MOTHERS & CUBS
7 DAYS, 6 NIGHTS
Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge
Day 1 – ANTICIPATION BUILDS DURING YOUR OVERNIGHT STAY 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 Gillam.
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 excellent 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 show to your room to get settled. Lunch is served shortly after your arrival, and you will then be given an orientation regarding your stay in polar bear country. Your first day includes an interpretive walk on the inland Palsa Bogs and Tundra Ponds adjacent to the Taiga Forest and the Hudson Bay coastline. Appetizers and cocktails are served at 6 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m. During the evening there will be an informative lecture or slide show presentation narrated by one of Churchill Wild’s knowledgeable guides or staff. If it is a clear night you may also have a chance to view one of the spectacular aurora borealis displays common at this latitude.
Day 3, 4, 5 – NATURE TREKKING, POLAR BEARS & MAGNIFICENT PHOTOGRAPHY!
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 your tour may be delayed to take advantage of the photo and observation opportunities. The option is also always 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;
#1The average day includes morning and afternoon excursions with lunch served either at the Lodge or out on the trail.
#2 An ATV coastal tour to the tidal flats and Hudson Bay shoreline. Lunch and a tea boil are served around a campfire.
#3 A full day tour of the coastline of Hudson Bay to photograph polar bears and other abundant wildlife in their unique environment. Lunch and a tea boil are served around a campfire. After lunch you will explore the river deltas and coastal eskers.
#4 Staying close to the Lodge to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves as the day unfolds, to photograph the King of the Arctic and other wildlife. 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 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m. During the evening there will be an informative lecture, slide show presentation, or informal visiting. Churchill Wild staff will monitor Aurora Borealis after dark if conditions are optimal and will provide a gentle wake-up call to ensure you don’t miss any opportunities to witness and photograph this spectacular Arctic phenomenon.
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 prepare to head home. Your charter for Gillam will leave around noon and you will be served a light lunch when you arrive. You will depart Gillam for Winnipeg on Calm Air later in the afternoon. 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 7 – HOMEWARD BOUND!
Today you will fly home on your own travel arrangements, marking the end of your adventure with Churchill Wild and the beginning of a lifetime of savoring the experiences of the Arctic.