Wildlife & Wellness

Treat yourself to a restorative adventure!

Dates & Rates | Location | Itinerary

“Just go there. You will never forget the amazing experience.” — Robyn Wilkie

Peek-a-boo! Black bear checking out the scene in front of Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Robert Postma photo.
Peek-a-boo! Black bear checking out the scene in front of Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Robert Postma photo.
Fitness and mindfulness await you in the wilds of northern Manitoba.
Fitness and mindfulness await you in the wilds of northern Manitoba.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • WILDLIFE VIEWING| View boreal and coastal wildlife such as wolves, moose, black bears and polar bears during guided expeditions up and down the coastline.
  • GUIDED HIKES | Enjoy daily power hikes along the trails surrounding the lodge.
  • FITNESS AND MINDFULNESS | Along with optional daily guided meditation sessions, a variety of workouts including Pilates and yoga will be part of your stay at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. All exercise classes will include modifications for varying fitness levels.
  • À LA CARTE WELLNESS | Massages will be available for an additional fee.
  • CULINARY DELIGHTS | Indulge your taste buds with our Arctic gourmet cuisine, featuring locally inspired appetizers, entrees and desserts complemented by select Canadian wines. Food is a critical component of a wellness journey and a healthy lifestyle and during your trip you’ll receive a preview of the PH360 lifestyle program along with a basic assessment. Dietary restrictions? No problem! Our talented chefs can accommodate a variety of eating plans without sacrificing the signature flavour we’re known for.
  • NORTHERN LIGHTS | There’s nothing quite as grounding as being on the edge of the Arctic, watching the aurora borealis dance across the sky. No city lights to dim them, no sounds except the occasional howl of a wolf. Our geographical location offers the opportunity to enjoy the greatest light show on earth from within the lodge or out in our secure compound. With a little bit of luck, we may even be able to do an outdoor yoga session under the aurora!
  • EVENING PRESENTATIONS | Lodge managers and wildlife guides offer evening presentations to educate guests on our Arctic ecosystems, landscape and lifestyle.

 

Breathe in the beauty of the Boreal Forest. Andrew Lasken photo.
Breathe in the beauty of the boreal Forest. Andrew Lasken photo.

Wildlife & Wellness - Dates and Rates

2019 DATES

September 20 – 26

2020 DATES

September 16 – 22

Price (per person) Single Private Room Children
2019: $10,495 CAD
2020: $10,495 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. This rate guarantees a private room at the Lodge as well as at the hotels required within the package.

Location

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

A recent inclusion in the prestigious National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge is located 250 km and 75 minutes southeast of Churchill by plane, deep in the heart of polar bear country.

Situated next to the pristine Arctic waters of Hudson Bay, with Canada’s Boreal Forest as its backyard, Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge is surrounded by a diverse ecosystem which is home to Canadian icons including polar bears, black bears, wolves, moose and more.

From the safety of the fence surrounding the Lodge, you can 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 that are connected to the main dining room/lounge area. In the corridor of each guest wing there are 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.

Unwind by the fire in our cozy lounge at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge.
Unwind by the fire in our cozy lounge at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge.

An authentic wilderness lodge with all the comforts of home, Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge is ideally situated on the shores of Hudson Bay near known polar bear denning territory, allowing for phenomenal access to mothers and COYS (cubs-of-the-year).

Nanuk maximizes ground-level polar bear and wildlife viewing and offers spectacular coastal views of Hudson Bay via nature trails, viewing decks, and expansive picture windows. Whether you’re hiking, dining, or relaxing at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, you will be able to observe polar bears and other wildlife at eye level.

Intimate, thrilling, up close and personal.

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Itinerary

7 Days, 6 Nights

The package includes two nights in Winnipeg, four nights at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, as well as round-trip airfare between Winnipeg, Churchill and Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge.

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. At 7:00 pm a dinner will be held at the hotel, where you will meet your group, your adventure specialist and your wellness guide.

Includes: dinner

Day 2 - The Adventure Begins!

You will depart Winnipeg for Churchill early in the morning on Calm Air International. Upon arrival in Churchill you will transfer to a private charter for your one-hour flight to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Feel the distractions and busyness of everyday life fade away as you fly along the coast and spot your first polar bear.

There's nothing like a tundra sunset. Jad Davenport photo.
There’s nothing like a tundra sunset. Jad Davenport photo.

Upon arrival at the Lodge, your hosts will provide a tour and show to your room to get settled. Lunch is served shortly after your arrival, and you will then be given an orientation regarding your stay in polar bear country.

Your first day includes an afternoon of exploring the coastline in search of the “Great Ice Bear”. Appetizers and cocktails are served at 6 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m.

On your first evening at the lodge, Corrina will lead you through a yoga class followed by a guided meditation session to refresh your mind and body after a long day of travel. She’ll also introduce the other wellness activities available during your time at the lodge and provide you with a schedule for the days to come.

If it is a clear night 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 - 5 - Wildlife, Wilderness, Wellness and Magnificent Photography

Start each day with a guided meditation followed by breakfast, generally served at 8 a.m. The day’s activities will typically begin around 9:30 a.m. If there are bears near the Lodge your tour may be delayed to take advantage of the photo and observation opportunities. The option is also always available for anyone to stay behind to take photos of the wildlife around the Lodge and relax.

Robert Postma photo.
Black wolf. Robert Postma photo.

The average day includes morning and afternoon excursions with lunch served either at the Lodge or out on the trail. Back at the lodge, Corrina will lead a group fitness class — yoga, Pilates or bootcamp — before dinner is served around 7 p.m.

Evenings will include another optional meditation session, informative lectures, slide show presentation, or leisure time. Churchill Wild staff will monitor aurora borealis after dark if conditions are optimal and will provide a gentle wake-up call to ensure you don’t miss any opportunities to witness and photograph this spectacular Arctic phenomenon.

Northern lights over Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Charles Glatzer photo.
Northern lights over Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Charles Glatzer photo.

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.

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.

Almond Crusted Trout.  Ian McCausland photo. 

Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening and we hope to see you back at one of our Eco-lodges for more bear viewing very soon! Upon arrival, collect your bags, head out of the arrivals doors and back to The Grand Hotel for one last night.

Includes: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 7 - Homeward Bound

After a restful sleep you will pack your bags in preparation for your flight home, marking the end of your adventure with Churchill Wild and the beginning of a lifetime of savouring the experiences of the Arctic. We hope you leave with a few new tools to guide you along your wellness journey.

Sunset. Jad Davenport photo. 

Churchill Wild reserves the right to make changes to the Wildlife & Wellness itinerary due to weather and logistical complications that can arise from traveling in the north and to remote locations.

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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