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Wat'chee Lodge

about wat'chee lodge, churchill

Wat’chee Lodge is a full-service non-consumptive wilderness lodge located 40 miles south of Churchill, Manitoba owned and operated by Michael and Morris Spence.

In Cree language, Wat’chee means ‘a hill covered with trees in the middle of the tundra’, and the lodge actually sits in the world’s largest polar bear denning areas, adjacent to Wapusk National Park. The lodge is a refurbished navy communications base adjacent to Wapusk National Park and the world’s largest polar bear denning area.

Open for only a short period every year, Wat’chee Expeditions offers a unique opportunity in North America to see polar bear cubs and their mothers in their natural habitat.

Wat'chee Lodge Details

Style

Once a navy communications base, the lodge has now been beautifully refurbished with a rustic style.

Setting

40 miles south of Churchill, Wat’chee Lodge is in a world-renowned destination for the adventurous naturalist or avid nature photographer. Access is only via a private plane charter from Churchill, Manitoba – this is usually included in the cost of your stay.

Accommodation & Facilities

There are just 10 rooms, some with one set of bunk beds, the others with two sets. The bunk beds are sturdy, made from wood, and the rooms are basic, but your time here is not about your room, it is all about the experience.

There is a cosy sitting area with a roaring fire, fantastic for socialising and relaxing in the evenings.

Dining

Your meals are served ‘family style and the cuisine is tasty and warming, just what you need in the sub-Arctic.

Activities

You may not have heard of Wat’chee before, but any polar enthusiast will have seen their work as many photos and videos of mothers and their cubs were filmed here. 

Enjoy the experience of building a snow-house or go for a walk on the tundra using snowshoes. Sample delicious, traditional Aboriginal food – caribou, ptarmigan and bannock. The evenings are filled with presentations on Aboriginal culture, as well as slide shows and videos about the Churchill area. When the skies are clear, you can witness the dazzling light show of the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights.

Days at the lodge are spent seeking out the local wildlife – the great polar bear and her cubs, caribou, ptarmigan, foxes and possibly even wolves. Your guides are indigenous to the arctic area and their expertise is second to none, guests can fully enjoy a perfectly safe yet unforgettable world class experience!

Child Policy

This lodge is not recommended for children. The trips that go out from here are focused on seeing the polar bear mothers and their cubs, and there can be a lot of waiting around in the cold.

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