The only fly-in polar bear eco-lodge! Seal River Lodge gives a rare chance to see polar bears in the summer and to view beluga whales, and is a CTC Signature Experience Holiday
Flying low towards the warm and comfortable lodge from Churchill you will see Belugas – thousands of them frolic in groups in the Hudson Bay – and look for polar bears along the tidal flats.
During your holiday you will see the belugas from small Zodiac boats, you will hike with your guide along Hudson Bay for truly unforgettable encounters with polar bears, or watch from the deck of the lodge as a polar bear or caribou might saunter by.
The trips run between the middle of July and the middle of August – ask us for exact dates.
David & Elizabeth - Travelled to BC & Alberta
"The holiday you arranged for us was great"
The holiday you arranged for us was great and we really appreciate all the work you did before we actually booked anything. When we were in Canada it became clear that your advice was sound and that you had prevented us from making a few mistakes in what thought we wanted to do, so thanks for that too!
In terms of the detail, we found that you had got the perfect balance between travelling between bases and sightseeing. The distances were never too long and the time spent in each location, although it ranged from one to four days, was just enough for us to see all we wanted but without rushing. So although we drove over 2000 miles, spent a day on a ferry and stayed in seven different locations, we have returned feeling relaxed and rested as well as fully entertained by the wide variety that Canada has to offer. We really feel that your arrangements were better value than anything we could have done ourselves.
Itinerary (7 Nights)
Here’s a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by contacting us directly, so we can give you the best price.
Arrive in Winnipeg where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at our choice hotel, The...
Arrive in Winnipeg where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at our choice hotel, The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel by Lakeview. At 7:00 pm a dinner will be held at the hotel, where you will meet your group and your adventure specialist. You will need your rest for your early morning departure to Churchill.
1 night Winnipeg.
Winnipeg to Seal River Lodge
Seal River Heritage Lodge, located 50 kilometres by air from Churchill, Manitoba, will be your...
to Seal River Lodge
Seal River Heritage Lodge, located 50 kilometres by air from Churchill, Manitoba, will be your home for this exciting week. Known as the Polar Bear capital of the world, this area is also the best place to see large congregations of beluga whales as nearly 57,000 of them calve in the protection of the Hudson Bay each summer. Both bears and whales, along with the thousands of birds, will be in your backyard.
You’ll arrive in Churchill by air and be met you at the airport to provide you with instructions regarding your morning transfers. Your adventure begins with a breathtaking aerial view of the winding Hudson Bay coast en route to the lodge. Be prepared to see huge pods of whales, countless birds, as well as caribou and of course, the magnificent polar bears. The Seal River Estuary is a summer favorite for these goliaths and they are regularly seen swimming or basking near the water’s edge. Upon your arrival at Seal River Lodge, your hosts will provide a tour of the Lodge and get you settled into your room. A thorough orientation on travel in polar bear country will be provided prior to any outings.
After a full-course lunch Churchill Wild-style, you will experience the Hudson Bay coast for the first time. The combination of diversity and sheer natural elegance will amaze you.
Your first day at the Lodge will be rounded out by the first of many full-course meals followed by a cozy fireplace for the evening wind down. Relax, recharge and get a good rest.
6 nights in Seal River Lodge.
Seal River Lodge
In the coming days, your breakfasts will be served at 8 a.m. and the tour...
Seal River Lodge
In the coming days, your breakfasts will be served at 8 a.m. and the tour of the day will typically depart the Lodge at 9:30 a.m. Depending on both weather and group interest, you will enjoy the following activities:
Marine Tours – Tides and weather permitting, you will do at least two expeditions by boat to view beluga whales, seals, seabirds, and polar bears. Marine tours are conducted in large, nine-man inflatable boats, fully equipped with two way radios, safety gear, flotation jackets for each passenger, and a hydrophone so that that you can listen to the whale songs. Each expedition is a half day in order to coordinate with the high tides. Refreshments and snacks will be served aboard. Expect to see hundreds of whales per outing! Beluga whales are very curious and social and will investigate your presence with a bold courage expressed by few other creatures. Getting up-close and personal with these awesome creatures has been life-changing for many Churchill Wild guests.
Trekking/Walking Tours – These are a daily part of the program and they range from short jaunts to photograph a playful fox, to day trips with a packed lunch. There is no better way to experience the sheer vastness of the Arctic’s flora and fauna. Nesting bird life, fox dens, wild flowers, and sik siks are just a few of the sights you may take in. When polar bears are sighted, your guide will advise you about the best way to maintain a safe viewing distance.
Coast by Tundra Tracker – See the Hudson Bay coast on our custom made Tundra Tracker. A day trip in one of these vehicles allows time to cover a lot of shoreline while searching out wildlife. Lunch is a picnic en route. Ample time for exploration and photography of the trail will be provided.
Wildlife Photography – Your guides have many years of experience in the field both as photographers themselves and through working with professional photographers. They can assist you in many aspects of wildlife photography, including both the composition and the execution of that memorable shot of a lifetime.
Aurora Watching – Yes, you can enjoy the greatest light show on earth during the summer, especially in the latter part of the season. The northern skies are a perfect ballroom for the aurora borealis, but remember, the northern lights are best photographed with a tripod. If you have one, bring it along.
Bird Watching – 150 species of birds visit this area and the expert guides can help you locate and identify a wide variety of these – chances are you will add several “lifers” to your book.
Photo Presentations and Lectures – From lectures on “Travelling in Bear Country” to “Wildlife of the Arctic,” the northern adventurers will regale you with photos and stories. These conversations provide you with the opportunity to learn about the Arctic wildlife, the landscape, and its people.
Rest and Relaxation – Should you decide that curling up by the fireplace with a good book or enjoying a hot drink and sharing stories with your fellow adventurers is what you need, feel free to do that too!
After another hearty Lodge breakfast, you will begin air transfers back to Churchill. Have your...
After another hearty Lodge breakfast, you will begin air transfers back to Churchill. Have your cameras ready for the return flight, as it affords excellent opportunities for great aerial shots. Today is your last day in the Churchill region.
Upon your return to Churchill, the representative will store your luggage. The balance of the day is then free for browsing the shops and exhibits of Churchill. Local places such as Cape Merry, the Port of Churchill, the Itsanitaq Museum, the Polar Bear Holding Compound (otherwise known as the Polar Bear Jail), as well as the Parks Canada exhibit, are all of great interest.
Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening.
1 night in Winnipeg.