Arctic to the Pacific
Nature lovers will enjoy every minute of this wildlife experience. Encounter majestic polar bears, belugas in Churchill before flying west to explore the remote West Coast inlets for grizzly bears and orca, humpback and Pacific gray whales.
Day 1: Arrive Winnipeg On the night of your arrival in Winnipeg you will meet your adventure specialist and your group at a welcome dinner.
Day 2: Winnipeg > Seal River Heritage Lodge Early in the morning, you fly to Churchill on the Hudson Bay. There you transfer to your onward flight to fly-in only Seal River Heritage Lodge, your home for the next six days. On your way you might see pods of whales, countless birds, caribou and of course, polar bears. The Sea River Estuary is a summer favourite for these magnificent animals and they can often be found swimming or basking on the water's edge. Upon arrival you will be introduced to the lodge before you experience the coast on your first afternoon tour.
Days 3-6: Seal River Heritage Lodge Enjoy your days filled with outdoor adventures that will take your breath away! Depending on your interests and the weather, you can choose from the activities in the package in the includes list.
Day 7: Seal River Heritage Lodge > Winnipeg Enjoy a hearty lodge breakfast before you fly back to Churchill. Upon your return, the day is free for browsing the shops and exhibits before taking an evening flight to Winnipeg.
Day 8: Winnipeg > Vancouver After breakfast you leave Manitoba and take a flight to Vancouver (not included). Upon your arrival, check into a airport hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 9: Vancouver > Bones Bay Lodge The second part of your bear and whale adventure begins with you boarding your flight to Bones Bay Lodge. This floating lodge presents British Columbia's West Coast marine and wildlife in their natural habitats. Nothing compares to the awe and wonder of watching orca, humpback, Pacific gray and minke whales ply the waves, feeding and frolicking in the water.
Upon check in at the lodge you are welcomed with a guest orientation and a chef's sampling of West Coast delights before getting outfitted with all-weather gear and enjoying your first sightseeing cruise of Knight Inlet.
Days 10/11: Bones Bay Lodge In the next two days you have the opportunity to discover this breaktaking and diverse environment on the following tours:-
- Glendale Cove River Estuary day trip: You observe and photograph the region's residents: bald eagles, blue herons and possibly black and grizzly bears feeding.
- Cruise of the Johnstone Strait, summer home of playful orca pods; watch these impressive animals as they breach the surface, slap their tails and hunt for their prey. On the tour you will stop at historic Telegraph Cove and go on a memorable visit to the Johnston Strait Whale Interpretive Centre, better known as 'The Bones Project."
Day 12: Bones Bay Lodge > Vancouver After breakfast, the 3 hour "Captain's Pick" tour highlights local historic points and provides you with the opportunity to capture the magnificent wildlife on camera. Return to the lodge for lunch and your flight to Vancouver where your journey ends afer 12 exciting days.
Day 1 Vancouver > Bones Bay Lodge Depart Vancouver mid-morning. You will be met upon arrival for check-in and a guest orientation with quick tour of the resort/float lodge followed by lunch prepared with the Chef's sampling of delectable West Coast delights. After getting outfitted with all-weather gear, enjoy a 2-3 sightseeing and photographic cruise of Knight Inlet. Return to the lodge for dinner. Evening at leisure.
Day 2 Bones Bay Lodge After an early breakfast, board cruisers for an all-day trip up Knight Inlet to Glendale Cove River Estuary to observe and photograph wildlife including bald eagles, blue hersons and possibly black bears. Search for grizzly bears in known habitats such as an estuary and near a river. Return to the lodge for dinner. Evening at leisure
Day 3 Bones Bay Lodge After an early breakfast, board cruisers for an all-day trip to Johnstone Strait, summer home of the orca pods. Enjoy a stop in historic Telegraph Cove and a memorable visit to the Johnstone Straight Whale Interpretive Centre, better known as The Bones Project. Return to the lodge for dinner. Evening at leisure
Day 4 Bones Bay Lodge > Vancouver After an early breakfast, board cruisers for a 3 hour "Captain's Pick" tour, highlighting local historic points and your last wildlife photo opportunities. Return to the lodge for lunch and then pack for your departure and check-out. Arrive back into Vancouver in mid to late afternoon, weather permitting.
Day 5 Vancouver > Winnipeg Take a flight to Winnipeg (not included).
Arrive into Winnipeg and make your own way to the Grand Hotel, where you will enjoy a relaxing stay. At 7:00pm a dinner will be held at the hotel where you will meet your group and your adventure specialist. You will need your rest tonight for your early morning departure to Churchill.
Day 6 Winnipeg > Churchill Arrive in Churchill by air where one of our expert staff will meet you at the airport and will provide you with instructions of the morning transfers. Your adventure begins with a breathtaking aerial view of the winding Hudson Bay coast enroute to your home for the next 6 days - Seal River Heritage Lodge. Be prepared to see huge pods of whales, countless birds, as well as caribou and of course, the magnificent Ice Bears. The Seal River Estuary is a summer favorite for these goliaths and they are regularly seen swimming or basking near the water's edge. Upon your 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 Churchill Wild-style, you will experience the coast for the first time. The combination of diversity and sheer natural elegance will amaze you. Ensure your camera battery is charged as if you're like previous Churchill Wild guests, you will be eager to document each and every moment in this extraordinary and rare ecosystem. Your first day at the Lodge will be rounded out 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 5 amazing days to go!
Day 7-10 Seal River Heritage Lodge In the coming days, your breakfasts will be served at 8:00 a.m. and the tour of the day will typically depart the Lodge at 9:30 a.m. Depending on both weather and group interest, you will enjoy the following activities:
Marine Tours - Tides and weather permitting we will do at least two expeditions by boat to view beluga whales, seals, seabirds, and polar bears. Marine tours are conducted in large, nine-man inflatable boats, fully equipped with two way radios, safety gear, floatation 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. Both refreshments and lunch will be served aboard. Expect to see hundreds of whales per outing! Beluga whales are very curious and social and will investigate our presence with a bold courage expressed by few other creatures. Getting up-close and personal with these awesome creatures has been life-changing for many Churchill Wild guests.
Trekking/Walking Tours - These are a daily part of the programme and they range from short jaunts to photograph a passing caribou perhaps, to day trips with a pack 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 about the best way to maintain a safe viewing distance.
Coast by Tundra Tracker - See the Hudson Bay coast on our custom made Tundra Tracker. A day trip in one of these vehicles allows us to cover a lot of shoreline while searching out wildlife. Lunch is a picnic en route. We provide ample time for exploration and photography of the trail.
Whale Swim and exploration by Zodiac - Take to the bay for the ultimate plunge and join the belugas in their watery world. Dry suits will be provided to offset the chill of the Hudson Bay.
Wildlife Photography - Your guides have many years of experience in the field both as photographers themselves and working with professional photographers and can assist in many aspects of wildlife photography both in the composition and the execution of that memorable shot of a lifetime.
Ocean Paddles - We have several sea kayaks and canoes on site for your use at any time. Perfect tranquility with only the sound of your dipping paddle and the "sea canaries" is truly awe-inspiring!
Aurora Watching - Yes, 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 remember, the aurora are best photographed with a tripod so if you have one, bring it along.
Bird Watching - 150 species of birds visit this area and our 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," our own 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
Day 11 Seal River Heritage Lodge > 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. Today is your last day in the Churchill region. Upon your return to Churchill, our 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. Please refer to your "Top things to do and see" list we provided. Lunch and dinner are on your own this day. Please refer to the Safari Journal for suggestions. Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening and we hope to see you back at one of our Eco-Lodges for some more bear viewing very soon! Upon your arrival into Winnipeg collect your bags and head off to the Grand Hotel for the evening
Day 12 Winnipeg After a restful sleep you will pack your bags in preparation for your flight home. You will also enjoy a complimentary breakfast at your hotel before your trip back to reality. Make your own way to the airport for your flight.
• 2 nights' hotel accommodation in Winnipeg • Return transfers and flights from Winnipeg to Seal River Heritage Lodge • 5 nights' Seal River Heritage Lodge accommodation
Seal River Heritage Lodge inclusions:
- Meals & snacks at the lodge
- Marine tours: View beluga whales, seals, seabirds, & polar bears. Expect to see hundreds of whales per outing and listen to their songs via the boat's hydrophone
- Trekking/Walking tours: experience the Arctic's flora and fauna on foot.
- Tundra Tracker: see the Hudson Bay coast and wildlife on the custom made Tundra Tracker.
- Whale Swim and exploration by Zodiak: Join Beluga's in their watery world. (Dry suits provided)
- Ocean Paddles: sea kayaks and canoes offer tranquil exploration
- Aurora Watching: Enjoy the greatest light show on earth in the summer, especially in the later part of the season
• 1 nights hotel accommodation at Vancouver Airport • Return floatplane flights from Vancouver to Bones Bay Lodge
Bones Bay Lodge inclusions:
- Meals and snacks
- Glendale Cove River Estuary day trip: Observe and photograph the region's residents: bald eagles, blue herons and possibly black and grizzly bears feeding
- Cruise the Johnstone Strait: Summer home of playful orca pods; watch these impressive animals as they breach the surface, slap their tails and hunt for prey. On the tour you will stop in historic Telegraph Cove and go on a memorable visit to the Johnstone Strait Whale Interpretive Centre, better known as The Bones Project.
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Departs Winnipeg (Westbound)
Jul 11, 16, 21, 26, 31
Aug 5, 10, 15 Departs Vancouver (Eastbound) Jul 7, 12, 17, 22, 27
Aug 1, 6, 11
Departs Winnipeg (Westbound)
Jul 11, 16, 21, 26, 31
Booking conditions A non refundable deposit of 50% is required at time of booking. Full payment required at least 95 days prior to arrival. Child Age 8-12yrs sharing with 2 adults Luggage allowance for Winnipeg to Seal River Heritage Lodge is 50lbs (22kgs) per person checked and 20lbs (9kgs) carry-on luggage. Must be soft sided bags -no suitcases allowed.
A non refundable deposit of 50% is required at time of booking. Full payment required at least 95 days prior to arrival.
Child Age 8-12yrs sharing with 2 adults
Luggage allowance for Winnipeg to Seal River Heritage Lodge is 50lbs (22kgs) per person checked and 20lbs (9kgs) carry-on luggage. Must be soft sided bags -no suitcases allowed.
Not included •Flight between Vancouver and Winnipeg
•Transfers between airport and downtown Vancouver
•Meals other than specified Bones Bay Lodge
• Non-resident fishing license should you want to wet a line.
• Bones Bay Lodge do not provide beer or hard liquor, you are welcome to bring your own
•Flight between Vancouver and Winnipeg •International flights •Transfers between airport and downtown Vancouver •Meals other than specified
Bones Bay Lodge • Non-resident fishing license should you want to wet a line. • Bones Bay Lodge do not provide beer or hard liquor, you are welcome to bring your own
Gratuity • Gratuity for staff at Bones Bay Lodge (Recommended CAD 20.00 per day per guest for duration of stay)
• Gratuity for staff at Bones Bay Lodge (Recommended CAD 20.00 per day per guest for duration of stay)