Summer Northern Safari
A summer safari in Manitoba's North is the experience of a lifetime. Make that two lifetimes. You can see both great white icons - polar bears and beluga whales - and soak up the diverse culture of this vast natural landscape at the same time.
Go off-the-charts wild with a rugged adventure trek, soak up a little luxury at a remote lodge or tread the middle ground with a safari that can be adjusted to your comfort level.
Brave the Lazy Bear Lodge Wilderness Expedition and spend three days on the South Knife River, where you may encounter moose, black bears and wolves, along with occasional rapids. When you reach the Hudson Bay delta, make like James Bond and hop on a jet boat back to Churchill. Swim with beluga whales on the Churchill and Seal rivers, tour historic sites and dine on fresh regional fare at the cozy log lodge.
Churchill Wild's Birds, Bears and Belugas adventure takes you to the luxe Seal River Lodge, where you can watch for more than 100 species of birds, join beluga whales in the estuary and spot polar bears who forage in fields of wildflowers, lounge on the shore and take dips in the chilly water.
Churchill Wild's Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge is close to a huge polar bear denning area 250 kilometres southeast of Churchill. And you can venture farther south with Churchill Nature Tours' Marvels of Manitoba Tour and Frontiers North Adventures' Big 5 Safari - so named for its quest for polar bears, belugas whales, black bears, bison and moose. Mounted in late summer, both tours include jaunts to Riding Mountain National Park, with its lush forests, lakes, dramatic hills of the Manitoba Escarpment and southern wildlife. Your trip is complete with a polar bear tour and awe-inspiring encounters with belugas.