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Polar Bear Watching at Dymond Lodge, Churchill Great Ice Bear Tour

6 nights

This remarkable polar bear watching holiday is for those who want to get really 'up close and personal' with the polar bears.

Spend 3 nights at Dymond Lodge, a 15-minute flight from Churchill and watch the polar bears on foot with your experienced naturalist guide. You stand a good chance of watching mothers and cubs as well as the magical Northern Lights. The last night or your polar bear watching holiday will be in Churchill, where you can take an optional Buggy tour if available.

Churchill, a northern seaport, has long been known as the 'Polar Bear Capital of the World' as approximately 1,200 of these enormous bears congregate on the Hudson Bay come fall in wait for the freeze. You'll meet several of these animals up-close and on their turf on your Great Ice Bear adventure.

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Day 1

Winnipeg

Arrive in Winnipeg where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at our choice hotel the “Four Point...

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Day 2

Winnipeg to Dymond Lake Lodge

Arrive in Churchill by air or train. One of the expert staff will meet you upon arrival in a...

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Day 3-4

In the coming days, your gourmet breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. and the first walking tour...

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Day 5

Dymond Lake Lodge to Churchill

After another hearty breakfast it is time to pack for the flight back to Churchill, say good-byes...

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Day 6

Churchill to Winnipeg

Today you will travel across the tundra in the world famous Tundra Buggies for more polar bear vi...

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Day 1

Winnipeg

Arrive in Winnipeg where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at our choice hotel the “Four Points Sheraton”.  You’ll need your rest for your early morning departure to Churchill.  At 6:00pm a dinner will be held at the hotel where you will meet your group and your adventure specialist.

1 night in Winnipeg.

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Day 2

Winnipeg to Dymond Lake Lodge

Arrive in Churchill by air or train. One of the expert staff will meet you upon arrival in and will provide you an orientation to the tour including a clothing check (in order to crosscheck your "What to Bring" list as provided to you in your Adventure Album).

You will be transferred by helicopter or fixed wing aircraft to Dymond Lake Lodge.  This exciting flight takes you out over the historic Churchill River, and then northwest up the rugged Hudson Bay coast to Canada's most exclusive Polar Bear viewing property. Keep a sharp eye out en route for caribou, moose, seals, wolves and of course the great Ice Bears.

Upon your arrival at the lodge your hosts will provide a tour of the facilities and get you settled into your room.  A thorough orientation about being in polar bear country will be provided prior to any outings. This day includes a guided hike on our rugged and starkly beautiful coastline, an interpretive slide show featuring the wildlife of Hudson Bay, and hopefully a clear night for viewing the Aurora Borealis! All this will be topped off with a gourmet lunch and dinner where your hosts and guides will regale you with tales of life and adventures in Canada's Arctic.
3 nights at Dymond Lake Lodge.

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Day 3-4

In the coming days, your gourmet breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. and the first walking tour generally leaves at 9:30 a.m. Should there be a polar bear in camp (this happens frequently!), the walking tour is delayed for picture taking but no one ever seems to mind!

Once you’ve fueled up with one of Jeanne’s legendary full course breakfasts, you’ll be eager to bundle up and head out into the snow. The walks are comfortably paced as they are geared towards plenty of viewing and photo opportunities. They are guided by  professional and knowledgeable tour leaders and so you’ll do a lot of learning along the way as well. Obviously they cannot allow the bears to approach too closely, and your guides are expert in keeping bears at a safe distance without sacrificing exciting viewing.

Polar bears are also known to saunter by the Lodge on a regular basis so you can often view them from the warmth and comfort of one of the lounges through the massive picture windows. This opportunity is all too welcome when a squall blows in! They have a variety of other activities to take part in as well should the weather prevent you from exploring the outdoors though such is rarely the case.

Lunches are served at the Lodge.  You are generally back at the Lodge by 4:00 p.m.for hot or cold drinks and appetizers. Your full course delectable dinners are served at 7:00 p.m. after which, the fireplace is almost always central. Your guide team will give informative lectures and beautiful slide presentations as well as initiate a discussion about the activities for the following day. Bedtime is at your leisure. The entire Lodge area is patrolled for polar bears all night by one of the night watchmen so be prepared to have your sleep cut short by a nocturnal visit by one of the great Ice Bears (or by one of the dazzling displays of northern lights!).

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Day 5

Dymond Lake Lodge to Churchill

After another hearty breakfast it is time to pack for the flight back to Churchill, say good-byes and snap a few more pictures! After another exciting aerial tour, you’ll arrive in Churchill where your bags will be stored for you until you can check into your hotel later in the day. You are then free to explore and wine and dine in this frontier community at your leisure.

1 night in Churchill.

 

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Day 6

Churchill to Winnipeg

Today you will travel across the tundra in the world famous Tundra Buggies for more polar bear viewing.  Transportation by bus to and from the Tundra Buggies is provided at 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. respectively so do remember to grab some breakfast beforehand.  Lunch "with the bears" will be prepared and served to you on the tour.

Your flight south to Winnipeg is scheduled for the evening and then you will check into the Four Points Sheraton upon your return to Winnipeg.

1 night in Winnipeg.

 

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Dates

The trips run from the end of October until the middle of November - ask us for exact dates.

 

Dymond Lake Lodge

Dymond Lake Lodge is your base for our Great Ice Bear Tour and Fire and Ice Adventure.  It is located a short 30 km and 15 minute flight north of Churchill and is right amidst the infamous polar bear action that has brought travelers to the Churchill-area for decades.

Dymond maximizes viewing potential by giving guests the opportunities to see polar bears from a variety of locations. Whether it is from one of the nature trails, the lodge's viewing tower, or right from the lodge windows, a trip to Dymond Lake Lodge ensures guests will have exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities.

Features -

A viewing tower to take in the expansive tundra landscape and its wild inhabitants

Cozy common areas with fireplaces for evening wind down

Seven double occupancy rooms

Expansive picture windows on virtually every wall to maximize viewing

Full service and gourmet meals

Electricity 24 hours a day, every day

Natural gas and wood heat

Library with maps

Gift Shop

Radio/Telephone

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