An incredible adventure to the remote Schmok Lake to witness the migration of the Canadian ‘central barren ground’ caribou, and observe black and polar bears from one of the finest Arctic eco lodges.
This is an unmissable journey as you get a unique chance to traverse over 20,000 square kilometres of Arctic wilderness, home to wolves, caribou, moose, three species of bear, Arctic fox, wolverine, beaver and pine marten. As you travel through this untouched eco-system, you will cross the caribou migration route with a chance to observe the natural phenomenon of half a million individuals crossing over the Arctic in search of greener pastures.
Day1: Depart London (via Toronto) / arrive Winnipeg, 1-night hotel
On arrival at Winnipeg International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening you have an orientation dinner with other members of your group.
Accommodation: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel – 1-night. Dinner is included today.
Day2: Fly to Churchill 5-night eco-lodge. Polar bears and caribou viewing
In the morning transfer to Winnipeg Airport for your flight north to the small isolated community of Churchill. With a breathtaking view of the Hudson Bay coast you head north-west to one of the most exclusive eco-lodges in the Arctic - Seal River Heritage Lodge.
Accommodation: Seal River Heritage Lodge, lunch and dinner included
Days3-7: Polar and black bear viewing, Schmok lake caribou migration 1-night Tundra camp
For the next five days you are in for a treat on this true wilderness adventure. There will be plenty of activities including tundra trekking to look for polar bears, observing beluga whales on migration, the chance to see black and maybe grizzly bears, wolves and Arctic fox in the company of an expert naturalist guide. A small charter plane will take you on am exhilarating two day trip to Schmok Lake, one of the most pristine part of the Arctic, where you will observe from your tundra camp the beautiful phenomenon of the Canadian central barren ground caribou migration.
The day is free until you transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK (via Toronto). Depending on your departure time, there may be time to explore Winnipeg. Note: you will have to check out of your hotel room by midday at the latest. Only breakfast is included today.
Day10: Arrive UK
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 10 daysfrom £9,495 pp
Duration and price excluding international flights: 9 daysfrom £8,495 pp
Single supplement: From £6,840
Group size: 15
Included in the price/package:
Return flights between Winnipeg and Churchill
Charter flight to Schmok Lake
7 nights hotel accommodation
1 night tundra camp
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
Located in Manitoba’s barren land, 230 kilometres northwest of Churchill, Schmok Lake is the perfect location to witness the incredible phenomenon of the caribou migration. This pristine wilderness region benefits from an untouched and rich ecosystem which in turn affords rare wildlife-viewing opportunities.
Excellent for: Walking safaris, Flying safaris, Vehicle safaris, Wolf watching
Located in the remoteness of the Arctic and accessible only by helicopter or light aircraft, this camp's isolation ensures an outstanding wildlife experience, with wolves, Arctic foxes, wolverines and caribou all resident in the area. Accommodation consists of five traditional tundra cabins with two shared bathrooms.
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.