An incredible adventure to the remote Schmok Lake to witness the migration of the Canadian ‘central barren ground’ caribou, and observe black bears 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: Fly to Winnipeg
Fly to Winnipeg on a daytime flight, and make your way to your overnight hotel. This evening you have an orientation dinner with other members of your group.
Accommodation: Inn at the Forks, 1-night
Day2: Fly to Churchill, Manitoba, transfer to eco-lodge by light aircraft
In the morning transfer to the 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 Seal River Heritage Lodge, one of the most exclusive eco-lodges in the Arctic.
Days3-7: Polar bear & black bear viewing; Schmok Lake caribou migration
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.
Day8: Transfer to Churchill by light aircraft, then fly to Winnipeg
This morning there is a chance for last-minute photo opportunities before a charter flight back to Churchill after breakfast. Upon arrival into Churchill you will have free time to explore the town and local places of interest before continuing to Winnipeg later in the afternoon.
Accommodation: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, 1-night
Day9: Depart Winnipeg
Day10: Arrive UK
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 10 daysfrom £10,645 pp
Duration and price excluding international flights: 9 daysfrom £9,545 pp
Single supplement: From £7,710
Group size: 15
, Limited spaces
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
Due to its location at the confluence of two major rivers that provide access to an extensive network of canoe routes, Winnipeg was a trading post for First Nations peoples long before the first Europeans arrived. It serves as a gateway to Churchill in northern Manitoba, where our polar bear tours start.
Excellent for: City stopover
Churchill is known as the ‘Polar Bear and Beluga Whale Capital of the World’ and lies right in the migratory path of polar bears, as they head north onto the ice floes to spend the winter hunting seals. Situated in Northern Manitoba, the coastline here is so remote that it has not changed in thousands of years.
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.