This active small group trip explores the Seal River estuary along the Hudson Bay by boat, on foot and from the traditional tundra tracker to view polar bears and beluga whales.
From the pristine Manitoba region, how about swimming with beluga whales and seeing polar bears on foot? This active tour is a great opportunity to experience the wildlife in more interesting ways than just sitting in a vehicle. You will have the chance to view whales by boat, and canoe and may even have the chance to get in the water. You will also have the chance to get out on foot to see polar bears (but also enjoy then from the comfort of a Tundra Tracker). Experience the northern lights and beautiful scenery - this really will be a journey to remember.
Day1: Fly to Winnipeg and overnight
Your hotel is conveniently situated at the airport, ready for your flight to Northern Manitoba tomorrow morning.
Accommodation: Four Points by Sheraton, Winnipeg – 1-night.
Day2: Fly to Churchill, Manitoba and transfer to lodge by light aircraft
You depart early from Winnipeg for Churchill, and transfer to a private charter plane for a 30 minute flight to Seal River Heritage Lodge. This scenic flight will give you some fantastic photographic opportunities of the beautiful Hudson Bay coast. The Seal River Estuary is a hot spot for polar bears. After your arrival briefing and a hearty lunch you head out for your first exploration of the coast and its fascinating ecosystem. Polar bears, Arctic fox, ptarmigan and snowy owl are all possible sightings here. Return for an evening by the fire.
The next four days are all about polar bears and beluga whales - and experiencing them from land and sea in every way possible! You may come close to inquisitive belugas by boat (there will be at least two whale watching trips), sea kayaking and swimming (not for the feint-hearted!). There will be a dry suit provided to keep some of the chill off!
For land based activities there are nature walks to see caribou and maybe polar bear from a safe viewing distance and vehicle based ‘tundra tracker’ trips along the coast to approach the bears for perfect wildlife photography opportunities.
During your stay, interpretation talks and lectures from the experts will be on offer each day and you may also be lucky enough to see the northern lights. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.
Day7: Transfer to Churchill by light aircraft, then fly to Winnipeg and overnight
This morning there is a chance for last-minute photo opportunities before a charter flight back to Churchill after breakfast. You’ll then continue to Winnipeg later in the afternoon and check into your hotel, Four Points by Sheraton, Winnipeg.
Your breakfast is included today though lunch and dinner is not as the options in Winnipeg are many and various.
Day8: Depart Winnipeg
Day9: Arrive UK
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 9 daysfrom £8,695 pp
Duration and price excluding international flights: 8 daysfrom £7,695 pp
Canada has 25% of the world’s wetlands, so it is no surprise that The Hudson Bay Lowlands are a wetland. An area of transition between boreal forest and tundra, Hudson Bay is host to a large diversity of wildlife, the greatest occurring in the spring, with the arrival of migrating birds and newborn animals.
Ideal for viewing: American beaver, American black bear, polar bear, willow ptarmigan, caribou
Strategically sited on the Hudson Bay shoreline, Seal River Heritage Lodge is rustic yet comfortable, providing an excellent opportunity to see polar bears in the snow. From the lodge you can photograph Arctic wildlife and get a bird’s eye view of amazing sunsets and sunrises from the viewing towers.