MOTHERS & CUBS
7 DAYS, 6 NIGHTS
Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge
Day 1 – ANTICIPATION BUILDS DURING YOUR OVERNIGHT STAY IN WINNIPEG!
You will arrive in Winnipeg on your own travel arrangements and stay overnight at the Four Points by Sheraton located at the airport, where your adventure with us begins. During the evening, Churchill Wild hosts an informative orientation chat where you can meet your fellow travelers over refreshments and anticipate your departure from civilization!
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. 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 later in the afternoon. You will arrive in Winnipeg early in the evening and will again overnight at the Four Points by Sheraton at 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 and the beginning of a lifetime of savoring the experiences of the Arctic.