Journey to the Floe Edge

A rugged expedition to the edge of the ice floe

“Where landfast ice meets the open waters of Hudson Bay, and predator meets prey.”

Dates & Rates | Location | Itinerary

Polar bear exploring the ice in front of Seal River Heritage Lodge.
Polar bear exploring the ice in front of Seal River Heritage Lodge.

This rugged expedition will engage and challenge all your senses as you explore the floe edge, where landfast ice meets the open waters of Hudson Bay, and predator meets prey. Here, seals bask in the Arctic sun on glistening ice floes while keeping a watchful eye out for their nemesis, the mighty polar bear.

Daily activities will include excursions to this magical belt of sea life to seek out these marine mammals, inland treks in search of wolves and foxes, and a high probability of northern lights viewing.

Searching on the edge of the ice floe.
Searching on the edge of the ice floe.

Similar to our Den Emergence Quest in terms of physical participation and phenomenal payoff, this Shackleton-esque adventure is based out of Seal River Heritage Lodge. Located 60 km north of Churchill, this rustic-luxurious lodge provides a warm and welcoming reprieve from the exertion and challenges of the day, along with all the comforts of home and hearty, tundra-inspired meals.

Pounce! Arctic fox at Seal River. Andy Skillen photo.
Pounce! Arctic fox at Seal River. Andy Skillen photo.

Your adventure begins and ends in Winnipeg, Manitoba and includes commercial air travel to Churchill and private air charter access to the lodge. If conditions permit, we do have the option to travel to the lodge over the sea ice by dog team and snowmobiles or in our mighty new Sherps! Travel on location will be via snowmobiles, dog team, sea kayak, on foot and/or by snowshoes.

Snarling wolf at Seal River. Ian Johnson photo.
Snarling wolf at Seal River. Ian Johnson photo.

Journey to the Floe Edge - Dates and Rates

2021 DATES

April 18 – 30   Only 1 male share available 

Price (per person) Single Private Room Children
2021: Special introductory pricing! $12,995 CAD (regular price: $16,995) 2021: $24,095* CAD N/A

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.

Location

Polar bear and red fox smell dinner at Seal River Heritage Lodge. Ian Johnson photo.
Polar bear and red fox smell dinner at Seal River Heritage Lodge. Ian Johnson photo.

Perched on the rugged western coast of Hudson Bay just north of the Seal River Estuary, Seal River Heritage Lodge is in a prime location for observing polar bears as they wander the coast during the summer and fall waiting for the Bay to freeze, and for 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 guest rooms, each with an ensuite bathroom. The guest wing is away from the lounge and dining room, allowing you to enjoy quiet time as needed.

Our cozy lounge, outfitted with massive picture windows overlooking the Bay, is complete with a natural stone fireplace and is the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine, sharing photos or talking with new friends.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to extreme weather conditions (i.e. very low temperatures) there may be times when it’s difficult to maintain running water, but don’t worry! We know how to handle this! There will be no laundry facilities.

Location Specifics

60 km north of Churchill by plane
59° 09’ 09.87” N / 94° 46’ 54.87 “ W

Itinerary

13 days, 12 nights

The package includes two nights in Winnipeg, ten nights at Seal River Heritage Lodge, as well as round-trip airfare between Winnipeg, Churchill and the lodge.

Day 1 - Anticipation builds during your overnight stay in Winnipeg

Enjoy a relaxing stay at our choice hotel, The Grand Hotel 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

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, may include dog teaming, snowmobiling or even via our mighty new Sherps! After settling in at the Lodge, your guides will conduct a final gear check. If time and daylight permits you’ll head out on the first of your expeditions to embrace our incredible Arctic coastline and its wildlife.

Includes: breakfast lunch dinner

Days 3 to 11 - Your adventure begins!

Your days will start with a hearty full-course breakfast to fuel your daily activities, which will consist of guided expeditions to search out wildlife encounters with polar bears, seals, Arctic wolves, foxes and possibly the rare wolverine.

Guides and/or scouts will search the coastline daily to look for the best potential wildlife action. These guides will always be in radio contact to coordinate viewing and photography opportunities out at the floe edge or perhaps inland at the treeline.

The floe edge is ever changing with the tides and prevailing winds of the day. This wild edge is patrolled by hungry polar bears hoping to catch a seal napping just a little longer than he should be! Arctic foxes and even wolves have been seen scavenging off any kills the bears make so keep those cameras ready.

Other activities as conditions permit may include sea kayaking, ice biking, dog sledding, igloo building, wolf howls, soapstone carving and snowshoeing expeditions.

Includes: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 12 - Back to Winnipeg

After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to the Lodge and the wildlife whose home you’ve shared over the last 10 days.

Includes: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 13 - Homeward Bound

After a restful sleep you will pack your bags in preparation for your flight home.

Additional Information

Includes: All air and ground transfers between Winnipeg and our Lodge, winter pants, boots and parka, accommodations, guide services and excursions, and meals, as listed in the itinerary above.

Guides and Equipment: Expedition is fully guided with all related transportation and safety equipment are provided.

Clothing: Temperatures will range from minus 10 °C to minus 30 °C , likely with high wind chills, and blowing snow and/or blizzard conditions can be experienced at any time. Only the very best winter clothing is acceptable, and for this reason we will provide you with insulated boots, pants and parka for this expedition.* For your own safety and comfort, we will provide you with an additional list of what to bring.

* Boot sizes larger than a men’s size 13 would be considered a custom size 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.

Additional Photo Ops: Our coastline that includes the floe edge has a very high concentration of seals hauling out on the ice in the warmth of the spring sun, which of course means the area is patrolled frequently by hungry polar bears. This area is also home Arctic wolves, caribou, moose, Arctic fox and even the elusive wolverine. Aurora borealis sightings are some of the best in the world here, so be prepared for a few sleepless nights! Many viewing and photo ops take place near the Lodge so it is not always necessary to venture further abroad for wildlife encounters, should we have what we call a very blustery day.

Additional Notes: Due to the customized nature of this safari and the extreme weather that may be encountered, please allow for flexibility in daily activities and flight times. This expedition is limited to only 12 participants, to ensure a very high level of personal service. There will be professional guides and photo leader(s) on this very exclusive adventure, to assist us in our quest for polar bears alive and well in the Arctic environs.

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