Hudson Bay Odyssey

Deep in the heart of polar bear denning territory.

“I have been traveling non-stop for three years around the world… my stay at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge was the best trip of my life.” — Lili G. Berlin, Germany, TripAdvisor Review

Dates & Rates | Location | Itinerary

Your Hudson Bay Odyssey takes place at our most remote property, Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Located deep in the heart of polar bear denning territory, where the boreal forest meets the Subarctic, Nanuk is home to an array of woodland and coastal wildlife.

Polar bear cubs following Mom at Nanuk.
Polar bear cubs following Mom at Nanuk.

This unique convergence of ecosystems, nourished by the Hudson Bay coastal waters, is home to polar bears, black bears, wolves, and moose and a remarkable number of bird species. Being uniquely located on the Mississippi flyway, the massive flocks filling the air at the commencement of the fall migration can be awe inspiring.

Polar bear holding court at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Jerry Grajewski photo.
Polar bear holding court at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Jerry Grajewski photo.

The Hudson Bay Odyssey involves daily treks through the pristine terrain of the Cape Tatnam Wildlife Management Area, where you will be provided with once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities, particularly during fall excursions when brilliant colours are on display. Watch the video below to see where your adventure will take you!

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge features a new dining and lounge area with large picture windows overlooking the magnificent Hudson Bay, a warm and cozy home base which we can unequivocally say provides the best Arctic luxury around! And keep your camera ready to go, as it is not uncommon to have wildlife pay a visit to the Lodge!

Moose. Rod Kuo photo.
Moose. Rod Kuo photo.

There’s a magic to the coastline on which Nanuk sits, and this magic plays out in life-defining experiences. Witnessing a female polar bear nursing her cubs, watching the northern lights dance across the sky, and hearing wolves howl as you drift of to sleep are just a few of the ways we’ve been left speechless.

Polar bear mother and cubs lounging on gravel bar at Nanuk. Robert Postma photo.
Mother and cubs lounging on gravel bar at Nanuk. Robert Postma photo.

You will be forever changed by your Hudson Bay Odyssey experience, and awed by the ease in which bears, wolves and other species flourish in an unforgiving circle of life. We invite you to join us, on an adventure to remember!

Big polar bear approaches Tundra Rhino at Nanuk. Charles Glatzer photo.
Polar bear approaches Tundra Rhino at Nanuk. Charles Glatzer photo.

Hudson Bay Odyssey - Dates and Rates

2020 DATES

August 11-17                         SOLD OUT 
August 15-21                         SOLD OUT 
August 23 – 29
August 31 – September 6
September 4-10                    SOLD OUT
September 8-14                    SOLD OUT
September 12-18

2021 DATES

August 12 – 18
August 16 – 22
August 20 – 26
September 1 – 7
September 5 – 11
September 9 – 15
September 13 – 19
September 17 – 23

Exciting beluga encounters available as an add on for August departures!
Make the most of your trip by adding on a day in Churchill with one of our partners to kayak or stand-up paddle boarding with beluga whales! Cost is estimated at $500 CAD per person, plus applicable taxes. This price includes your hotel stay in Churchill as well as a guided tour. Talk to your adventure specialist for details or to book! (limited spaces available)

Price (per person) Single Private Room Children
2020: $11,495 CAD 2020: $21,295* CAD 2020: $10,395 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 as listed above. This rate guarantees a private room at the Lodge as well as at the hotels required within the package.

Location

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge
Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

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 remoteness of Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge provides you with exclusive access to one of the most pristine wilderness areas in the world. It is also strategically located in very close proximity to significant polar bear denning activity.

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.

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.

Your first day includes an afternoon of exploring the coastline in search of the “Great Ice Bear.”  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.

Includes: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 3 to 5 - 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 lodge is always staffed, so you also have the option to stay behind and take photos of the wildlife around the Lodge or just relax and enjoy the pristine view. Daily outings may include the following, depending on weather and ground conditions:

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 live in this unique environment.

An exploration of the river deltas and vast beach ridges of this pristine area or staying close to the Lodge to take advantage of opportunities to photograph the polar bears and other wildlife.

Churchill Wild staff will monitor the skies after dark and provide a gentle wake-up call if the northern lights make an appearance.

Includes: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 6 - Last Minute Wildlife Viewing

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.

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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