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Birds, Bears and Belugas Summer Safari

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Program Overview

Birds, Bears and Belugas is one of our most beloved safaris. Operating in an extremely exclusive rural areas for a truly once-in-a-lifetime journey this unique experience takes place during the beautiful Arctic summer when the bears are pristinely white after coming off the ice, the belugas are plentiful and the weather is balmy.

During this Canadian Signature Experience, you’ll spend five nights at Seal River Heritage Lodge enjoying tundra treks and marine programs. As with all Learning Journeys programs, this expedition take place only with the utmost ethical wildlife viewing. This means, we do not disrupt the animal’s normal behavior or habitat.

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Adventure Learning
Ancient Traditions
Birding and Wildlife
Bucket List Learning
Theater Arts
Unplugged Learning
Wellness and Spirituality
Wine and Spirits
Woman's Focused
Writing and Literature

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Explore an Interest
Pursue a Passion
Change My Life!

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What You Will Learn/Do

Daily, guided hikes across the tundra to view polar bears and other Arctic wildlife, up-close-and-personal, in their natural habitat.

Indulging your taste buds with our tundra-inspired cuisine, complemented by select Canadian wines.

Sky gazing! Our location beneath the auroral oval offers nearly 300 nights of aurora viewing each year. If conditions permit, you will be able to enjoy the greatest light show on earth from within the lodge or out in our secure compound. There is a low to moderate chance of seeing the lights on this safari.

Educational evening presentations by our lodge managers or naturalist guides about our Arctic ecosystems, landscape and lifestyle.

Traveling further afield on one of our half or full-day ATV tours. Our low-impact tundra vehicles give you access to areas up and down the coast.

Zodiac tours to view beluga whales near the mouth of the Seal River estuary where they congregate by the thousands in the summer months.

Why This Program Is Unique

Perched on the rugged coast of Hudson Bay lies Seal River Heritage Lodge. Located near the Seal River Estuary, this Lodge is in a prime location for observing polar bears as they wander the coast during summer and fall waiting for the Bay to freeze and viewing beluga whales in July and August.

The fenced-in compound, viewing platforms and tower lend themselves to unique photography opportunities for northern lights and the wildlife that approach to check out the sights, sounds and smells of the Lodge.

How This Program Benefits The Local Community

Ethical Wildlife Viewing

Local tour guides

Green Operations

Education to promote conservation

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Services Included

- Roundtrip airfare between Winnipeg and Churchill, Manitoba - Roundtrip airfare between Churchill and Seal River Heritage Lodge - Two nights’ accommodations in Winnipeg - Five nights’ lodge accommodations - All meals, excursions, and guide services while in Churchill and at the Lodge - Program taxes - Excursion gear* - The equipment we provide at the Lodge (rain gear, rubber boots, and gear for use during marine excursions) is designed to fit guests from child to adult. Boot sizes larger than a men’s size 13 or a very small child are customized sizes that we do not provide. Additionally, guests over 6’4” may be required to bring their own gear as we may not have clothing sizes to fit.

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