Fly into the heart of Canada's "polar bear alley" and enjoy a perfect vantage point from the safety of an expertly designed Polar Bear Camp. Located directly in the path of migrating bears, this exclusive cabin-based safari offers a rare opportunity to these incredible predators up close! Spend your days photographing bears or experiencing the enchanting tundra environment on exploratory hikes, then return to the intimate cabins to unwind. With the Northern Lights in season you'll also enjoy a magical sky show at night.
Encounter polar bears up-close from the comfort of cozy cabins along their migration route
Snap photos in perfect peace, taking in the wilderness from behind a safety fence
Get expert guidance about polar bear behavior from skilled Inuit guides
Arrive in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and spend the night close to the airport for tomorrow's flight to Churchill.
Fly to Churchill, then board a private plane for a scenic flight to the remote polar bear cabins on the shores of Hudson Bay. Have the chance to capture stunning aerial views on camera, then arrive at the strategically situated camp. Located on a polar bear migration route, known as "polar bear alley," it's optimally designed for travelers to photograph the bears as they wait for the surrounding waters to freeze up.
Spend the next few unforgettable days watching polar bears in the wild, exploring natural landscapes, and delighting in magical light displays across the night sky. The specific activities on each day may change depending on the weather or the location of the bears.
Wait for a perfect close-up shot from inside the protective electric fence, where tripods will be set up, and learn photography and safety tips from local Inuit guides. The guides will only allow the bears to approach as close as they deem safe.
Follow guides on wilderness walks just outside the cabin complex to explore the Arctic tundra landscape. Inuit guides keep the group out of harm's way, and may even help the adventurous to photograph bears from as close as 100 feet away. While often fearful of humans, there may be a curious bear who meanders towards the group, yet the group will remain at a safe distance at all times. This is the most authentic, safe and up-close method of viewing polar bears anywhere.
Take advantage of the season and location to observe the magical Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. Weather permitting, after dusk each evening eagerly wait for hints of color and light dancing across the sky - an unforgettable display!
Spend time observing and photographing polar bears and other Arctic wildlife including Arctic hare, Arctic fox, willow ptarmigan, snowy owls and gyrfalcons in the wild. Inuit guides are experts at spotting wildlife in their natural habitat.
Snap those last few photos and breathe in the cool Arctic air as you enjoy your final night on the shores of Hudson Bay.
Take final photos and explore a bit before leaving camp for a midday flight to Churchill. From there, fly back to Winnipeg and spend the night near the airport.
Depart from Winnipeg or continue your adventures in Canada.
MT Sobek's Polar Value Promise means that we offer in-house services to help plan and execute you polar adventure for no added cost.
Over 30 years offering active polar experiences we have built strong relationships with the best Arctic outfitters. Enjoy our expert personalized service.
This adventure is the best way to see polar bears and Arctic wildlife up-close in a safe, low-impact way.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Polar bear and Arctic wildlife viewing on the shores of Hudson Bay, with opportunities for tundra walks, flightseeing, and observing Northern Lights.
A cozy, intimate Arctic camp on the shores of Hudson Bay. Also includes two nights at a comfortable airport hotel in Winnipeg.
Expect temperatures to range from 0- 35F. Windchill can be strong. Sunny days are possible but conditions can be windy and foggy.
Plan to arrive in Winnipeg anytime on Day 1 for a no-host overnight stay at a comfortable airport hotel. On Day 2, fly to Churchill where you'll meet your guide.
There are very limited options for commercial flights in the Canadian North, so flight prices are very high. We have access to negotiated rates that are lower than booking direct.
Throughout October and November, daylight hours are declining. Expect between seven and nine hours of sunshine. This time of year, the sun rises between 7:40-8:30 AM and sets between 4:15-5:40 PM.
Each cabin has an entryway, a main room with two beds (complete with linens, duvets, and pillows), small table, propane heater, and en-suite bathroom with toilet and on-demand hot water.
There is no Wi-Fi or cell phone service available at camp. Your guide will have a satellite phone in case of emergencies. We have satellite communicators (phone/text) available to rent.
There is a Polar Clothing Rental Package with top-of-the-line Arctic outerwear available for a fee. Insulating outer layers are most important. Regular ski jackets and ski pants are not suitable.
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