Credit: Simon Gee/Frontiers North
Africa’s big five are the lion, elephant, cape buffalo, leopard and rhino. Manitoba’s big five are the moose, black bear, bison, beluga and polar bear, and you’re likely to see all of them on the Big Five Safari from Frontiers North Adventures. This two-part trip begins in Riding Mountain National Park, with a stay at the luxe Elkhorn Resort. Days start early and end late with morning and sunset drives through the park looking for two of the big five: black bears and moose. The bison are guaranteed—they’re inside a fenced enclosure. After a few days, the tour heads north to the town of Churchill on the edge of Hudson Bay. Beluga whales congregate at the mouth of the Churchill River, right off town, throughout the summer. In the past, polar bears would have been the hardest of the big five to spot at this time of year, but they’ve become common around town during the summer and are regularly seen on walking tours along the coastal plain, as they do their best to stay cool in the summer heat.