Set out on a rugged and remote Arctic region of Canada, join this 7-day Great Ice Bear Safari Tour, an ideal way to encounter and photograph bears on snow and ice and clear nights with excellent chances for northern lights photography. Located at Dymond Lake Ecolodge, Hudson Bay, Canada, capturing stunning photographs of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife, exploring the tundra, and experiencing the breathtaking natural beauty of the landscape is exhilarating, surprisingly colorful, and striking. After days of a remote adventure, spend the day exploring Churchill, learning about its rich history as a seaport, and enjoying a chartered Tundra Buggy Tour for a whole new vantage point.
Capture stunning photographs of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife
Learn about Arctic ecosystems from a naturalist guide.
Explore the historic port of Churchill and meet local characters
Enjoy guided hikes, buggy tours, or ATV rides to see Hudson Bay coastline
Witness the sky come alive with a fascinating show of the aurora borealis
Indulge your taste buds with tundra-inspired cuisine & Canadian Wine
Arrive in Winnipeg, where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at our choice hotel, The Grand by Lakeview at the Winnipeg Airport. Your winter gear fitting and collection will take place at 5 p.m. before you meet the rest of your group. A Churchill Wild representative will host an orientation dinner.
*Note: Churchill 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 Dymond Lake Ecolodge
Arrive in Churchill by air, where one of the expert staff will meet you at the airport and provide you with instructions for the morning transfers. A fixed-wing aircraft will then transport you to Dymond Lake Ecolodge. This short flight takes you out over the historic Churchill River and then northwest up the rugged Hudson Bay coast. Watch out for moose, wolves, and, of course, the "Great Ice Bears" as you travel.
Upon arrival, your hosts will provide a tour and show you to your room. Lunch will be served soon after, and before heading out on your first excursion, you will be thoroughly debriefed regarding your stay in polar bear country.
This day includes a guided hike on our rugged and starkly beautiful coastline, an interpretive slide show featuring the wildlife of Hudson Bay, and hopefully a clear night for viewing the Aurora Borealis. Dymond Lake Ecolodge features an Aurora viewing tower for northern light observation. All this will be topped off with a lunch and dinner where your hosts and guides will regale you with tales of life and adventures in Canada’s Arctic.
Day 3-4: Dymond Lake Ecolodge Adventure Activities
Each morning, after a hot breakfast, your guides will outline a plan for the day’s excursions. If there are bears near the lodge, your morning tour may be delayed to take advantage of these photo and observation opportunities. The walks are comfortably paced as they are geared towards plenty of viewing and photo opportunities.
Back at the lodge, enjoy appetizer hour followed by one of the signature tundra-inspired meals. Evenings typically include an informative lecture or slide show presentation narrated by one of Churchill Wild’s knowledgeable guides or staff. On clear nights, you may also have a chance to view one of the spectacular aurora borealis displays common at this latitude.
Bedtime is at your leisure, and you can rest easy knowing you won’t miss out on anything. The lodge staff monitors the compound and skies and will rouse you if the aurora or a nocturnal polar bear makes an appearance.
Day 5: Fly to Churchill
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After another hearty Lodge breakfast, you will begin air transfers back to Churchill. Have your cameras ready for the return flight, as it affords excellent opportunities for great aerial shots.
Back in Churchill, you’ll spend the day with one of the tour guides exploring Churchill and the area and learning about its rich history as a seaport and ex-military town. 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.
Tonight you’ll overnight in Churchill at our choice hotel.
Day 6: Churchill Adventure Activities | Fly back to Winnipeg
Today, you will travel across the tundra in a Tundra Buggy for more polar bear viewing. Transportation by bus to and from the launch site is provided pre- and post-tour. You’ll have lunch out on the tundra during your tour.
Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening. Upon arrival, collect your bags, head out of the arrivals doors, and back to The Grand Hotel.
Day 7: Return Home
After a restful sleep, you will pack your bags in preparation for your flight home.
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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.
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5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
6 Nights Accommodations
5 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
Roundtrip flight between Churchill to/from Churchill Wild Lodges
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
*Note: The winter gear provided is designed to fit guests from child to adult. Boot sizes larger than a men’s size 13 or a very small child are customized sizes are not provided. Additionally, guests over 6’4” may be required to bring their own gear as we may not have clothing sizes to fit.
Chartered Tundra Buggy tour
One-night accommodation in Churchill
Additional excursions during free time
Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
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.
We are so glad that we chose Adventure Life. The service is top-notch. Everything is well taken care of and we just have to print the documents and go. Franny even gave us timely updates on possible airport strike.