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Curious polar bear cubs. Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Fabienne Jansen photo.

Curious cubs. Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Fabienne Jansen / photo.

by George Williams

Christmas is an emotional time, and like the polar bears, we look forward to this time of year.

As the bears make their way back on to the Hudson Bay sea ice, we’ll be getting together with friends and family, for fun and games and intimate conversations, for stories and sorries and in some cases congrats, hearts and hugs and tips of the hat. Our guests were back in full force in 2023, filling the lodges and creating too many fond memories and newfound friends to count. Tourism is making its much awaited comeback in Canada, and we’re looking forward to creating many more fond memories in 2024!

Wolf pack get together. Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Ellen Zangla photo.

“I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas. It brings people together while time stands still.” ~ Rachel Cohn. Ellen Zangla photo.

The polar bears, the wolves, the black bears and hares, the moose and the foxes, the sik-siks and birds, the (not-so) mean wolverine who gave Scarbrow his name — they were all back in action this year, and Scarbrow even showed up at Seal River Heritage Lodge!

Our wild creatures are not a whole lot different from people. Look into their eyes and they’ll tell you. Happy or curious, loving or sad, they don’t hide their feelings, and for that we are glad.

We’ve created a Christmas photo album, of emotions and snow, a reminder of feelings, not so long ago. There’s warmth on the way, and we don’t just mean weather, we expect 2024 to be Oh! Even better!

Hugs and kisses. Seal River Heritage Lodge. Dave Bouskill / The Planet D photo.

Hugs and kisses. Seal River Heritage Lodge. Dave Bouskill / The Planet D photo.

We’d like to thank all our guests, staff, photo leaders, partners, family and friends, for contributing photos to the collection below, and for your loyal support over so many years.

It’s because of you that bookings continue to arrive for the upcoming season, and we couldn’t do what we do, without you!

A new season beckons as early as March, and not long after that, the flora and fauna of the tundra will spring to life to meet the polar bears of summer. We’ll be there, as will many of you. For now, we hope you’ll enjoy the snowy emotions in the photos below, and dream of wild, far away places, with happiness on every horizon.

From everyone here at Churchill Wild (including the wild creatures!), we wish you a very, Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

I see you. Polar bear cub with Mom. Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Steve Pressman photo.

I see you. Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Steve Pressman photo.

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