My wife and I have just spent 4 days at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, Manitoba, Canada. It was such an amazing experience that I felt compelled to share our incredible adventure with TripAdvisor readers by writing my first ever trip review.
Nanuk is in the middle of nowhere, accessible only by small aircraft. But if you like wildlife, especially polar bears, then its location is second to none. The moment our chartered aircraft landed on the private gravel air strip just outside the fenced compound, we were welcomed warmly by the owner, Stewart Webber. Throughout our stay, we were treated like “part of the family”. The tour package included 3 meals. The food was always fresh, well prepared and plentiful. If you happened to skip one of Donna’s home cooked meals you only have yourself to blame - her deserts were to die for. Towels were provided for each guest and the spacious semi-private rooms were cozy and heated on cold nights. There was a lounge in the main lodge where guests and staff could relax in front of a fireplace or watch satellite TV. A wi-fi hotspot in the lounge area was also available to those who couldn’t live without the Internet.
On field trips, it was just our tour group, the wildlife and the vast timeless tundra – no other humans. Our guide Albert was a very experienced hunter with a wealth of knowledge about the Hudson Bay coastal area. Nothing escaped his attention as far as guest comfort, safety and bear sightings were concerned. I will miss him. The uniqueness of the Nanuk tour is that you ride with an armed guide in an open ATV and mingle at a safe distance with the Polar Bears in their own habitat. On a couple of occasions, we were eyeball to eyeball with them, but at no time did we feel unsafe. It was certainly more thrilling than looking through a pane of plexiglass in a mobile fortress. The highlight of our trip was the rare sight of a black wolf and observing at close range the gathering of eight or nine polar bears by the river bank; among them a mother nursing two young cubs. To top it off, heaven opened one clear night to give us a spectacular display of Aurora Borealis.
Yes, there is a piece of Shangri-La in the Great White North and it is called Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge.
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- Nanuk Polar Bear Hotel Manitoba