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The Arctic to the Pacific

Reference CTS9864
12 nights from
£11529 pp
July - August 2019
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Encounter Canada’s unbelievable wildlife up close and personal.  Make a dream come true!

If you are a nature lover you will enjoy every minute of this wildlife experience.  Encounter majestic polar bears and belugas in Churchill before flying west to explore the remote West Coast inlets for grizzly bears and orcas, humpbacks and Pacific grey whales. Image the peace and tranquillity as you awaken to the sound of silence from your floating lodge, and see orca break the still waters metres away! This is truly a bucket list experience never to be forgotten!

Price based on 5th August 2019 departure.  Available on other selected dates July & August 2019 – call for details!

Return flights from the UK
Hotel accommodation in Winnipeg for 2 nights
Return transfers and flights from Winnipeg to Seal River
Heritage Lodge
Seal River Heritage Lodge 5 nights’ accommodation
Meals and snacks at lodge Marine Tours: view beluga whales, seals, seabirds, and polar bears. Expect to see hundreds of whales per outing and listen to their songs via the boat’s hydrophone.Trekking/Walking Tours: there is no better way to experience the sheer vastness of the Arctic’s flora and fauna than on foot.Photo presentations and lecturesCoast by Tundra Tracker: see the Hudson Bay coast and search out wildlife on the custom made Tundra Tracker.Aurora Watching: enjoy the greatest light show on earth in summer, especially in the later part of the season.
Hotel accommodation at Vancouver Airport 1 night
Round-trip flights from/to Vancouver - Port Hardy
Farewell Harbour Lodge 3 nights’ accommodation
Meals and snacks at lodgeRound trip water taxi from Alder Bay to Farewell Harbour LodgeA complimentary round trip ground shuttle from Port Hardy Airport to Alder Bay
All transportation on all wildlife excursions
Marine tour excursion on arrival day
One full day excursion to one of our grizzly viewing areas
One full day on marine tour excursion or an additional grizzly viewing excursion.
Half-day excursions on departure day
ABTA and ATOL protection

Itinerary

Upon arrival into Winnipeg Airport, make your way independently to you overnight hotel where you will meet your adventure specialist and your group for a welcome dinner.

Early in the morning, fly to Churchill on Hudson Bay. There you transfer to your onward flight to fly-in only Seal River Heritage Lodge, your home for the next six days. On your way you might see pods of whales, countless birds, caribou and of course, polar bears. The Seal River Estuary is a summer favourite for these magnificent animals and they can often be found swimming or basking on the water’s edge. Upon arrival, you will be introduced to the lodge before you experience the coast on your first afternoon tour.

Enjoy your days filled with outdoor adventures that will take your breath away! Depending on your interests and the weather, you can choose from the activities in the “package includes” list.

Enjoy a hearty lodge breakfast before you fly back to Churchill. Upon your return, the day is free for browsing the shops and exhibits before taking an evening flight to Winnipeg.

Depart Manitoba and take a flight to Vancouver (not included). Upon your arrival, check-in to an airport hotel for your overnight stay.

The second part of your bear and whale adventure begins with you boarding your flight to Port Hardy and transfer to the lodge. The lodge is located in Farewell Harbour on Berry Island on 10 acres of beautifully forested land. Berry Island is within the border of world renowned Broughton Archipelago Marine Park, which is located between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia with Queen Charlotte Strait to the west and Knight Inlet to the east. Farewell Harbour is a beautiful protected anchorage along the famed inside passage route to Alaska.

Upon check-in at the lodge you are welcomed with a guest orientation and appetizers before joining an afternoon tour in search of marine wildlife in the waters of the famous Johnstone Strait and Robson Bight Ecological Reserve.

In the next two days you have the opportunity to discover this breath-taking and diverse environment on the following tours:

- Bear viewing adventure to one of the main grizzly viewing estuaries.
- Exploration of the incredibly rich waters of Johnstone Strait and the Robson

Bight Ecological Reserve. Orcas typically return to these waters mid July. Humpbacks and other marine life can often be seen in May and June

After breakfast, choose from one of the following options:

- A short morning sea kayak excursion in the protected and crystalline waters near Farewell Harbour Lodge
- A marine excursion
- Bear Viewing

After lunch, return to the lodge for your flight to Vancouver where your journey ends after 12 exciting days.  Overnight Vancouver Airport