Experience a Canadian wildlife encounter second to none, with endless photo opportunities and experiences. On this expedition you will be exploring vast areas of Canada's last remaining wilderness, from the Arctic "Serengeti" the great tundra plains known as The Barren Lands, through "The Land of Little Sticks" and finally down to the rugged Hudson Bay coastline, home of the Great White Bears. Your travels will take you over 20,000 sq km’s of the wildest regions in the Arctic, home to wolves, caribou, moose, three species of bears (polar, black & grizzly), Arctic & coloured fox, wolverine, beaver, pine marten and countless bird life all set on a kaleidoscope of spectacular fall colors. If you have the energy, stay up and watching the finest light show, Aurora Borealis, from the best viewing zone in the Arctic.
At 7:00pm a dinner will be held at the hotel where you will meet your group and your adventure specialist. You will need your rest tonight for your early morning departure to Churchill.
The Four Points by Sheraton Winnipeg International Airport(3.5*) is Winnipeg's only hotel connected to the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport by skywalk. This hotel offers first-class facilities and features 132 guest rooms and suites. The on-site restaurant serves quality offerings and has an extensive menu. After dinner, relax and unwind in the Local Heros sports bar. The property has a state of the art fitness centre as well as all of the services and amenities you would expect from a hotel of this standard.
Enjoy a short flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, where a representative will greet you at the airport upon your arrival.
This is it, the point of no return; you will leave Churchill this morning on a fixed wing aircraft. It will wing your way north-west to the finest Arctic Eco-Lodge on the planet, the Seal River polar bear viewing lodge. There will be endless visuals en-route, so keep those eyes peeled for polar bears, caribou and other wildlife. Arrive at the Lodge, meet your hosts, check into your private room, and prep your camera gear. The guides will provide you with a brief orientation and it’s time to get out on the land!
Seal River Heritage Lodge is a family-owned and operated eco-lodge located just above the high water mark of western Hudson Bay. Accessible only by air, boat, dogsled or snowmobile, and 50 km away from the nearest community (Churchill) this location was chosen for several reasons - beauty, uniqueness and diversity. The surrounding area is truly wilderness. The air pure, the water crisp and clean and the land unspoiled. The location also minimizes the efforts people need to undertake to view wildlife. The coastline is the most active area for wildlife movements – the animals come to the people, reducing the temptation to use motorized vehicles to find them.
The placement of the lodge puts you right in the action of polar bears and many other wildlife in the area. Spend the day learning about the wildlife and the land from your knowledgable group guide as you adventure out around the lodge, and spend some time in the lodge's viewing tower, giving you an amazing and safe view of bears as they pass right along the property. You will never get this close to polar bears anywhere else!
With your group guide, go on a tundra trek, as you search for wildlife in the most environmentally friendly way- on foot. There are many different animals that can be seen in the area, including wolves and Arctic fox.
A charter aircraft will be used to take you out for a day trip to encounter the migrating masses of Canadian Central Barren Ground Caribou, which number in the hundreds of thousands in the area. This can be an absolutely miraculous sight.
With another excursion out along the tidal flats, keep your eyes open for the possibility of coming across grizzly or black bears, which can also be seen in the area. The spectacular backdrop of fall colours offers up photo-worthy imagery at every turn.
Millions of migratory birds make their way through the Hudson Bay coastline area each year, giving you an opportunity to snap some great photos, or even pull out the binoculars on your daily adventure out to spot wildlife. Don't hesitate to ask your guide about anything you see along the way.
After a hearty breakfast, pack your bags for a trip back south to Churchill on a bush plane. You will have an afternoon at leisure before continuing on to Winnipeg this evening.
Enjoy a short flight from Churchill back to Winnipeg this evening. Upon arrival, you will check into the Four Points Sheraton, conveniently located at the Winnipeg airport.
Today you will travel home. Safe travels!
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