Dymond Lake Lodge
Dymond Lake Lodge is a short flight from Churchill, ideal for tundra walks, northern lights and wildlife encounters.
|7 Days||£10495||Oct - Nov 2023||Arctic Canada||Small Group Safari|
This safari puts you in the right place at the right time for polar bear viewing at Dymond Lake Lodge.
Accessed from the remote outpost town of Churchill via helicopter or light aircraft, Dymond Lake Lodge offers a truly remote wilderness experience in the realm of the polar bear. Settle in to your home for the next three or four days and make the most of the activities on offer from viewing polar bears and the Northern Lights to tundra walks and cosy nights back at the lodge by the warming fire.
Arrive in Winnipeg where you will enjoy a relaxing pre-safari stay. Meet your group and adventure specialist at dinner which will be about 6pm, then get a good night’s rest for an early start tomorrow.
Arrive in Churchill by air and then be transferred by fixed wing aircraft, over the historic Churchill River and then northwest up the rugged Hudson Bay coast, to Dymond Lake Lodge. Upon your arrival your hosts will provide a tour of the facilities and you’ll have chance to get settled into your room. A thorough orientation about polar bear safety and the surrounding areas will be provided prior to any outings. Today includes a guided hike around the rugged and starkly beautiful coastline, an interpretive slide show featuring the wildlife of Hudson Bay and hopefully a clear night for viewing the Aurora Borealis! All this will be topped off with a gourmet lunch and dinner where your hosts and guides will regale you with tales of life and adventures in Canada's Arctic.
Overnight: Dymond Lake Lodge (B, L, D)
Each morning after a hot breakfast, your guides will outline a plan for the day’s excursions. If there are bears near the Lodge, your morning tour may be delayed to take advantage of these photo and observation opportunities. The walks are comfortably paced as they are geared towards plenty of viewing and photo opportunities. Obviously we cannot allow the bears to approach too closely and your guides are expert in keeping bears at a safe distance without sacrificing exciting viewing.
Lunches are served at the lodge and we are generally back at there by 4:00pm for hot or cold drinks and appetizers. Your dinners are served at 7:00pm after which, you can relax by the roaring fire. Your guide team will give informative lectures and beautiful slide presentations as well as initiating discussions about the activities for the following day. 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 display of the Northern Lights!).
Overnight: Dymond Lake Lodge (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we transfer by air back to Churchill, spending the day with a guide exploring its rich history as a seaport and visiting the Itsanitaq Museum, the Polar Bear Holding Compound (otherwise known as the Polar Bear Jail), as well as the Parks Canada exhibit. Dog sledding and helicopter charters also fit nicely into this afternoon if you’re so inclined, before a group dinner. Then it will be back to your hotel or B&B so you can rest up for your sixth and final day with the bears.
Overnight: Churchill in Arctic Canada Polar Region (B, L, D)
Today you will travel across the tundra in the world famous Tundra Buggies for more polar bear viewing! Transportation by bus to and from the Tundra Buggies is provided at 8:00am and 5:00pm respectively, make sure you grab some breakfast before you go. Lunch "with the bears" will be prepared and served to you on the tour. Tundra Buggies are chartered so there are fewer guests for better views and a higher level of comfort. After your last day with the bears, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to Winnipeg.
Today you will catch your flight home, or, if you haven’t had enough of the bears yet, please contact us about the many options that can be added on.
This is a specialist-led set departure with a limited group size of 15 like-minded travellers, departing on specified dates.
2 nights in Winnipeg, 3 nights at Dymond Lake Lodge, one night in Churchill.
Dog Sledding from £85 per person.
Please note prices for 2023 include the Winter Clothing Package. The gear package includes a winter parka, insulated pants and insulated winter boots.
|Trip date||Prices from|
|Oct 20 - Oct 26 2023||£10495|
|Oct 23 - Oct 29 2023||£10495|
|Oct 26 - Nov 01 2023||£10495|
|Oct 29 - Nov 04 2023||£10495|
|Nov 01 - Nov 07 2023||£10495|
|Nov 04 - Nov 10 2023||£10495|
|Nov 07 - Nov 13 2023||£10495|
|Nov 10 - Nov 16 2023||£10495|
Churchill was the trip of a lifetime! The guide, Terry, was amazing! His compassion and understanding for the polar bears and his knowledge of the land was so much more than I could ever imagine. I only wished I could have stayed out there for the season. When looking into the eyes of the bears we encountered, I felt such a deep appreciation and love... These creatures are powerful, mysterious and lovely. Observing them in their environment was an awesome adventure. If you've trekked with the Virunga mountain gorillas in Rwanda, this trip is a must!
Fantastic in every way. Perfect!
It was everything we had hoped for and more. From the first time I contacted Gemma until we returned, everything went exactly as planned. There were so many moving parts to deal with, and the very minor "glitches" were easily dealt with. The accommodations at the lodge were great, the food had to be seen to be believed, and the staff were helpful, patient, kind and protective. The bears were unbelievable... We saw them constantly, some from afar and some very close (less than a few metres away)… Wow!
It was absolutely sensational! You definitely recommended the trip for us. We saw so many bears and at such close quarters it was almost too good to be true. We lost count! All things considered, it will be a difficult wildlife experience to match and we're missing our tundra dream like mad. It's great to be still talking about the bears a week on when reality has well and truly begun to take over again! The whole thing was an absolute dream (and we've never said that about any of our trips before).
It was awesome! We saw more bears than I thought possible and I even saw baby cubs and an Arctic fox. The accommodation was just perfect for the trip we were on.