Winter Northern Safari
The thrill of seeing a polar bear in the wild never gets old for guides around Hudson Bay, and they get an extra kick out of watching their guests' faces light up with excitement at the first sight of a great white bear on the tundra.
It's one of life's great moments, and you can have it your way. Take a whirlwind, one-day trip from Winnipeg with Heartland Day Tours. Make Churchill or a secluded lodge your home base for a full, adventure-packed expedition. See polar bears from the safety of an outdoor observation deck on a heated tundra vehicle or brave a walking excursion on the bears' turf.
Several eco-tour operators provide all the bear necessities and more. Extend your time on the tundra with a stay at Great White Bear Tours' Tundra Lodge or Frontiers North Adventures' Tundra Buggy Lodge. Both have onboard dining and sleeping accommodations - and you can wake up with polar bears on your doorstep.
The Great Canadian Travel Company offers a special Polar Photography Tour that gives you extra elbow room and space for camera equipment aboard tundra vehicles.
The eco-friendly Watchee Lodge, about 60 kilometres south of Churchill, borders a world-famous polar bear denning area at Wapusk National Park. It's open for only a short time each spring when indigenous guides lead photographers to within 100 metres of polar bears as mothers and cubs emerge from their dens.
Churchill Wild safaris whisk you to one of three fly-in lodges on Hudson Bay where you can enjoy luxury accommodations and fine dining along with panoramic views from lodge towers and guided ground-level wildlife excursions.
Whatever option you choose, keep your camera handy: Sometimes, curious bears stroll right up to lodges and tundra vehicles to get a closer look at you.