See the new baby polar bears first hand. A watchful mother will always be close by as siblings play together. Northern Manitoba is one of the most pristine wilderness areas left in the world. Only a two-hour plane journey north of Winnipeg lies the coastline of Hudson Bay - an area so remote that it hasn't changed in thousands of years. During your breathtaking flight to your expedition lodge, you will fly over the Northern Taiga Forest and follow the mighty Nelson River to the plains and tidal flats of Hudson Bay. Stay alert for a chance to see beluga whales as you fly over the mouth of the Nelson & Hayes Rivers. What will make your adventure so unique though, is the high concentration of mother polar bears and their cubs. Experience the touching, genuine maternal bond shared between a mother and her cubs out in the vast Northern Canadian wilderness, where these wild polar bears live the way they have lived since time for them began.
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.
Upon your arrival into Winnipeg airport, make your way to the Sheraton Winnipeg Airport hotel via the sky walk which connects the terminal to the hotel.
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 Gillam. Upon arrival in Gillam, you will transfer to a private charter for your flight to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, your lodging for the next four nights. You'll likely have some great opportunities for aerial photography during the flight, so be sure to have your cameras ready. Upon arrival at the lodge, you will receive a tour and be shown to your room to get settled. Lunch is served slightly after your arrival, and you will be given an orientation on your stay in polar bear country. This day includes an interpretive walk on the inland Palsa Bogs, Tundra Ponds and Taiga Forest.Appetizers and cocktails are served nightly at 6:00pm, with dinner following at 7:00pm. The generator is turned off at 10:00pm, which means lights out. If it is a clear night, you may be able to view the Aurora Borealis.
Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge is the only tourist camp along a 100-mile stretch of Hudson Bay coastline, a polar bear mecca, with up to 400 bears passing by the lodge in a given season. The lodge, while not luxurious, is perfectly comfortable, with a common room and fireplace in the main lodge, quality beds, and full bathrooms in each heated cabin. The big draw is of course the polar bears- more than you are likely to encounter anywhere else on earth!
During the rest of your stay, breakfast will generally be served at 8:00 am, with daily outings beginning at 9:30 am. If there are bears near the lodge (this happens often), the tour may be delayed to take advantage of the photo and observation opportunities. Daily outings are on a rotating schedule, and may include any of the outlined activities.
Today, enjoy an ATV coastal tour to the tidal flats and Hudson Bay shoreline, including a viewing of the historic beached bessel the Mooswa. Lunch and a tea boil are served around the campfire.Later in the day, enjoy a guided nature trek as you go in search of the polar bear moms and cubs.
A full day photo tour to the coast of the Hudson Bay, allowing you to photograph polar bears and other abundant wildlife in their unique landscape. Often, groups are able to spot caribou, wolves, foxes, groundhogs and hundreds of different bird species around this area.
Lunch and a tea boil are served around the campfire. After lunch you will explore the river deltas and coastal eskers.
Staying close to the lodge will allow you to take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves as the day unfolds to photograph the Kings (or Queens) of the Arctic.
Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the Arctic environment. Lunch is served at the Lodge on this day. Appetizers and cocktails are served at 6:00 p.m. and your dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. After dinner there will be an informative lecture, slide show presentation, or informal visiting. Aurora Borealis viewing after dark if conditions are optimal.
This morning you will take advantage of last minute photo opportunities, pack your gear and get ready to head home.
Lunch will be served at the Lodge today and your charter for Gillam will leave afterwards.
This morning, take advantage of last minute photo opportunities. After a nice lunch at the lodge, pack your bags for a trip back south to Gillam on a bush plane. You will depart Gillam for Winnipeg in the late afternoon. Upon arrival in Winnipeg, you will again overnight at the Four Points Sheraton by the Winnipeg airport.
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