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View polar bears from a lodge on the Hudson Bay coast in northern Manitoba


Your Hudson Bay Odyssey takes place at a remote lodge deep in the heart of polar bear denning territory, where the boreal forest ends and the Subarctic begins. It is from here that we can provide you with the best possibilities on the planet with regards to encountering polar bear mothers and their adorable cubs. Watch the video below to see where your adventure will take you!

This unique convergence of ecosystems, nourished by the Hudson Bay coastal waters, is home to polar bears, black bears, wolves, moose; a diverse array of other wildlife, flora and fauna; and a remarkable diversity of bird species. Being uniquely located on the migration fly-way, the massive flocks filling the air at the commencement of the fall migration can be awe inspiring.

The Hudson Bay Odyssey involves daily treks through the pristine terrain of the Cape Tatnam Wildlife Management Area, where you will be provided with once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities, particularly during fall excursions when brilliant colours are on display.

The lodge features a new dining and lounge area with large picture windows overlooking the magnificent Hudson Bay, a warm and cozy home base which we can unequivocally say provides the best Arctic luxury around! And keep your camera ready to go, as it is not uncommon to have wildlife pay a visit to the Lodge!

Witnessing the maternal instincts of polar bears is a life-defining experience, and while this access cannot be guaranteed, there is no better place on earth to increase your chances of observing this behavior than at this lodge, where we have consistently encountered mothers and cubs. You will be forever changed by your Hudson Bay Odyssey experience, and awed by the ease in which bears, wolves and other species flourish in an unforgiving circle of life. We invite you to join us, on an adventure to remember!

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Wildlife Watching
SEASON

August to September

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
12
GUIDE INFORMATION

Guide included for all excursions onto the tundra and are all experienced naturalists.

RESTRICTIONS
Not Applicable
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Not Applicable
TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Package includes your return flight from Winnipeg to Churchill and Churchill to the lodge. The lodge is located 250 kilometers southeast of Churchill, Manitoba on the Hudson Bay coast near York Factory.

WEATHER

Late summer & early fall temperatures vary from cool to very hot (10C to 30C) but can be below freezing by the end of September. 

REGION
Northern Manitoba
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

ATV's and safety equipment, 8 foot high Buffalo Fence surrounding camp for security from bears, use of the lodge facilities.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm jacket, fleece clothing, long pants, hiking boots, rain gear, hat, bug jacket, camp shoes, gloves, 

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, daypack, water bottle, binoculars, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent.

ACCOMMODATIONS

This lodge is located 250 km southeast of Churchill, Manitoba on the Hudson Bay coast near the historic York Factory. A relatively new destination offered by Churchill Wild, we are particularly proud of this lodge due to the phenomenal wildlife access it provides.

Recent upgrades to the lodge include a new lounge and dining area with panoramic views of Hudson Bay, and a cozy fireplace for added ambiance. Heated private guest rooms with ensuite bathrooms are cozy, wild and perfectly comfortable.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Fabulous food prepared from the owners famous northern cookbook series ‘Blueberries & Polar Bears’

7 day tour, available August - September
$9995.00 / per person - CAD
Based on double occupancy. August 11-17, Aug 15-21, Aug 27-Sep 2, Aug 31-Sep 6, Sep 9-15, Sep 13-19, Sep 17-23, Sep 21-27, 2018.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST. 4.00% PST.

A $3000.00 deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 90 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Deposit is non-refundable and non-transferrable. Balance is due 90 days prior to departure and non-refundable at this time.

7 day tour, available August - September

Day 1

ANTICIPATION BUILDS DURING YOUR OVERNIGHT STAY IN WINNIPEG

Arrive in Winnipeg, where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at our choice hotel, THE GRAND Winnipeg Airport Hotel by Lakeview. At 7:00 pm a dinner will be held at the hotel, where you will meet your group and your adventure specialist. You will need your rest for your early morning departure to Churchill.

Includes: dinner

Day 2

DAY 2 - THE ADVENTURE BEGINS!

You will depart Winnipeg for Churchill early in the morning on Calm Air International. Upon your arrival in Churchill you will transfer to a private charter for your one hour flight to the Lodge. You may have some excellent opportunities for aerial photography during the flight, so make sure you have your camera ready!

Upon arrival at the Lodge, your hosts will provide a tour and show you to your room to get settled. Lunch is served shortly after your arrival, and you will then be given an orientation regarding your stay in polar bear country.

Your first day includes an interpretive walk on the inland Palsa Bogs and Tundra Ponds adjacent to the Taiga Forest and the Hudson Bay coastline. Appetizers and cocktails are served at 6:00 p.m. and dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. During the evening there will be an informative lecture or slide show presentation narrated by one of Churchill Wild’s knowledgeable guides or staff. If it is a clear night you may also have a chance to view one of the spectacular aurora borealis displays common at this latitude.

Includes: lunch, dinner

Day 3

DAY 3, 4, 5 - NATURE TREKKING, POLAR BEARS AND MAGNIFICENT PHOTOGRAPHY

Breakfast will generally be served at 8:00 a.m. and your outings will begin at about 9:30 a.m. If there are bears near the Lodge your tour may be delayed to take advantage of the photo and observation opportunities. The option is also always available for anyone to stay behind to take photos of the wildlife around the Lodge and relax. Daily outings may include the following, depending on weather and ground conditions;

#1 The average day includes morning and afternoon excursions with lunch served either at the Lodge or out on the trail.

#2 An ATV coastal tour to the tidal flats and Hudson Bay shoreline. Lunch and a tea boil are served around a campfire.

#3 A full day tour of the coastline of Hudson Bay to photograph polar bears and other abundant wildlife in their unique environment. Lunch and a tea boil are served around a campfire. After lunch you will explore the river deltas and coastal eskers.

#4 Staying close to the Lodge to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves as the day unfolds, to photograph the King of the Arctic and other wildlife. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the Arctic environment. Lunch is served at the Lodge on this day.

Appetizers and cocktails are served at 6:00 p.m. and dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. During the evening there will be an informative lecture, slide show presentation, or informal visiting. Churchill Wild staff will monitor Aurora Borealis after dark if conditions are optimal and will provide a gentle wake-up call to ensure you don’t miss any opportunities to witness and photograph this spectacular Arctic phenomenon.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6

DAY 6 - LAST MINUTE WILDLIFE VIEWING AND REMINISCING IN WINNIPEG

After another hearty Lodge breakfast, we will begin air transfers back to Churchill. Have your cameras ready for the return flight as it affords excellent opportunities for great aerial shots. Today is your last day in Churchill.

Upon your return to Churchill, our representative will store your luggage. The balance of the day is then free for browsing the shops and exhibits of Churchill. Local places such as Cape Merry, the Port of Churchill, the Eskimo Museum, the Polar Bear Holding Compound (otherwise known as the Polar Bear Jail), as well as the Parks Canada exhibit are all of great interest. Please refer to your “Top Things to Do and See” list we provided.

Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening and we hope to see you back at one of our ecolodges for more polar bear viewing very soon! Upon your arrival into Winnipeg, collect your bags and settle in at THE GRAND Airport Hotel for a restful night filled with cherished memories.

Includes: breakfast

Day 7

DAY 7 - HOMEWARD BOUND

Today you will fly home on your own travel arrangements, marking the end of your adventure with Churchill Wild and the beginning of a lifetime of savouring the experiences of the Arctic.

Includes: breakfast