Trip reference number: 176233

Trip Operator: Wexas Travel

Hudson Bay Odyssey, Manitoba

From: £8155.00

Holiday overview

A recent inclusion in the prestigious National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge is located 250 km and 75 minutes southeast of Churchill by plane, deep in the heart of polar bear country. An authentic wilderness lodge with all the comforts of home, Nanuk Lodge is ideally situated on the shores of Hudson Bay. This location, near known polar bear denning territory, sometimes affords us the opportunity to view mothers and cubs-of-the-year. Nanuk maximises ground-level polar bear and wildlife viewing and offers spectacular coastal views of Hudson Bay via nature trails, viewing decks, and expansive picture windows. Whether you’re hiking, dining, or relaxing at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, you will be able to observe polar bears and other wildlife at eye level.



Holiday itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Winnipeg

Begin your trip in style with included airport lounge access before your day flight to Winnipeg. Then, on arrival, make your way to your hotel in the heart of the city. before heading out to dinner in the company of your fellow adventurers.

Stay: Grand Airport Hotel (Standard)

Day 2: Winnipeg to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

You will depart Winnipeg for Churchill early in the morning where you will transfer to a private charter for your one hour flight to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Upon arrival at the Lodge, your hosts will provide a tour and accommodation and lunch is served shortly after your arrival, you will then be given an orientation regarding your stay in polar bear country.

Your first day includes an afternoon of exploring the coastline in search of the “Great Ice Bear”. Appetizers and cocktails are served at 6 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m. During the evening there will be an informative lecture or slide show presentation narrated by one of Churchill Wild’s knowledgeable guides or staff. If it is a clear night you may also have a chance to view one of the spectacular aurora borealis displays common at this latitude.


Days 3-5: Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Breakfast will generally be served at 8:00 a.m. and outings begin at about 9:30 a.m. If there are bears near the Lodge touring may be delayed to take advantage of the observation opportunities. The option is also always available for anyone to stay behind to take photos of the wildlife around the Lodge and relax. Daily outings may include an ATV coastal tour to the tidal flats and Hudson Bay shoreline with lunch served around a campfire. A full day tour of the coastline of Hudson Bay to photograph polar bears and other wildlife in their native environment. Lunch and a tea boil are served around a campfire. After lunch you will explore the river deltas and coastal eskers, or stay close to the Lodge to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves as the day unfolds, to photograph the King of the Arctic and other wildlife. Each night return for appetizers and cocktails served at 6:00 p.m. and dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. During the evening there will be an informative lecture, slide show presentation, or informal visiting. Staff will monitor the Aurora Borealis after dark if conditions are optimal and will provide a gentle wake-up call to ensure you don’t miss any opportunities to witness the spectacular Arctic phenomenon.


Day 6: Return to Winnipeg

After another hearty Lodge breakfast, we will begin air transfers back to Churchill. Have your cameras ready for the return flight as it affords excellent opportunities for great aerial shots. Upon your return to Churchill, 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 Itsanitaq 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. Please refer to your “Top Things to Do and See” list we provided.

Fly south to Winnipeg in the evening, upon arrival, collect your bags and settle in at The Grand Airport Hotel for a restful night filled with cherished memories.

Stay: Grand Airport Hotel (Standard)

Days 7-8: Depart for the UK

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the airport in time for your onward flight, arriving home on day eight.

Holiday pricing

Valid for travel

12-18 Aug / 16-22 Aug / 20-26 Aug / 01- 07 Sep / 05-11 Sep / 09-15 Sep / 13-19 Sep / 17-23 Sep 2021

Includes

  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights between London and Winnipeg via Toronto
  • Return flights between Winnipeg and Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge
  • 2 nights in Winnipeg
  • 4 nights at Nanuk Lodge, meals, transfers and activities as indicated


Equipment provided

The equipment provided at the Lodge includes rain gear, rubber boots, winter gear (rental), and gear for use during marine excursions  designed to fit guests from child to adult. Boot sizes larger than a men’s size 13 or a very small child are considered to be customized sizes that cannot be provided. Additionally, guests over 6’4” may be required to bring their own gear as we may not have clothing sizes to fit.

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