Arctic Discovery - Manitoba
A historical journey into the heart of polar bear country.
The Arctic Discovery will profoundly re-establish your place in nature by immersing you through time into the pristine and untamed wilderness of the Canadian Arctic.
Your adventure begins in Churchill, where you will kayak with beluga whales, explore historical sites and learn more about this fascinating port town, gaining an exceptional glimpse into the lives of the explorers who braved severe hardships hundreds of years ago to deliver the bounty of the world’s most luxurious furs to wealthy Europeans.
You will then be transported to the remoteness of our Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, deep in the wilds of the Hudson Bay coast, for wildlife viewing that includes polar bears, black bears, wolves, moose and an abundance of bird species. The convergence of the boreal forest with the tidal flats of Hudson Bay plays host to an incredible richness of wildlife, and it is here that you will be humbled by face-to-face encounters with the undisputed lords of Arctic, the mighty polar bears.
Trekking among polar bears is a daily part of the Churchill Wild experience and excursions range from a short jaunt to get up close and personal with a pair of polar bears sparring to day trips further afield in our custom designed tundra vehicles. And it is not uncommon for bears to saunter up to the perimeters of our secure Arctic home, providing opportunities for rare personal interactions with bears that you will cherish for a lifetime.
You can also enjoy the greatest light show on earth at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. The northern skies are a perfect ballroom for the aurora borealis, but remember they’re best photographed with a tripod, so if you have one, bring it along.
The Churchill Wild culinary experience provides the metaphorical icing on the cake for your Arctic Discovery. Your taste buds will delight, whether you are indulging in some of our appetizer specialties such as succulent bacon wrapped caribou or dining on one of our many exquisite entrees accompanied by hand-selected Canadian wines.
The windswept landscapes of Nanuk will soothe your soul, the polar bears will awaken your spirit, and together, we’ll create beautiful memories.
The price shown is for the package only, and will vary with the fluctuating rate of exchange. Flights between UK and Winnipeg are at additional cost.
The Arctic Discovery includes two nights in Winnipeg, two nights in Churchill and four nights at Nanuk Polar bear Lodge, as well as round trip airfare between Winnipeg, Churchill, and our Lodge.
Included meals:- 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches (including 1 voucher), 7 dinners, 1 brunch and 1 afternoon tea.
Typical itinerary -flexible.
Day 1 - Arrive in Winnipeg and settle into the hotel. You will meet your Churchill Wild representative for a hosted dinner where you will meet fellow travellers. Dinner included.
Day 2 - After an early flight to Churchill you will be transferred to the Polar Inn where brunch will be served. Your local guide will outline the activities for your stay, then you will head out onto the Churchill River to kayak with the beluga whales. After tea you will be taken to see some of the local sights before returning for dinner. Brunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner included.
Day 3 - Today there will be further opportunities for kayaking or even swimming with the belugas, as well as free time to visit Parks Canada museum or the Eskimo Museum. This evening enjoy a dinner hosted by Helen Webber,and you will enjoy her culinary talent first hand while also taking home your meal in the form of a cookbook from her bestselling series “Blueberries and Polar Bears”. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Days 4 to 7 - Nature trekking, polar bears and magnificent photography!
Day 4 begins with a scenic flight from Churchill over the coastal flats of Hudson Bay before arriving at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Hot breakfasts will generally be served at 8:00 a.m. and your outings will begin at about 9:30 a.m. Lunch will either be served at the Lodge or enjoyed out on the land. Daily outings may include the following, depending on weather and ground conditions:
•Coastal exploration in our specially designed tundra “rhino” (you’ll see!) to the tidal flats and Hudson Bay shoreline. Lunch and a tea boil are served around a campfire.
•An immersive tour of the coastline of Hudson Bay to photograph polar bears and other abundant wildlife in their unique environment.
•Exploring the river deltas and vast coastal beach ridges of this pristine area.
•Staying close to the Lodge to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves as the day unfolds, to photograph polar bears and other wildlife.
Appetizers and cocktails are served at 6:00 p.m. and dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. During the evening there will be an informative lecture, slide show presentation, or informal visiting. Churchill Wild staff will monitor aurora borealis after dark if conditions are optimal and will provide a gentle wake-up call to ensure you don’t miss any opportunities to witness and photograph this spectacular Arctic phenomenon.
Day 8 - After breakfast you will take the scenic flight back to Churchill - keep the camera handy for some aerial shots. You will be provided with a voucher for lunch today, but dinner will be on your own. Later in the afternoon you will fly back to Winnipeg for overnight. Breakfast and Lunch (voucher) included.
Day 9 - After breakfast at the hotel you will be at leisure until it is time for your flight home. Breakfast included.
Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge is located 250 km southeast of Churchill, Manitoba on the Hudson Bay coast near the historic York Factory. A relatively new destination offered by Churchill Wild, we are particularly proud of this lodge due to the phenomenal wildlife access it provides.
Recent upgrades to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge include a new lounge and dining area with panoramic views of Hudson Bay, and a cozy fireplace for added ambiance. Heated private guest rooms with ensuite bathrooms are cozy, wild and perfectly comfortable.
Nanuk’s star attractions are polar bears – more than you are likely to encounter anywhere else on earth, and we have been overwhelmed by the abundance of bears and other wildlife in the area. Sightings have consistently exceeded our expectations. Additionally, Manitoba Conservation officials recently discovered a large number of denning females in the area that may be equal or great in number than those found in Wapusk National Park.
Accommodation in Winnipeg is THE GRAND Winnipeg Airport Hotel by Lakeview and in Churchill is the Polar Inn.
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