Wading Wild

The fly-fishing adventure of a lifetime!

“The fishing was superb. We would enter small pools and all three of us would have a fish on at the same time. The fish were so aggressive. And these were five to six pound trout. When you would bring one in, other 24-inch trout would attack it. They would attack your fish. They would attack each other. They were that hungry.” — Brian Irwin, New England Field Editor, Fly Fisherman Magazine

Dates & Rates | Location | Itinerary

Imagine casting your fly into a pool of water that has never seen a human and having it attacked by a voracious 20-inch sea-run brook trout of the same bent. The winner is the trout that gets there first.

This is an elite walk and wade fly-fishing trip you won’t find anywhere else in the world. You’ll be fishing for native and sea-run brook trout that have never seen a fly or a lure, in places on rivers and streams that have never seen a human. All while staying in a luxury lodge.

Sea-run brook trout. Landed!
Sea-run brook trout. Landed!

This catch-and-release fishing adventure is limited to only 12 fishermen per year.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FLY-FISHING | 2:1 guided, catch and release fly-fishing for native and sea run brook trout in the untouched rivers surrounding our lodge.
  • WILDLIFE VIEWING | View boreal and coastal wildlife such as wolves, moose, black bears and polar bears en route to the day’s fly-fishing locale or during guided expeditions along the coastline.
  • CULINARY DELIGHTS | Indulge your taste buds with our tundra-inspired cuisine, complemented by select Canadian wines
  • NORTHERN LIGHTS | Our geographical location offers the opportunity to enjoy the greatest light show on earth from within the lodge or out in our secure compound.
  • EVENING PRESENTATIONS | Lodge managers and wildlife guides offer evening presentations to educate guests on our Arctic ecosystems, landscape and lifestyle.

We have located virgin waters on an area of the Hudson Bay coast that hold an incredible population of wild brook trout that have never been fished before. The brook trout population is both native and sea-run and you’ll be one of the first adventurous fishermen to cast a fly to these hungry fish!

This is one of the wildest places in the world, untouched and untamed. We will travel from the lodge by ATV up the streams and rivers to locate pockets of voracious brook trout in epic settings, and don’t be surprised if you see polar bears on your travels. This is their wilderness.

Catch and release brook trout fishing at its finest.
Catch and release brook trout fishing at its finest.

On this exclusive fly-in only trip you’ll be staying in a double occupancy room at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, well known for its comfortable accommodations and world-class cuisine. This will allow you to relax after a day of fighting the large numbers of brook trout swimming in the local streams and rivers.

 

Wading Wild - Dates and Rates

2020 DATES

September 16 – 22

2021 DATES

September 21 – 27

Price (per person) Single Private Room Children
2020: $10,495 CAD
2021: $11,995 CAD 2021: $22,195* CAD 2021: $10,795 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. This rate guarantees a private room at the Lodge as well as at the hotels required within the package.

Location

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Lounge at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Unwind and talk monster brook trout.

Situated next to pristine Arctic waters on Hudson Bay with Canada’s Boreal Forest as its backyard sits Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, one of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World,. The diverse ecosystem surrounding Nanuk is home to Canadian icons such as polar bears, black bears, wolves, and moose.

From the safety of the fence surrounding the Lodge, view the northern lights or get up-close-and-personal with the polar bears and other wildlife that meander past, as curious about you as you are about them.

The eight guestrooms with en-suite bathrooms are housed in two guest wings connected to the main dining room/lounge area, each with cozy sitting areas overlooking the Bay. After a long day trekking the tundra, kick back in our lounge and enjoy an informative presentation by our guides or simply relax and enjoy conversations with new friends.

Location specifics:

250 km south of Churchill by plane
57° 07’ 22.4” N / 91° 39’ 52.0” W

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Itinerary

7 Days, 6 Nights

The package includes two nights in Winnipeg, four nights at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, as well as round-trip airfare between Winnipeg, Churchill and Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge.

Day 1 - ANTICIPATION BUILDS DURING YOUR OVERNIGHT STAY IN WINNIPEG

Arrive in Winnipeg where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at our choice hotel, The Grand by Lakeview at the Winnipeg Airport. Meet the rest of your group at an orientation dinner hosted by a Churchill Wild representative.

Includes: dinner

Day 2 - The Adventure Begins!

You will depart Winnipeg for Churchill early in the morning. Upon arrival in Churchill, you’ll be met by our expediter and transferred to a private charter for your one-hour flight to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Keep your eyes open and your cameras ready for wildlife sightings en-route to the lodge.

Over the tidal grass flats of Hudson Bay and on to some great brook trout fishing!
Over the tidal grass flats of Hudson Bay and on to some great brook trout fishing!

Upon arrival at the lodge, your hosts will provide a tour and show to your room. Lunch will be served soon after, and before heading out on your first excursion, you’ll be thoroughly debriefed regarding your stay in polar bear country.

Throughout your stay as you’re relaxing around the fire in the lodge’s cozy lounge, keep your eyes peeled for curious wildlife coming to visit, no doubt lured in by the scents of your chef’s delicious creations!

Includes: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 3 to 5 - Nature Trekking, Polar Bears and Magnificent Photography

Each morning your guides will monitor weather and wildlife activity to determine where the day’s excursions will take you. After breakfast, head out for your day of fishing and wildlife viewing.

The best fishing will take place during high tide when the rush of saltwater brings the brook trout in and gives you the best window of time to cast a line. The water levels in the mouth of the river will rise a few feet on an average tide and, with a little luck, some seals in the mouth will be a sure sign of fish. If conditions are optimal for fishing, you’ll head to one of the nearby rivers in our open-air all-terrain vehicles. We like to wade upstream and look for little dugouts or fallen trees as these aggressive “brookies” like to hide and ambush their dinner. As you walk through the willows and wade through pristine waters, keep your eyes open for some of the locals—wolves, moose and black bears.

If wildlife watching is on the menu, your guides will take you along the coastline or down the forested paths and into the Boreal wilderness. Start practicing your moose calls and wolf howls!

Sea-run brook trout on on at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge!
Sea-run brook trout on!

Lunch will be served out in the field to maximize your time with the Brookies, though mealtimes and excursion schedules may fluctuate to accommodate the weather and tides.

After a day out in the field, rest your weary eyes and arms during appetizer hour before sitting down to a meal of tundra-inspired cuisine.

Should the northern lights grace the sky after you’ve gone to bed, a staff member will gently wake you, so you can enjoy the greatest light show on earth.

 

Northern lights over Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge.
Northern lights over Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge.

Includes: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 6 - Last minute wildlife viewing

After breakfast, say goodbye to the wildlife and wilderness you’ve come to know over the last five days.

Back in Churchill, you’ll spend the day with one of our tour guides exploring Churchill and area and learning about its rich history as a seaport and ex-military town. Your tour will include stops such as the Parks Canada exhibit, the Itsanitaq Museum, and the Polar Bear Jail. Along the way, your guide will point out murals that were commissioned in 2016 as part of the SeaWalls mural festival. Before a group dinner, your guide will give you free time to shop for last-minute souvenirs at the unique gift stores in Churchill.

Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening. Upon arrival, collect your bag, head out the arrivals doors and back to The Grand.

High five!
High five!

 

Includes: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 7 - Homeward Bound

After another restful sleep at The Grand, your Arctic adventure officially comes to an end.

A trip you will always remember.
A trip you will always remember.

Churchill Wild reserves the right to make changes to the Wading Wild itinerary due to weather and logistical complications that can arise from traveling in the north and to remote locations.

Gear Provided

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.

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