Hudson Bay Odyssey
Holiday Reference: 16168
Available on selected dates August & September 2019 - Call for details
The remoteness of Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge provides you with exclusive access to one of the most pristine wilderness areas in the world. It is also strategically located in very close proximity to significant polar bear denning activity.
On your daily excursions, you will explore the Cape Tatnam Wildlife Management Area surrounding the Lodge. This is where the boreal forest ends and the Subarctic begins. This unique convergence of ecosystems, nourished by the Hudson Bay coastal waters, is home to an impressive variety of flora and fauna. It is here that you can find wolves, black bears and polar bears, co-existing as they have for thousands of years.
Arrive in Winnipeg and make your own way to the Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel, where you will enjoy a relaxing stay (no transfer is needed - the hotel is only a two minute walk). During the evening, Churchill Wild hosts an informative orientation chat where you can meet your fellow travellers over refreshments and anticipate your departure from civilization.
You will depart Winnipeg for Gillam early in the morning on Calm Air International. Upon arrival in Churchill you will transfer to a private charter for your one hour flight to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Upon arrival at the Lodge, your hosts will provide a tour and show you to your room to get settled. Lunch is served shortly after and you will then be given an orientation regarding your stay in polar bear country. Your first day includes an interpretive walk on the inland Palsa Bogs and Tundra Ponds adjacent to the Taiga Forest and the Hudson Bay coastline. Appetizers and cocktails are served at 6pm and dinner is served at 7pm. During the evening there will be an informative lecture or slide show presentation narrated by one of Churchill Wild’s knowledgeable guides or staff. If it is a clear night you may also have a chance to view one of the spectacular Aurora Borealis displays common at this latitude
Breakfast will be served around 8am and your outings will begin at about 9.30am. If there are bears near the Lodge your tour may be delayed to take advantage of the photo and observation opportunities. There is always the option available for anyone to stay behind to take photos of the wildlife around the Lodge and relax. Daily outings may include the following, depending on weather and ground conditions: (1) Morning and afternoon excursions with lunch served either at the Lodge or out on the trail; (2) an ATV coastal tour to the tidal flats and Hudson Bay shoreline (lunch and a tea boil are served around a campfire); (3) a full day tour of the coastline of Hudson Bay to photograph polar bears and other abundant wildlife in their unique environment (lunch and a tea boil are served around a campfire); (4) staying close to the Lodge to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves as the day unfolds.
Appetizers and cocktails are served at 6pm and dinner is served at 7pm. During the evening, there will be an informative lecture, slide show presentation, or informal visiting. Churchill Wild staff will monitor Aurora Borealis after dark if conditions are optimal and will provide a gentle wake-up call to ensure you don’t miss any opportunities to witness and photograph this spectacular Arctic phenomenon.
After breakfast, you will depart on your flight back to Churchill. In Churchill, a representative will store your luggage. For the rest of the day, you can explore the shops and exhibits at your own leisure. In the evening, depart on your flight to Winnipeg. Upon arrival, a shuttle will drive you to the Inn at the Forks for a restful night.
Today you will make your way (independently) to the airport and fly home, marking the end of your adventure.