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How to Gift Wrap a Polar Bear

Happy Birthday!

Imagine what it would be like to get a polar bear for your birthday! Is that even possible? And if so, how would you gift wrap it? And how would you give it to the person?

The answer to question one is… not quite, but close!

The answer to question two comes from Reach for the Rainbow and Churchill Wild.

The answer to question three will have to wait until the end of this story.

Reach for the Rainbow, a non-profit organization which has pioneered the integration of children and youth with disabilities into the mainstream of society at summer camp programs throughout Ontario, provided the gift wrapping via its 24th annual Crystal Ball Fundraising Gala this past November in Toronto.

Churchill Wild provided the polar bears, in the form of a trip for two to their Polar Bear Photo Safari at Seal River Heritage Lodge, as one of 13 featured live auction items at the gala. The top prize was a BMW which went for over $130,000.

“It is due to the generosity and support of donors such as Churchill Wild that Reach for the Rainbow can deliver the integrated opportunities we do, to close to 700 children with disabilities across Ontario each year,” said Jennifer Jeynes, Reach for the Rainbow’s Manager of Communications & Public Relations.

“The amazing team at Churchill Wild have really stepped up to aid the charity, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be associated with such a wonderful company which provides the ultimate experience of adventure and exploration!” Churchill Wild’s Polar Bear Photo Safari gives professional, amateur and hobbyist photographers the chance to walk with polar bears for incredible on the ground opportunities.

Churchill Wild’s Director of Marketing & Communications Rick Kemp worked with disabled children for eight years and identified Reach for the Rainbow’s Crystal Ball Gala as an ideal event to support. His enthusiasm and the worthiness of Reach for the Rainbow’s goals made it was an easy sell to Churchill Wild owner’s Mike and Jeanne Reimer.

“Churchill Wild is a family business,” said Mike. “And when it comes to family, it’s really all about the kids.”

The winning bidder for the Polar Bear Photo Safari has been a guest of Fuel Advertising at the Crystal Ball Fundraising Gala for the last few years. Every year she buys her Christmas gifts at different charity events.  This year was a little different – she wanted something unique and very special.

“I wanted a spectacular once-in-a-lifetime gift,” she said. “My husband is an avid photographer, he’s always had an interest in it. I think he will be blown away with this because it’s something he would not have discovered himself. He’ll be very surprised!”

Especially when he reads this, on February 4, 2011:

Happy Birthday Bob!Love, Nicole


Polar Bear Photo Safari, Churchill Wild, earn high praise from photographer Larry G. Kinney

Polar bear and Arctic Fox photographed by Larry G.Kinney at Churchill Wild's Seal River Lodge

Polar bear and red fox at Seal River. Photo Credit: Larry G. Kinney

Professional photographer and world traveler Larry G. Kinney of Lexington, Kentucky was at Churchill Wild’s Seal River Lodge for the Polar Bear Photo Safari last fall and gave a glowing report of his first meeting with Manitoba’s polar bears.

“Having photographed wildlife worldwide, I can truly say that photographing polar bears at Churchill Wild’s Seal River Lodge is one of, if not the best experience I have had,” said Kinney.  “The eye-level photography, the amazing scenery and backdrops, and the polar bear-like weather make for an unbeatable adventure.”

High praise considering Kinney has been on some spectacular wildlife photography trips. From grizzly bears in Alaska to penguins in Antarctica, from crocodiles in Kenya to sea lion pups in Australia and more, Kinney has seen some very wild places. He’s now proud to include the polar bears of Northern Manitoba, Canada in his portfolio. But it wasn’t just the polar bears and the northern lights Kinney enjoyed.

Polar bear chowing down at Seal River. Photo Credit: Larry G. Kinney

Polar bear chowing down at Seal River. Photo Credit: Larry G. Kinney

“Mike and Jeanne Reimer are excellent hosts,” said Kinney. “Andy and Terry (our guides) are very knowledgeable and safety conscious, and the staff were always busy taking care of the guests.  The food was great and the lodge, way beyond my expectations, was perfect.  In fact, the whole experience exceeded my expectations on every level.”

A photo gallery of Kinney’s trip to Seal River Lodge, along with his previous adventures, can be seen on his Web site:  http://InOurSight.com. Kinney’s next trip will take him to the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda to photograph gorillas, but a return trip to visit the polar bears also made the future agenda.

“It is my goal to return to Churchill Wild’s Seal River lodge and also visit their Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge for a very different experience”, said Kinney. “Mike and Jeanne, please save a space for me and thanks for an incredible adventure!”

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge – What’s it really like? Photojournalist and adventure travel blogger Birgit-Cathrin Duval tells all

Night at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Nightfall at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge - Photo Credit: Birgit-Cathrin Duval

Writer/photographer Birgit-Cathrin Duval, who was recently nominated for a Best International Story Award 2010, was a recent visitor to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge - and she documented the entire experience!

An adventurous type who says she would rather sleep in a tent than a 5-star hotel, Birgit-Cathrin also says she loves the challenge of getting to where she’s going, meeting great people and listening to their stories.

“I don’t want to write a story,” she says in her bio. “I want to live it and bring back those experiences to my readers.”

Whether it be mountain biking in the Rockies, snowshoeing in Banff, riding horses in ranchland or swimming with beluga whales and hiking with polar bears, Birgit-Cathrin wants to be “in” the story. 

Polar Bear at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Morning visit from polar bear at Nanuck - Photo Credit: Birgit-Cathrin Duval

That’s exactly what happened at Nanuck, where she found “friendly” polar bears, stormy weather and spectacular aurora borealis – all of which she photographed for her blog.

Birgit-Cathrin’s entire polar bear trip is documented on her visual storytelling blog at http://www.takkiwrites.com/. The blog is written in German but if you are using the Google Chrome browser with built in Google Translate, you can also read about her trip in English. And you definitely want to check out the photos!

Thanks for visiting Birgit-Cathrin!

Polar Bear Photo Safari on Hudson Bay new for 2010!

Churchill polar bears wrestling

Polar bears wrestling outside Seal River Heritage Lodge

A polar bear photo safari for the discerning photographer!

Churchill Wild has added a new ecotour to it’s offerings, this one specially designed for discerning wildlife photographers. The Polar Bear Photo Safari takes place in October and November, which is prime polar bear season – a time when the polar bears begin to gather in large numbers as they wait for Hudson Bay to freeze so they can begin their annual hunt.

Photographers will fly into the heart of polar bear country and stay at Churchill Wild’s remote Seal River Heritage Lodge on the Hudson Bay Coast, where Arctic wildlife including polar bears, caribou, arctic fox and more can be photographed at ground level in a pristine untrammeled wilderness with a backdrop of incredible seascapes and landscapes. And let’s not forget the northern lights, which can often be spectacular at this time of year!

And of course you’ll also be treated to the finest food and wine in the arctic!  If you’re a photographer and you’ve never trekked the tundra with the polar bears, you’re going to love this!

For more information on the Polar Bear Photo Safari please visit the Churchill Wild Web site.

New polar bear viewing adventure at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge a chance to get close to polar bear mothers and cubs

Polar Bear Mother and Cub Photo

Polar Bears in the Grass - Mom and Me

Churchill Wild has a new polar bear wilderness lodge adventure!

Our long time friends Stewart and Barb Webber have spent the last 12 years operating Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge located near Cape Tatnam on Hudson Bay and have decided to let the folks at Churchill Wild carry on their great tradition of wilderness hospitality.

Nanuk is fast becoming known as one of the greatest wilderness polar bear lodges on the planet with an incredible summer polar bear migration right past it’s front door! A high percentage of polar bear mothers and cubs in a very unique coastal setting provide polar bear viewing opportunities second to none for avid photographers and bear lovers alike, all at ground level! Combine that with plenty of wolf and moose action, fantastic birdlife in stunning Hudson Bay vistas and you’ve got all the makings of another spectacular Churchill Wild experience.

And did we mention the spring and fall bird migrations?

The Canadian Wildlife Service count this past spring estimated 7-10 million waterfowl on the ground within an 80 km stretch of coastline at Nanuk – standing room only! For those of you who have joined us at Seal River Lodge in the past, rest assured that Nanuk is “wildly unique” in its setting and wildlife experiences, something along the lines of the great African safari camps. Though not as luxuriously equipped (yet) as our other destinations it boasts the same fabulous food, service and staff.

Nanuk’s rich history will play an integral part in your experience, as its past is “checkered” with over 300 years of the fur trade era, considered by some to be the very birthplace of Canada. Every season brings new discoveries of century old relics of sea battles gone wrong – upon arrival note the ancient cannons parked outside our door.

Polar Bears standing in grass.

Polar bears snagging fly balls? Got it!

And bringing it all together will be your First Nations Cree guides and eco-hosts, who maintain an intimate connection with the wild lands you’ll see. They and their forefathers were making a living from this beautiful land long before we arrived and their knowledge base is sure to add to the richness of your adventure.

For a limited time only we are making a special offering of a 10% discount on direct bookings deposited for Nanuk by March 31, 2010. August through early September is the best time to take in one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth – the largest gathering of polar bears – anywhere.

Book early before the best spots are gone. Please visit www.nanukpolarbearlodge.com for more information, call us at (204) 377-5090 or email us at info@churchillwild.com.

See you on the coast!