View polar bears, beluga whales and more on this exciting wildlife watching tour in northern Manitoba. This area is the last untamed wilderness, an extraordinary land where the Arctic tundra and boreal forest merge to leave onlookers awed and spellbound. This location boasts the best place in the world to view beluga whales as they congregate in the warm summer waters of the river. All trips will include interpretive walks, extended treks, canoeing and kayaking, boat tours, and aerial tours to get the best views of the wildlife in the area.
You will see polar bears in the summer on this tour. The lodge provides fantastic viewing opportunities for while the bears wile away the summer waiting for fall, sea ice and the return to their hunting grounds. The bears, like people, are interested in the belugas as well so they are attracted to the area in an attempt to hunt the whales from coastal rocks. Thousands of beluga whales congregate in the Hudson Bay each summer and you will likely see dozens of beluga whales both from the air on the flight to and from the Lodge and also on our boat tours in the Seal River Estuary.
You can actually swim with the belugas on this tour and your guides supply dry suits for your use and they will suit you up with a full snorkel set so that you can see them up close and personal. Belugas are among the friendliest of whales and are just as curious about people as people are about them.
Aside from the belugas and bears, you'll have the opportunity to see a whole host of other wildlife on this trip - you may see caribou, fox (red and Arctic), wolves, moose and birds galore (such species as ptarmigan, Smith's Longspur, Ross' and Bonaparte gulls, jaegers, et cetera). In fact, it isn't unusual for birders to see 100 species over the course of their adventure. Also keep your ears open for the sounds of other sub-arctic wildlife, including wolves howling in the distance.
The lodge is poised majestically on a rocky peninsula that looks out on Hudson's Bay, the vast northern sea. Sit on our deck and meditate on the Arctic sunset; walk quietly amidst remnants of ancient Inuit and Dene hunting camps and feel the courage and ruggedness of these incredible people who traversed this land on their sleds and hunted it with their spears. Then return to the lodge, with all the comforts of the 20th century, including first class accommodations and gourmet northern cuisine.