This trip combines the thrill of seeing and hearing beluga whales with summer polar bear viewing on the tundra. Thousands of beluga whales congregate in the Hudson Bay each summer, and you’ll see and hear hundreds of them both from the air on the flight to and from the lodge and on boat tours in the Seal River Estuary. You’ll even have the opportunity to swim with them! Also interested in the belugas are the polar bears, here to wile away the summer and provide us with fantastic viewing opportunities in the process. You’ll have the chance to see a whole host of other wildlife on this trip as well—including caribou, fox (red and Arctic), wolves, moose, and birds galore (such species as ptarmigan, Smith’s Longspur, Ross’ and Bonaparte gulls, and jaegers, etc).
Arrive in Winnipeg and enjoy a relaxing night—you’ll need your rest for your early morning departure to Churchill. Over an arranged dinner at the hotel, meet your group and your adventure specialist. Accommodations are at The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel in a Deluxe Room.
A commercial flight will transport you to Churchill, where upon arrival, lodge staff will meet you at the airport and will provide you with instructions of the morning transfers. Your adventure begins with a breathtaking aerial tour of the winding Hudson Bay coast en route to the lodge. Be prepared to see huge pods of whales, countless birds, caribou and, of course, the magnificent polar bears. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch prior to your first guided walk on the tundra. Accommodations are at Seal River Heritage Lodge.
Days 3 – 6
Each morning after breakfast, you’ll head out with an expert guide to enjoy one of the following activities: marine tours to view beluga whales, seals, seabirds, and polar bears; trekking/walking tours to study the Arctic’s flora and fauna; whale swim (the ultimate plunge!) and exploration by Zodiac; ocean paddles by kayak or canoe; aurora watching—the greatest light show on earth; and travelling the coast in the lodge’s custom-made Tundra Tracker. Each evening, enjoy informative lectures, beautiful slide presentations, and conversation around the fire. Accommodations are at Seal River Heritage Lodge.
Travel by charter flight back to Churchill—another opportunity for great aerial shots. From there, you will have the opportunity to check out the town of Churchill, in the heart of Polar Bear Country. You will have time to visit this unique frontier community on your own. Stops include the Port, the Eskimo Museum and the Polar Bear Holding Compound. Dinner will be provided in a local restaurant before your brief transfer to the airport. From there a commercial flight will deliver you back to Winnipeg for your final night. Accommodations are at the Inn at the Forks in a Standard Room.
After breakfast in the hotel you will walk across the road to the Winnipeg Airport to board your flight on your scheduled departure. Safe travels!