (though we were loaned one by a steward), nor any info about the train, railway, or country we passed though. No internet or mobile phone access for the most part. We read, looked out the windows as the country rolled by, visited with others (played a few card games). Absolutely relaxing compared with airline hassles.

We stayed the night before our train departed to Churchill in the historic Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, just a bock from the station. Fantastic Sunday brunch in the elegant lobby. Well worth it. On return, we stayed in Hilton Suites Winnipeg Airport, very modern and elegant.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Management response:Responded 11 October 2014

Hello Mariella,

Thank you very much for your review. I'm glad to hear that you had a pleasant stay at the Tundra Inn and that you enjoyed our Pub & Restaurant as well.

We had a great summer for belugas and bears - we actually saw more bears this summer than we have in past years combined! It was definitely a great year to visit.

Thank you again!

Brandi
Tundra Inn Marketing Team

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Reviewed 8 December 2012

The rooms are clean and basic and the bed was comfortable. Belinda was very helpful in organising a room that did not involve going up stairs.The staff were friendly and helpful. Laundry and drier available at no extra cost. A cosy place to stay but it was a quick dash across the road in minus 30 degrees to the restaurant. Churchill is small so it is easy to walk around the town except when the freezing winds blow a gale.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 November 2012

This was my first visit to Churchill and first time in Canada. Like most tourists, I came to see the Polar Bears.

My first impression of the Inn was that it was much more modern than I had pictured in my mind (wish I would have thought to take pictures). In fact, most of the town of Churchill is modern. The hotel was full and there were lots of interesting guests, including several film and documentary crews.

My room was basic, but very clean and with most of the creature comforts you'd expect, including a refrigerator. They have a comfy common living room area with a computer that guests can use as well as free wifi in all the rooms. They also have a community type kitchen area, though they weren't serving breakfast during the days I was there. For a good meal, they own the restaurant right across the street by the same name.

Belinda, one of the proprietors, was a gracious and helpful host from the start of the booking process all the way until my departure. On check- out day my flight wasn't scheduled to depart until 6pm., Belinda was kind enough to let me stay in the room all day and then drove me to the airport at 5 pm at no charge! ( btw, there's no security check at the Churchill airport, so less time required to check in)

This was pretty much a once in a lifetime trip to Churchill for me, so I doubt I'll be coming back ,but if I did Id stay here again in a heartbeat. Thank you Tundra Inn and the town Churchill!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 November 2012

Great location and comfortable room. Clean and nice hot shower( which is nice in November!)
Most of all Belinda was exceptional! She bailed me out with a locked rental vehicle at 10 at night and when my plane changed schedules; she didn't charge me for my scheduled last night! This was service beyond any expectations. Nice restaurant/bar across the street.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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Address: 34 Franklin St, Churchill, Manitoba R0B 0E0, Canada
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Region: Canada > Manitoba > Churchill
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Churchill
Hotel Class:2 star — Tundra Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the sub-arctic coastal town of Churchill, Manitoba, home to Polar Bears, Beluga Whales and spectacular Northern Lights. The Tundra Inn is a cozy, family-run hotel that provides comfortable, spacious accomodations that are infused with small town charm. Located on a quiet side street, the Tundra Inn offers a peaceful atmospehere that is convenient to Churchill amenities - including the Tundra Inn Pub & Restaurant, located directly acres the street. The Tundra Inn Restaurant & Pub offers hearty and wholesome pub-style food with a Canadian-Arctic twist. Swap stories with locals and other travelers while you relax with a pint in the pub. Or enjoy our delicious regional cuisine in the comfort of our rustic dining room. Our warm and friendly staff look forward to welcoming you! ... more   less 
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