Ultimate Bears and Belugas Summer Adventure

Witness the summer wonders of Churchill with polar bears and playful beluga whales.
With 60,000 Beluga Whales filling the Hudson Bay and Polar Bears leaving the melting sea ice, summer is an amazing time to visit Churchill! Come aboard our brand new flagship vessel the Matonabee, the ONLY Arctic touring vessel with underwater viewing on the planet, and explore the Hudson Bay coastline where the majestic polar bear are migrating at this time of year! Our beautiful Arctic Crawlers™ will take you to experience the vast expanse of the tundra with its beautiful flora and fauna and wildlife. We are the only company in Churchill that goes to where the Polar Bears are at this time!
Your Journey Starts
Season:
July - August
Duration:
(6 Nights)
Location:
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

Adventure Plans & Activities

Lazy Bear’s Captain will take you into the Hudson Bay, in our our new one-of-a-kind wildlife viewing vessel - the Matonabee - a uniquely designed arctic cruise ship featuring multiple below water level viewing areas! This stunning new vessel delivers opportunities to take in beluga whales and polar bears in ways never before offered. On this unique adventure, together, we will explore one of the more remote Polar Bear viewing areas on the west side of Hudson Bay.

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Day 1

Winnipeg

Upon arrival, make your own way to the Winnipeg hotel. Free day to explore Winnipeg

Day 2

Winnipeg to Churchill

Check out from Winnipeg hotel. Group transfer included to the airport if designated hotel is included

Flight from Winnipeg to Churchill

Check-in at Lazy Bear Lodge

Churchill Heritage Tour, includes exploring Cape Merry and an outside tour of the 'Polar Bear Jail' among many other historic sites (approx. 2-3 hours)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3

Hudson Bay Coastal Tour

Hudson Bay Coastal Tour aboard the Matonabee vessel in anticipation of viewing Polar Bears and other arctic wildlife (approx. 6-8 hours).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4

Beluga Whale Boat Tour/Fort Tour

Beluga Whale Boat Tour/Fort Tour to see Beluga Whales in the water and walking tour of the historic Prince of Wales Fort (approx. 3 hours)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5

Additional tours

Any additional tours such as kayaking, Beluga AquaGliding™ or dog mushing (on wheels) can be taken this day or any of the other days weather, tide and schedule depending

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6

Tundra Tour & Churchill to Winnipeg

Check-out from Lazy Bear Lodge

Summer Tundra Tour on our Arctic Crawler™ (approx. 3 hours)

Transfer to airport to depart for Winnipeg

Flight from Churchill to Winnipeg

Check-in at Winnipeg hotel

Day 7

Winnipeg

Check-out from Winnipeg hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Guests onboard our custom boat observing beluga whales

Since the majority of Polar Bears are in this viewing area during the summer months, our adventure gives you the best opportunity to see Polar Bears in their summer habitat. During the summer season, Polar Bears can be seen swimming, exploring around the rocks and wildflowers, as well as sunbathing along the shore.

Along the same shoreline, hundreds of Beluga Whales come to feed, mate and give birth in the warm, shallow near-coastal waters. Our Beluga Whale Boat/Fort Tour will focus on viewing the beautiful Beluga Whales in their natural habitat in the Churchill River and into the Hudson Bay area as they feed on schools of Caplin, Arctic Char and Brook Trout.

We will also go ashore for a walking tour of the historic Prince of Wales Fort. Kayaking or Beluga AquaGliding™ with the whales are available as optional extras.

Next, you will hop on a summer Tundra Tour on one of our brand-new, custom-built, state of the art Arctic Crawlers™ tundra vehicles with all the modern amenities including USB ports, to view the beautiful landscape. This tour will be on the same vehicles we use for our fall Tundra Tour. Later that evening after a delectable supper, depending on weather and cloud coverage, it may be possible to see the Northern Lights.

The Churchill Heritage Tour takes you through Churchill and the surrounding area where you will be exploring various historic sites. These include Cape Merry, an outside tour of the polar bear jail, the wreckage of the famous plane, "Miss Piggy", and many other historic sites that make Churchill the town it is today. You may walk around and take pictures or stay on the bus if you prefer.

Please inquire about customizations for group or individual reservations. Customizations can include additional Winnipeg nights and/or additional tours (based on availability).

What Our Adventure offers

Four nights at the Lazy Bear Lodge and two nights in Winnipeg (one pre- and one post-adventure)

Group transfer from the designated Winnipeg hotel to the airport on Day 2

Shuttle service in Churchill included upon arrival and departure

Roundtrip airfare between Winnipeg and Churchill

Hudson Bay Coastal Boat tour

Beluga Whale Boat/Fort tour

Churchill Heritage tour

Summer Arctic Crawler™ tour

Professional Tour Guide over the 5 days in Churchill.

Meals provided by the Lazy Bear Café and included in your adventure

We just arrived back to Winnipeg and I have to say, the effort it took to get things organized was more than worth it!  We absolutely LOVED it there – I actually think this might be the best season to go in (though we haven’t seen it in winter) we loved being close to the whales and actually saw a bear snoozing beside the river.  All of it from flight, hotel, guides and the people living in Churchill was amazing. We will definitely be returning with our girls.

S. A. (Winnipeg, MB. Canada)

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Adventure Dates & Prices

10 – 16
July, 2024

14 – 20
July, 2024

18 – 24
July, 2024

22 – 28
July, 2024 - Limited Availability

July 26 - August 1
2024

July 30 - August 5
2024

3 – 9
August, 2024 - Limited Availability

7 – 13
August, 2024 (Sold Out)

11 – 17
August, 2024

15 – 21
August, 2024 - Limited Availability

19 – 25
August, 2024 (Sold Out)

23 – 29
August, 2024 - Limited Availability

Please contact us for current availability prior to booking flights to Winnipeg.

Ultimate Bears & Belugas Summer Adventure

Season:
July - August
Location:
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
Duration:
(6 Nights)
$5,500*
USD
$7,475*
CAD

Additional Info

Age Requirement:

Our Ultimate Bears & Belugas Summer Adventure boat tour is recommended for ages 10 & up. Kayaking and Beluga AquaGliding™ are recommended for ages 10 years & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Physical Rating:

Easy: Light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels.

Rates:
  • Invoiced in CAD funds
  • Payments to be received in CAD funds
  • Displayed USD prices are approximate conversions. Actual charges may vary slightly due to exchange rate fluctuations at the time of booking

Notes

  • Per person, based on double occupancy, single supplement add $1,050 CAD.
- All prices are subject to applicable taxes.

* Prices subject to change.

Travel Packing Checklist

Things you must have
T-shirts and shorts for the summer weather days
Loose fitting clothing, long socks, closed-toed shoes and a long-sleeved shirt and pants for cooler days or bug days
A wind breaker/sweatshirt/fall jacket for possible cool days, waterproof jacket and pants
Hiking shoes or runners
Thermal under clothing, a toque (a close fitting hat covering your ears), mittens or gloves for the boat tours
A good shade hat, sun glasses, binoculars, camera
It is wise to bring a good bug spray that contains DEET as a main ingredient
Spare batteries for each camera type you bring
We also recommend bringing along a small carry-on bag with your absolute necessities just in case your luggage makes it to Churchill after you do

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Are there age restrictions for the Ultimate Bears & Belugas Summer Adventure?

Our Ultimate Bears & Belugas Summer Adventure boat tour is recommended for ages 10 & up.

Kayaking and Beluga AquaGliding™ are recommended for ages 10 years & up.

What is a single supplement fee?

A single supplement fee covers the loss of income by the lodge when one single person occupies a room. That person pays a premium as room availability is limited during our operating seasons.

What are the bugs like in Churchill during mid to late summer?

Each summer is different for bugs. In years of little rain we hardly notice them. Early summer seems, in general, to have more bugs. Later in midsummer and late summer there generally are fewer bugs. Good bug spray that contains 'Deet' as a main ingredient works best. Some guests will bring a bug jacket or screen hat. But if you have loose fitting clothing, long socks, closed toe shoes and a long sleeved repertoire of clothing, along with your favorite bug lotion/spray, you will be well prepared.

Are there any additional tours or interesting activities in Churchill?

Besides kayaking and Beluga AquaGliding™, summer months offer ample hiking opportunities on some tours as well as summer Dog Carting. You will also have opportunities to do helicopter tours, visit the Parks Canada center at the Churchill train station where they provide films, slideshows and lectures to visitors and see the Itsanitaq Museum.

What type of planes will we be flying in from Winnipeg to Churchill and return?

Your flight between Winnipeg and Churchill will be with Calm-air on either a chartered or regular flight (either an ATR 42 or ATR 72). Further instructions will be provided upon booking and/or with your travel documents.

What are the typical temperatures in Churchill in July and August?

The temperatures in July and August can range from 10 to 25 degrees Celsius (50 to 77 Fahrenheit).

What payment types are accepted?

Winnipeg Office: For Reservations in Winnipeg we accept Visa and MasterCard. All payments are charged in Canadian Funds. If applicable, funds will be converted to US Funds by your credit card company at the exchange rate they use at the time of processing.

At The Lodge: Lazy Bear Expeditions, Lodge & Café accept Visa, MasterCard, Debit and cash.

US credit card or debit: US and Canadian currencies are accepted. All payments are charged in Canadian Funds and converted to US Funds by your bank or credit card company at the exchange rate they use at the time of processing.

Cash: It is best to bring Canadian Funds because US Funds are accepted at par with Canadian currency.

What should I pack for this summer trip?

The weather in the summer can vary quite significantly. It can feel like summer and fall in the same day so both summer and fall clothing are recommended. We recommend packing the following:

  • T-shirts and shorts for the summer weather days
  • Loose fitting clothing, long socks, closed-toed shoes and a long-sleeved shirt and pants for cooler days or bug days
  • A wind breaker/sweatshirt/fall jacket for possible cool days, waterproof jacket and pants
  • Hiking shoes or runners. Stay away from sandals in case of bug days
  • Thermal under clothing, a touque (a close fitting hat covering your ears), mittens or gloves for the boat tours
  • A good shade hat, sun glasses, binoculars, camera
  • It is wise to bring a good bug spray that contains DEET as a main ingredient
  • Spare batteries for each camera type you bring
  • Charging cords for laptops, cell phones, tablets
  • We also recommend bringing along a small carry-on bag with your absolute necessities just in case your luggage makes it to Churchill after you do
What does Lazy Bear supply?

Life jackets are provided for all boat tours.

Wet suits are provided for optional tours of kayaking and Beluga AquaGliding™ if taken. Neoprene boots and snorkel masks are also provided for AquaGliding.

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