Churchill Wild in Manitoba, Canada offers some of the best polar bear watching adventures in the world, letting you get close to these magnificent animals while staying in a wilderness lodge. The company has been in business for over 20 years and operates four unique lodges surrounded by unspoilt wilderness.
The Birds, Bears and Belugas safari in July and August will take you on a 7-night adventure filled with bears, beluga whales, caribou, Arctic fox, wolves, moose, and over 150 species of rare birds. Guests use the Seal River Heritage Lodge north of Churchill, Manitoba to immerse themselves in the incredible Arctic wilderness.
The Birds, Bears and Belugas safari consists of boat and trekking tours led by Churchill Wild's experienced nature guides. A custom made Tundra Tracker takes travelers along the coast in search of wildlife. One one of the days, you will be able to jump in the ocean with beluga whales (the company will provide you with dry suits to protect you from the chilly waters).
Whether you are an experienced photographer or have been waiting for the perfect time to get started, the guides will point you in the right direction. Some of the guides are seasoned field photographers themselves, while others have been guiding photographers on tours for years.
Guests are welcome to use sea kayaks and canoes to explore the waters surrounding the lodge on a calm day. In the evenings, photo presentations and lectures allow you to learn more about the Arctic. The safari costs $8,795 CAD per person, including lodging, airfare and meals.
In addition to the The Birds, Bears and Belugas safari, there are several other wildlife experiences, including the Arctic Safari in September, the Great Ice Bear Adventure in October & November, the Polar Bear Photo Safari and several others. Many of the safaris sell out months ahead of time, so it's a good idea to book early (churchillwild.com, 1-866-846-9453).