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Overview

From Manitoba fly out to Churchill on Hudson Bay and connect to an exciting flight over the Churchill River to the remote Seal River Lodge. From here you will have the chance to spot some of the 57,000 beluga whales which gather in the bay each summer and even see polar bears as they attempt to hunt for the whales from coastal rocks.
There is plenty more wildlife to be seen as well, including seals, birdlife and passing caribou. A host of organised trips will help you make the most of your stay. You can head to the waters on a marine tour, join a nature trek, scan the coastline from a Tundra Tracker buggy and even dive into the waters wearing a dry suit to swim with the beluga whales.

Details

Day 1

Fly to Winnipeg, Manitoba, and spend the night in a hotel close to the airport.

Day 2

Take an early morning flight from Winnipeg to Churchill on Hudson Bay and connect to an exciting flight over the Churchill River to the remote Seal River Lodge, north west along the coast. This exclusive and luxurious lodge is the perfect place to experience the rugged beauty of Canada’s north and its unique wildlife within its natural habitat.

Day 3-6

Over the coming days you will head off for your day’s tour at around 9.30am after a gourmet breakfast. The follow activities are available, depending on the weather and interest from the holiday group:

Marine Tours – half day expeditions in fully-equipped nine-man inflatable boats to view beluga whales along with polar bears, seals and seabirds. There will be at least three expeditions organised during the trip depending on tides and weather. Hydrophones are provided so you can listen to the whale songs and refreshments and lunch are served onboard.

Trekking/Walking Tours – organised daily and ranging from short walks to day trips with packed lunch to see nesting bird life, fox dens, caribou, wild flowers and much more. It is one of the best ways to experience the beauty and variety of the Arctic’s animal and plant life.

Coast by Buggy – take a day trip in the lodge’s custom-made Tundra Tracker, which lets you cover long stretches of the Hudson Bay coastline to spot wildlife. Picnic lunch en route.

Whale Swim and Exploration by Zodiac – Head out in a Zodiac motorboat and don a dry suit to plunge into the bay and join the beluga whales for the ultimate swimming trip.

Ocean Paddles – Sea kayaks and canoes are available for guests’ use at any time to head out into the bay on.

Aurora Watching – the aurora borealis is particularly impressive in the later part of the season and Seal River Lodge is one of the best places to enjoy this extraordinary natural phenomenon

Rest and Relaxation – as well as all these activities Seal River Lodge is a great place to relax – curl up by the fire with a good book and a hot drink.

Day 7

Catch an early morning flight from Seal River Lodge to arrive in Churchill with a chance to visit sights like the Eskimo Museum, Cape Merry, Parks Canada and the Port of Churchill.
Overnight stop at the Aurora Inn, one of the best hotels in Churchill.

Day 8

Fly back from Churchill to Winnipeg for an overnight stop.

Day 9

Spend the morning in Winnipeg before heading to the airport to catch your return flight.

Day 10

Arrive back in Ireland.

What's Included

  • Scheduled transatlantic flights
  • Eight nights staying in hotels and lodges as described
  • Professional tour leaders from day two to day six
  • Five breakfasts, five lunches and six evening meals
  • Flights and transfers all provided
  • Wilderness adventure

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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