Polar Bear Viewings (Credit: Churchill Wild)
Polar Bear Viewings (Credit: Churchill Wild)
Birds and Polar Bears (Credit: Churchill Wild)
Birds and Polar Bears (Credit: Churchill Wild)
Polar Bears and Belugas (Credit: Churchill Wild)
Polar Bears and Belugas (Credit: Churchill Wild)
Summer Season in Churchill, Polar Bear Watching (Credit: Churchill Wild)
Summer Season in Churchill, Polar Bear Watching (Credit: Churchill Wild)
Polar Bear and Bird Watching (Credit: Churchill Wild)
Polar Bear and Bird Watching (Credit: Churchill Wild)
Birds, Bears and Belugas (Credit: Churchill Wild)
Birds, Bears and Belugas (Credit: Churchill Wild)
Polar Bear Viewings (Credit: Churchill Wild)
Polar Bear Viewings (Credit: Churchill Wild)
Seal River Heritage Hotel (Credit: Churchill Wild)
Seal River Heritage Hotel (Credit: Churchill Wild)

Birds, Bears and Belugas

7 nights from €8,779 per person Including Flights

Overview

The Birds, Bears, and Belugas adventure in July and August combines the thrill of seeing and hearing beluga whales with summer polar bear viewing. With a backdrop of tundra alive with flora and fauna, this is our most diverse and unique programme. Seal Lodge is located 60 km's north of Churchill in the heart of polar bear country. Aside from the belugas and polar bears, you'll have the opportunity to see a whole host of other wildlife on this trip such as fox (red and Arctic) and birds galore (such species as ptarmigan, Smith's Longspur, Ross' and Bonaparte gulls, jaegers, et cetera). In fact, birders could see 100 species over the course of their adventure - also keep your ears open for the sounds of other sub-Arctic wildlife.

Seal River Heritage Lodge offers ground level photo opportunities for Arctic wildlife including polar bears, beluga whale watching in the Hudson Bay. This summer adventure is highly conductive to family participation. You’ll enjoy wonderful cuisine and wines. We serve the finest food in the Arctic that is featured in the best selling “Blueberries & Polar Bears” cookbooks which were created by renowned chefs Helen Webber & Marie Woolsey. The package also includes stops at Churchill shops, historical and cultural sites.

Whats included?
  • Flights & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Checked baggage
  • CAR licensed & bonded
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Day 1

Fly to Winnipeg. Independant transfers to your hotel, which is conveniently situated at the Airport. At 7pm a dinner will be held at the hotel where you will meet your group and your adventure specialist. Overnight Winnipeg.

Overnight: Grand Hotel Winnipeg. Dinner

Day 2

Arrive in Churchill by air. Our expert staff will greet you at the airport and provide you with instructions of the morning transfers. Your adventure begins with a breathtaking aerial view of the winding Hudson Bay coast enroute to the Seal River Heritage Lodge. Be prepared to see huge pods of whales, countess birds, and of course, the magnificent Ice Bears. The Seal River Estuary is a summer favourite for these goliaths and they are regularly seen swimming or basking near the water's edge. Upon arrival 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 you will experience the 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 off by a full-course dinner and a cozy fireplace for your evening wind down.

Overnight: Seal River Heritage Lodge. Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 - 6

Each morning your breakfast will be served at 08:00 and the tour of the day will typicallly depart the Lodge at 09:30. Depending on both weatheramd group interest, you will enjoy the following activities:

Marine Tours

Tides and weather permitting we will do at least two expeditions by boat for whale watching. Marine tours are conducted in large, 12-person zodiacs powered by Mercury's clean burning 4 stroke outboards and fully equipped with two way radios, safety gear, flotation jackets for each passenger, and a hydrophone so that you can listen to the whale songs. Each expedition is a half day in order to coordinate with the high tides. Depending on the timing of the tides, refreshments and/or lunch may be served aboard.

Coast by Buggy

See the Hudson Bay coast on our custom made Tundra Tracker. A day trip in one of these vehicles allows us to cover a lot of shoreline while searching out wildlife. Lunch is a picnic en-route. We provide ample time for exploration and photography.

Trekking/Walking Tours

This is a daily part of the program and the tours range from short jaunts to photograph a passing caribou 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 caribou are just a few of the sights you will take in. When polar bears are sighted, your guide will advise you on the best way to maintain a safe viewing distance.

Aurora Watching

You can enjoy the greatest light show on earth in summer, especially in the latter part of our season. The northern skies are a perfect ballroom for the aurora but remember, the aurora are best photographed with a tripod so if you have one, bring it along.

Bird Watching

Over 100 species of birds visit this area and our 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," our own northern adventurers will regale you with photos and stories. These conversations provide you the opportunity to learn about the Arctic wildlife, landscape, and 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, you can feel free to do that too.
Generally by 4:00 p.m. we are back at the Lodge for hot or cold drinks and appetizers. Your full course and delectable dinners are served at 7:00 p.m. after which, the fireplace is almost always central. Your guides will give informative lectures and slide presentations as well as initiate a discussion about the activities for the following day. Bedtime is at your leisure. The entire Lodge area is patrolled for polar bears all night by one of our night watchmen so be prepared to have your sleep cut short by a nocturnal visit by one of the great ice bears (or by one
of our dazzling displays of northern lights!).

Generally by 4:00 pm you will be back at the Lodge for hot or cold drinks and appetizers. Your full-course and delectable dinners are will be served at 7:00 pm. Your guides will give informative lectures and slide presentations during the evening, as well as initiating a discussion about the activities for the following day. Bedtime is at your leisure. The entire Lodge area is patrolled for polar bears all night by the night watchmen so be prepared to have your sleep cut short by a nocturnal visit by one of the great ice bears, or by one of the dazzling displays of northern lights.

Overnight: Seal River Heritage Lodge. Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7

After another hearty lodge breakfast, you will fly back to Churchill. Have cameras ready again for the return flight as it affords excellent opportunities for great aerial shots. Today is your last day in the Churchill region. Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place at some point today. Upon your return to Churchill, the tour representative will store your luggage. The balance of the day is then free for browsing the shops and exhibits of Churchill. Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening. Upon arrival Winnipeg collect your bags and proceed to your hotel. Overnight Winnipeg.

Overnight: Grand Hotel Winnipeg. Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8

After a restful sleep you will pack your bags in preparation for your flight home. Fly back home from Winnipeg

Day 9

Arrive home

  • Transatlantic flights to Winnipeg
  • Return flights from Winnipeg to Churchill
  • 1 night pre-tour accommodation in Winnipeg
  • 1 night in Churchill
  • 5 nights at Seal River Heritage Lodge
  • 1 night post-tour accommodation in Winnipeg
  • 6 x Breakfast, lunch and dinner, 1 x dinner
  • Porterage of one bag per person
  • Excursions and trips as listed in tour Itinerary
  • Meals as shown in itinerary above

GEAR PROVIDED
The equipment provided at the Lodge such as rain gear, rubber boots, winter gear (rental), and gear for use during marine excursions are designed to fit guests from child to adult. Boot sizes larger than a men’s size 13 or a very small child are considered to be customized sizes that we do not provide. Additionally, guests over 6’4” may be required to bring their own gear as we may not have clothing sizes to fit.
 

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