Birds, Bears and Belugas

7 Nights from £9,129 Including Flights

Overview

The Birds, Bears, and Belugas adventure in July and August combines the thrill of seeing and hearing beluga whales with summer polar bear viewing. With a backdrop of tundra alive with flora and fauna, this is our most diverse and unique programme. Seal Lodge is located 60 km's north of Churchill in the heart of polar bear country. Aside from the belugas and polar bears, you'll have the opportunity to see a whole host of other wildlife on this trip such as caribou, fox (red and Arctic), wolves, moose and birds galore (such species as ptarmigan, Smith's Longspur, Ross' and Bonaparte gulls, jaegers, et cetera). In fact, birders could see 100 species over the course of their adventure. Also keep your ears open for the sounds of other sub-Arctic wildlife, including wolves howling in the distance.

Seal River Eco-Lodge offers ground level photo opportunities for Arctic wildlife including polar bears, beluga whale watching in the Hudson Bay, and swimming with belugas. This summer adventure is highly conductive to family participation. You’ll enjoy wonderful cuisine and wines. We serve the finest food in the Arctic that is featured in the best selling “Blueberries & Polar Bears” cookbooks which were created by renowned chefs Helen Webber & Marie Woolsey. The package also includes stops at Churchill shops, historical/cultural sites & dog sledding options.

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  • Checked baggage
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  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Day 1

Fly to Winnipeg and check into your hotel, which is conveniently situated at the Airport. At 7pm a dinner will be held at the hotel where you will meet your group and your adventure specialist.

Overnight Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton, Winnipeg Airport

Day 2

Fly to Churchill, and then your adventure really begins with a second flight to the Seal River Heritage Lodge and breathtaking aerial views of the winding Hudson Bay coast. Be prepared to see huge pods of whales, countess birds, as well as caribou and magnificent Ice Bears. The Seal River Estuary is a summer favourite for these giants and they are regularly seen swimming or basking near the water's edge. Upon arrival your hosts will provide a tour of the Lodge and get you settled into your room. A thorough orientation on travel in polar bear country will be provided prior to any outings. After a full-course lunch you will experience the coast for the first time. Your first day at the Lodge will be rounded off by the first of many full-course meals and a cozy fireplace for evening wind down. Relax, recharge and get a good rest because you have five amazing days adventure ahead of you.

Day 3 - 6

Each morning your breakfast will be served at 08:00 and the tour of the day will typicallly depart the Lodge at 09:30. Depending on both weather and the group interest, you will enjoy the following activities:

Marine Tours & Beluga Swims

Tides and weather permitting there will be at least two expeditions by boat to view beluga whales, seals, seabirds, and polar bears. Marine tours are conducted in large, 12-person zodiacs powered by Mercury's clean burning 4 stroke outboards and fully equipped with two way radios, safety gear, flotation jackets for each passenger, and a hydrophone so that you can listen to the whale songs. Each expedition is a half day in order to coordinate with the high tides. Depending on the timing of the tides, refreshments and/or lunch may be served aboard. Expect to see hundreds of whales per outing. Beluga whales are very curious socialites and will investigate our presence with a bold courage expressed by few other creatures. Dry suits will be provided to offset the chill of the Hudson Bay.

Coast by Buggy

See the Hudson Bay coast on a custom made Tundra Tracker. A day trip in one of these vehicles allows the group to cover a lot of shoreline while searching out wildlife. Lunch is a picnic en-route, and there is ample time for exploration and photography.

Trekking/Walking Tours

This is a daily part of the program and the tours range from short jaunts to photograph a passing caribou to day trips with a packed lunch. There is no better way to experience the sheer vastness of the Arctic's flora and fauna. Nesting bird life, fox dens, wild flowers, and caribou are just a few of the sights you will take in. When polar bears are sighted, your guide will advise you on the best way to maintain a safe viewing distance.

Aurora Watching

You can enjoy the greatest light show on earth in summer, especially in the latter part of our season. The northern skies are a perfect ballroom for the aurora but  the Northern Lights are best photographed with a tripod so if you have one, bring it along.

Bird Watching

Over 100 species of birds visit this area and expert guides can help you locate and identify a wide variety of these - chances are you will add several "lifers" to your book.

Photo Presentations and Lectures

From lectures on "Travelling in Bear Country" to "Wildlife of the Arctic," northern adventurers will regale you with photos and stories. These conversations provide you the opportunity to learn about the Arctic wildlife, landscape, and people.

Rest and Relaxation

Should you decide that curling up by the fireplace with a good book or enjoying a hot drink and sharing stories with your fellow adventurers is what you need, you can feel free to do that too.

Generally by 4:00 p.m. you will be back at the Lodge for hot or cold drinks and appetizers, with dinner served at 7:00 p.m. after which, the fireplace is almost always central. Your guides will give informative lectures and slide presentations as well as initiate a discussion about the activities for the following day.

Bedtime is at your leisure. The entire Lodge area is patrolled for polar bears all night by one of our night watchmen so be prepared to have your sleep cut short by a nocturnal visit by one of the great ice bears or by a dazzling displays of northern lights.
 

Day 7

After another hearty lodge breakfast, begin air transfers back to Churchill. Have cameras ready again for the return flight as it affords excellent opportunities for great aerial shots. Today is your last day in the Churchill region. Upon your return to Churchill, the tour representative will store your luggage. The balance of the day is then free for browsing the shops and exhibits of Churchill. Local places such as Cape Merry, the Port of Churchill, the Eskimo Museum, the Polar Bear Holding Compound (otherwise known as the Polar Bear Jail), as well as the Parks Canada exhibit are all of great interest. Lunch and dinner are on your own this day. Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening. Upon arrival Winnipeg collect your bags and proceed to your hotel for the evening.

Overnight Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton

Day 8

Depart Winnipeg

  • Transatlantic flights to Winnipeg
  • Return flights from Winnipeg to Churchill
  • 1 night pre-tour accommodation in Winnipeg
  • 1 night in Churchill
  • 5 nights at Seal River Eco-Lodge
  • 1nt post-tour accommodation in Winnipeg
  • Porterage of one Bag per person
  • Excursions and trips as listed in tour Itinerary
  • Meals as shown in itinerary above

 

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