Churchill Wild: Plan Your Stay

Located in Manitoba, Canada

How to Get There

By Air

Because these lodges are only accessible by air, transportation from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Churchill and your lodge—as well as accommodations in Winnipeg or Churchill when applicable—are included in the package cost. Guests should arrive in Winnipeg on Day 1 of the itinerary, preferably before 6 p.m., as the program begins with an orientation dinner at the hotel. Early the next morning, a 30-minute charter flight brings you to Seal River Heritage Lodge; the flight to Nanuk is one hour.

What to Expect

The Churchill Wild experience is based on soft adventure activities such as hiking, walking, and boating to view wildlife. Guests with mobility requirements will have difficulty participating in daily excursions, and the lodge is not able to accommodate guests in wheelchairs. In the event of a medical emergency, guests can be airlifted to Churchill.

For your safety, excursions of any sort off the lodge grounds require a guide. The properties feature an outdoor area protected by a fence where guests can take in the views and photograph wildlife at leisure.

Weather and Seasons

The Churchill Wild Lodges are open in the summer and fall, with Seal River Heritage Lodge’s season running from July to November and Nanuk’s lasting from August through November. With the vast Hudson Bay on the doorstep, weather conditions can change quickly and unexpectedly. In the summer months, average temperatures range from a high of 62˚F (17˚C) to a low of 42˚F (6˚C). September sees temperatures that vary wildly: a week can begin balmy and end with temperatures well below freezing. In October and November, highs range from 34˚ to 12˚F (1˚ to -11˚C) and the lows can drop down to 1˚F (-17˚C). As the tundra and the bay begin to freeze, polar bears gatheron the coast, making for great viewing opportunities.

What to Bring

Since space in the aircraft is limited, please pack your belongings in a soft-sided duffel bag that weighs no more than 50 pounds (22.6 kg). Carry-ons should not exceed 20 pounds (9 kg).

Airline restrictions require the length + height + width of checked luggage to measure less than 62 inches (157 cm). Churchill Wild has a secure storage area in Churchill where you can store excess items, or you may leave extra bags at the hotel in Winnipeg. Be sure to pack in layers that you can add or remove as temperatures fluctuate.

Suggested Packing List

  • Long underwear
  • Winter parka or spring/fall coat depending on the season
  • Knit or fleece hat
  • Sweater or heavy fleece
  • Light warm gloves
  • Comfortable long pants
  • Long-sleeved and short-sleeved shirts
  • Sleepwear
  • Indoor shoes or slippers
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm
  • Water bottle
  • Daypack for hiking
  • Ziploc plastic bags for camera gear
  • Toiletries and prescription medication
  • Binoculars

For guests in July-September

  • Waterproof rain gear (pants and jacket)
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Sun hat with brim
  • Underwater camera

For guests in October and November

  • Warm, down-filled parka
  • Balaclava
  • Ski goggles
  • Hand/foot warmers
  • Insulated snow pants
  • Insulated winter boots
  • Mittens (thick and thin)
  • Warm hiking socks

Note: The lodges provide rubber boots for hiking (though you may want to bring your own insoles for comfort) and Seal River supplies dry suits for snorkeling. In addition, winter gear can be rented. Please contact our reservation specialists for details.

Traveling with Family

Families are welcome at the Churchill Wild lodges, and the experience is a fantastic one for kids. The excursions are active but not rigorous, and there are polar bears, belugas, and much more to be spotted! The suggested minimum age is 8 years old. Please note that children must be supervised at all times, and will be expected to remain indoors when the group is not on an excursion.

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