Fly-in to a remote polar bear cabin camp set along the coast of Hudson Bay for an almost private polar bear viewing and photography experience like none other. Join this unique opportunity to photograph one of the world’s most magnificent predators from ground level in the Canadian Arctic! This is not just a polar bear trip – it’s an immersive experience in the land of the polar bears, the Inuit people, and the intricacies of the tundra. This program gets you as close to polar bears in their natural environment as possible. It’s an experience that leaves lifelong memories.
Day 1 : Arrive Winnipeg Day 2 : Winnipeg to Churchill Days 3-5 : Polar Bear Observation Day 6 : Photography Morning | Depart for Winnipeg Day 7 : Return home
Stay in a cabin strategically placed for reliable polar bear encounters
Observe and photograph polar bears while they wait for the river to freeze
Head out on daily hikes outside the camp fence, safely led by Inuit guides
Delight in magical light shows created by the northern lights
Fly from Winnipeg airport to Churchill, Manitoba (the flight from Winnipeg to Churchill and back is not included in the trip price). On arrival, transfer to a private charter aircraft waiting on the tarmac to whisk you away to a Polar Bear Cabin. During the 40-50 minute flight, aerial photography is possible of the landscape halfway between Churchill, MB and Arviat, NU on the Hudson Bay coast, only a few miles south of the mighty Gellini River.
The cabin placement is strategic for reliable polar bear encounters and photography. As the river to the north of the cabins is 5 km wide, Churchill polar bears travelling north along the Hudson Bay coastline are not inclined to move farther north. The cabins, therefore, are placed directly in “polar bear alley.” Spend unforgettable moments living with the polar bears, observing and photographing them while they wait for the river and the Hudson Bay coast to freeze.
Spend the next few days observing polar bears in the wild and admiring the stunning natural landscapes. Set your tripod up inside the protective electric fence that surrounds the camp. Wait for the perfect close-up of the polar bears that wander by in the company of local guides and staff. The fence is approximately 1.2 meters (4 feet) high with wires spaced far enough apart to allow you to take unimpeded photographs of the visitors.
Come to rely on your local Inuit guides, who know the polar bears well. Their knowledge was gained from living among them for generations. Take their advice to ensure the safety of humans and polar bears alike!
Safely led by your Inuit guides, head out on daily hikes outside the perimeter of the camp fence. Approach polar bears to get unparalleled close-ups (generally 30 m (100 feet)). Often the polar bears are friendly, in good spirits, and uninterested in their human audience. From time to time, a curious polar bear approaches. Following the advice of your guides provides the most authentic, safe, and intimate polar bear moments available anywhere on the planet.
The location and timing of these adventures enrich an already outstanding experience. Delight in magical light shows created by the northern lights. Each evening after sunset, eagerly await the unforgettable display!
This morning there is time for a few more photos before packing and leaving the polar bear cabins behind. Board the charter flight shortly after noon. Change planes in Churchill for the flight to Winnipeg (the flight from Winnipeg to Churchill and back is not included in the trip price). Overnight in Winnipeg near the airport.
This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.