Fall Dual Lodge Safari

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

Dates & Rates | Location | Itinerary

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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.

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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 tundra-inspired 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.

Red Fox. Brock Stanaland photo.
Red Fox. Brock Stanaland photo.

Fall Dual Lodge Safari - Dates and Rates

2020 Dates

October  9 – 19      SOLD OUT
October 13 – 23    SOLD OUT
October 17 – 27    SOLD OUT

2021 Dates

October  9 – 19     
October 13 – 23
October 17 – 27

Price (per person) Single Private Room Children
2020: $19,995 CAD 2020: $36,895* CAD 2020: $17,995 CAD
2021: $19,995 CAD 2021: $36,895* CAD 2021: $17,995 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.

Location

Both Seal River Heritage Lodge and Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge are part of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, portfolio and, given their exclusive locations overlooking the Hudson Bay, it’s easy to see why.

The vistas you’ll see at Seal River Heritage Lodge are breathtaking. The fenced-in compound, viewing platforms and tower lend themselves to unique photography opportunities as wildlife approach to check out the sights, sounds and smells of the Lodge. Accommodations are eight, double guest rooms each with an en-suite bathroom.

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge is our most remote property and thus maximizes your immersion into the wilds of the region. This area is rich with a diversity of wildlife and can produce stunning northern lights shows. From the safety of the fence surrounding the Lodge, 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 guest rooms with en-suite bathrooms are housed in two guest wings that are connected to the main dining room/lounge area.

Both lodges have a small gift shop on site, Wi-Fi, and 24-hour electricity.

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Itinerary

11 Days, 10 Nights

Day 1 - Arrive in Winnipeg for your overnight stay

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. This is the day that you will pick up winter gear if you have opted to rent items from us.

Includes: dinner

Day 2 to 5 - Seal River Heritage Lodge

After a restful night in Winnipeg you will depart for Churchill. Upon arrival, be met by our expediter 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 room. 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 with a hot breakfast followed by your morning excursion. 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 one of our signature tundra-inspired meals. After dinner, 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 90-minute charter flight will include a fly over 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 diverse and includes polar bears, wolves, moose, Arctic and coloured fox, and Arctic hare.

Daily outings typically include coastal exploration to the tidal flats and Hudson Bay shoreline using a combination of people power (walking!) and our specially outfitted all-terrain vehicles. Routes will vary but ample time will be provided to photograph polar bears and the other wildlife that abound in this unique environment.

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 - Exploring Churchill, back to Winnipeg

After one last hearty Lodge breakfast, we will begin air transfers back to Churchill.  Have your cameras ready for the return flight as it affords excellent opportunities for great aerial shots.

Back in Churchill, you’ll spend the day with one of our tour guides exploring the town and surrounding area, learning about its rich history as a seaport and ex-military base. 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 bags, head out of the arrivals doors and back to The Grand Hotel.

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.

Gear Provided

The gear we provide at the lodge, such as rainwear, rubber boots, winter gear (rental), and gear for use during marine excursions, is designed to fit guests from child to adult.  Boot sizes larger than a men’s size 13 or very small child sizes 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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