Small Group Safari

Polar Bear Photo Safari

A 7-day specialist-led polar bear safari based from Seal River Heritage Lodge. Look out for bears, moose, caribou, seals and the Northern Lights.

Duration 7 Days
Price From $10,200
When Oct - Nov 2019 & 2020
Destination Arctic Canada

Safari Overview

Your launch pad for this polar adventure is the industrial town of Winnipeg. From here you catch two onward flights to access the remote region of Seal River Heritage Lodge. This unique location provides access to some spectacular wildlife sightings with the King of the Arctic being an obvious highlight. With informative presentations throughout your stay, you depart a few days later an expert on the wildlife of the north (with hopefully a few sightings under your belt as well)!

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Spend long hours in the field, getting up close to Arctic wildlife.
  • Opportunity for ground level photography with polar bears.
  • Try dog sledding and take a helicopter charter.

A polar bear and photography focussed safari; come back with some stunning mementos of your journey!.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Winnipeg

Arrive in Winnipeg and relax in preparation for your early morning flight to Churchill tomorrow. This evening you will meet the group and your adventure specialist at dinner (about 6pm) and let the anticipation build for your polar bear safariā€¦

Overnight: Arctic Canada D

Day 2

Winnipeg - Seal River Heritage Lodge

You will then transfer to a fixed wing aircraft or helicopter for your exciting flight over the historic Churchill River, then northwest over Hudson Bay to Seal River Heritage Lodge. Keep an eye out for the local wildlife such as caribou, moose, seals, wolves and, of course, the Great Ice Bears.   Upon your arrival, your hosts will provide a tour of the lodge and get you settled into your room. A thorough orientation on travelling in polar bear country will be provided prior to any outings. Tonight, make sure your cameras are fully charged and memory cards have ample space ready for your adventures tomorrow.

Overnight: Seal River Heritage Lodge B, L, D

Days 3-5

Seal River Heritage Lodge

The heart of bear country is a photographer’s dream; ideally located on the shore for capturing unforgettable shots of bears, ice and ocean. There are also an exceptional number of clear nights here too - perfect if you wish to capture the incredible Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) on camera. You can expect your time here to be filled with trekking from the lodge and there are lots of trails to follow.   Gourmet meals are served at times accommodating photo opportunities and you can expect a few of your meals to be interrupted as bears pass the windows for unmissable shots. Generally, breakfast is served at 8:00 am, lunch as required; with appetizers at 6:00 pm followed by a veritable feast for the palate at 7:00 pm.   Evenings are spent near the fireplace downloading images, sharing the stories of the day's adventures or taking in an informative lecture or slide show. 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 the dazzling displays of northern lights!).

Overnight: Seal River Heritage Lodge B, L, D

Day 6

Seal River Heritage Lodge - Winnipeg

We recommend local places such as Cape Merry, the Port of Churchill, the Eskimo Museum, the Polar Bear Holding Compound as well as the Parks Canada exhibit which are all of great interest. Dog sledding and helicopter charters fit nicely into this afternoon if you’re so inclined. You will have a choice of Churchill restaurants for an early dinner and will be provided with a $30.00 dinner voucher, on which participating restaurants will be listed. After dinner you will be met and escorted to the airport in preparation for your flight back to Winnipeg.

Overnight: Arctic Canada B, L, D

Day 7

Depart Winnipeg

Today you will catch your international flight back home, or you can connect with other itineraries that start in the area. Please contact us for more details.

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

This is a small group safari departing on set dates.

2019 Departures 2020 Departures
Oct 21 - 27 Oct 21 - 27
Oct 25 - 31 Oct 25 - 31*
Nov 2 - 8 Oct 29 - Nov 4
Nov 10 - 16 Nov 2 - 8
Nov 14 - 20 Nov 10 - 16
Nov 14 - 20

*With photo leader Robert Postma.

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