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Polar bear and wildlife viewing on an arctic safari tour | CA-CW901

View polar bears and much more on this arctic wildlife watching safari in Northern Manitoba

Overview

This uniquely Canadian adventure is a blend of wildlife and wild places set amidst the breathtaking colours of autumn. At our Tundra Camp in the Barren Lands, you’ll explore the ancient migratory grounds of the Qaminurjuaq caribou herd and learn about ancient archaeological sites. You’ll also enjoy four days of ground-level trekking in search of polar bears at the Hudson Bay lodge.

Highlights

  • Polar bears
  • Arctic safari
  • The Barren Lands
  • Hudson Bay coastline

Your travels will take you over 20,000 square kilometers of the wildest regions in the Arctic, home to wolves, moose, two species of bears (polar & black), Arctic & colored fox, wolverine, beaver, pine marten and countless bird life all set on a kaleidoscope of spectacular fall colors.

After an exciting day of wildlife viewing, find some energy to stay up for the finest light show on earth, the best aurora borealis viewing zone in the Arctic. Listening to the spine-tingling thrill of a howling wolf pack, while being mesmerized by the dancing aurora borealis, is life changing.

This trip is a combination of four nights at a lodge along the Hudson Bay coast in Manitoba and two nights at a camp on Schmok Lake. This wildlife adventure will touch you like no other experience can. From the rugged cozy camp on Schmok Lake to the Arctic luxury of the Manitoba lodge, you will be pampered with the finest service, guides, accommodations, and cuisine found north of the Canadian tree line -- truly the adventure vacation of a lifetime.

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Local Guides
  • Small group
Availability September
Duration 9 days
Departs From Winnipeg, MB
Minimum age 8
Difficulty Easy / Moderate
Group maximum 16
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No

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  • Toll Free number in N. America: +1 888 285 1676
  • International number: +1 780 414 1676

Availability (2022):
Based on double occupancy.
Private single room: $30,195 CAD.

  • September 4-12
  • September 6-14
  • September 10-18

What's Included

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Included

  • Bedding and towels
  • Boat tours
  • Use of lodge facilities
  • Floatplane transfers between the main lodge and the caribou camp
  • Delicious meals are prepared daily and the menu may include authentic northern cuisine

Suggested Clothing

  • Warm jacket
  • Fleece clothing
  • Long pants
  • Hiking boots
  • Rain gear
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Camp shoes

Suggested Items

  • Camera
  • Daypack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars

Contact us for more Information about this tour

TOLL FREE NUMBER IN N. AMERICA: +1 888 285 1676
INTERNATIONAL NUMBER: +1 780 414 1676

You can also send an email to info@adventures.com, or use the contact form here below.

Itinerary

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Information

standing beaver looking around

Guide information: The tour is guided by professional naturalists.

Restrictions: Suggested minimum age is 8 years old.

Transportation: Trips originate and end in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The tour price includes your return flight from Winnipeg to Churchill and Churchill to the lodge.

Weather: Fall temperatures will range from 0-15 degrees Celsius.

winter lodge near a small plane in winter in manitoba

Arrive in Winnipeg where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at our choice hotel, The Grand by Lakeview at the Winnipeg Airport. Meet the rest of your group at an orientation dinner hosted by a Churchill Wild representative.

polar bear on a frozen lake in manitoba

After an early morning flight, arrive in Churchill where our expediter will meet you at the airport and provide you with instructions on the morning transfers.

Your approximately one-hour flight will take you northwest along the rugged Hudson Bay coastline and then inland until you arrive at our Tundra Camp. In the heart of Canadian Barren Lands, this remote camp is perched on the edge of one of Manitoba’s 100,000 lakes, near the Nunavut border. Upon arrival, our staff will show you to your private expedition tent and give a brief orientation.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

angry wolf walking in manitoba

Your days will typically have a morning and afternoon excursion, with lunches served in Tundra Camp. You may also head out on a full-day excursion with a picnic lunch.

After a long and rewarding day of exploration, enjoy a glass of wine with appetizers before sitting down to a full-course dinner prepared by our chefs.

Your time in the remote wilderness surrounding Tundra Camp will be filled with unforgettable adventure: camping in the Barren Lands, walking in the ancient migratory path of the Qaminurjuaq caribou herd and learning about the Arctic flora and fauna. The Hudson Plains and Taiga Shield are rich ecosystems filled with history, and our expert naturalist guides are eager to share their extensive knowledge with you as you explore the area on foot during interpretive hikes.

After one last excursion in Tundra Camp, you will be transferred to Seal River Heritage Lodge for the second part of your adventure.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

The location of the Lodge on the coast of Hudson Bay puts it directly in the path of polar bears who wander the shoreline as they await freeze-up. Your wildlife excursions will target the on-the-ground viewing of these iconic animals. During your stay you may also encounter coloured and Arctic fox, sik-siks (Arctic ground squirrels), and Arctic hare. Due to the timing of your trip, there is also the potential to see a myriad of Hudson Bay migratory and shorebirds. The stunning backdrop of fall colors will make for spectacular photography throughout your safari.

Your days at Seal River will follow the same general timeline as in Tundra Camp, though meals may sometimes be delayed in favor of wildlife viewing and/or photographic opportunities.

small plane in the countryside of manitoba

Return transfers are scheduled to begin after breakfast. Have your cameras ready for the return flight as it will be the final opportunity for aerial shots.

Back in Churchill, you’ll spend the day with one of our tour guides exploring the town and surrounding area and learning about its rich history as a seaport and ex-military base. Your tour will include stops such as the Parks Canada exhibit, the Itsanitaq Museum, and the Polar Bear Jail. Along the way, your guide will point out murals that were commissioned in 2016 as part of the SeaWalls mural festival. Before a group dinner, your guide will give you free time to shop for last-minute souvenirs at the unique gift stores in Churchill.

Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening. Upon arrival, you will collect your bags, head out of the arrivals doors and back to The Grand Hotel.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

After a restful sleep, you will pack your bags in preparation for your flight home.

northern lights above a winter lodge

Hudson Bay Lodge

Perched on the rugged coast of Hudson Bay, located near the Seal River Estuary, this Lodge is in a prime location for observing polar bears as they wander the coast during summer and fall waiting for the Bay to freeze and viewing beluga whales in July and August.

The fenced-in compound, viewing platforms and tower lend themselves to unique photography opportunities for northern lights and the wildlife that approach to check out the sights, sounds and smells of the Lodge.

Accommodations are eight, double guest rooms each with an en-suite bathroom. The guest wing is away from the lounge and dining room, allowing you to enjoy quiet time as needed.

Our cozy lounge, complete with a fireplace, is the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine, share photos or talk with new friends.

Barrenlands tent camp

Nestled on the shores of Schmok Lake, just a few kilometers from the Manitoba-Nunavut border sits our Tundra Camp. This camp is set up for just a few weeks each September to allow guests an immersion into the Canadian Barren Lands.

A double, electrified and alarmed fence encloses the compound that contains seven cozy Arctic Oven expedition tents. Each equipped with a heater and a composting toilet, these tents can comfortably accommodate up to two guests. Within the compound is a heated bathhouse containing lockers, a shower, sink and toilet. Meals will be served in a larger expedition tent, or on the beach if the weather cooperates!

Enjoy an evening aperitif around the fire, perhaps watching the northern lights dance across the sky, before settling into your tent. You’ll sleep soundly, breathing in pure tundra air, ensconced in nature’s stillness.

The tour package includes four nights at the main lodge, two nights at the camp on Schmok Lake and two hotel nights in Winnipeg.

Payment Details

Deposit and Taxes

  • 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-transferable.

Balance is due 90 days prior to departure and non-refundable at this time.