See polar bears in the wild. At two different luxury ecolodges!
“Thank you, thank you, thank you for an unforgettable few days! What a special place!” — Nathan Stenbauer, Columbia, Filmmaker
The second of our dual-lodge offerings, this late fall safari takes you to Seal River Heritage Lodge and Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge to experience the best of what we have to offer. The diversity of wildlife and stunning wintry landscapes are sure to take your breath away and the addition of a photo leader makes this safari a great option for amateur and aspiring photographers.
On the Fall Dual Lodge Safari you’ll have access to two populations of polar bears, wolves, moose, and more, as well as opportunities for some spectacular northern lights photography. You’ll take scenic flights over Hudson Bay and along the coast, and spend eight nights at two of our luxury eco-lodges, which are located on vastly different landscapes. You could find yourself in fall colours, or with snow on the ground, or somewhere inbetween. Evenings will start with Arctic gourmet cuisine – full course meals complete with delectable desserts! After our legendary dinner, our guides will host informative evening presentations on the local wildlife and culture.
Fall Dual Lodge Safari - Dates and Rates
October 13 – 23 SOLD OUT
October 17 – 27 – Photo leader Andy Skillen SOLD OUT
|Price (per person)||Single Private Room||Children|
|2019: $16,995 CAD||2019: $31,495* CAD||2019: $15,295 CAD|
Prices are subject to taxes of 9%. 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.
Recent inclusions to National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, both Seal River Heritage Lodge and Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge are located in the heart of polar bear territory.
Complete with all the comforts of home, these wilderness eco-lodges are ideally situated on the Hudson Bay coast in the path of the polar bears who pass the summer and fall waiting for the Bay to freeze again.
Both properties maximize ground-level polar bear and wildlife viewing and offer spectacular coastal views of Hudson Bay via nature trails, viewing towers and platforms, and expansive picture windows.
Whether you’re hiking, dining, or relaxing at Nanuk or Seal River, you will be able to observe polar bears and other wildlife at eye level.
Intimate, thrilling, up close and personal.
11 Days, 10 Nights
Day 1 - Arrive in Winnipeg for your overnight stay
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. This is also the day that you will pick up winter gear if you have rented.
Day 2 to 5 - Seal River Heritage Lodge
After a restful night in Winnipeg you will depart for Churchill on Calm Air. Upon arrival in Churchill, 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. Evenings start with appetizers, followed by a full course meal and time to relax in our lounge and enjoy a presentation by your photo leader or 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 6 to 9 - 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 your host(s) and given the opportunity to settle into your rooms.
Your days at Nanuk will be filled with more exciting wildlife encounters. The wildlife at Nanuk is incredibly diverse and includes polar bears, wolves, moose, caribou, Arctic and coloured fox, and Arctic hare. We use custom-designed, open-air “Tundra Rhinos” to get our guests along the coast and, across the many small rivers and creeks that lead to the Bay.
Your evenings at Nanuk will be much the same as at Seal with plenty of time for visiting, relaxing around the fire, sharing photographs and enjoying informative presentations by your guides and/or photo leader.
Includes: breakfast lunch dinner
Day 10 - Return to Winnipeg
After another hearty Lodge breakfast, we will begin 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 Itsanitaq 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 lunch dinner
Day 11 - 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.
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.