Churchill Wild was a finalist in the categories of Transformational Travel and Contribution to Experiential Travel at the prestigious 2017 PURE Life Experiences Awards, and Churchill Wild co-founder Mike Reimer was the winner of the award for Contribution to Experiential Travel.
The Contribution to Experiential Travel Award honours an individual whose efforts have directly influenced the development of the experiential travel movement – a true maverick whose commitment, curiosity and daring sets new standards for the industry at large.
The Transformational Travel Award recognizes an immersive, perspective-shifting itinerary that challenges and inspires the sophisticated traveller on a deeply personal level, creating emotion through the powerful medium of storytelling and transforming their life for the better.
In 2015, Churchill Wild’s Seal River Heritage Lodge became a proud member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection of properties. In 2016, our Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge also became a member of this prestigious collection. National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World is a network of world-class accommodations where sustainability is the touchstone and the guest experience is exceptionally rich and meaningful.
Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.com for the second year in a row after earning 23 5-Star Reviews in 2018 to bring our total to 95. Located deep in the heart of polar bear country 40 km from Canada’s historic York Factory, Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge is the host for a number of our polar bear safaris including the Hudson Bay Odyssey, Arctic Discovery, Den Emergence Quest, Polar Bear Photo Safari at Nanuk, the Summer Dual Lodge Safari, Fall Dual Lodge Safari, Wildlife and Wellness and Wading Wild. TripAdvisor awards the Certificate of Excellence to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn 5-Star reviews from travellers, and we are very thankful to our valued guests for their glowing reviews!
Seal River Heritage Lodge has received numerous Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor.com, and has now earned 151 5-Star Reviews, 15 of which came in 2018. Seal River Heritage Lodge acts as the host lodge for a number of our polar bear safaris including Birds, Bears and Belugas, the Summer Dual Lodge Safari, Fall Dual Lodge Safari, Polar Bear Photo Safari and the Arctic Safari. TripAdvisor awards the Certificate of Excellence to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers, and we are very grateful to our valued guests for their glowing reviews!
Home to our Great Ice Bear Adventure, Dymond Lake Ecolodge received the 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor after garnering 51/51 5-Star reviews. Since that time, Dymond Lake Ecolodge has earned an additional 19 5-Star Reviews to bring our total to 70. The Great Ice Bear Adventure takes place in October and November as the polar bears begin their trek back out on to the sea ice for the winter. Dymond Lake Ecolodge has been continually upgraded over the years and we are very thankful to our guests for voicing their appreciation of both the lodge and the polar bears they’ve been able to meet there!
Churchill Wild was presented with the 2017 Transat Sustainable Tourism Award, which honours an organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the practice and promotion of sustainable tourism in Canada. The Transat Sustainable Tourism Award recognizes a business which protects and preserves natural and cultural heritage resources; fosters appreciation and enjoyment of natural and cultural heritage resources; raises awareness among visitors and influences them to enjoy resources sustainably; mitigates negative impacts of tourism on the natural and cultural environment; and respects, involves and engages other stakeholders and host communities.
Churchill Wild received the 2016 Winnipeg Airports Authority Award of Distinction at the 18th Annual Travel Manitoba Tourism Awards. The Manitoba Tourism Awards recognize excellence in the promotion and delivery of quality tourism experiences and services in Manitoba. The Award of Distinction recognizes a business or organization that reflects exceptional leadership in Manitoba’s tourism industry and helps Manitoba realize distinction as a high quality tourism destination.
Churchill Wild received the Adventure/Outdoors Award at the 2016 Canadian Tourism Awards. Presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC), this award recognizes an organization that provides outstanding outdoor adventure tourism experiences; promotes visitor participation and personal challenge; provides outdoor experiences that showcase and promote regional tourism; contributes to, or enhances the Canadian tourism industry; shows a strong commitment to visitor/participant satisfaction and product development; and which fosters an appreciation and enjoyment of Canada’s great outdoors.
Churchill Wild received the 2015 Sustainable Tourism Award for providing customized adventures in the Arctic ecosystem without disturbing its inhabitants, and for promoting conservation of native wildlife and vegetation, while also creating social and economic benefits for local communities. Churchill Wild was also a finalist for the 2015 Award of Distinction at the Manitoba Tourism Awards.
Churchill Wild co-founders and owners Mike and Jeanne Reimer, who pioneered the world’s first and only polar bear walking safaris over 20 years ago, were elected to the prestigious Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s (RCGS) College of Fellows in 2015. The husband and wife team from Manitoba, Canada were officially recognized as Fellows at the College of Fellows Annual Dinner, which took place on November 18, 2015 at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa.
Dual Finalist, PURE Awards 2015, PURE Life Experiences
Churchill Wild was a finalist in two categories at the prestigious 2015 PURE Awards, Transformational Travel and Contribution to Experiential Travel. The Transformational Travel Award recognizes an immersive, perspective-shifting itinerary that challenges and inspires the sophisticated traveller on a deeply personal level, creating emotion through the powerful medium of storytelling and transforming their life for the better. The Contribution to Experiential Travel Award honours an individual whose efforts have directly influenced the development of the experiential travel movement – a true maverick whose commitment, curiosity and daring sets new standards for the industry at large.
Dual Finalist: Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) Awards 2015
Churchill Wild was a finalist at the TIAC Awards in 2015 in the category of Small/Medium Sized Business of the Year, which recognizes a tourism business (with fewer than 20 employees) that exemplifies industry best practices in all aspects of its operations, and is thus an example of all-round business excellence in the tourism industry; and in the Traveller Experience Award category, which recognizes a tourism business or organization that creates the year’s most exceptional tourism product, service or experience centered on the fundamental principles of hospitality and customer service.
Churchill Wild’s Birds, Bears and Belugas adventure at Seal River Heritage Lodge became a member of Destination Canada’s Signature Experiences in 2010. The Canadian Signature Experiences (CSE) collection features once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences found only in Canada. They show the world what Canada’s tourism brand is all about.