Safari Overview

This rugged, small-group expedition will engage and challenge all your senses as you explore the floe edge where land fast ice meets the open waters of Hudson Bay. Witness the evolution of the sea ice as the tide ebbs and flows, shifting and breaking down towering ridges.

The Arctic is a destination that conjures up images of long sunny days, icy landscapes, and endless sunsets. It’s a place so untamed, so boundless, and so alluring that your inner explorer can’t help but be awakened.

Hop in a sea kayak and glide through the frigid waters, navigating around ice floes and ridges. Take a fat-tire bike for a ride along the floe edge or settle into a dogsled for an authentic Arctic experience.

As you stand at the threshold of open water, you may even experience the visual phenomenon known as a Fata morgana. This very rare type of mirage occurs when light rays bend when passing through the space where cool ocean water meets the warmer air above.

After rounding out the day with happy hour at the water’s edge, head back to the inviting warmth and comfort of Seal River Heritage Lodge. Here, you’ll enjoy personalized service, the finest tundra-inspired cuisine, and cozy accommodations.

This safari, limited to 12 intrepid guests, offers the perfect blend of adventure-fuelled days and restorative downtime.

Let nature show off some of her greatest work during our Journey to the Floe Edge.

Highlights:

  • Fuel your inner adventurer with sea kayaking, fat tire biking, cross-country skiing, and dogsledding at the floe edge
  • Al fresco meals and signature cocktails served next to the open water of Hudson Bay
  • Keep your eyes peeled for bearded and ring seals, and eider ducks
  • Witness the rare visual anomaly of a fata morgana
  • Cozy ecolodge accommodations and tundra-inspired cuisine, complemented by select Canadian wines.
  • Sky gazing! Our location beneath the auroral oval offers nearly 300 nights of aurora viewing each year. If conditions permit, you will be able to enjoy the greatest light show on earth from within the lodge or out in our secure compound. There is a high chance of seeing the lights on this safari.
  • Educational evening presentations by our lodge managers or naturalist guides about our Arctic ecosystems, landscape and lifestyle.
Sights:
Bearded seal, ring seals, northern lights, fata morgana
Lodge:
Seal River Heritage Lodge
Date:
April (detailed dates below)
Length:
9 nights
Level:
Challenging: 5-10 km walking/day and/or kayaking, ice biking, dogsledding
Weather:
Average: +5C to -30C (41F to -22F)

Lodge + Location

Perched on the rugged coast of Hudson Bay lies Seal River Heritage Lodge. Located near the Seal River Estuary, this Lodge 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 viewing beluga whales in July and August.

The fenced-in compound, viewing platforms and tower lend themselves to unique photography opportunities for northern lights and the wildlife that approach to check out the sights, sounds and smells of the Lodge.

Accommodations are eight, double guestrooms each with an en-suite bathroom. The guest wing is away from the lounge and dining room, allowing you to enjoy quiet time as needed.

Our cozy lounge, complete with fireplace, is the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine, sharing photos or talking with new friends.

Seal River Heritage Lodge

60 KM NORTH OF CHURCHILL BY PLANE

59° 09’ 09.87” N / 94° 46’ 54.87 “ W

Dates & Rates

2022 Dates

Download 2022 PDF Itinerary

Dates

Lodge

Availability

Inquire

April 17 - 26, 2022
Seal River Heritage Lodge

Available

2022 Rates

Price (per person)

$16,495 CAD

+ taxes and gratuity

Single Private Room

$30,495 CAD

+ taxes and gratuity

Children

N/A

+ taxes and gratuity

Prices are subject to taxes of 8.5%.

* 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.

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip airfare between Winnipeg and Churchill, Manitoba
  • Roundtrip airfare between Churchill and Seal River Heritage Lodge
  • Two nights’ accommodations in Winnipeg
  • Four nights’ lodge accommodations
  • All meals, excursions and guide services while in Churchill and at the Lodge
  • Winter gear*

*The winter gear we provide is designed to fit guests from child to adult.  Boot sizes larger than a men’s size 13 or a very small child are 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.

Not Included

  • Taxes and Gratuities

Itinerary

Day 1

ANTICIPATION BUILDS DURING YOUR OVERNIGHT STAY IN WINNIPEG
Enjoy a relaxing stay at our choice hotel, The Grand by Lakeview at the Winnipeg Airport. After arrival you will be fitted for your winter gear before attending an orientation dinner.

Includes: dinner

Day 2

ARCTIC FRONTIER ARRIVAL – the action begins!
Fly to Churchill, where you will be met by our staff, and then on to the lodge.  Travel from Churchill to the lodge, conditions permitting, will be by snowmobile.An adventure in itself, this will be an incredible introduction to the subarctic tundra and seascape.

Our location beneath the auroral oval, combined with spring’s clear skies, offer exceptional opportunities for northern lights viewing. Before you drift off to sleep, make sure your camera is ready to capture the aurora if they show up during the night. If that happens, one of our staff will gently rouse you so you don’t miss the show.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 to 7

MORE ADVENTURE, EXPLORATION, AND ADRENALINE!

Your days will start with a hearty, full-course breakfast to fuel your daily activities which will consist of guided expeditions to the floe edge or along the rugged Hudson Bay coastline. You’ll have opportunities for dogsledding, sea kayaking, fat-tire biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing.

What does “downtime” at the lodge include? Modelled after many traditional indigenous activities you may find yourself building igloos, carving soapstone, and even building your very own set of snowshoes that you will later use! Award winning recipes blossoming into tasty reality are never far away.

The floe edge  is ever changing with the tides and prevailing winds of the day. Keep your eyes peeled for bearded, ringed, and harbour seals bobbing in the water or napping on the ice.

The ice itself is almost like a living organism, morphing and shifting with some of the highest tides in the world.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8

OVERNIGHT IN CHURCHILL 
After breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to the Lodge and the vistas that have taken your breath away for the last 6 days. Embark on your guided snowmobile adventure back to the town of Churchill in time for dinner and a good nights sleep.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9

ON TO WINNIPEG
After a morning in Churchill pack your bags in preparation for your flight back to Winnipeg where you can spend one final night at the Grand Lakeview, or continue on home if flights allow and you’re not too tuckered out.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10

HOMEWARD BOUND
We bid you farewell – until your next Churchill Wild adventure!

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

Please note that there may be slight modifications to transfer timelines when heading to, or leaving the lodge, due to unforeseen schedule changes by our regional air carrier.

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