Arctic Safari, 9 days
ITINERARY SEPTEMBER 4-12 DEPARTURE
- DAY 1 - Anticipation builds during your overnight stay in Winnipeg
Arrive in Winnipeg where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at our choice hotel, The Grand by Lakeview at the Winnipeg Airport. Meet the rest of your group at an orientation dinner.
- DAY 2 - The Adventure Begins
After an early morning flight, arrive in Churchill where our expeditor will meet you at the airport and provide you with instructions of the morning transfers. Your flight will take you north-west along the rugged Hudson Bay coastline to Seal River Heritage Lodge. Keep your eyes open for polar bears and other wildlife. Upon arrival at the Lodge you’ll meet your hosts and check into your private room. Your guides will provide a thorough safety briefing and then you’ll head out for your first hike!
- DAy 3 TO 5 - Wildlife viewing at Seal River Heritage Lodge
After a hot breakfast to fuel your exploration, you’ll head out for a morning excursion. Lunches are typically held at the Lodge before you head back out onto the tundra. Days may also consist of a full-day excursion with picnic lunch.
After a long and rewarding day out on the tundra, enjoy a glass of wine with appetizers before one of our signature dinners.
Your daily mealtimes may sometimes be adjusted in favour of wildlife viewing and/or photographic opportunities.
The location of Seal River Heritage Lodge on the coast of Hudson Bay puts it directly in the path of polar bears who wander the shoreline as they await freeze-up. Your wildlife excursions will target on-the-ground viewing of these iconic animals. During your stay you may also encounter coloured and Arctic fox, sik-siks (Arctic ground squirrels), and Arctic hare. Due to the timing of your trip there is also the potential to see a myriad of Hudson Bay migratory and shorebirds. The stunning backdrop of fall colors will make for spectacular photography throughout your safari.
- DAY 6 & 7 - Nature trekking and Glamping in the Barren Lands at Tundra Camp
On Day Six you’ll fly to Tundra Camp and transfers will be scheduled for mid-morning.
The flight from Seal River to Schmok Lake will take about one hour. Upon arrival, our staff will show you to your private expedition tent and give a brief orientation. The remainder of your time in this remote wilderness will be filled with unforgettable adventure: glamping in the Barren Lands, walking in the ancient migratory path the Qaminurjuaq caribou herd and learning about Arctic flora and fauna.
The Hudson Plains and Taiga Shield are rich ecosystems, filled with history, and our expert naturalist guides are eager to share their extensive knowledge with you as you explore the area on foot during interpretive hikes.
- DAY 8 - Exploration of Historic Churchill
Back in Churchill, you’ll spend the day with one of our tour guides exploring the town and surrounding area and learning about its rich history as a seaport and ex-military base. Your tour will include stops such as the Parks Canada exhibit, the Itsanitaq Museum, and the Polar Bear Jail. Along the way, your guide will point out murals that were commissioned in 2016 as part of the SeaWalls mural festival. Before a group dinner, your guide will give you free time to shop for last-minute souvenirs at the unique gift stores in Churchill.
Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening. Upon arrival, you will collect your bags, head out of the arrivals doors and back to The Grand Hotel.
- DAY 9 - Homeward Bound
After a restful sleep you will pack your bags in preparation for your flight home.