Arctic Safari, 9 days. Intinerary.

Arctic Safari, 9 days.

Hiking with polar bears on a backdrop of stunning fall colors makes this trip like none other. Northern lights, two nights at our Tundra Camp in the Canadian Barren Lands, and other on-the-ground Arctic wildlife encounters enhance the adventure. Plus, the remoteness and logistical considerations of this safari make it an experience that only a handful of guests have the chance to partake in each year.

The package includes two nights in Winnipeg, four nights at Seal River Heritage Lodge, two nights at Tundra Camp, as well as round-trip airfare between Winnipeg, Churchill and our Lodges.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ARCTIC SAFARI:

  • Daily, guided hikes across the tundra to view polar bears and other Arctic wildlife, up-close-and-personal, in their natural habitat
  • Indulging your taste buds with our tundra-inspired cuisine, complemented by select Canadian wines
  • Sky gazing! Our geographical location beneath the Aurora Oval offers the opportunity to enjoy the greatest light show on earth from within the lodge or out in our secure compound
  • Camping in the vast Barren Lands in a private expedition tent
  • Joining acclaimed photographer Jad Davenport on assignment for National Geographic Creative. Gather tips and inspiration from Jad as he helps you document your experience and develop your own unique storytelling style. Informal evening sessions will give you pointers on topics such “blue-hour” photography and capturing the Northern Lights

 

ITINERARY:

  • Day 1 - Arrive 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 hosted by a Churchill Wild representative.
    Includes: dinner
  • Day 2 - The Adventure Begins
    After an early morning flight, arrive in Churchill where our expediter will meet you at the airport and provide you with instructions of the morning transfers.
    Your approximately one hour flight will take you northwest along the rugged Hudson Bay coastline and then inland until you arrive at our Tundra Camp. In the heart of Canadian Barren Lands, this remote camp is perched on the edge of one of Manitoba’s 100,000 lakes, near the Nunavut border. Upon arrival, our staff will show you to your private expedition tent and give a brief orientation.
    Includes: breakfast lunch dinner
  • Day 3 to 4 - Nature trekking and glamping in the Barren lands at Tundra Camp
    Your days will typically have a morning and afternoon excursion, with lunches served in Tundra Camp. You may also head out on a full-day excursion with picnic lunch.
    After a long and rewarding day of exploration, enjoy a glass of wine with appetizers before sitting down to a full-course dinner prepared by our chefs.
    Your time in the remote wilderness surrounding Tundra Camp will be filled with unforgettable adventure: camping in the Barren Lands, walking in the ancient migratory path of 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.
    After one last excursion in Tundra Camp, you will be transferred to Seal River Heritage Lodge for the second part of your adventure.
    Includes: breakfast lunch dinner
  • Day 5 to 7 - Wildlife viewing at Seal River Heritage Lodge
    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.
    Your days at Seal River will follow the same general timeline as in Tundra Camp, though meals may sometimes be delayed in favour of wildlife viewing and/or photographic opportunities.
    For our September 4 – 12 departure, days 2 – 7 vary slightly. Please click here to view that itinerary.
    Includes: breakfast lunch dinner
  • 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.
    Includes: breakfast lunch dinner
  • Day 9 - Homeward Bound
    After a restful sleep you will pack your bags in preparation for your flight home.

 

Note: Arctic Safari Itinerary due to weather and logistical complications that can arise from traveling in the north and to remote locations.