Arctic Safari

The wildlife adventure vacation of a lifetime.

“The Arctic Safari at Seal River Lodge and Schmok Lake Lodge exceeded every expectation, which is very rare indeed.” — Ed50_13, Johnstown, Colorado, TripAdvisor Review

Dates & Rates | Location | Itinerary

Interesting conversation between Mom and her cub at Seal River Lodge.
Interesting conversation between Mom and her cub at Seal River Lodge.

Your Arctic Safari takes place in Canada’s last remaining wilderness — from 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 mighty polar bears.

Fall colours at Schmok Lake. Dennis Fast photo.
Fall colours at Schmok Lake. Dennis Fast photo.

Our most ambitious adventure to date, the Arctic Safari is a wildlife encounter second to none, with endless photo opportunities and experiences. 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 a myriad of bird life.

Sik sik in conversation with polar bear at Seal River Lodge. J. Sheperd photo.
Sik sik in conversation with polar bear at Seal River Lodge. J. Sheperd photo.

The Arctic 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!

Caribou bull at Schmok Lake. Dennis Fast photo.
Caribou bull at Schmok Lake. Dennis Fast photo.

If that’s not enough try finding some energy to stay up for the finest light show on earth. We live in the best Aurora Borealis viewing zone in the Arctic! Listening to the spine tingling howls of a hungry wolf pack while being mesmerized by the dancing Aurora Borealis can be a life-changing experience.

Northern lights over Seal River Lodge.
Northern lights over Seal River Lodge.

Of course it can’t hurt that you have just finished a delicious meal at our luxury Seal River Lodge and you’re lounging outside by a camp fire sipping a glass of wine and watching the Northern Lights! This uniquely Canadian adventure will touch you like no other wildlife safari can.

From our rugged, cozy caribou camp on Schmok Lake to the Arctic luxury of Seal River Lodge, we will pamper you with the finest service, guides, accommodations, and cuisine found north of the Canadian tree line.

Truly the adventure vacation of a lifetime.

Family photo time! Richard Voliva photo.
Family photo time! Richard Voliva photo.

Arctic Safari - Dates and Rates

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September 4 – 12
September 6 – 14
September 10 – 18

 

 

 

Price (per person) Single Private Room Children
2018: $12,995 CAD $24,095* CAD $11,695 CAD

Prices are subject to taxes of 9%. Children from ages 8 to 12 qualify for the child rate.

* Single guests can sign up to share a room with another person of the same gender at the regular rate per person based on double occupancy. If a single guest prefers to have a private room option we also have a single private room rate as listed above. This rate guarantees a private room at the Lodge as well as at the hotels required within the package.

Location

Seal River Heritage Lodge
Seal River Heritage Lodge

A recent inclusion in the prestigious National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, Seal River Heritage Lodge is located 60 km and 30 minutes north of Churchill by plane, deep in the heart of polar bear country.

An authentic wilderness lodge with all the comforts of home, Seal River Heritage Lodge is ideally situated on the shores of Hudson Bay near the Seal River estuary, where thousands of beluga whales gather every summer as polar bears walk the coastline.

Seal River Heritage Lodge maximizes ground-level polar bear and wildlife viewing and offers spectacular coastal views of Hudson Bay via nature trails, a lodge viewing tower, and expansive picture windows.

Whether you’re hiking, dining, or relaxing at Seal River, you’ll be able to observe polar bears and other wildlife at eye level, like no adventurer on a Churchill town-only package can.

Intimate, thrilling, up close and personal.

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Itinerary

9 Days, 8 Nights

The package includes two nights in Winnipeg, four nights at Seal River Heritage Lodge, two nights at Tundra Camp, as well as round-trip airfare between Winnipeg, Churchill and our Lodges.

Day 1 - Arrive 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 - The Adventure Begins!

Arrive in Churchill by air, where one of our expert staff will meet you at the airport and provide you with instructions regarding your morning transfers. Your flight will take you northwest along the rugged Hudson Bay coastline to the finest polar bear viewing eco-lodge on the planet, Seal River Lodge. There will be endless visuals en route, so keep those eyes open for polar bears, caribou and other wildlife. Arrive at the Lodge, meet your hosts, check into your private room. Depending on your trip dates, you’ll either receive a safety briefing and head out for your first hike or pack an overnight bag and continue to Schmok Lake Tundra Camp where your orientation will be delivered.

Includes: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 3 - 7 - Tundra Trekking, Hudson Bay Coastline, Tidal Flats, Arctic Ocean

The location of Seal River Heritage 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 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.

At Schmok Lake Tundra Camp you’ll enjoy two unforgettable days of glamping in the Barren Lands, walking in the ancient migratory path the Qaminurjuaq caribou herd and learning about Arctic flora and fauna. The remoteness and logistical considerations of this site make this an experience that only a handful of guests have the chance to partake in each year.

Our expert naturalist guides are extremely knowledgeable about the land and the wildlife so be prepared to learn all about the ecosystems of the Hudson Plains and the Taiga Shield.

At both sites, days will start with breakfast served at 8:00 a.m. followed by a morning excursion. Lunches are typically held at the Lodge before you head back out onto the tundra for more exploration. After a long and rewarding day, enjoy cocktails and appetizers before a full-course dinner is served around 7:00 p.m.  Meals may sometimes be delayed in favour of wildlife viewing and/or photographic opportunities.

Includes: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 8 - Say Goodbye to the Lodge

Air transfers back to Churchill are scheduled to begin after breakfast. Once there, 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 Itsantiq Museum, the Polar Bear Holding facility (otherwise known as the Polar Bear Jail), as well as the Parks Canada exhibit are all of great interest.

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

Day 9 - Back to Reality

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

Churchill Wild reserves the right to make changes to the Arctic Safari Itinerary due to weather and logistical complications that can arise from traveling in the north and to remote locations.

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