Safari Overview

Two lodges, two times the wildlife encounters. Immerse yourself in the beauty and diversity of the western Hudson Bay and spend your days seeking out polar bears, beluga whales, black bears, wolves and more.

Start with four nights at Seal River, then hop a charter for a scenic flight down the coast to Nanuk Lodge, in the heart of the boreal forest.

Highlights:

  • Daily, guided hikes across the tundra to view polar bears and other Arctic wildlife, up-close-and-personal, in their natural habitat.
  • Indulging your taste buds with our 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 low to moderate 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.
  • Travelling further afield on one of our half or full-day ATV tours. Our low-impact tundra vehicles give you access to areas up and down the coast.
  • A marine tour of Hudson Bay to observe the thousands of beluga whales who feed in the waters near Seal River Heritage Lodge during the spring and summer.
Sights:
Polar bears, beluga whales, sik-siks, black bears, moose, wolves, shorebirds, northern lights
Lodge:
Seal River Heritage Lodge & Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge
Date:
August (detailed dates below)
Length:
10 nights
Level:
Moderate (5-10 km of walking/day, some difficult terrain)
Weather:
Average: 5C to 15C (41F to 59F)

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 guest rooms 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

Situated next to pristine Arctic waters on Hudson Bay with Canada’s Boreal Forest as its backyard sits Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. The diverse ecosystem surrounding Nanuk is home to Canadian icons such as polar bears, black bears, wolves, and moose.

From the safety of the fence surrounding the Lodge, view the northern lights or get up-close-and-personal with the polar bears and other wildlife that meander past, as curious about you as you are about them.

The eight guestrooms with en-suite bathrooms are housed in two guest wings connected to the main dining room/lounge area, each with cozy sitting areas overlooking the Bay. After a long day trekking the tundra, kick back in our lounge and enjoy an informative presentation by our guides or simply relax and enjoy conversations with new friends.

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

250 KM SOUTH OF CHURCHILL BY PLANE

57° 07’ 22.4” N / 91° 39’ 52.0” W

Dates & Rates

2021 Dates

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Dates

Lodge

Availability

Inquire

August 24 - September 3, 2021
Seal River Heritage Lodge, Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Available

2021 Rates

Price (per person)

$18,995 CAD

+ taxes and gratuity

Single Private Room

$35,095 CAD

+ taxes and gratuity

Children

$17,095 CAD

+ taxes and gratuity

2022 Dates

Download 2022 PDF Itinerary

Dates

Lodge

Availability

Inquire

August 20 - 30, 2022
Seal River Heritage Lodge, Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

SOLD OUT

August 24 - September 3, 2022
Seal River Heritage Lodge, Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Available

Price (per person)

$19,995 CAD

+ taxes and gratuity

Single Private Room

$36,995 CAD

+ taxes and gratuity

Children

$17,995 CAD

+ taxes and gratuity

Prices are subject to taxes of 8.5%. Children from ages 8 to 12 qualify for the child rate.

* 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, Seal River Heritage Lodge and Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge
  • Two nights’ accommodations in Winnipeg
  • Eight nights’ lodge accommodations
  • All meals, excursions, and guide services while in Churchill and at the Lodges

Not Included

  • Taxes and gratuities

Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE IN WINNIPEG FOR YOUR OVERNIGHT STAY
Arrive in Winnipeg where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at our choice hotel, The Grand by Lakeview at the Winnipeg Airport. Meet the rest of your group at an orientation dinner hosted by a Churchill Wild representative.

Includes: dinner

Day 2 to 5

SEAL RIVER HERITAGE LODGE
After a restful night in Winnipeg you will depart for Churchill on Calm Air. Upon arrival, be met by our expediter who will explain how the charters to the Lodge will work.

Upon arrival, your hosts will provide a tour and show you to your room. Lunch will be served soon after, and before heading out on your first excursion, you’ll be thoroughly debriefed regarding your stay in polar bear country.

Day 2 to 5 continued...

Each morning after a hot breakfast, your guides will outline a plan for the day’s excursions. Your days will typically include morning and afternoon excursions of the coastline in search of the ‘Great Ice Bear’.  Back at the lodge, enjoy appetizer hour followed by one of our signature tundra-inspired meals.

If there are bears near the Lodge, your scheduled tours may be delayed to take advantage of these photo and observation opportunities. The lodge is always staffed, so you also have the option to stay behind and take photos of the wildlife around the Lodge or just relax and enjoy the pristine view.

Evenings typically include an informative lecture or slide show presentation narrated by one of Churchill Wild’s knowledgeable guides or staff. On clear nights, you may also have a chance to view one of the spectacular aurora borealis displays common at this latitude.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 to 9

NANUK POLAR BEAR LODGE
Time to pack up and move to your new home, Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. The property is about 250 km southeast of Churchill and the 90-minute charter flight will include a fly over of York Factory, the hub of the historic fur trade. Upon arrival, you will once again be met by our staff and given the opportunity to settle into your rooms.

Your days at Nanuk will be filled with more wildlife exciting encounters. The wildlife at Nanuk is incredibly diverse and includes polar bears, black bears, wolves, moose, and an abundance of migratory and shorebirds.

Daily outings typically include coastal exploration to the tidal flats and Hudson Bay shoreline using a combination of people power (walking!) and our specially outfitted all-terrain vehicles. Routes will vary but ample time will be provided to photograph polar bears and the other wildlife that abound in this unique environment.

Your evenings at Nanuk will be much the same as at Seal with plenty of time for visiting, relaxing, sharing photographs and enjoying informative presentations by your guides. Don’t forget to let your guides know if you want to be woken up for the northern lights!

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10

EXPLORING CHURCHILL, BACK TO WINNIPEG
After another 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 Churchill and area and learning about its rich history as a seaport and ex-military town. 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. Before a group dinner, your guide will give you free time to shop for last-minute souvenirs at the unique gift stores in Churchill.

Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening. Upon arrival, collect your bags, head out of the arrivals doors and back to The Grand Hotel.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11

DEPART WINNIPEG
Today you will fly home on your own travel arrangements, marking the end of your adventure with Churchill Wild and the beginning of a lifetime of savoring the experiences of the Arctic.

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.

Quote.

Since I was a little girl, I have dreamt of seeing a polar bear in the wild where he is king of his domain. This dream was possible because of your love, passion and dedication to the North and your work. From the bottom of my heart and the little girl who lives within it, I thank you for this amazing experience. It was a privilege and honor to be able to walk among them in their natural habitat brought tears of joy to my eyes. We will always cherish our memories and are delighted to have had the pleasure of meeting you all.

Lynne & David F.

We have not been to a more mystical, magical place. The wildlife always surprised us. Around every turn was something special. The dining was super. We were very blessed to be able to join you here for just a very short time but will always be a special memory for us. The guides, Andy, Terry and Kelly were so full of wonderful antidotes, it brought the place to life. Thank you.

Paula & Allan W.

Cannot rate this highly enough. 'Excellent' doesn't come close. Absolutely everything was brilliant. Dealing with Churchill Wild was personal and professional. Getting to and staying at the lodge was faultless. Superb location, excellent accommodation, great food, helpful staff, and brilliant guides all contributed to this being a once in a lifetime experience I will remember forever. Saw polar bears every day, some at a distance, others within metres. Awe inspiring.

David H.

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