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Arctic Safari begins at Seal River

Blueberry Bears! Mandy Wallmann photo.

Blueberry Bears! Mandy Wallmann photo.

by Mandy Wallmann

The Arctic Safari has begun at Seal River!!

Autumn is definitely in the air. Clouds of Snow Geese seem to magically disappear and reappear suddenly, flashing white in the sun with each turn on the north winds. And with each new frost, the tundra is slowly changing into its stunning variety of fall colours.

Rebecca and Kayla and Cranberries!

Rebecca, Kayla and Cranberries! Marie Woolsey photo.

The polar bears have been plentiful and curious about the happenings at the Lodge. Mork has returned after having clearly spent the last few weeks rolling in blueberry patches. Finally today, another bear — a new bear — joined him, and they lazed away their day tumbling across the tundra together.

We’ve also been seeing more and more foxes around the Lodge. In the last two days we’ve seen one Arctic fox and two Reds!

Our first group of Arctic Safari guests have settled into Churchill Wild’s Caribou camp at Schmok Lake for a couple of nights and the weather was just perfect for them today!

The staff have taken the opportunity to work on projects around the camp, like cranberry picking. If you haven’t already heard, 2014 has been a banner year for berry yields. Today five of us picked 82 cups of cranberries in one hour! That’s a lot of Helen and Marie’s famous Cranberry Cake with Butter Sauce, folks.

And that’s a good thing!

Wild Cranberry Cake with Butter Sauce. Yes, it's Yummy!

Wild Cranberry Cake with Butter Sauce. Yes, it’s Yummy!

Polar bears being seen in record numbers at Seal River Lodge north of Churchill

Polar bears meeting near Seal River Lodge north of Churchill Manitoba on Hudson Bay

Polar bears gather for family meeting near Seal River Lodge

Polar bears are being seen in record numbers at  Seal River Lodge, our polar bear ecolodge on Hudson Bay.

On a one hour aerial tour we spotted over 100 polar bears within 25 kilometres of the lodge! In our 30 years of working and living on the Hudson Bay Coast we have never seen polar bear numbers like this.

And what’s more, the bears are in exceptional condition, all in waddling fat mode with beautiful glossy coats! Our best aerial tour saw 12 family groups of polar bears.

Beluga whales are also out in great numbers which has made our whale swims a great success. Whales are everywhere, nudging the boat, nibbling on dry suits, and giving free belly rubs!

Guest Lori was adopted by a pod of 15 beluga whales that followed her all the way back to the boat, watched her get out of the water, and then wouldn’t leave!