• Destination Specialists

    We are Canada & Alaska experts!

    Our professional and passionate team members regularly visit Canada & Alaska and know the destination like the palm of their hand.

  • Customised Holidays

    We create tailor-made holidays!

    Whether you are looking for a dose of nature and wildlife, travelling as a family with kids or looking for the perfect holiday to celebrate an occasion in style, we guide, we suggest and we piece together a seamless trip.

  • Exclusive Offers

    Exclusive Offers!

    We work closely with our suppliers to provide exclusive deals and added values along with competitive prices.

  • Deals in AUD

    Deals in AUD*

    You will not be affected by exchange rate fluctuations or fees (* some exclusions may apply)

  • Best Local Partners

    We Only Use The Best Operators

    We have selected only the very best partners to work with in Canada & Alaska, all of which have been working with us for years so you can rest assured you’re receiving the best service.

  • Australian Owned

    Give Us a Call!

    We are an Australian-owned business with a sales office in Sydney. Give our friendly team a call for assistance.

Birds, Bears & Belugas

Birds, Bears & Belugas

7 nights from
AU$15,229 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Wildlife Viewing
  • CATC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Canada
7 nights from
AU$15,229 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Wildlife Viewing
  • CATC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Canada
Description 
  • Package Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 7-night accommodationActivityActivity Bear & wildlife viewingMealsMeals Meals as per itineraryTourTour ATV coastal tour to the tidal flats and Hudson Bay shorelineTourTour Free time to explore Churchill, the polar bear capital of the worldTransportationTransportation Round trip airfare Winnipeg - Churchill - Winnipeg

Summary

Capture the essence of the Canadian wilderness through this 8-day package. Indulge in a scenic flight to the remote Hudson Bay coast and settle at Seal River Heritage Lodge, a charming lodge included in National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World. Take part in exciting excursions and get your cameras ready for sightings of whales, birds, caribou, polar bears and foxes. During the evening, don’t forget to gaze skyward or you might miss the greatest light show on Earth—the Aurora Borealis. Before ending your unforgettable tour, explore the beautiful town of Churchill at your own pace and visit popular tourist attractions, including the Itsanitaq Museum, the Polar Bear Holding Compound, and Parks Canada Visitor Centre.

This tour departs from Winnipeg.

2020 Departure dates: July 11, 16, 21, 26 & 31; August 5 & 10

Inclusions

  • 5-night accommodation at Seal River Lodge (included in National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World)
  • 2-night accommodation in Winnipeg
  • Small group tour with maximum of 16 passengers
  • 6 breakfast and lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • Roundtrip flights to Winnipeg, Churchill & Seal River Lodge
  • Marine tours
  • Trekking/walking tours
  • ATV coastal tour to the tidal flats and Hudson Bay shoreline
  • Aurora watching
  • Bird watching
  • Wildlife photography
  • Free time to explore Churchill

Itinerary

Day 1, Arrive in Winnipeg
Arrive in Winnipeg where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at your hotel. At 7:00 pm, a dinner will be held at the hotel, where you will meet your group and your adventure specialist. You will need your rest for your early morning departure to Churchill. (D)

Day 2, Churchill
You’ll arrive in Churchill by air and one of the expert staffs will meet you at the airport to provide instructions regarding your morning transfers. Your adventure begins with a breathtaking aerial view of the winding Hudson Bay coast en route to your home for the next six days – Seal River Heritage Lodge. Be prepared to see huge pods of whales, countless birds, as well as caribou and of course, the magnificent polar bears. The Seal River Estuary is a summer favourite for these goliaths and they are regularly seen swimming or basking near the water’s edge. Upon your arrival at Seal River Lodge, 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 Hudson Bay coast for the first time. The combination of diversity and sheer natural elegance will amaze you. Make sure your camera battery is charged. If you’re like previous Churchill Wild guests, you’ll 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 followed by a cosy fireplace for the evening wind down. Relax, recharge and get a good rest because you have five amazing days to go! (B, L, D)

Days 3 - 6, Enjoy a panacea of activities
In the coming days, your breakfasts will be served at 8:00 am and the tour of the day will typically depart the Lodge at 9:30 am. (B, L, D)

Depending on both weather and group interest, you will enjoy the following activities:

  • Marine tours – Tides and weather permitting, you 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, flotation 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. Refreshments and snacks 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 program and they range from short jaunts to photograph a playful fox, to day trips with a packed 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 sik siks are just a few of the sights you may 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.
  • Wildlife photography – Your guides have many years of experience in the field both as photographers themselves and through working with professional photographers. They can assist you in many aspects of wildlife photography, including both the composition and the execution of that memorable shot of a lifetime.
  • Aurora watching – Yes, you can enjoy the greatest light show on earth during the summer, especially in the latter part of our season. The northern skies are a perfect ballroom for the Aurora Borealis, but remember, the northern lights are best photographed with a tripod. 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,” northern adventurers will regale you with photos and stories. These conversations provide you with the opportunity to learn about the Arctic wildlife, the landscape, and its 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, feel free to do that too!

Day 7, Farewell Churchill
After another hearty lodge breakfast, 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, a 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 Itsanitaq 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.

Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening. Upon arrival, collect your bags, head out of the arrivals doors and look to your right. Your hotel is only a two-minute walk away. (B, L, D)

Day 8, Departure
After a restful sleep, you will pack your bags in preparation for your flight home.

Contact a Canada & Alaska Travel Specialist

Enquire Now

Meet Your Canada & Alaska Specialist...

(We're real people that want to help you)

Contacts

Enquire about this Package

Call us

Prefer speaking to us over the phone? Our Canada & Alaska Specialists would love to help you out!

AU 1300 794 959

Opening Hours:
9am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday

Find out more information from our Canada & Alaska Specialist

Call us

Prefer speaking to us over the phone? Our Canada & Alaska Specialists would love to help you out!

AU 1300 794 959

Opening Hours:
9am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday

Your Accommodation

3/4/5-Star Canada Accommodation

Complete you extraordinary Canadian experience by staying at the best hotels & resorts of the country. Choose from our array of 3/4/5-star hotels, each featuring upscale facilities that will make your vacation truly unforgettable.

 
Accommodation Details »

Enquire about this Package

Find out more information from our Canada & Alaska Specialist

Enquire Now

Meet Your Canada & Alaska Specialist...

(We're real people that want to help you)

Contacts