Summer Dual Lodge Safari

Polar bears on two vastly different landscapes.

“No words. The hospitality made an epic adventure into a magnificent experience.” — Greg Gulbransen, New York, USA

Dates & Rates | Location | Itinerary

Walking with polar bears. Robert Postma photo.
Walking with polar bears. Robert Postma photo.

The Summer Dual Lodge Safari is one of two dual-lodge itineraries that give you the opportunity to experience the best of what Churchill Wild has to offer. Spending time at two of our remote wildlife lodges plus a day in Churchill will give you access to polar bears, beluga whales, black bears, wolves, northern lights and much more.

Polar bear mom and cubs on gravel bar at Nanuk.
Polar bear mom and cubs on gravel bar at Nanuk.

Your Summer Dual Lodge Safari features deluxe ecolodge accommodations, daily excursions to walk with polar bears and other Arctic wildlife, informative evening presentations by your wildlife guides and/or lodge manager(s) and of course, our famous tundra-inspired cuisine – full course meals complete with a delectable dessert. And make sure to keep your eyes peeled for pods of beluga whales as you fly over Hudson Bay.

Wolf. Cheryl Hnatiuk photo.
Wolf. Cheryl Hnatiuk photo.

Summer Dual Lodge Safari - Dates and Rates

2021 Dates

August 20 – 30
August 24 – September 3

2022 Dates

August 20 – 30
August 24 – September 3

Price (per person) Single Private Room Children
2021: $18,995 CAD 2021: 35,095* CAD 2021: $17,095 CAD
2022: $18,995 CAD 2022: 35,095* CAD 2022: $17,095 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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Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge
Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Itinerary

11 Days, 10 nights

Day 1 - Arrive in Winnipeg for your overnight stay

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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

Days 2 to 5 - Seal River Heritage Lodge

After a restful night in Winnipeg you will depart for Churchill on Calm Air. Upon arrival, be met by our expediter who will explain how the charters to the Lodge will work.

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.

Each morning after a hot breakfast, your guides will outline a plan for the day’s excursions. Your days will typically include morning and afternoon excursions of 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.

If there are bears near the Lodge, your scheduled tours 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.

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

Days 6 to 9 - Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Time to pack up and move to your new home, Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. The property 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 our staff and given the opportunity to settle into your rooms.

Your days at Nanuk will be filled with more wildlife exciting encounters. The wildlife at Nanuk is incredibly diverse and includes polar bears, black bears, wolves, moose, and an abundance of migratory and shorebirds.

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, sharing photographs and enjoying informative presentations by your guides. Don’t forget to let your guides know if you want to be woken up for the northern lights!

Includes: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 10 - Return to Winnipeg

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 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 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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