9 DAYS, 8 NIGHTS
Seal River Heritage Lodge and Schmok Lake Caribou Camp
Day 1 – Arrive in Winnipeg
Arrive in Winnipeg where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at our choice hotel – the Inn at the Forks which is located at the historic junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers in the heart of Winnipeg. 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.
Day 2 – Off to Seal River Heritage Lodge
Arrive in Churchill by air where one of our expert staff will meet you at the airport and will provide you with instructions of the morning transfers. Your flight will take you north-west along the rugged Hudson Bay coastline to the finest Arctic Eco-Lodge on the planet, our Seal River polar bear viewing 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 and prep that camera gear. Your guide will provide you with a brief orientation and then it’s time to get out on the land!
Day 3 to 7 – Tundra Trekking, Hudson Bay Coastline, Tidal Flats, Arctic Ocean
In the coming days you will enjoy the true wildness of this adventure. Breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. and lunches are typically held at the Lodge. Dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. Meals may be delayed in favor of wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities! This adventure targets polar bears, possible grizzly and black bears, caribou, wolves, Arctic fox, a beluga whale migratory fly-over, migratory birdlife (millions!), and much more in a backdrop of spectacular fall colors. Your experienced guide is professional and knowledgeable about the land and the wildlife so be prepared to do some learning. A charter bush plane will be used to access Schmok Lake Caribou Camp* to encounter the migrating masses of Canadian Central Barren Ground caribou which can number in the hundreds of thousands in the area.
Day 8 – Say Goodbye to the Lodge
After another hearty Lodge breakfast, we will begin air transfers back to Churchill. Have cameras ready again for the return flight as it affords excellent opportunities for great aerial shots. Today is your last day in the Churchill region.
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.
Lunch and dinner are on your own this day. Please refer to the Safari Journal for suggestions.
Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening and we hope to see you back at one of our Eco-Lodges for some more bear viewing very soon! Upon your arrival into Winnipeg, collect your bags, and our awaiting shuttle will drive you to the Inn at the Forks for a restful night.
Day 9 – Back to Reality
After a restful sleep you will pack your bags in preparation for your flight home. You will also enjoy a breakfast at your hotel before your trip back to reality.
* Please Note: Schmok Lake Caribou Camp is a rustic tundra camp, featuring a large cabin on the Barren Lands of the Canadian Arctic. This wildlife experience features an incredible array of flora & fauna highlighted by the migrating caribou herds. Considering how remote this camp is, the quality of accomodations are quite remarkable, not 5-star but very comfortable.
Schmok Lake cabin has adequate comforts to keep guests content for their stay. There are two shared bathrooms in a five shared bedroom cabin with hot and cold running water in a five bedroom cabin with comfortable bunk bed style beds. We use a generator for electricity that is run in the mornings and evenings when guests are at the camp.
Schmok Lake Caribou Camp is still used as a hunting camp but here will be no hunters there during this time. We lease the entire facility for our eco-tours in order to provide our guests access to the abundant wildlife that inhabits this beautiful area.