Birds, Bears, and Belugas: July and August

DAY 1 – Winnipeg

Arrive in Winnipeg by early evening and check in to The Grand, conveniently located at Winnipeg's International Airport. At 7:00 pm meet other lodge guests and a Churchill Wild adventure specialist for dinner at the hotel.

DAY 2 – Churchill/Seal River Heritage Lodge

Take an early flight to Churchill, where staff will meet you and facilitate your transfer to the lodge. Fly by fixed-wing aircraft to the lodge, soaring over the Churchill River and then northwest up the rugged Hudson Bay coast to Seal Bay Heritage Lodge. Be prepared to see huge pods of whales, countless birds, as well as caribou and of course, the magnificent “ice 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 arrival, join your hosts for a tour of the property and get settled into your room. A thorough orientation on travelling in polar bear country will be provided prior to any outings. After a delicious lunch, head out to explore the coast on foot and get a first close-up glimpse of Arctic wildlife. Make sure your camera batteries are charged!

DAY 3 TO 6 - Tundra Exploration

The day starts with breakfast at 8:00 am, followed by the day’s excursion, which could be a walking safari on the tundra, a marine tour and a chance to swim with belugas, or a ride far up the coast in a custom-made tundra buggy. Activities will depend on the weather, and the interests of the group. Return to the lodge in the late afternoon and enjoy time to relax before appetizers and dinner. Then gather around the fireplace to share stories and listen to informative talks and slide presentations by your guides. The entire property is patrolled all night by a night watchman so be prepared to have your sleep cut short if there’s a nocturnal visit by a polar bear or a particularly dazzling display of northern lights.

DAYS 7 and 8 – Churchill/Winnipeg

After a hearty breakfast, prepare for the flight back to Churchill—another opportunity to take aerial shots of Arctic. Your bags will be stored for you, leaving you free to explore this frontier town. Sites of note are Cape Merry, the Port of Churchill, the Itsantiq Museum, the Polar Bear Holding Compound (otherwise known as the Polar Bear Jail), as well as the Parks Canada exhibit. Enjoy an early dinner on your own before the flight to Winnipeg. Upon arrival in Winnipeg, make your way back to The Grand. Depart for home after breakfast the following day.