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Walrus, dolphins and killer whales are drawn to Hudson Bay to feed on the large numbers of fish present here. The bay is also on the migration route of the polar bear as it travels south.

Hudson Bay encompasses 1,230,000 square kilometres, making it the second-largest bay in the world. The area contains great quantities of nutrients and small crustaceans. provide food for invertebrates such as molluscs, starfish and sea urchins, which feed the fish that live here – the most common being cod, salmon and polar plaice. These in turn draw the walrus, dolphins and killer whales that live in the northern regions of the bay, and polar bear migrate south to hunt seals amongst the ice.

Some 200 species of birds, including ducks, snow geese, gulls, swans and sandpipers gather on the coasts and islands.  Spring brings the arrival of migrating birds and newborn animals to the tundra.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: American beaver, American black bear, polar bear, willow ptarmigan, caribou
  • Where: Manitoba, Canada

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Beluga Whales & Polar Bears

Explore the Seal River estuary along the Hudson Bay by boat, on foot and from a traditional tundra tracker to view polar bears and beluga whales which congregate over the summer months. Travelling as part of a small group, experience the northern lights and beautiful scenery on a journey to remember.

  • When to go: Jul-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £8,995 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Caribou Migration & Great Bear Adventure

An unmissable journey over a vast area of Canada's Arctic wilderness, home to wolf, caribou and moose. Staying in one of the finest Arctic eco lodges close to black and polar bears, this incredible adventure also takes you to the remote Schmok Lake to witness the migration of the Canadian caribou.

  • When to go: Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £10,295 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Polar Bear Mothers & Cubs

This small group trip travels to a remote yet comfortable lodge near the tidal flats and plains of Hudson Bay, feeding grounds of polar bears during the summer. This is a wonderful time to view and photograph the intimacy between mother and cub, and their playful approach to life.

  • When to go: Jul-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 8 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £8,395 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Dymond Lake Lodge

Just a 15 minute flight north of Churchill, Dymond Lake Lodge is luxury wilderness eco-lodge occupying a strip of land between the lake and the bay. Picture windows and a viewing tower looking over the tundra provide views of the surrounding wilderness, and activities are based around polar bear viewing.

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

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.

Seal River Heritage Lodge

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.