Tundra Lodge & Town Adventure
Stay on the Tundra Among the Bears – and in the Northern Outpost Town of Churchill
Looking for a polar bear adventure that combines the best of both worlds? You've found it! Spend three nights at our exclusive Tundra Lodge, a custom-designed rolling hotel that offers unparalleled seclusion and proximity to wild polar bears – then add two nights in the historic town of Churchill, for cultural activities and a chance to meet the hardy locals who call this subarctic outpost home. You'll experience the thrill of Polar Rover excursions on the tundra, close-up bear viewing from the safe and cozy confines of the Tundra Lodge, a comprehensive tour of Churchill, plus an exciting ride with a working sled dog team. This multifaceted trip truly does it all!
- Stay on the tundra at our exclusive mobile Tundra Lodge, situated where bear density is highest - then return to town for two nights
- Explore the historic hamlet of Churchill and discover its distinctive northern cultures on a comprehensive guided tour
- Learn about working sled dogs and ride behind a team as they run through the boreal forest
What Makes This Polar Bear Adventure So Exceptional?
Our exclusive Tundra Lodge, which allows guests to live comfortably in the polar bears' environs 24/7, is widely recognized as the most thrilling way to immerse yourself in the wild habitat of the King of the Arctic. Yet many travelers to Churchill find this historic frontier town is itself a highlight of their northern adventure. This exciting itinerary brings both of these experiences together: stay in wild polar bear habitat at our mobile Tundra Lodge, positioned each season for seclusion and outstanding proximity to polar bears — then add two nights in Churchill to experience the culture of the Northland. Here's what makes this trip so impressive:
- The Best Polar Bear Viewing Spot on the Planet!
Each September our Tundra Lodge is strategically placed on a small spit of land that juts out into the Hudson Bay. This private locale is where the ice first begins to form on the bay, attracting polar bears at the very start of the bear-viewing season. It's also where we locate our Tundra Lodge for the season—amidst the highest polar bear activity in the entire world!
- Private Cabins & Spacious Viewing Areas Ensure Exceptional Comfort
You won't find a more comfortable way to spend leisurely time observing polar bears than from our Tundra Lodge. Aboard this rolling hotel fashioned after sleeper train cars, each guest has an individual cabin with berth. So, not only will you enjoy supreme comfort, but you'll have your own private window through which to watch bears and, if we're lucky, the Northern Lights, too! Large outdoor viewing platforms further enhance guests' bear-viewing options. Each season the Tundra Lodge is situated in a location with the highest bear activity -- no need to go back to town at night and miss a thing!
- Exclusive Permits to Access the Best Bear-Viewing Area
There are just two operations with exclusive permits for the entire Churchill Wildlife Management Area (WMA) where the best – and sometimes only – polar bear viewing occurs. Of course, the Nat Hab/Great White Bear team possesses such permits! There are other operators, however, who use bus-type vehicles confined to the paved and gravel road to Halfway Point—which, as the name suggests, is only halfway to the prime polar bear area. If you're coming to Churchill to get close to polar bears, be sure you choose a program that offers a full bear-watching experience.
- Our Polar Rovers are the Most Remarkable Vehicles in the North
The original tundra truck designed for bear viewing was invented several decades ago, an exciting concept that we have improved upon significantly. Our partner in Manitoba, a world-renowned specialty vehicle designer, has created a new model that's far superior to those old originals. The Polar Rover, driven by an advanced drive train that allows us to safely patrol the tundra with virtually no chance of breakdowns, has a custom-designed heavy-duty suspension system that steadies the ride over the uneven terrain. And, with on-board flush toilets (rather than drop buckets, which can get smelly), our guests are afforded a superior level of comfort. See more details on our Polar Rovers.
- Mesh Steel Flooring for Close-up Polar Bear Viewing
Built into the rear viewing platforms of every Polar Rover -- and into the platforms that separate the 'cars' of our Tundra Lodge -- is a pioneering feature that greatly enhances our polar bear observation – corrugated steel mesh floors, so we can get within mere inches of the curious bears that often walk beneath the platforms!
- The Smallest Groups for Superior Nature Adventures
An essential element of an outstanding nature expedition is a small group – while this may cost us a little more to offer, the benefits are well worth it. By limiting our groups to approximately 15 guests aboard the Polar Rovers (these vehicles can hold well over 30 passengers), we ensure that each and every traveler has plenty of space to spread out, angle for photos and enjoy viewing polar bears without being bumped or interrupted by other travelers.
- Private Chartered Planes Maximize Our Polar Bear Time
To achieve the most time in the Northland and with the bears, rather than waiting around airports and enduring the hassle of security screenings, we charter our own private aircraft, taking us directly from Winnipeg to Churchill at a time that is most convenient for our travelers. We know you'd rather spend your precious time with the polar bears, rather than in airports.
- The Finest Naturalists on the Planet
We are proud that Natural Habitat Adventures is known worldwide for employing the highest-quality guides in the industry. Our Polar Bear Expedition Leaders have spent an average of more that 10 seasons each guiding bear tours. They also receive additional training from WWF's top scientists -- you won't find more knowledgeable guides in Churchill! These congenial professionals meet each guest in Winnipeg and travel with the group throughout the trip, sharing their insights every step of the way. Our philosophy is simple: a nature adventure is only as good as the guide who leads it, so we must provide the best! See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- Local Northern Cultural Interactions Add to Our Adventures
We've been working in Churchill for nearly 25 years and have built close relationships with the locals. As a result, our guests are given the exclusive the opportunity to meet revered elders of the northern First Nations communities. These storytellers are some of the last in their communities and, fortunately for us, they have graciously agreed to present their story to our small groups of travelers.
- Our Quality Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Polar Bear Experience
With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee that clearly states that we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We all care about the planet, and you can travel with us knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100% carbon-offset. Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, a feature that is especially critical when considering that polar bears are under substantial threat from our planet's warming temperatures.
- Natural Habitat Adventures is World Wildlife Fund's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world's leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat its worldwide travel partner -- a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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