Experience the beautiful vistas and landscapes as you explore the remote town of Churchill, famed for its population of polar bear. Discover the abundant summer wildlife from Beluga whales to Arctic fox and caribou.  

Perched on the rugged coast of Hudson Bay lies Seal River Heritage Lodge, a veritable oasis on the tundra and one of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. Located near the Seal River Estuary, this property is in a prime location for observing polar bears as they wander the coast during summer and fall, waiting for the Bay to freeze, and for viewing beluga whales in July and August.

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Get up close with the curious and social Beluga Whales.

Explore the Hudson Bay coast on a custom made Tundra Tracker.

Trekking with polar bears and seek out the dazzling northern lights.

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Birds, Bears & Belugas

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Day 1

Winnipeg

Arrive into Winnipeg and make your way to your hotel, located at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, approximately a 5 minute walk from the terminals and 8.6km from downtown Winnipeg. Check in time is from 15:00.

This evening you will meet the rest of your group at an orientation dinner hosted by a Churchill Wild representative. (D)

Day 2

Winnipeg - Seal River Lodge

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. Your adventure begins with a breathtaking aerial view of the winding Hudson Bay coast enroute to Seal River Heritage Lodge. Watch out for pods of whales, birds, and of course, the magnificent polar bears. The Seal River Estuary is a summer favourite for these goliaths and they are regularly seen swimming or basking near the water's edge.

Upon your arrival, your hosts will provide a tour of the Lodge and get you settled into your room. A thorough orientation on travel in polar bear country will be provided prior to any outings. After a tundra-inspired lunch, you'll experience the coast for the first time. Ensure your camera batteries are charged! Back at the lodge, enjoy appetizer hour followed by another of our signature meals. Evenings typically include an informative lecture or slide show presentation narrated by one of Churchill Wild's knowledgeable guides or staff. (B)(L)(D)

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Day 3

Seal River Lodge

After breakfast, head out for either a marine tour or hike. Lunch will typically be back at the lodge, unless your guides take you on an ATV excursion further down the coast. Marine tours are tide-dependent, so scheduled mealtimes may be adjusted to accommodate whale watching.

Relive the excitement of the day during daily appetizer hour before sitting down to dinner, then top up your glass of wine and settle in for the evening’s presentation. Bedtime is at your leisure.  We monitor the Lodge area all night so be prepared to have your sleep cut short by a nocturnal visit from one of the great ice bears (or by one of our dazzling displays of northern lights!). (B)(L)(D)

Day 4

Seal River Lodge

Over the next few days, you will have the opportunity to participate in some amazing adventures. Options include guided walks on the tundra, marine tours, or exploring the coast by custom buggy. In the evenings, enjoy informative lectures and slide presentations, and perhaps a nocturnal visit by a great ice bears or a dazzling display of northern lights! (B)(L)(D)

Day 5

Seal River Lodge

Ideally situated on the shores of Hudson Bay near the Seal River estuary, where thousands of beluga whales gather every summer. Seal River Heritage Lodge maximizes ground-level polar bear and wildlife viewing and offers spectacular coastal views of Hudson Bay via nature trails, a lodge viewing tower and expansive picture windows.  (B)(L)(D)

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Day 6

Seal River Lodge

Seal River Heritage Lodge is situated in the vast coastal “polar bear waiting room” on the Hudson Bay coast, and the bears provide fantastic viewing opportunities for us as they wile away the summer waiting for the sea ice to return.Whether you’re hiking, dining, or relaxing at Seal River Heritage Lodge, you will be able to observe polar bears and other wildlife in a way that very few people ever experience. Intimate, thrilling, up close and personal. (B)(L)(D)

Day 7

Seal River Lodge - Winnipeg

After one last 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 the town and surrounding area, learning about its rich history as a seaport and ex-military base. 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. 

Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening. Upon your arrival in Winnipeg, collect your bags, head out of the arrivals doors and back to your Winnipeg Hotel. (B)(L)(D)

Day 8

Winnipeg

Your adventure ends upon check out of your hotel. 

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