A wonderful time to view the intimacy between mother and cub, and their playful approach to life.
The tidal flats and plains of Hudson Bay, where native Cree trappers once traded furs at isolated trading posts, is the setting for a unique summer adventure. These summer feeding grounds for polar bears offer fantastic opportunities to photograph mothers with their cubs, as well as the area’s other abundant wildlife: migratory birds, wolves and moose.
Day1: Depart London (via Toronto) / arrive Winnipeg, 1-night hotel
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 Gillam, Northern Manitoba and transfer to lodge by light aircraft, 4-nights lodge. Interprative walk
Early departure from Winnipeg for Gillam, and transfer to a private charter plane for the one hour flight to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. There should be some great opportunities for aerial photography during the flight, so make sure you have your camera to hand. Upon arrival at the lodge, and after lunch or light snack, there will be a short interpretive walk on the inland Palsa Bogs, Tundra Ponds and Taiga Forest. After dinner, relax and enjoy an informative slide show presentation, before lights out at 10pm (this is when the generator is turned off). You may even be lucky enough to view the Aurora Borealis. Accommodation: Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge - 4-nights. Lunch and dinner is included today.
Days3-5: Polar bear activities – explore the area with a naturalist guide
Nanuk is unique in possessing a high concentration of wild polar bears, mothers and cubs, many of these may have never seen a person before, and have not learned to fear people. You’ll enjoy daily excursions, to the Hudson Bay tidal flats or coastline, to view polar bear mothers and their offspring, returning at the end of each day to your comfortable cabin and cosy lounge, with its large windows overlooking the coast and passing bears, to compare your encounters with other members of the group. Or you may choose to remain close to the lodge and photograph the wildlife there. Breakfast, lunch (1 standard, 1 picnic) and dinner are included during your stay.
Day6: Transfer to Gillam by light aircraft and fly to Winnipeg, 1-night hotel
This morning there is a chance for last-minute photo opportunities before a charter flight back to Gillam after lunch. You’ll then continue to Winnipeg later in the afternoon and check into your hotel, Four Points by Sheraton, Winnipeg Your breakfast and lunch is included today, and will need to make your own arrangements for dinner.
Day7: Depart Winnipeg (via Toronto)
Depart on an overnight flight back to the UK (via Toronto)
Day8: Arrive UK
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 8 daysfrom £7,995 pp
Duration and price excluding international flights: 7 daysfrom £6,995 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
Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge is in a remote location on the Hudson Bay coast, 250 kilometres from Churchill. Accommodation consists of four heated twin cabins with private bathrooms. A full programme of daily activities focuses on seeing polar bears, using 4-wheel drive vehicles with naturalist guides.