Camping on the Barren Lands. Trekking for polar bears.
“Trip of a lifetime. Getting up close and personal with the wildlife was a thrill, experiencing a remote corner of Canada in such a luxurious way is a rare privilege, fabulous hosts/food/accommodations/guides, amazing photo opportunities with expert help, flying over the vast north and spotting bears/moose/belugas was such a treat …. just truly great fun!” — Katherine Rethy
Your Arctic Safari takes place in Canada’s last remaining wilderness — from the great tundra plains known as The Barren Lands, through “The Land of Little Sticks” and finally down to the rugged Hudson Bay coastline, home of the mighty polar bears.
Our most ambitious adventure to date, the Arctic Safari includes a two-day stay in our Tundra Camp on the Barren Lands, exploring the ancient migratory grounds of the Qaminurjuaq caribou herd, as well as four days of ground-level trekking in search of polar bears at Seal River Heritage Lodge. All set on a kaleidoscopic background of spectacular fall colors!
If that’s not enough, try finding some energy to stay up for the finest light show on earth. Our lodges are located in one of the best aurora borealis viewing zones in the Arctic! Listening to the spine tingling howls of a hungry wolf pack while being mesmerized by the dancing aurora borealis can be a life-changing experience.
Of course, it can’t hurt that you have just finished a delicious meal in the rustic Arctic luxury of Seal River Heritage Lodge and you’re lounging outside by a campfire sipping a glass of wine!
From our rugged, cozy Tundra Camp to the warmth and comfort of Seal River Heritage Lodge, we will pamper you with the finest service, guides, accommodations, and cuisine. A uniquely Canadian adventure vacation in one of the few remaining true wilderness areas on the planet.
Arctic Safari - Dates and Rates
September 3 – 11
September 9 – 17
|Price (per person)||Single Private Room||Children|
|2020: $14,995 CAD||2020: $27,695* CAD||2020: $13,495 CAD|
Prices are subject to taxes of 8.5%. 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.
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’ll be able to observe polar bears and other wildlife at eye level, like no adventurer on a Churchill town-only package can.
Intimate, thrilling, up close and personal.
9 Days, 8 Nights
The package includes two nights in Winnipeg, four nights at Seal River Heritage Lodge, two nights at Tundra Camp, as well as round-trip airfare between Winnipeg, Churchill and our Lodges.
Day 1 - Arrive in Winnipeg
Arrive in Winnipeg where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at our choice hotel, THE GRAND Winnipeg Airport Hotel by Lakeview. 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 Churchill.
Day 2 - The Adventure Begins!
Arrive in Churchill by air, where one of our expert staff will meet you at the airport and provide you with instructions regarding your morning transfers. Your flight will take you northwest along the rugged Hudson Bay coastline to the finest polar bear viewing ecolodge on the planet, Seal River Heritage Lodge. There will be endless visuals en route, so keep those eyes open for polar bears, caribou and other wildlife. Arrive at the Lodge, meet your hosts, check into your private room. Depending on your trip dates, you’ll either receive a safety briefing and head out for your first hike or pack an overnight bag and continue to Tundra Camp where your orientation will be delivered.
Includes: breakfast lunch dinner
Day 3 - 7 - Tundra Trekking, Hudson Bay Coastline, Tidal Flats, Arctic Ocean
The location of Seal River Heritage Lodge on the coast of Hudson Bay puts it directly in the path of polar bears who wander the shoreline as they await freeze-up. Your wildlife excursions will target on-the-ground viewing of these iconic animals. During your stay you may also encounter coloured and Arctic fox, sik-siks (Arctic ground squirrels), and Arctic hare. Due to the timing of your trip there is also the potential to see a myriad of Hudson Bay migratory and shorebirds.
At Tundra Camp join Jad Davenport for two unforgettable days of camping in the Barren Lands, walking in the ancient migratory path of the Qaminurjuaq caribou herd and learning about Arctic flora and fauna. The remoteness and logistical considerations of this site make this an experience that only a handful of guests have the chance to partake in each year.
Our expert naturalist guides are extremely knowledgeable about the land and the wildlife so be prepared to learn all about the ecosystems of the Hudson Plains and the Taiga Shield.
At both sites, days will start with breakfast served at 8:00 a.m. followed by a morning excursion. Lunches are typically held at the lodge before you head back out onto the tundra for more exploration. After a long and rewarding day, enjoy cocktails and appetizers before a full-course dinner is served around 7:00 p.m. Meals may sometimes be delayed in favour of wildlife viewing and/or photographic opportunities.
Includes: breakfast lunch dinner
Day 8 - Say Goodbye to the Lodge
Air transfers back to Churchill are scheduled to begin after breakfast. Once there, 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 Itsantiq Museum, the Polar Bear Holding facility (otherwise known as the Polar Bear Jail), as well as the Parks Canada exhibit are all of great interest.
Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening. Upon arrival, you will collect your bags, head out of the arrivals doors and back to The Grand Hotel.
Includes: breakfast lunch dinner
Day 9 - Back to Reality
After a restful sleep you will pack your bags in preparation for your flight home.
Churchill Wild reserves the right to make changes to the Arctic Safari Itinerary due to weather and logistical complications that can arise from traveling in the north and to remote locations.
The equipment we provide at the Lodge such as rain gear, rubber boots, winter gear (rental), and gear for use during marine excursions are designed to fit guests from child to adult. Boot sizes larger than a men’s size 13 or a very small child are considered to be customized sizes that we do not provide. Additionally, guests over 6’4” may be required to bring their own gear as we may not have clothing sizes to fit.