Hudson Bay Odyssey: Late August—September

Set out from the lodge with naturalists in search of polar bears and other wildlife—including the massive flocks of Arctic nesting birds that fill the skies during the late summer migration. Explore on foot and in open all-terrain vehicles, and then travel to Churchill and spend a day discovering this one-time fur-trading outpost.

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.

Days 2 to 5—Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Depart Winnipeg for Churchill early in the morning on Calm Air International, and catch a scenic transfer flight over the coastal flats of the Hudson Bay to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Settle in and enjoy four days of exploring the forests and tidal plains of the area—and their famous wildlife. Hot breakfasts will generally be served at 8 a.m. and your outings will begin at about 9:30 a.m. Lunch will either be served at the Lodge or enjoyed as a picnic outdoors. Daily outings may include the following, depending on weather and ground conditions:

  • Opportunities close to the lodge that present themselves as the day unfolds, from photographing polar bears and migrating birds to tracking other wildlife.
  • Exploration of the tidal flats, river deltas, beach ridges, and Hudson Bay shoreline in our specially designed “rhino,” a low-impact all-terrain vehicle.
  • Photography presentations and lectures that tell the story of the Arctic’s wildlife and culture.

Appetizers and cocktails are served at 6 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m. During the evening there will be an informative lecture, slide show presentation, or time to trade stories around the fire. Churchill Wild staff will watch for aurora borealis after dark and provide a gentle wake up call to ensure you don’t miss any opportunities to witness and photograph this spectacular Arctic phenomenon.

Days 6 and 7—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.