Forget the idea that where you stay on a vacation doesn’t matter – it totally does, especially if you want to be able to truly relax after a full day of adventure. Northern Manitoba is particularly impressive when it comes to providing 5 star accommodations for visitors from around the world. If you want it all – wildlife opportunities, world class fishing and serene scenery – book your stay at one of these 8 unique lodges in Manitoba’s north…
Sasagiu Rapids Lodge
Open 365 days of the year, the Sasagiu Rapids Lodge, located 45 minutes south of Thompson, is a serene retreat in any season. This northern lodge is geo thermal, ecofriendly, and a real hit with foodies. A unique fusion of Thai and Canadian cuisine is not what you’d normally expect of a northern lodge, but Sasagiu pulls it off without a hitch (we hear the home made Thai spring rolls are especially great). While the beauty of the surrounding scenery and the comfort of the lounge are enough to fill up your time, Sasagiu Rapids Lodge offers tours to Churchill, Manitoba as well as seadoo or boat day tours to Manitoba’s largest waterfalls, “Kwasitchewan“.
Bakers Narrows Lodge
Gangler’s North Seal River Lodge
Another fantastic fly-in fishing lodge, Gangler’s North Seal River Lodge is ideal spot if you’re aiming for the Canadian Grand Slam. Here, you have a pretty good chance at reeling in enormous Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Walleye and Arctic Grayling. And even if fishing is simply a relaxing hobby for you (rather than a challenge to reel in a master catch), Gangler’s remote location yields views that will help you settle into that zen state of mind. The watershed expands over 5 million acres of stunning wilderness, with 100 lakes and 12 river systems. The main lodge is limited to 24 anglers per week, ensuring a personal and luxurious experience.
Seal River Heritage Lodge
The north is calling! As a true luxury lodge, Seal River Heritage Lodge knows how to pull out all the stops. It’s unique for a few reasons – first, it offers the opportunity to actually walk among polar bears (that’s right, no barriers or vehicles involved) and second, for the gourmet food served throughout the entire visit. Depending on the tour, you can expect any given day to include phenomenal wildlife viewings (think beluga whales, polar bears, and other critters of the north) along with a tantalizing appetizer/wine hour, with multi-course meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge
The second lodge from Churchill Wild that makes our list is the Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, located 250 km southeast of Churchill, Manitoba on the Hudson Bay coast near historic York Factory. With access to the one of the most captivating wilderness areas of the world, the area is particularly fantastic for attracting wildlife, including polar bears . The lodge is complete with a cozy fireplace lounge, gourmet food and giant windows so that you don’t miss any wildlife viewing opportunities.
Lazy Bear Lodge
Located centrally in the town of Churchill, the Lazy Bear Lodge (of Lazy Bear Lodge Expeditions) is designed in classic log cabin fashion – although nothing about it is standard. Named as one of National Geographic Traveler’s top hotels, Lazy Bear Lodge was constructed over the span of 10 years with the environment in mind. The windows are recycled from an 1800’s Hudson Bay Trading Post, and the floor came from recycled Douglas Fir from the Canadian National Railway warehouse of the 1920’s. Expeditions from the lodge include polar bear tours in the summer and the fall, as well as beluga whale tours in the summer.
Big Sand Lake Lodge
The all-inclusive Big Sand Lake Lodge is the lone lodge on 60,000 acres of gorgeous water, located 885 kilometers north of Winnipeg. The five-star accommodations include delectable meals and opportunity to fish for trophy Lake Trout, Northern Pike, Walleye and Arctic Grayling. Want a lake to yourself? Simply settle into one of four outpost camps. The main lodge is situated atop an ancient glacier esker, with plenty of windows to soak in the surrounding view.