Colin McNulty: Polar bear portait, snowy owl
Henry H. Holdsworth: Mother and cubs walking away, mother and cubs, husky pups, northern lights, Rover
Alek Komarnitsky: Tundra lodge and northern lights, telephoto lens
Colby J Brokvist: Standing bear, tundra sunset Brad Josephs: Canon & bear, red fox
Jeff A. Goldberg: Bear in vegetation
The grande dame of Winnipeg hospitality and one of the city’s most prestigious landmarks, this historic downtown hotel provides a genteel place to relax before heading to the wilds of Churchill.
Fort Garry Hotel
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
The Fort Garry Hotel, one of Canada's lavish railway hotels built by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in 1913, has long been a symbol of the prairie city's importance as a transportation and commerce hub. Located downtown one block from Union Station, this historic landmark and gracious accommodation built in French chateau style is Winnipeg's finest hotel, exuding an atmosphere of the opulence that prevailed during the glory days of the development of the Canadian West.
No accoutrement is spared to ensure that guests enjoy an exceptionally comfortable stay. Guest rooms feature 10-foot ceilings; exquisite beds with feather mattress, down duvets and pillows and fine Italian linens; beautifully appointed bathrooms with Turkish cotton towels, bathrobes and deluxe beauty products; TV with in-room movies, free local phone calls, free wireless high-speed Internet, and laptops available at the front desk for complimentary Internet access.
The Fort Garry's famous buffet breakfast is served in the elegant Broadway dining room, and guests can enjoy a relaxing drink in the Palm Lounge with its antique bar. The hotel also has a fully equipped fitness center with indoor pool, whirlpool, jogging track and steam room. And, for a sumptuous indulgence—especially after you've returned from the frozen wilds of Churchill—visit the Ten Spa, an authentic Turkish-style bath and spa located on the top floor of the hotel.
Optimally located in prime polar bear habitat, this distinctive, custom-designed rolling hotel offers unmatched bear viewing opportunities and a supremely comfortable Arctic immersion.
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
The Tundra Lodge, located on the subarctic tundra outside the small Canadian frontier town of Churchill, Manitoba, is a unique, custom-built rolling hotel placed in an area of high polar bear density at the beginning of each polar bear season, which runs from October through November. The lodge has 32 rooms. Each room is a single compartment similar to sleeping quarters on a train, with either an upper or lower berth. With six shared toilets and four showers, as well as a lounge area for viewing bears and a dining car with sliding windows for viewing and photography, the Tundra Lodge offers an immersive and personalized Arctic wilderness experience without sacrificing comfort. Raised outdoor viewing platforms also facilitate excellent polar bear viewing and photography opportunities, as well as aurora watching when the northern lights are visible. There's no opportunity anywhere else on the planet that affords the chance to be in prime polar bear habitat around the clock!