Summer Dual Lodge Safari

Polar bears on two vastly different landscapes.

“No words. The hospitality made an epic adventure into a magnificent experience.” — Greg Gulbransen, New York, USA

Dates & Rates | Location | Itinerary

Guests photographing polar bears at Seal River Lodge.
Guests photographing polar bears at Seal River Lodge.

The Summer Dual Lodge Safari is one of two dual-lodge itineraries that give you the opportunity to experience the best of what Churchill Wild has to offer. Spending time at two of our remote wildlife lodges plus a day in Churchill will give you access to polar bears, beluga whales, black bears, wolves, northern lights and much more.

Polar bear mom and cubs on gravel bar at Nanuk.
Polar bear mom and cubs on gravel bar at Nanuk.

Your Summer Dual Lodge Safari features deluxe ecolodge accomodations, daily excursions to walk with polar bears and other Arctic wildlife, informative evening presentations by your wildlife guides and/or lodge manager(s) and of course, our famous Arctic gourmet cuisine – full course meals complete with a delectable dessert. And make sure to keep your eyes peeled for pods of beluga whales as you fly over Hudson Bay.

Wild Arctic Cranberry Cake with warm butter sauce.
Wild Arctic Cranberry Cake with warm butter sauce.

Summer Dual Lodge Safari - Dates and Rates

08-Voliva-Sitting-Pretty2017 DATES

August 20 – 29 – 2 rooms available 

We invite you to join us for a life-changing experience with polar bears.

2018 Dates

August 15 – 25
August 19 – 29

 

Price (per person) Single Private Room Children
2017: $13,595 CAD 2017: $24,095* CAD 2017: $12,195 CAD
2018: $14,995 CAD 2018: $27,795* CAD 2018: $13,495 CAD

Prices are subject to applicable taxes which are 6.5% for non-residents and 9% for Canadians. 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 will be able to observe polar bears and other wildlife at eye level.

Intimate, thrilling, up close and personal.

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Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge
Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge is located 250 km southeast of Churchill, Manitoba on the Hudson Bay coast near the historic York Factory. A relatively new destination offered by Churchill Wild, we are particularly proud of this lodge due to the phenomenal wildlife access it provides.

Recent upgrades to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge include a new lounge and dining area with panoramic views of Hudson Bay, and a cozy fireplace for added ambiance. Heated private guest rooms with ensuite bathrooms are cozy, wild and perfectly comfortable.

Nanuk’s star attractions are polar bears – more than you are likely to encounter anywhere else on earth, and we have been overwhelmed by the abundance of bears and other wildlife in the area. Sightings have consistently exceeded our expectations. Additionally, Manitoba Conservation officials recently discovered a large number of denning females in the area that may be equal or great in number than those found in Wapusk National Park.

 

Itinerary

10 Days, 9 nights

Day 1 - Arrive in Winnipeg for your overnight stay

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Arrive in Winnipeg and head to The Grand, located just outside the main terminal of the airport. A Churchill Wild representative will host an informative orientation dinner at your hotel this evening where you will have the chance to meet your fellow travelers and ask any last-minute questions.

Includes: dinner

Days 2 to 4 - Seal River Heritage Lodge

After a restful night in Winnipeg you will depart for Churchill on Calm Air. Upon arrival, be met by our expeditor who will explain how the charters to the Lodge will work. After a short flight over the Bay, arrive at Seal River Heritage Lodge where you’ll be greeted by your guides and hosts who will show you to your rooms. After settling in, enjoy a delicious lunch before your guides provide you with an orientation on travelling safely in polar bear country and then you’ll head out for your first wildlife hike!

The remainder of your days at Seal River will start around 8:00 am with a hot breakfast followed by your morning hike around 9:30 am. After a few hours out on the tundra, seeking out polar bears and other Arctic wildlife, you’ll head back to the Lodge for lunch.

After your afternoon excursion, your evenings will start with appetizers, followed by a full-course meal and then time to relax in our lounge and enjoy a presentation by one of our knowledgeable guides.

Bedtime is at your leisure. We monitor the Lodge area all night so be prepared to have your sleep cut short by a nocturnal visit by one of the great ice bears
(or by one of our dazzling displays of northern lights!)

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 - Churchill

Today, you’ll depart Seal River Lodge and head back to Churchill for another beluga encounter. This afternoon you will head out to explore the belugas in the Churchill River Estuary. Then you will have some free time before dinner with the group. Your accommodations for the night will be at the Polar Inn.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Days 6 to 8 - Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Time to head to the second stop of your dual-lodge experience! Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge is about 250 km southeast of Churchill and the 75 minute charter flight will include a flyover of York Factory, the hub of the historic fur trade. Upon arrival, you will once again be met by our staff and given the opportunity to settle into your rooms.

Your days at Nanuk will be filled with more wildlife exciting encounters. The wildlife at Nanuk is incredibly diverse and includes polar bears, black bears, wolves, moose, caribou and an abundance of migratory and shorebirds.

We use custom-designed, open-air “Tundra Rhinos” to transport our guests along the coast and, across the many small rivers and creeks that lead to the Bay. You may travel by Rhino’s but all bear approaches are done on foot to maximize the experience and minimize the impact on the wildlife.

Your evenings at Nanuk will be much the same as at Seal with plenty of time for visiting, relaxing, sharing photographs and enjoying informative presentations by your guides. Don’t forget to let your guides know if you want to be woken up for the northern lights!

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9 - Return to Winnipeg

After another hearty Lodge breakfast, we will begin air transfers back to Churchill. Have your cameras ready for the return flight as it affords excellent opportunities for great aerial shots. Today is your last day in the Churchill area.

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 you “Top things to do and see” list we provided.

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 arrival, collect your bags, head out of the arrivals doors and look to your right. The Grand Hotel is located across the way only a two minute walk.

Includes: breakfast

Day 10 - Depart Winnipeg

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.

Includes: breakfast

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