Here is the bear truth. The Tundra Buggy Lodge is not the RItz Carlton..why would you even expect that given where you are headed? The experience from Winnipeg to Churchill via air is unremarkable. The bus transfers are standard as is the shopping in Churchill for Polar Bear themed purchases, but once you transfer to the Tundra Buggy heading out on to the frozen tundra trails (former US Military trails - a great form of sustainable tourism use!) you are on your way to the adventure of a lifetime. And I want you to know, as a profession I am a 30 year seasoned hotelier who has managed some upscale boutique hotels. When I travel, I am ultra picky about where I go and where I stay. As the member of a group of people who were looking to collaborate in a unique setting on an emerging business model, I was unsure as to what to expect. Recent reviews on trip advisor really didnt give me what I was looking for - so here is my best attempt at being honest with you. The Tundra Buggy's are big machines that bounch you around like you are in a fun house of sorts. The drivers are experienced and safety in everything that is done both for yourself and for the bears is foremost in the minds of the staff. So if, per chance you are going to be in a needy state of mind, versus, the mind of the explorer...change gears! Nothing and I mean nothing should prevent you from having a wonderful time with Tundra Buggy Tours...Once you arrive at the Lodge..you will find you are in a camp of sorts. Give up your need to be pampered and spolied at the local spa and realize you are in a social experience with other from around the globe - here to celebrate the beauty of the North and the majestic Polar Bear. You will bunk with others, 2 bathrooms per 16 per cabin, 2 bathrooms one common shower, you must use the water sparingly. For the first time in my adult life I didnt shower for 2 days! (only a sponge bath). I slept in the top bunk and that meant I had to climb up and down to use the bathroom a few times in the night. Big deal. The wind blew...yes, it blew so hard that on occasion our door blew open in the night...if people were cold they got an extra blanket. the bunks are comfortable but the space is cramped...but for the love of it all...you're in a different world..put away all your social norms on Hotel living and go back to your childhood...or maybe you are up for a real adventure...You will meet people from around the world...some young..some old..all with interesting reasons why they made it their life quest to come and see the Polar Bears! The meals were healthy and delicious. BYOB...and behave..you are in a special kind of living. Be quiet when you get up in the morning, others are sleeping, help out around the place and dont waste..this is an intimate chance to see one of the great wonders of the world. The Polar Bear - in its natural setting - playful, hopeful, watchful...on the move and in their glory...
So bring your biggest and best camera...be a great ambassador of the globe coming to the Tundra Buggy Lodge with your best attitude about the fact that while it may not be the Ritz it is more special in that you will walk away enriched, enlightened and blessed by the beauty of minimalistic living in the frozen arctic...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tundra Buggy® Lodge, situated in the heart of polar bear country, offers an unique, immersive experience where guests can fall asleep and wake up with polar bears right outside the window. The lodge consists of two accommodation units, a lounge and cafe, and staff quarters. Viewing platforms connect each unit and allow for outdoor photography. Situated far from the lights of town, the Tundra Buggy® Lodge is the perfect place to view bears all day long and have optimal northern lights viewing at night (weather permitting). The lodge is also equipped with exterior field lights that enable us to continue to watch the bears even after the sun goes down! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tundra Buggy Hotel Churchill
- Frontiers North Adventures' Tundra Buggy Lodge Churchill, Canada - Manitoba