The ultimate way to experience and photograph polar bears. On the ground. Up close and personal.
Churchill Wild offers the only places on the planet where you can walk with polar bears, and have dinner with them too! Our three remote polar bear lodges are located directly on the Hudson Bay coast, and are luxurious by any Arctic standard. And of course, the food, the company and the customer service is exceptional at our family run lodges. (See what some of our guests had to say.) Far from the madding crowds of Churchill, yet only a short plane ride away, you’ll feel like you’re in another world.
Please take a look at our many Arctic Safaris and Polar Bear Tours below. Click the images, follow the links, find your perfect adventure! If you have any further questions e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or CALL (204) 878-5090. TOLL FREE 1-866-UGO-WILD (846-9453).
I’m so glad I opted for Churchill Wild rather than the typical polar buggy tour. Seeing a polar bear on foot was unforgettable!
– Debra Hartsell & Michael James
The Hudson Bay Odyssey is an exclusive joint offering of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and Churchill Wild. With stays at both our Seal River Heritage Lodge and Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, this expedition will immerse you in the great eco-systems of Hudson Bay and the immense coastline that the polar bears wander during their summer migration while awaiting the return of the ice. The polar bears are your hosts as you walk among them for this fabulously intimate exposure to the astonishing diversity of flora and fauna found in the eco-systems of the Arctic, taiga, and northern boreal forest, in one of the most exotic and pristine wilderness areas remaining on the planet.
We see polar bears in the summer! Our most popular package, Birds, Bears, and Belugas takes place in July and August at Seal River Heritage Lodge and combines the thrill of swimming with beluga whales with a Churchill Wild signature “on the ground” safari of summer polar bear viewing amidst a backdrop of tundra alive with flora and fauna. This is our most diverse and unique program, featuring thrilling interactions with beluga whales and polar bears as well as other wildlife such as sik-siks, Arctic hares, colored fox and a variety of birds. A soft adventure, Birds, Bears and Belugas is highly conducive to family participation at a convenient time when children are out of school for the summer. This means that you and your family are able to experience polar bears in their natural habitat, TOGETHER.
Indulge your inner explorer with our Arctic Discovery, an adventure that will profoundly re-establish your place in nature by immersing you through time in one of the planet’s untamed wilderness areas, the Canadian Arctic. Kayak with belugas whales in Churchill, learn about the history surrounding the town and nearby historic sites and then journey to the our most remote property deep in the wilds of the Hudson Bay coast, Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, for wildlife viewing that includes polar bears, black bears, wolves, moose and an abundance of bird species. It is here that you will be humbled by face-to-face encounters with the undisputed lords of Arctic, the mighty polar bears.
In the heart of polar bear denning territory, Mothers & Cubs takes place at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, where the boreal forest ends and the Subarctic begins. This unique convergence of eco-systems, nourished by the Hudson Bay coastal waters, is home to polar bear mothers and cubs, black bears, wolves, moose and a diverse array of other wildlife, flora and fauna that remains unchanged after thousands of years. Mothers & Cubs involves daily treks through pristine terrain, where you will be provided with once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities, so keep your camera ready to go! Additionally, it is not uncommon to have wildlife pay a visit to the Lodge! You will be forever changed by your Mothers & Cubs experience.
Your Arctic Safari takes place in Canada’s last remaining wilderness, from the Arctic “Serengeti” the great tundra plains known as The Barren Lands, through “The Land of Little Sticks” and finally down to the rugged Hudson Bay coastline, home of the Great White Bears. You’ll cover up to 20,000 square km of the wildest regions in the Arctic, home to wolves, caribou, moose, three species of bears (polar, black and grizzly), Arctic and colored fox, wolverine, beaver, pine marten and countless bird life. This safari includes a fly-out trip to experience the largest caribou migration in North America, hiking among the polar bears, opportunities for northern lights viewing and chances to see polar bears, black bears, grizzly bears, wolves and other Arctic wildlife. All set on a kaleidoscopic background of spectacular fall colors!
Scheduled at our Seal River Heritage Lodge during the heart of polar bear season in October and November, the Polar Bear Photo Safari is a must-do for professional and aspiring photographers. It provides discerning photographers the opportunity to experience ground-level polar bear photography as the bears congregate in large numbers along Hudson Bay coast waiting for the Bay to freeze so they can begin their annual hunt. Polar bears, Arctic fox and Arctic hare are plentiful, and the coastal location of the Lodge is ideal for photographing bears on breathtaking backdrops of ice and snow, not to mention an exceptional number of clear nights for northern lights photography. Rare photographs and treasured memories, created here.
The Great Ice Bear Adventure is undoubtedly the most diverse and holistic fall wildlife viewing package offered anywhere in the world for wildlife viewers. It combines four days of on-the-ground access to polar bears, caribou, Arctic and red fox, Arctic hare, wolves, moose (and sometimes even the elusive wolverine!) at our remote Dymond Lake Eco-Lodge strategically located 30 km from Churchill, with a one-day Tundra Buggy® tour in Churchill before returning home. Your day in Churchill on a buggy is chartered, so we have fewer guests per buggy and more room for great photo opportunities. And in addition to wildlife viewing while at the Lodge; highlights include evening presentations by our specialist guides and northern lights shows!