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Arctic Discovery

9 Days (8 Nights) | $10,995
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The Arctic Discovery will profoundly re-establish your place in nature by immersing you through time in one of the planet's untamed wilderness areas: the Canadian Arctic. You will be exposed to the history of the area, encounters with the beautiful beluga whales and polar bears, and your journey will conclude with five days deep in the heart of the coastal home and denning area of the majestic polar bear.Your immersive experience begins in Churchill, the gateway to the historical fur trade. The relative isolation of this fascinating arctic port has preserved the link between the timeless practices of the indigenous influences of the north with the modernizations of the 21stcentury. It is from Churchill that you will first encounter one of the many uniquely adapted mammals of the arctic ecosystem, the beluga. You will feel a kinship with this intelligent species as family pods curiously regard you floating among them in your kayak. Their incessant songs and chatter which permeate the water around you will remind you that we are not alone in our ability to engage in sophisticated communication.You will be then be transported to the remoteness of our Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, deep in the wilds of the Hudson Bay coast where you will be humbled by face to face encounters with the undisputed lords of this area: the mighty polar bear. This area hosts significant polar bear denning activity and mothers and cubs frequently call this coastline home as they patiently await the return of the winter feasting.

Day 1: Arrive Winnipeg (D)

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You will arrive in Winnipeg and stay overnight at the Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel by Lakeview where your adventure with us begins. During the evening, Churchill Wild hosts an informative orientation chat where you can meet your fellow travellers over refreshments and anticipate your departure from civilization!

Day 2: Winnipeg - Churchill (L,D)

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You will depart Winnipeg for Churchill early in the morning on Calm Air International. You will be greeted in Churchill by your Churchill Wild host who will shuttle you to the Polar Inn which will be home base for your two days in this unique community. After settling in, you will enjoy a hearty brunch in a local restaurant where your local guide will introduce you to your itinerary for the next two days. After brunch you will be brought to the docks of the local Churchill River for several hours of frolicking with the belugas in your kayak, with your guide in an accompanying zodiac. An afternoon tea will refresh you for your late afternoon guided tour of the historic Prince of Wales Fort which served as the stronghold of the Hudson Bay company's grip on the early fur trade. Your day's activities will conclude with a relaxing dinner at one of Churchill's favourite dining spots. Excursion times for your Churchill adventures will vary with the tides in order to maximize your time with the belugas.

Day 3: Churchill (B,L,D)

You will have an early start to the morning with a healthy breakfast bar set up at your hotel, following which you will catch the early morning high tide for a guided tour of the estuary and an optional swim with the belugas. A delicious lunch will follow at the local favourite lunch spot, Gypsies, where their baked delicacies yield a special delight, knowing that the assembly of fresh ingredients involve careful logistic planning well beyond a simple visit to a local super market! The afternoon will provide you with an opportunity for a second kayaking encounter with the belugas, or allow for some free time to wander about the unique shops of this northern port town. Late afternoon provides time for visiting the excellent Parks Canada museum located in the historic train station, and the award winning Eskimo Museum. Your Churchill visit will be completed with a gourmet dinner hosted by local resident Helen Webber in her home. Helen has a multi-generational connection with this northern community going back to the fur trade, and you will enjoy her culinary talent first hand while also taking home your meal in the form of a cookbook from her bestselling series -Blueberries and Polar Bears'€.

Day 4-7: Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 4 begins with a scenic flight from Churchill over the coastal flats of the Bay before arriving at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Hot breakfasts will generally be served at 8 a.m. and your outings will begin at about 9:30 a.m. Lunch will either be served at the Lodge or enjoyed out on the land. Daily outings may include the following, depending on weather and ground conditions:

Coastal exploration in our specially designed -rhino'€ (you'll see!) to the tidal flats and Hudson Bay shoreline. Lunch and a tea boil are served around a campfire.

An immersive tour of the coastline of Hudson Bay to photograph polar bears and other abundant wildlife in their unique environment.

Discover and experience the river deltas and vast coastal beach ridges of this pristine area. Staying close to the Lodge to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves as the day unfolds, to photograph the polar bears and other wildlife.

Appetizers and cocktails are served at 6 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m. During the evening there will be an informative lecture, slide show presentation, or informal visiting. Churchill Wild staff will monitor Aurora Borealis after dark if conditions are optimal and will provide a gentle wake-up call to ensure you don't miss any opportunities to witness and photograph this spectacular Arctic phenomenon.

Day 8: Nanuk Polar Bear - Winnipeg (B)

This morning you will take advantage of last minute photo opportunities, pack your gear and prepare to head home. Lunch will be served at the Lodge today and your charter for Churchill will leave afterwards. You will depart Churchill for Winnipeg on Calm Air later in the afternoon. You will arrive in Winnipeg early in the evening and will again overnight at the Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel by Lakeview.

Day 9: Depart Winnipeg (B)

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Today you will fly home on your own travel arrangements, marking the end of your adventure with Churchill Wild and the beginning of a lifetime of savouring the experiences of the Arctic.

Tour Includes:

  • 2 nights of accommodation in Winnipeg
  • 4 nights of accommodation at the Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Churchill
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Roundtrip airfare between Winnipeg, Churchill and our lodge 
2017 Departure Dates:  Per Person
Aug 16, 10, 14, 2017  $10,895
2018 Departure Dates:  Per Person
Aug 5, 2018  $10,895

Pricing is per person, in Canadian Dollars plus applicable taxes (9%)

**Tour dates are not guaranteed until minimum number of passengers is reached, you will be advised that the time of booking if your date is a guaranteed departure.

The above pricing and itinerary is subject to seasonal surcharges and operational dates for the suppliers.

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