Great Ice Bear Adventure

Experience polar bears. Without the crowds.

Dates & Rates | Location | Itinerary

“What an amazing experience! Will never forget this! Thanks for making it so incredible.” —  Andrew and Deborah Thick, Panorama, South Australia

Polar Bear mom and cubs at Dymond Lake Ecolodge.
Mom and cubs at Dymond Lake Ecolodge.

Our Great Ice Bear Adventure is undoubtedly the most diverse and holistic wildlife viewing package offered anywhere in the world for polar bears seekers.

It combines three nights at our Dymond Lake Ecolodge, where many of the Arctic’s most famous residents are seen and photographed on foot, with a one-day Tundra Buggy® tour in Churchill.

A special date on the Great Ice Bear Adventure.
A special date on the Great Ice Bear Adventure.

Great Ice Bear takes place during prime polar bear season in October and November, when polar bears congregate in large numbers on the coast of Hudson Bay as they wait for freeze-up and the beginning of their annual seal hunt.

The population of Churchill skyrockets to approximately 2,500 at this time, but the remoteness of Dymond Lake Ecolodge will help you escape the crowds while experiencing the most unique and interactive polar bear experience anywhere.

Polar bear contemplating life at Dymond Lake Ecolodge.
Contemplating life.

Dymond Lake Ecolodge is strategically located a quick 30 km flight west of Churchill, amidst the natural habitat of many Arctic creatures including polar bears, Arctic and red fox, Arctic hare, wolves and moose, along with numerous bird species such as snowy owls, ptarmigan and gyrfalcons.

In addition to wildlife viewing at the Lodge, highlights include evening presentations by our specialist guides and often northern lights shows!

Northern lights over Dymond Lake Eco Lodge.
Northern lights over Dymond Lake Eco Lodge.

The location of Dymond Lake Lodge, nestled near the treeline of the Boreal Forest, gives it a true wilderness feeling. Being close to both the coast and the forest means the variety of wildlife is unparalleled. Polar bears, moose, fox, pine marten, snowy owls, and even the elusive wolverine are known visitors of this unique destination.

This property has eight double occupancy rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. Stay in one of our cozy guest cabins and indulge in Arctic gourmet cuisine in the main lodge.

The fenced-in compound keeps you safe as you move about and allows you to get within mere feet of the wildlife that stop by to check things out. It’s also great when you want to lie on the tundra, watching the northern lights dance across the sky!

In the evenings, gather together in the main building for fellowship or enjoy some quiet time in the small common areas located in each guest cabin.

Location specifics

Located 30 km north of Churchill by plane
58° 49’ 19.72” N / 94° 32’ 40.92” W

Great Ice Bear Adventure - Dates and Rates

2020 DATES

October 23-29     Female share only available
October 26 – November 1    SOLD OUT
October 29 – November 4 – Photo Leader Robert Postma   SOLD OUT
November 1- 8 (8 day) – Photo Leader Robert Postma
November 4-10 – Photo Leader Robert Postma   Female share only available
November 7-13
November 10-16

2021 DATES

October 20 – 26
October 23-29     
October 26 – November 1
October 29 – November 4 – Photo Leader Robert Postma
November 1- 7 – Photo Leader Robert Postma
November 4-10 – Photo Leader Robert Postma
November 7-13
November 10-16

Please note that sometimes, due to circumstances beyond our control, the photo leaders assigned to specific dates may change prior to departure.

 

Price (per person) Single Private Room Children
2020: ( 7 days) $11,995 CAD 2020: $22,295* CAD 2020: $10,795 CAD
2020: (8 days) $12,745 CAD 2020: $23,575* CAD 2020: $11,470 CAD
2021: $12,495 CAD 2021: $23,195* CAD 2021: $11,295 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

Dymond Lake Ecolodge
Dymond Lake Ecolodge

Located a short 30 km and 15 minute flight north of Churchill on a strip of land bordered by Dymond Lake and Hudson Bay, Dymond Lake Ecolodge has eight double occupancy rooms and groups are limited to 16 guests.

Like Seal River Heritage Lodge, Dymond Lake Ecolodge maximizes viewing potential by providing guests with opportunities to see polar bears from a variety of locations. Again, whether it be from one of the nature trails, the viewing tower, or right from the Lodge windows, the Great Ice Bear Adventure at Dymond Lake Ecolodge allows you to experience polar bears up close and personal.

Itinerary

7 Days, 6 Nights

The Great Ice Bear Adventure includes two nights in Winnipeg, three nights at Dymond Lake Ecolodge, one night in Churchill, as well as a chartered Tundra Buggy® tour in Churchill and round-trip airfare between Winnipeg, Churchill, and Dymond Lake Ecolodge.

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. This is also the day that you will pick up winter gear if you have rented items from us.

Includes: dinner

Day 2 - THE ADVENTURE BEGINS!

Arrive in Churchill by air where one of our expert staff will meet you at the airport and will provide you with instructions of the morning transfers. You will then be transferred by fixed wing aircraft to our Dymond Lake Ecolodge. This short flight takes you out over the historic Churchill River and then northwest up the rugged Hudson Bay coast. Keep a sharp eye en route for possible sightings of moose, wolves, and of course, the ‘Great Ice Bears’.

Upon arrival, your hosts will provide a tour and show you 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.

This day includes a guided hike on our rugged and starkly beautiful coastline, an interpretive slide show featuring the wildlife of Hudson Bay, and hopefully a clear night for viewing the Aurora Borealis. Dymond Lake Ecolodge features an Aurora viewing tower for northern lights observation. All this will be topped off with a lunch and dinner where your hosts and guides will regale you with tales of life and adventures in Canada’s Arctic.

Includes: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 3 to 4 - NATURE TREKKING, POLAR BEARS AND MAGNIFICENT PHOTOGRAPHY

Each morning after a hot breakfast, your guides will outline a plan for the day’s excursions. If there are bears near the Lodge, your morning tour may be delayed to take advantage of these photo and observation opportunities. The walks are comfortably paced as they are geared towards plenty of viewing and photo opportunities.

Back at the lodge, enjoy appetizer hour followed by one of our signature tundra-inspired meals. Evenings typically include an informative lecture or slide show presentation narrated by one of Churchill Wild’s knowledgeable guides or staff. On clear nights, you may also have a chance to view one of the spectacular aurora borealis displays common at this latitude.

Bedtime is at your leisure and you can rest easy knowing you won’t miss out on anything. Our staff monitor the compound and skies and will rouse you if the aurora or a nocturnal polar bear make an appearance.

Includes: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 5 - Say Goodbye to the Lodge... But not the Bears

After another 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 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.

Tonight, you’ll overnight at one of the hotels or B&Bs in Churchill.

Includes: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 6 - Tundra Buggy® excursion & back to Winnipeg

Today you will travel across the tundra in a Tundra Buggy® for more polar bear viewing.  Transportation by bus to and from the launch site is provided pre- and post-tour. You’ll have lunch out on the tundra during your tour.

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 7 - Homeward Bound

After a restful sleep you will pack your bags in preparation for your flight home.

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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