MOTHERS & CUBS
7 DAYS, 6 NIGHTS
Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge
Day 1 – ANTICIPATION BUILDS DURING YOUR OVERNIGHT IN WINNIPEG!
You will arrive in Winnipeg on your own travel arrangements and overnight at the Four Points by Sheraton located at the airport where your adventure with us begins. At 8:00 pm a meet & greet will take place at your hotel. Come and enjoy coffee & dainties.
Day 2 – THE ADVENTURE BEGINS!
You will depart Winnipeg for Gillam early in the morning on Calm Air International. Upon arrival in Gillam you will transfer to a private charter for your one hour flight to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. You may have some great 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 be shown to your room to get settled. Check out our library which includes local maps and information as well as our gift shop. Lunch is served shortly after your arrival, and you will be given an orientation on your stay in polar bear country. This day includes an interpretive walk on the inland Palsa Bogs, Tundra Ponds and Taiga Forest. Appetizers and cocktails are served at 6:00 p.m. and your dinner is served at 7:00 pm. After dinner there will be an informative lecture or slide show presentation. Lights are out at 10:00 pm – this is when the generator is turned off. If it is a clear night you will have the chance to view the Aurora Borealis (northern lights).
Day 3, 4, 5 – NATURE TREKKING, POLAR BEARS & MAGNIFICENT PHOTOGRAPHY!
During the rest of your stay your breakfast will generally be served at 8 a.m. and your outings will begin at about 9:30 a.m. If there are bears near the Lodge the tour may be delayed to take advantage of the photo and observation opportunities. There is the option 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 at the Lodge.
#2 An ATV coastal tour to the tidal flats and Hudson Bay shoreline. Lunch and a tea boil are served around the campfire.
#3 A full day tour of the coastline of Hudson Bay to photograph the polar bears and other abundant wildlife in their unique landscape. Lunch and a tea boil are served around the campfire. After lunch you will explore the river deltas and coastal eskers.
#4 Staying close to the Lodge to take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves as the day unfolds to photograph the King of the Arctic. 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 your dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. After dinner there will be an informative lecture, slide show presentation, or informal visiting. Aurora Borealis viewing after dark if conditions are optimal.
Day 6 – LAST MINUTE WILDLIFE VIEWING AND REMINISCING IN WINNIPEG!
This morning you will take advantage of last minute photo opportunities, pack your gear and get ready to head home. Lunch will be served at the Lodge today and your charter for Gillam will leave afterwards. You will depart Gillam for Winnipeg on Calm Air late in the afternoon. You arrive in Winnipeg early in the evening and will again overnight at the Four Points Sheraton by the Winnipeg airport.
Day 7 – HOMEWARD BOUND!
Today you will fly home on your own travel arrangements, marking the end of your adventure with Churchill Wild.
This is a very unique program and is sure to be the trip of a lifetime. The owners and staff routinely deal with the unique situations that arise from having polar bears in such close proximity with humans. There is an overwhelming abundance of wildlife in the area to photograph and enjoy. There is a variety of migratory birds including geese, wolves and moose. Photo opportunities present themselves often from inside the 8 foot buffalo fence, with bears as close as 3 feet away. Come and join us on what is sure to be an adventure to remember.
What to Bring
Late summer & early fall temperatures vary from cool to very hot (10C to 30C) but can be below freezing by the end of September. Pack in layers and be prepared for anything – within reason of course!
- Warm sweater, fleece, or sweatshirt
- Warm spring or fall type jacket
- Sun hat with brim (with a string preferably so it won’t blow away) as well as a warm hat to compensate for the occasional northern wind
- Gloves (light but warm)
- Lightweight/breathable, waterproof raingear, rubber boots
- Comfortable long pants
- Long sleeved and short sleeved shirts
- One pair of shorts or zip off pants
- Warm sleepwear (as nights are generally chilly)
- Warm socks (preferable wool hiking socks i.e. Smartwool)
- Ankle high waterproof hiking boots
- Indoor shoes or slippers for Lodge time
- DEET insect repellant (at least 30% wilderness formula)
- Shampoo/conditioner/sunscreen/lip balm
- Plastic Ziploc bags to keep camera gear dry
- Tripod for enthusiastic photographers
- Refillable water bottle
- Small pack sack to be used for hikes to carry your camera/water bottle