Polar Bear Safaris Overview

“A wonderful experience in a terrific location. Being ‘right there’ with the bears is sensational.” — Carolyn and Terry Murphy, Portland, OR

Polar bear in fall colours. Dymond Lake Ecolodge. Great Ice Bear Adventure. Churchill Wild. Dennis Fast photo.
Polar bear in fall colours. Dymond Lake Ecolodge. Dennis Fast photo.

The ultimate way to experience and photograph polar bears. On the ground. Up close and personal.

Churchill Wild owns and operates three remote ecolodges on Canada’s Hudson Bay coast, where you can walk with polar bears, and have dinner with them too! Click the image below for a quick overview PDF with links!

Luxurious by Arctic standards, our three remote polar bear lodges are located directly on the Hudson Bay coast, deep in the heart of polar bear country. And of course, the food, the company and the customer service is exceptional at our family-owned and operated lodges. (See what some of our guests had to say.)

Far from the madding crowds of Churchill, yet only a short plane ride away, you’ll feel like you’re in another world. Please take a look at our Arctic Safaris and Polar Bear Tours below. Click the images, follow the links, find your perfect adventure!

If you have any further questions please e-mail [email protected] or CALL (204) 878-5090. TOLL FREE 1-866-UGO-WILD (846-9453).

Read the Reviews on TripAdvisor for Seal Heritage River LodgeNanuk Polar Bear Lodge and Dymond Lake EcoLodge.

Birds, Bears and Belugas

Polar bear in fireweed near Seal River Lodge. Dennis Fast photo.
Polar bear in fireweed near Seal River Lodge. Dennis Fast photo.

We see polar bears in the summer! Our most popular package, Birds, Bears, and Belugas, takes place in July and August at Seal River Heritage Lodge, which is a proud member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection.

Birds, Bears and Belugas combines the thrill of walking with polar bears and the exhilaration of beluga whale watching for an Arctic experience like no other! Learn more…

Great Ice Bear Adventure

Polar bear contemplating life on the Great Ice Bear Adventure.
Polar bear contemplating life on the Great Ice Bear Adventure.

The Great Ice Bear Adventure takes place 30 km north of Churchill on a strip of land bordered by Dymond Lake and Hudson Bay, which is one of the first areas the polar bears gather while waiting for the ice to form in October and November.

The Great Ice Bear Adventure combines four days at our Dymond Lake Ecolodge, where many of the Arctic’s most famous residents are seen and photographed on foot, with a one-day Tundra Buggy® tour in Churchill. Learn more…

Hudson Bay Odyssey

Mom and cub at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Ramona Boone photo.
Mom and cub at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Ramona Boone photo.

The Hudson Bay Odyssey takes place in the heart of polar bear denning territory at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, where the boreal forest ends and the subarctic begins. This unique convergence of ecosystems, nourished by the Hudson Bay coastal waters, is home to polar bears, black bears, wolves, moose and a diverse array of other wildlife, flora and fauna that remains unchanged after thousands of years. Learn more…

Wildlife & Wellness

Polar bear relaxing in fall colours. Ruth Elwell-Steck photo.
Polar bear relaxing in fall colours. Ruth Elwell-Steck photo.

The Wildlife & Wellness safari is the perfect relaxing antidote to the hectic pace of everyday life, combining intimate wildlife encounters with guided wellness and mindfulness activities. Enjoy four glorious days of hiking, meditation, and fitness classes with Corrina Anne-Poss of Limitless Motion as you commune with the wildlife that makes its home around Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, which at any given time includes polar bears, black bears, wolves, moose and more.

Wildlife, wonder and wellbeing await you in the soul-soothing wilderness of northern Manitoba. Learn more…

Arctic Discovery

Polar bear approaches tundra rhino on the Arctic Discovery.
Polar bear approaches tundra rhino on the Arctic Discovery.

The Arctic Discovery takes place at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge and immerses you in one of the planet’s last untameable wilderness areas: the Canadian Arctic. Similar to our Hudson Bay Odyssey, but with the addition of two days exploring the port of Churchill and kayaking with beluga whales, the wildlife on this safari combined with the untouched terrain and the clean, crisp air, make the Arctic Discovery one of our most loved trips. Learn more…

Polar Bear Photo Safari at Seal River 

Polar bears sparring at Seal River Lodge. Bill Lyne photo.
Polar bears sparring at Seal River Lodge. Bill Lyne photo.

Scheduled at Seal River Heritage Lodge during the traditional polar bear viewing months of October and November, the Polar Bear Photo Safari at Seal River is a “must-do” adventure for professional and aspiring wildlife photographers.

This safari provides discerning photographers with the opportunity to experience ground-level polar bear photography as the bears begin to gather along the Hudson Bay coast anticipating freeze-up and the start of their annual seal hunt. Learn more…

Polar Bear Photo Safari at Nanuk 

Polar bears sparring at Nanuk. Robert Postma photo.
Polar bears sparring at Nanuk. Robert Postma photo.

The Polar Bear Photo Safari at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge takes place during the traditional polar bear viewing months of October and November, but offers a different type of photographic backdrop compared to the rocky coastal landscapes found at Seal River. The sweeping coastal flats at Nanuk are bordered by the boreal forest, which is home to wolves, moose and a host of other Arctic wildlife.

Similar to the Polar Bear Photo Safari at Seal River, this safari provides discerning photographers with the opportunity to experience ground-level polar bear photography, but also offers different photographic opportunities as a result of the boreal forest and its inhabitants. Learn more…

Summer Dual Lodge Safari

Mom and cub having a discussion at Seal River.
Mom and cub having a discussion at Seal River.

The Summer Dual Lodge Safari is one of two dual-lodge itineraries that provide guests with the opportunity to experience the best of what Churchill Wild has to offer at both Seal River Heritage Lodge and Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, where you’ll have access to polar bears, beluga whales, black bears, wolves, northern lights, myriad bird species and other Arctic wildlife.

The Summer Dual Lodge Safari features 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! Learn more…

Fall Dual Lodge Safari

Go ahead. Take my picture. Rudolf Hug photo.
Go ahead. Take my picture. Rudolf Hug photo.

The second of our dual-lodge offerings, the Fall Dual Lodge Safari takes you to Seal River Heritage Lodge and Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge to experience the best of what we have to offer. The diversity of wildlife, fall colours and/or stunning wintry landscapes are sure to take your breath away. The addition of a photo leader makes this safari a great option for amateur and aspiring photographers.

On the Fall Dual Lodge Safari you’ll have access to two populations of polar bears, wolves, moose and more Arctic wildlife, as well as potential opportunities for some spectacular northern lights photography. Learn more…

Arctic Safari

Tundra Camp at Schmok Lake. Jad Davenport photo.
Tundra Camp at Schmok Lake. Jad Davenport photo.

The Arctic Safari includes a two-day stay in our Tundra Camp on the Barren Lands, exploring the ancient migratory grounds of the Qamanirjuaq caribou herd, as well as two days of ground-level trekking in search of polar bears at Seal River Heritage Lodge.

A uniquely Canadian adventure vacation in one of the few remaining true wilderness areas on the planet, the Arctic Safari takes place at a time of year when the northern lights are more easily seen under clear skies, and the gorgeous fall colours are just beginning to peak. Learn more…

Wading Wild

Landing a brook trout at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge.
Landing a brook trout at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge.

Wading Wild is an elite walk and wade fly-fishing trip that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. You’ll be fishing for native and sea-run brook trout that have never seen a fly or a lure, in places on rivers and streams that have never seen a human.

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge will be your home for this exclusive fly-in trip, which will allow you to relax in cozy comfort after an adventurous day of fishing the pristine waters surrounding the lodge and beyond. Learn more…

Lights in the Wild

Alone with the lights.
Alone with the lights.

There are few phenomena more universally fascinating than the aurora borealis. Lights in the Wild provides guests with the ultimate northern lights viewing experience from the comfort of our cozy and remote ecolodges, which are located deep in the northern Canadian wilderness.

Far from light pollution and ideally located for those who love to watch the lights dance, our northern skies are the perfect ballroom for the aurora, so remember to bring your tripod! Learn more…

Bespoke Wilderness Travel Adventures

Bespoke wilderness travel adventures. What would YOU like to discover?
Bespoke wilderness travel adventures. What would YOU like to discover?

Churchill Wild designs bespoke wilderness travel experiences outside the realm of normal. We can customize Arctic safaris to accommodate private, personal and small group adventures. Your bespoke travel experience with us is really limited only by your imagination. We have the experience, staff and infrastructure to make your Arctic dreams come true.

What would YOU like to discover? Let us know here.

Read the Reviews on TripAdvisor for Seal Heritage River LodgeNanuk Polar Bear Lodge and Dymond Lake EcoLodge