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Arctic Safari

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Spend your week on this 9-day Arctic Safari tour, a uniquely Canadian Arctic adventure, as you explore camping in the vast Barren Lands on a private expedition. Experience the remote wilderness near Tundra Camp, including camping in the Barren Lands, exploring the ancient caribou migration grounds, and learning about Arctic flora and fauna. Enjoy days of ground-level trekking in search of polar bears at Seal River Heritage Lodge and join Jad Davenport, an acclaimed photographer, on an assignment for National Geographic Creative. Gather tips and inspiration from Jad as he helps you document your experience and develop your unique storytelling style. Throughout the trip, witness the Arctic wildlife in its natural habitat with the help of experienced guides.
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Highlights
  • Discover Canadian Arctic and see unique wildlife in their natural habitat
  • Experience camping in the vast Barren Lands in a private expedition tent
  • See Arctic wildlife up-close-and-personal in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy nature trekking with an expert naturalist guide
  • Witness the sky come alive with a fascinating show of the aurora borealis
  • See the historic port of Churchill and iconic landmarks
  • Join an expert photographer on an assignment for Nat Geographic Creative
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Arrive in Winnipeg

Arrive in Winnipeg, where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at our choice hotel, The Grand by Lakeview at the Winnipeg Airport. Meet the rest of your group at an orientation dinner hosted by a Churchill Wild representative.

*NoteChurchill Wild reserves the right to make changes to this itinerary due to weather and logistical complications that can arise from traveling in the north and to remote locations.

Day 2: Fly to Churchill | Fly to Tundra Camp

After an early morning flight, arrive in Churchill, where the expediter will meet you at the airport and provide you with instructions for the morning transfers.

Approximately one-hour flight will take you northwest along the rugged Hudson Bay coastline and then inland until you arrive at the Tundra Camp. In the heart of Canadian Barren Lands, this remote camp is perched on the edge of one of Manitoba’s 100,000 lakes near the Nunavut border. Upon arrival, the staff will show you to your private expedition tent and give a brief orientation.

Day 3-4: Tundra Camp Adventure Activities

  • Campsite
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Your days will typically have a morning and afternoon excursion, with lunches served in Tundra Camp. You may also head out on a full-day excursion with a picnic lunch.

After a long and rewarding day of exploration, enjoy a glass of wine with appetizers before sitting down to a full-course dinner prepared by our chefs.

You will have many unforgettable experiences during your stay in the remote wilderness near Tundra Camp, including camping in the Barren Lands, following the ancient caribou migration route, and learning about Arctic flora and fauna. The Hudson Plains and Taiga Shield are rich ecosystems filled with history, and our expert naturalist guides are eager to share their extensive knowledge with you as you explore the area on foot during interpretive hikes.

You will be transferred to Seal River Heritage Lodge for the second part of your adventure after one final excursion at Tundra Camp.

Day 5-7: Seal River Heritage Lodge Adventure Activities

  • Campsite
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
The location of Seal River Heritage Lodge on the coast of Hudson Bay puts it directly in the path of polar bears who wander the shoreline as they await freeze-up. Your wildlife excursions will target on-the-ground viewing of these iconic animals. During your stay, you may also encounter colored and Arctic foxes, sik-siks (Arctic ground squirrels), and Arctic hares. Due to the timing of your trip, there is also the potential to see a myriad of Hudson Bay migratory birds and shorebirds. The stunning backdrop of fall colors will make for spectacular photography throughout your safari.

Your days at Seal River will follow the same general timeline as in Tundra Camp, though meals may sometimes be delayed in favor of wildlife viewing or photographic opportunities.

Day 8: Fly to Churchill | Fly back to Winnipeg

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Return transfers are scheduled to begin after breakfast. Have your cameras ready for the return flight, as it will be the final opportunity for aerial shots.

Back in Churchill, you’ll spend the day with one of the expert tour guides exploring the town and surrounding area and learning about its rich history as a seaport and ex-military base. Your tour will include stops such as the Parks Canada exhibit, the Itsanitaq Museum, and the Polar Bear Jail. Along the way, your guide will point out murals that were commissioned in 2016 as part of the SeaWalls mural festival. Before a group dinner, your guide will give you free time to shop for last-minute souvenirs at the unique gift stores in Churchill.

Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening. Upon arrival, you will collect your bags, head out of the arrivals doors, and back to The Grand Hotel.

Day 9: Return Home

After a restful sleep, you will pack your bags and prepare for your flight home.

Accommodations

Seal River Heritage Lodge

Seal River Heritage Lodge
Seal River Heritage Lodge
Seal River Heritage Lodge

The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel by Lakeview

The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel by Lakeview
Hotel Reception Area
Hotel Lobby

Barren Lands Tundra Camp

Tundra Camp
Northern Lights in Tundra camp
Tundra Camp

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Solo guests can opt for a shared room with another person of the same gender at the standard double occupancy rate. Alternatively, a single room option is available at the listed rate, ensuring a private room both at the lodge and the required hotels in the package.

Rates may vary based on current exchange rate.

Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • 7 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Roundtrip Flight between Winnipeg to/from Churchill, Manitoba
  • Prices include a provincial tax of 3.5% and a federal tax of 5%. Taxes are subject to change. Children from ages 8 to 12 are qualify for the child rate.
  • All meals, excursions, and guide services while in Churchill and at the Lodge
  • Roundtrip airfare between Churchill, Seal River Heritage Lodge, and to Tundra Camp
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • International Flights

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