Travel to the remote coastal tundra, north of Churchill, Manitoba, for a once-in-a-lifetime photography expedition amongst the polar bears of the great Canadian north. Ground level photo opportunities are offered for Arctic wildlife in a pristine, untrammelled wilderness setting in the heart of polar bear country. Nowhere else can you get this close, and experience this high concentration of the majestic bears. No strangers to the Arctic chill, you are also likely to come across other interesting wildlife, such as caribou or Arctic fox. Another stunning feature of the remote northern location of this experience is the strong number of clear nights for viewing and photographing the Aurora Borealis, which can often be seen in full force, dancing across the sky in the evening. This will surely be an experience you won't soon forget. Travel to the remote coastal tundra, north of Churchill, Manitoba, for a once-in-a-lifetime photography expedition amongst the polar bears of the great Canadian north. Ground level photo opportunities are offered for Arctic wildlife in a pristine, untrammelled wilderness setting in the heart of polar bear country. Nowhere else can you get this close, and experience this high concentration of the majestic bears. No strangers to the Arctic chill, you are also likely to come across other interesting wildlife, such as caribou or Arctic fox. Another stunning feature of the remote northern location of this experience is the strong number of clear nights for viewing and photographing the Aurora Borealis, which can often be seen in full force, dancing across the sky in the evening. This will surely be an experience you won't soon forget.
Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel in Toronto. Your driver will meet you at the arrivals gate with a sign with your name to greet you before accompanying you for the transfer.
You will be provided with a pre-departure package which will include all necessary information that you will need for your trip including materials such as vouchers, maps, train tickets (if relevant) etc.
Enjoy a day trip to Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake with your private car and driver. After being picked up from your hotel, you'll be transferred to Niagara falls where you can have some free time to admire the falls and possibly take a cruise on the "Maid of the Mist" or explore the tunnel system behind the falls. Then explore the nearby town of Niagara on the Lake - with its quaint, quintessentially English feel.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer with vehicle and driver.
Flight from Toronto to Winnipeg (Not included in the tour cost).
Arrive in Winnipeg where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at the Four Points Sheraton at the Winnipeg Airport. At 7:00 pm this evening, a dinner will be held at the hotel where you will meet your group and your adventure specialist. You'll need your rest tonight for your early morning departure to Churchill.
Enjoy a short flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, where an expert staff member will meet you at the airport and will provide you with instructions of the morning transfer. You will also pick up winter gear if you are renting.
You will then be transferred by fixed wing aircraft to the finest Arctic Eco Lodge on the planet, the Seal River Heritage Lodge. This exciting flight takes you out over the historic Churchill River, and then northwest up the rugged Hudson Bay coast to Canada's most exclusive Polar Bear viewing properties. Keep a sharp eye out en route for caribou, seals, wolves and of course the "Great Ice Bears". Upon your arrival, your hosts will provide a tour of the Lodge and get you settled into your room. A thorough orientation on travelling in polar bear country will be provided prior to any outings. Then it's time to assemble all those priceless cameras, hard drives, and tripods and start burning some serious gigabytes! Tonight will offer your first chance to see the magical Aurora Borealis dancing across the night sky.
Each of your next three days will be spent going on daily tundra treks in search of polar bears to photograph. The daily outing typically takes place at 9:30 am, shortly after breakfast, when a guide will escort you and your group out into the remote wilderness surrounding the Searl River Heritage Lodge. This is the heart of polar bear country, so don't be surprised to have multiple encounters each day you go out! Your photos will have stunning backdrops with the sea and landscapes surrounding the lodge. Its shoreline is ideal for photographing bears on the snow and ice.Each evening you will return back to the lodge for appetizers and drinks at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner at 7:00 pm. From there, the common room with the fireplace is often the gathering place.
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!
Your final day of exploring the northern Manitoba wilderness is upon you. Get ready for an exciting day of encounters to yield some absolutely amazing photographs of these wild animals, giving you lasting memories to bring home. Tonight will of course be your last chance to see and capture the wonderous northern lights as well. If the skies are clear, get your tripod out and watch the magic unfold before your eyes.
After a hearty breakfast, pack your bags for a trip back south to Churchill on a bush plane. If you're lucky you may fly over a large herd of caribou on your way back. Upon arrival in Churchill, you will have an afternoon at leisure, followed by dining at one of the multiple restaurants where your provided $30 dinner voucher is accepted. After dinner, you will meet up with the expeditor and you will be transferred to the airport in preparation for your flight back to Winnipeg this evening.
Enjoy a short flight from Churchill back to Winnipeg this evening. Upon arrival, you will check back into the Four Points Sheraton for one more night, conveniently located at the Winnipeg airport.
Hilton Garden Inn (3*) is centrally located in Toronto's Garden District, within walking distance to the Toronto Eaton Centre, Dundas Square and a number of theatres including Elgin & Wintergarden Theatre, Cannon Theatre, and Lorraine Kimsa. Modern decor and luxurious amenities adorn each of their many unique guest rooms and their facilities will enhance the stay of their guests. The Great North American Grill is located on their second floor serving freshly prepared breakfast, 24 hour room service, and has an evening lounge with full beverage service. Popular restaurants in the area include The Keg Mansion, Hard Rock Cafe, Milestones and numerous independent restaurants available through their concierge desk. Work out in the complimentary fitness center, relax in the whirlpool or take a plunge in the pool.
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.
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.
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