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Polar Bear Photography Safari

Nov 2 - Nov 8, 2022

Winnipeg • Churchill • Seal River Heritage Lodge

Polar Bear Photography Safari

Nov 2 - Nov 8, 2022

Winnipeg • Churchill • Seal River Heritage Lodge

Polar Bear Photography Safari

Nov 2 - Nov 8, 2022

Winnipeg • Churchill • Seal River Heritage Lodge


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Day Description Arrival Departure
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 Winnipeg, Canada

DAY 1—ANTICIPATION BUILDS DURING YOUR OVERNIGHT STAY IN WINNIPEG

Arrive in Winnipeg where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at our choice hotel – The Grand by Lakeview at the Winnipeg Airport. At 7:00 pm a dinner will be held at the hotel where you will meet your Olivia Staff member and fellow adventure women, and your adventure specialist! This is the day you will pick up winter gear if you have rented. You will need your rest for your early morning departure to Churchill. (-/-/D)

Thursday, November 3, 2022 Churchill, Canada and Seal River Heritage Lodge, Hudson Bay, Canada

DAY 2—THE ADVENTURE BEGINS!

Arrive in Churchill by air where one of our expert staff will meet you at the airport and will provide you with instructions of the morning transfer. You will then be transferred by fixed wing aircraft to our Seal River Heritage Lodge. This exciting flight takes you out over the historic Churchill River, and then northwest up the rugged Hudson Bay coast to Canada’s most exclusive polar bear viewing properties. Keep a sharp eye enroute for caribou, seals, wolves and of course the ‘Great Ice Bears.’ Upon your arrival, your hosts will provide a tour of the Lodge and get you settled into your room. A thorough orientation on travelling in polar bear country will be provided prior to any outings. Then it’s time to assemble all those priceless cameras, hard drives, and tripods and start burning some serious gigabytes! (B,L,D)

Friday, November 4, 2022 Seal River Heritage Lodge, Hudson Bay, Canada

DAY 3 TO 5—NATURE TREKKING, POLAR BEARS, AND MAGNIFICENT PHOTOGRAPHY

The Seal River Heritage Lodge is a wildly rugged and remote location catering to the dedicated wildlife photographer willing to spend long hours in the field getting up close and personal with the arctic wildlife. Ground level photo opportunities are offered for arctic wildlife including polar bears in a pristine wilderness setting. We ARE in the heart of polar bear country! Your photos will have stunning backdrops with the sea and or landscapes surrounding the Lodge. Its shoreline location is ideal for photographing bears on snow and ice. Hopefully we’ll have an exceptional number of clear nights for northern lights photography. Our full-service meal times will be adjusted to accommodate photo opportunities which are the priority so expect many a meal to be interrupted. Generally, breakfast is served at 8:00 am, lunches are typically held at the Lodge at noon, with appetizers at 6:00 pm followed by a veritable feast for the palate at 7:00 pm. Evenings are spent near the fireplace downloading images, sharing the day’s adventures, or taking in an informative lecture or slide show. Bedtime is at your leisure. The entire Lodge area is patrolled for Polar Bears all night by one of our night watchmen so be prepared to have your sleep cut short by a nocturnal visit by one of the Great Ice Bears (or by one of our dazzling displays of northern lights!). (B,L,D)

Saturday, November 5, 2022 Seal River Heritage Lodge, Hudson Bay, Canada

DAY 3 TO 5—NATURE TREKKING, POLAR BEARS, AND MAGNIFICENT PHOTOGRAPHY

The Seal River Heritage Lodge is a wildly rugged and remote location catering to the dedicated wildlife photographer willing to spend long hours in the field getting up close and personal with the arctic wildlife. Ground level photo opportunities are offered for arctic wildlife including polar bears in a pristine wilderness setting. We ARE in the heart of polar bear country! Your photos will have stunning backdrops with the sea and or landscapes surrounding the Lodge. Its shoreline location is ideal for photographing bears on snow and ice. Hopefully we’ll have an exceptional number of clear nights for northern lights photography. Our full-service meal times will be adjusted to accommodate photo opportunities which are the priority so expect many a meal to be interrupted. Generally, breakfast is served at 8:00 am, lunches are typically held at the Lodge at noon, with appetizers at 6:00 pm followed by a veritable feast for the palate at 7:00 pm. Evenings are spent near the fireplace downloading images, sharing the day’s adventures, or taking in an informative lecture or slide show. Bedtime is at your leisure. The entire Lodge area is patrolled for Polar Bears all night by one of our night watchmen so be prepared to have your sleep cut short by a nocturnal visit by one of the Great Ice Bears (or by one of our dazzling displays of northern lights!). (B,L,D)

Sunday, November 6, 2022 Seal River Heritage Lodge, Hudson Bay, Canada

DAY 3 TO 5—NATURE TREKKING, POLAR BEARS, AND MAGNIFICENT PHOTOGRAPHY

The Seal River Heritage Lodge is a wildly rugged and remote location catering to the dedicated wildlife photographer willing to spend long hours in the field getting up close and personal with the arctic wildlife. Ground level photo opportunities are offered for arctic wildlife including polar bears in a pristine wilderness setting. We ARE in the heart of polar bear country! Your photos will have stunning backdrops with the sea and or landscapes surrounding the Lodge. Its shoreline location is ideal for photographing bears on snow and ice. Hopefully we’ll have an exceptional number of clear nights for northern lights photography. Our full-service meal times will be adjusted to accommodate photo opportunities which are the priority so expect many a meal to be interrupted. Generally, breakfast is served at 8:00 am, lunches are typically held at the Lodge at noon, with appetizers at 6:00 pm followed by a veritable feast for the palate at 7:00 pm. Evenings are spent near the fireplace downloading images, sharing the day’s adventures, or taking in an informative lecture or slide show. Bedtime is at your leisure. The entire Lodge area is patrolled for Polar Bears all night by one of our night watchmen so be prepared to have your sleep cut short by a nocturnal visit by one of the Great Ice Bears (or by one of our dazzling displays of northern lights!). (B,L,D)

Monday, November 7, 2022 Churchill, Canada / Winnipeg, Canada

DAY 6—LAST-MINUTE WILDLIFE VIEWING!

After a hearty breakfast it’s time to pack for the flight back to Churchill, say good-byes and snap a few more pictures. After another exciting aerial tour, you’ll arrive in Churchill where your bags will be stored for you until your flight back to Winnipeg later in the day. You are then free to explore and wine & dine in this frontier community at your leisure. We recommend local places such as Cape Merry, the Port of Churchill, the Itsanitaq Museum, as well as the Parks Canada exhibit which are all of great interest. Optional tours for dog sledding and helicopter charters fit nicely into this afternoon if you’re so inclined. After dinner you will be transferred to the airport in preparation for your flight back to Winnipeg. Upon arrival, collect your bags, head out of the arrivals doors and look to your right. The Grand Hotel is located across the way only a two-minute walk. (B,L,D)

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 Winnipeg, Canada

DAY 7—HOMEWARD BOUND 

After a restful sleep, you will pack your bags in preparation for your flight home. May the memories of this once-in-a-lifetime-trip fill your soul for years to come! (-/-/-)