I have been to Churchill previously so was very excited to stay outside of town this time around. The Lodge is very comfortable, and the rooms have plenty of room for gear (if you don't overpack). The food service was extraordinary and the cooking staff is to be commended. Our guides (Rinie and Brad) and our driver (Jason) were so focused on finding bears. The bears viewed on the tundra were all singles, no moms with cubs or sparring males, but fun to photograph. We had bears visit the Lodge during the day so we got our up close and personal view. We also saw ptarmigan, fox and a ruddy turnstone. I love Arctic environments and we had an amazing wind/snow storm that added to my excitement. When we got up in the morning to go out in the rover, I thought we might not see much. But as we drove around, the observation tower was shrouded in white, making it mysterious and beautiful. The tide was coming in and some areas were flooded with a beautiful green river. Trees were ghostly forms in a world of white. I loved it. Then there were two nights viewing the Northern Lights. I really did not expect to see the lights on this trip, and they were spectacular.
I recommend using NatHab's jacket and boots because you never know how cold it will get. And it was VERY cold for days on the Lodge. Read NatHab's briefing book--it really helps you in planning your adventure. Keep an open mind when going on a polar bear trip. There are no guarantees of what you will see, but the arctic will not disappoint.
- Also Known As:
- Great White Bear Tundra Lodge Churchill, Canada - Manitoba